Living in Columbus

Architecture in a livable small city

The architecture that Columbus, Indiana is known for—and which will be an integral part of your learning experience here—is only one reason the city is an ideal location for the Miller M.Arch program.

The city of 44,000 has a rich urban environment at a very livable scale. It is economically lively and growing at a healthy pace. In contrast with large urban areas, the rich environment also comes with a reasonable cost of living. For students accompanied by partners or family, the school system is one of the best in the state, and the job market is healthy.

Downtown Indianapolis at night, with a view of the capitol building

Meet the neighbors

Columbus is central to many of the Midwest’s most vital and rapidly evolving centers of art and culture: About an hour from Indianapolis, Louisville, and Cincinnati, and a few hours’ drive from Chicago, Detroit, Nashville, St. Louis, and Columbus, Ohio. If you need more, it’s only 45 minutes to the nearest airport.

Columbus facts and figures

Top 100places to live (Fortune Small Business & Relocate-America)

TOP 6in the nation for architectural innovation and design (American Institute of Architects)

TOP 10affordable cities (AARP)

TOP 10prettiest towns in America (Forbes)

TOP 7bike-friendly communities in Indiana (Bicycle Friendly America)

TOP 25public golf courses in the United States

7national historic landmarks

60+public buildings designed by modern masters

360arts and culture programs

530acres of parks

25miles of trails

12.8%lower cost of living than the U.S. average

#1small city in the United States (Area Development)

#1city park system in the U.S. for cities its size (National Recreation and Park Association)

#6in the nation for job growth (Forbes)

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