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Living a Small town Lifestyle in Columbus, Indiana

The small town of Columbus has won a number of awards including "America in Bloom" as well as being named one of "The Ten Most Playful Towns." There are 4 shopping centers here. Columbus only has 36,000 people, but it has the distinction of being one of America's top cities for architecture. It has six buildings designated as National Historic Landmarks, and 60 other distinguished buildings keep its reputation as a showcase of modern architecture.

The reason for this architectural oasis in the center of Indiana is owed to one man - J.Erwin Miller, owner of the Cummins Engine Company. Mr. Miller had the ingenious idea that he would pay the architectural fees on any building - IF the organization chose one of the firms on his list. As all types of buildings from schools to churches took him up on his offer, Columbus cemented its future and became a must destination for lovers of architecture.

Where to Retire in Columbus and Home Prices

Real estate prices in Columbus have been very stable for the past several years.

Zillow reported the median home value was $188,761 in early 2021.

What is Special about Columbus

Arguably the greatest concentration of modern architecture in the world: * First Christian Church by Eliel Saarinen * Irwin Union Bank by Eero Saarinen -landscape by Dan Kiley, addition by Kevin Roche * Residence of J. Irwin Miller by Eero Saarinen( landscape by Dan Kiley) * Mabel McDowell School by John Carl Warnecke * North Christian Church - Eero Saarinen * First Baptist Church by Harry Wees

What is Not Special about Columbus

Lack of diversity. Small towns aren't for everybody.

Climate and Physical Environment

The terrain is mostly flat with rolling hills. The Flat Rock and Driftwood Rivers are here. It is mostly agricultural. Lake Monroe and Brown County State Park are local attractions. The average Jan temp is in the high 20s and the average July temp in the mid 70s.  Columbus is in southcentral Indiana.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

In addition to architecture there important sculptures by Henry Moore and Jean Tinguely The Columbus Indiana Philharmonic enjoys a solid reputation and has been broadcast nationwide multiple times. The orchestra has teamed with the Indianapolis Children's Choir to form the Columbus Indiana Children's Choir. There are 3 movie theaters and several museums, whereas the downtown landmark Crump Theater holds occasional live performances. The downtown has some nice shops, restaurants, a classic European ice cream parlor, and outdoor cafes. The I.M. Pei designed library is enormous and beautiful. The cultural attractions of Indianapolis are about 45 miles away, while Bloomington, home to the huge Indiana University, is within driving range.


The Crime Index in Columbus is 320 vs. the U.S. average of 319.

Medical Facilities

Columbus Regional is the local hospital, there are others within 20 miles.


Columbus Municipal Airport is 4 miles away, Indianapolis International is 44 miles.

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