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9. Columbus, Ohio

9. Columbus, Ohio

2009 Rank:: 10
Entry-Level Employers: 38
Average Annual Pay: $43,070
Cost of Living Index: 92.7
Unemployment Rate: 9.4 percent

Despite being the state capital and the largest city in Ohio, Columbus is often overshadowed by Cincinnati and Cleveland. But its range of job listings from a diverse group of employers, including Goodyear (GT) and Alliance Financial (ALNC), could pull the city out of obscurity. Big employers that call Columbus home include Nationwide, American Electric Power (AEP), Limited Brands (LTD), and Big Lots (BIG). Surprisingly, the U.S. government is the city’s third-largest employer, thanks to the Defense Supply Center, which is one of the largest suppliers of spare parts for weapon systems. Home to Ohio State University and born of a patch of rolling farmland, Columbus is a namesake of explorer Christopher Columbus. Those who explore the city might stumble on a replica of his ship The Santa Maria, which is docked downtown on the Scioto River.

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