Contact Information 1111 East Broad St.  
Suite #302 
Columbus, OH 43205 
Office : (614) 645-1993 
Fax : (614) 645-1862 
Hours:  M-F 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Information about New Americans in Central Ohio

  • Columbus is an open, inclusive and welcoming city.
  • The Columbus City Code has prohibited discrimination, including discrimination based on race, religion and national origin, for more than 40 years.
  • In the years since, including in 2008 and 2011, the code was amended to include protections for race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, disability, familial status or military status.
  • In 2014, Columbus voters overwhelmingly approved changes to the city charter that made these same protections part of the city’s constitution.
  • The Columbus Division of Police works hard to build and preserve trust in all communities, including immigrant communities.
  • We have Liaison Officers in our police force that work in every neighborhood.
  • Our Department of Neighborhoods also works with our New American population.

Immigrant Population

  • We recognize that immigrants and refugees are strong contributors to the socio-economic fabric of our community.
  • Immigrants and refugees in Columbus have become a driving force in the creation of small businesses and jobs.
  • The local refugee community supports an estimated 21,000 jobs in Columbus.
  • Somalia accounts for 53% of the resettlement (we have the second highest Somali population in the country behind Minneapolis-St. Paul). In 2015, it was 45,000.
  • Central Ohio (Franklin County) has had the highest number of refugee arrivals than anywhere else in the state.
  • Foreign-born residents are 9.3% of entire population of Columbus.
  • Due to size and workforce participation, foreign-born population of Columbus contributes more than $2 billion in spending power and $258 million in taxes (income, property, sales).
  • Immigrants nationally are almost 28% more likely to be entrepreneurs than natives. In Columbus, almost 10,000 foreign-born residents are entrepreneurs.
  • Our foreign-born population is established: 78% of foreign-born population in Columbus has been here more than a year.
  • Since 1983, more than 16,000 refugees from around the world were resettled to the Columbus area.
Columbus Stats:

  • Columbus is the 15th largest city in the U.S., with one of the fastest growing economies in the Midwest.
  • We have approximately 850,000 people. Some estimates show that growing to as many as 3 million by 2050.