Where can I find a suburb close to downtown Columbus with good schools and good quality of life?

April 25, 2012 | 0 Comments

Upper Arlington, birthplace of golfer Jack Nicklaus, lies just northwest of downtown Columbus. It is considered a “first-ring” suburb of the city.

The city dates back to 1913, and in 1985 the southern half of the city, known as “Old Arlington,” was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Today the Upper Arlington Historical Society works to preserve the unique character of the area, which features 20th century American Colonial and English Revival Style architecture.

There are 33 parks in Upper Arlington, featuring fitness trails, sports fields, tennis courts, shuffleboard courts, public art installations, historic areas, volleyball courts, a skate park, and a water park. The city also runs three public swimming pools.

The Upper Arlington Farmers’ Market is held in the Old Arlington area on Wednesdays during the spring and early fall. The market features fresh, locally grown in-season produce and specialty goods.

The city is committed to green living; it has one of the highest recycling rates in the country and was the first community in Central Ohio to assess its carbon footprint. The UA Green Team was formed to reduce that footprint.

Apartments in Upper Arlington range from studios to three-bedroom units. Rents are slightly more expensive than the average apartment Columbus.

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