The University District is comprised of the neighborhoods surrounding one of the nation's larget public universities, The Ohio State University. It is an eclectic mix of thirteen distinct neighborhoods: Dennison Place/The Circles, Glen Echo, Indianola Forest, Indianola Terrace, Iuka Ravine, Northwood Park, Old North Columbus, Peach District, Sohud, Tuttle Park, and Weinland Park.

Figures

  • 2.83 square miles
  • 43,996 residents
  • 31,049 employees
  • 56,387 enrolled students
  • 1,227 businesses, human service agencies, and institutions

Demographic Snapshot (2010 Census)

  • Population: 43,996 (+6% from 2000)
    • Male: 24,781
    • Female: 19,215
  • By Race
    • White: 35,612
    • Black: 3,548
    • American Indian: 106
    • Asian: 3,012
    • Pacific Islander: 13
    • Other: 768
    • Two or more races: 937
    • Hispanic: 1,771
  • Households: 14,316
    • Owner occupied: 1,578 (10.1%)
    • Renter occupied: 12,738 (81.9%)
  • Average household size: 2.3

HISTORY

The area now known as the University District was not originally part of the City of Columbus at all. In 1842, out of expansive farmland emerged a separate town, North Columbus. Even before the establishment of The Ohio State University, which was first established in 1871 as the Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College, North Columbus thrived as a transportation node for stagecoaches travelling between Columbus and Sandusky. It existed on its own until it was officially annexed to Columbus in 1871.

Prestigious neighborhoods quickly emerged south and east of the University as Columbus businessmen and Ohio State University professors constructed residences.  Streetcar lines stretching northward led to development of attached row houses along the eastern edge of the University District and provided housing for young families.  The University and businesses surrounding it prospered greatly throughout the early 20th Century. 

By the 1950’s, the University District was overflowing with returning GIs and their families.  To accommodate this influx, zoning was altered to permit rooming houses and higher density development, which resulted in significant changes to the neighborhood.  The impact these zoning changes had on the neighborhood is still being grappled with today. Home to a wealth of ingenuity, the University District will continue to evolve and be a defining force of social and economic influence in Columbus and of Central Ohio.