Music capital

Columbus, Ohio, Is America’s Pop Music Capital, According To This Study

Smart real estate confirmed what we already know – Columbus is one of the best music cities in the country.

  • And apparently we are one pop music city first, because we google the genre more than any of the top 50 US cities.

Driving the news: We landed 13th on Clever’s intriguing list, compiled using public data from the US Census, Bureau of Economic Analysis and Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Why is this important: After a few difficult years, our music scene is rebounding.

  • Nearby music festivals making a comeback in 2022 contributed to the rankings, along with the number of small concert venues in Columbus, ticket prices and average musician salaries.

By the numbers: The average ticket price (before the pandemic) was $123 and the median hourly wage for a musician was $31.40, according to the study.

The plot: In addition to being #1 for pop music, Columbus ranked #3 for Rock N’ Roll web searches. (Take that, Cleveland.)

  • We have varied tastes, also ranking fifth in jazz and heavy metal.

😅 Yes, but: The study notes that we are known as the hometown of country-pop group Rascal Flatts.

  • Sorry, Twenty One Pilots fans. But don’t worry, we’re confident that your Google Tours of Columbus landed us this top spot.

🎵 Coming soon: Music festivals to put on your calendar include:

💭 Alissa’s thought bubble: I’m glad Clever recognized the intimate music venues. They really are the best.

  • If you want to catch a little show, indie pop-punk band The Dollyrots, one of my favorites, is coming to Rumba Café on Monday. Only $12!