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!