The Columbus Metropolitan Area is the metropolitan area centered on the American city of Columbus, Ohio. Definitions of what is commonly referred to as the "Columbus Area" vary. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the metropolitan area includes the counties of Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Hocking, Licking, Madison, Morrow, Perry, Pickaway, and Union. The population of the MSA is 1,944,002 according to the 2012 census estimates, ranking 32nd in the nation.
The larger Combined Statistical Area (called the Columbus-Marion-Zanesville Metropolitan Consoliated Area) adds the counties of Fayette, Guernsey, Knox, Logan, Marion, Muskingum, and Ross. It includes the Micropolitan Statistical Areas of Bellefontaine, Cambridge, Chillicothe, Marion, Mount Vernon, Washington Court House, and Zanesville, due to strong ties with Columbus. The population of the CSA is 2,348,495 according to the 2012 census estimates, ranking 25th in the nation.
Hilliard is a city in Franklin County, Ohio, United States. The population was 28,435 at the 2010 census with a census estimate of 30,564 in 2012. It is a large suburb of the metropolitan Columbus, Ohio area and part of Norwich Township.
Hilliard is located at 40.03444°N 83.14278°W / 40°2′4″N 83°8′34″W (40.034310, -83.142678). It is bordered on the east by Upper Arlington, on the north by Dublin, on the south by Galloway and Columbus, and to the west lies open farmland. Downtown Columbus lies in a distance to the southeast, its skyline visible at times when crossing bridges. The only major highway that runs through Hilliard is I-270, which runs north and south slightly east of the middle of the city.
Hilliard City School District is a high-performing public school district located in Hilliard, Ohio, northwest of the city of Columbus. The school district contains all of what was once Norwich and Brown townships.
In 2009, Hilliard City School District was awarded the “Excellent with Distinction” rating by the Ohio Department of Education, the agency's highest rating.