Hey there - I live in Columbus (in a suburb). Clintonville is going to be your most hippy, but you have to drive quite a distance up High Street to get to the interstate. Longer commute. Problem with Clintonville it is it Columbus Public Schools. Worthington is closer to the interstate, and it is pretty crunchy too (especially Colonial Hills). Can't say the schools are great there either. The absolute #1 place to be with a child with special needs is the Dublin Public Schools. And Dublin happens to be where Whole Foods and Trader Joes are. That said, Dublin is pretty pricey. But again, I know people with special needs kids who move there specifically b/c of the schooling for their special needs kids. I have a pretty darn crunchy OB/Gyn that requires all patients to chart. And I delivered at Grant and had my 'homebirth in the hospital' - just a hep lock, shower, birthing tub, and the doctor let me pull my daughter out myself. There are also 3 integrative medicine pediatricians here. One hold kids yoga at her peds clinic. Another one does osteopathic manipulative therapy as part of her practice. Overall, Columbus is pretty crunchy - MUCH more crunchy than Indianapolis. Not quite as crunchy as Dayton. Not sure how much regular preschool is around here bc we did Montessori. Montessori 1/2 day is about $450/month. The price of living here overall is very expensive. My pediatrician is from Indiananpolis and she says the cost of living here is about 40% more than Indy. Worthington's perk is that the houses have really held their value through the housing crisis. Worthington and Westerville schools have gone downhill. The best schools are Powell, Dublin, Bexley, Upper Arlington.