In case you hadn't heard, Columbus is celebrating its bicentennial in 2012. To wish Columbus a happy birthday, Parent has drummed up 200 reasons why this fair city is a great place to raise a family.

In case you hadn't heard, Columbus is celebrating its bicentennial in 2012. To wish Columbus a happy birthday, Parent has drummed up 200 reasons why this fair city is a great place to raise a family. We'll be counting them down throughout the year, beginning with the following:

1. A German-based reverence for quality baked goods

2. Jack Hanna: The world knows he's from here. What more could we ask for in a public figure?

3. We're located on the western side of the time zone, which means we get more daylight at the end of the day than the beginning. Maybe it's just us, but that's the side we'd rather have an hour more daylight.

4. That gallon of milk in your fridge probably traveled less than 100 miles from a cow to get here.

5. The Center for Discovery at the Columbus Metropolitan Library's Main Branch

6. Ohio is No. 35 in the nation for square mileage, but No. 5 in the number of colleges and universities. That's what we call density of opportunity!

7. North Market: The living embodiment of the term "Something for everyone!"

8. Mad River Mountain: Yes, we've got real winter sports, too!

9. We also have our own dedicated curling ice at the Columbus Curling Club. That's a big deal in the curling world.

10. Max & Erma's: Free cookies on Wednesdays. 'Nuff said.

11. The Wonder Room at the Columbus Museum of Art: The best just got better, especially for families.

12. Columbus Children's Theatre: Not just for watching - also for doing!

13. The crafting community in Central Ohio: Talk about great role modeling for the kids.

14. The PBJ & Jazz concert series from the Jazz Arts Group

15. The Step Up to Quality state rating program for childcare centers and preschools

16. Depending on how you classify William Henry Harrison, Ohio is either No. 1 or No. 2 on the list for being home to the most U.S. presidents (Harrison was born in Virginia, but considered himself an Ohioan).

17. Rick Nash: Because by now we all know that humble, hardworking athlete role models don't exactly grow on trees.

18. German Village: The original cool neighborhood

19. The Ohio Statehouse: Admit it, it's also pretty cool

20. Graeter's: The original ice cream that ex-Ohioans would ship to themselves