What visitors and newcomers really mean when they call Columbus, Ohio, a certain type of town is that most people in the town were born and raised there and never left Columbus. (Please look up the meaning of "cowtown" / "cow town" in the dictionary.)
When people arrive in Columbus, Ohio and mention that they are from another city or area of the country, such as Denver, Atlanta or Boston, people in Columbus either:
1.) Have a look on their face and act like they have no idea of where that is or anything about that city or area of the country (including other cities and areas of Ohio). They act totally ignorant about anyplace outside the Columbus Bubble and for a good reason, they are.
2.) Act very rude, narcissistic and arrogant, with an attitude that their hometown (Columbus) is better than everyone else's hometown. This unfriendly attitude tends to hurt people who are from other places outside the Columbus Bubble. Instead of welcoming people to Columbus, they are down right rude to them (including visitors from Cincinnati, Dayton, Toledo and Cleveland).
Out of all the places in the US and around the world, that I have been in my life, I have never met anyone with the attitude that the people in Columbus, Ohio have towards visitors and newcomers. I work in an area where there are a lot of visitors to Columbus, Ohio and almost all them complain about the way they are treated by the people in Columbus.
As far a basketball goes in Columbus, forget it. The only thing Columbus, Ohio cares about is OSU FOOTBALL. It dominates all of the local television stations and the local newspaper. No body even discusses basketball or baseball in Columbus; it's all OSU FOOTBALL. Most people are obsessed with OSU FOOTBALL and that is all they talk about.
If you love narcissist and a city where locals think that it is perfect, move to Columbus, Ohio. But, don't you dare make any complaints about their Great Almighty City or everyone's Narcissistic rage will be directed towards you. For some reason, the people in Columbus, Ohio, cannot take any criticism about their city or OSU FOOTBALL; they just go ballistic and get violent.
There is also a common delusion of grandeur among the people in Columbus, Since Columbus, Ohio is the "Promise Land and the Mecca where everyone in the world must bow down and praise the almighty OSU FOOTBALL team.
As you can guess, I am one of those many outsiders who are treated like crap by the people of Columbus. Also, for some reason, if you live in the Columbus suburb of Grove City, your treated like crap also. The people here are really pathetic in the Columbus Bubble.