Columbus, Ohio's state capital and largest city, is the state's most populated city. It is the 14th-most populous city in the United States, the second-most populous city in the Midwest after Chicago, and the third-most populated state capital, with an estimated population of 898,553 in 2019. Franklin County's county seat, Columbus, also stretches into Delaware and Fairfield counties. The Columbus, OH Metropolitan Statistical Area, which spans 10 counties, is centered on the city. It is the largest metropolitan area wholly in Ohio, with an estimated population of 2,122,271 in 2019.