Introduction to Columbus, Indiana

Columbus, Indiana, in Bartholomew county, is 32 miles E of Bloomington, Indiana and 41 miles S of Indianapolis, Indiana. The city is home to some 39,059 residents.

Columbus History

The area which is now known as Columbus was bought by Luke Bonesteel and General John Tipton in 1820. It was named Tiptonia in honor of the general. The present name of Columbus was given to the city in March of 1821. It was incorporated as a city in June 1864. The first railroad crossed through Columbus in 1844, helping the community grow rapidly.

Columbus and nearby Attractions

  • Crump Theatre
  • First Baptist Church
  • North Christian Church
  • Large Arch
  • Mill Race Park
  • Brown County State Park

Things To Do In Columbus

Columbus is famous for its art and architecture. There are many public buildings in the city which are noted for their architectural brilliance. Quite a few of them have also been named on the National Historic Landmarks list. The city also has an orchestra called the Columbus Philharmonic Orchestra. Its performances have been broadcast across the country several times.

Columbus Transportation

International and domestic flights are available at the Indianapolis International Airport

Columbus Higher Education

Ivy Tech State College and the Indiana Business College are local higher educational institutions.


Total Population 45,522
Male Share of the Population 49.1%
Female Share of the Population 50.9%
Senior Citizens 14.9%
Employed Population 16+ 21,751
Age of the Population 37


% of people married 50.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 34.5%
Median Earnings25+ $39,382
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,642
Median Earnings With High School Degree $28,257


Median Family Income $67,992
% Above Poverty Level 88.3%
% Below Poverty Level 11.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 2.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.1%
% Using Public Transportation 0.7%


People Living Alone 31.3%
Median Gross Rent $818
Median House Value $143,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 22.8%
US/American 0.1%
English 12.1%
Irish 9.8%

Columbus Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 32 miles E of Bloomington, Indiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 41 miles S of Indianapolis, Indiana
County Bartholomew
Standard Zip Codes 47201, 47203
P.O. Box Zip Codes 47202
Phone Area Codes 812
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.201
Longitude -85.921

Columbus Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 0.3 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 37 F
Apr Temp 41 to 64 F
Jul Temp 65 to 86 F
Oct Temp 42 to 67 F
Annual Precip 41.9 inches
Station SEYMOUR 2 N
Distance 15.1 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 37 F
Apr Temp 40 to 64 F
Jul Temp 64 to 85 F
Oct Temp 41 to 67 F
Annual Precip 46.1 inches
Distance 32 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 37 F
Apr Temp 41 to 64 F
Jul Temp 65 to 86 F
Oct Temp 44 to 67 F
Annual Precip 44.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Clifford 276 $44,375
Edinburgh 4,023 $40,347
Elizabethtown 561 $34,091
Hartsville 358 $56,250
Hope 2,292 $51,900
Jonesville 111 $46,875

Columbus Public Libraries

Bartholomew County Pl
Columbus, Indiana
(812) 379-1255
Library Web Site

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Columbus Hospitals

(Government - Local)
(812) 379-4441
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 16.4

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