Columbus, Nebraska

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Columbus, Nebraska

Introduction to Columbus, Nebraska

Columbus, Nebraska, in Platte county, is 56 miles NW of Lincoln, Nebraska and 75 miles W of Omaha, Nebraska. The city is home to some 20,971 residents.

Columbus History

A group of 13 people established a new settlement at the confluence of the Platte and Loup rivers in 1856, at the time when plans for constructing a transcontinental railway were announced. These 13 people were from Columbus, Ohio. Columbus is home to Glur's Tavern, which is the oldest tavern in the West. The city is the county seat of Platte County.

Columbus and nearby Attractions

  • Platte County Historical Society Museum
  • Genoa Historical Museum
  • Pioneer State Recreation Area
  • Dead Timber State Recreation Area
  • State Capitol Building
  • Governor’s Mansion

Things To Do In Columbus

The Museum of Nebraska History, the Plainsman Agricultural Museum, the Edgerton Explorit Center and the Lux Center for the Arts are all popular local tourist spots. Local churches include the Iglesia Emanuel Church, Church of Christ, Church of the Nazarene, and Immanuel Lutheran Church. Glur Park and Airport Park offer various facilities for recreation.

Columbus Transportation

Des Moines International is the nearest major airport.

Columbus Higher Education

Facilities for higher education can be availed from Northeast Community College, the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, Wayne State College and the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

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High Points

Columbus strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Nebraska):

Category Trophy
Short Commute Times
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy Columbus Short Commute Times
Median Family Income
(vs. State)
Top 14% Columbus Median Family Income
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. State)
Top 15% Columbus Well-Paid Single Men
Public Transportation Use
(vs. State)
Top 16% Columbus Public Transportation Use
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 16% Columbus Well-Paid Single Women
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 18% Columbus Racial Diversity

Comparative Profile of Columbus, Nebraska

Comparing Columbus to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Nebraska (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Children Under 5 Years Old 7 9
Male Share of the Population 6 7
Senior Citizens 6 3
Well-Paid Single Men 6 9
Well-Paid Single Women 5 9
Female Share of the Population 5 4
Age of the Population 5 3
Racial Diversity 4 9


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 7 6
Average Household Size 5 8


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 7 8
People in Middle Class or Better 6 9
Median Family Income 6 9
College Educated Adults 5 8

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 10 9
Working at Home 8 8
Walking and Biking to Work 7 7
Public Transportation Use 3 9


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 9 9
Affordability of Rents 8 4
People Living Alone 6 3
Affordability of Property Taxes 6 3
Housing Recently Built 6 9
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 6 8

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Columbus Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 56 miles NW of Lincoln, Nebraska (center to center)
Nearest Large City 75 miles W of Omaha, Nebraska
County Platte
Standard Zip Codes 68601
P.O. Box Zip Codes 68602
Phone Area Codes 402
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.429
Longitude -97.368

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 3.1 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 32 F
Apr Temp 39 to 63 F
Jul Temp 65 to 88 F
Oct Temp 41 to 64 F
Annual Precip 28.4 inches
Distance 19.9 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 33 F
Apr Temp 38 to 64 F
Jul Temp 64 to 88 F
Oct Temp 40 to 66 F
Annual Precip 28.8 inches
Distance 23 miles
Jan Temp 10 to 32 F
Apr Temp 37 to 62 F
Jul Temp 64 to 87 F
Oct Temp 37 to 66 F
Annual Precip 27.4 inches
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Columbus Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 20,971 100%
Male 10,165 48.5%
Female 10,806 51.5%
Under 18 5,912 28.2%
18+ 15,059 71.8%
65+ 3,065 14.6%
Median Age 35.7
Average Family Size 3.09
White 19,753 94.2%
African-American 95 0.5%
Asian 100 0.5%
American Indian & Alaskan 74 0.4%
Other 731 3.5%
Mixed Race 210 1%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 1,395 6.7%

Estimated Columbus Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 20,909
Growth -62
Growth % -0.3%

Columbus Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 44.7%
Polish 11.8%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 10.1%
Irish 6.8%
English 4.8%
Czech 4.5%
Swedish 3%
US/American 2.5%
Danish 1.5%
Norwegian 1.5%
Dutch 1.1%
Swiss 1%
Czechoslovakian 0.9%
Italian 0.9%
Scottish 0.8%
French (except Basque) 0.7%
Scotch-Irish 0.7%
European 0.5%
Scandinavian 0.4%
Russian 0.3%
Welsh 0.3%
Iraqi 0.2%
Belgian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Columbus 20,971 $48,669
Bellwood 446 $39,286
Duncan 359 $42,031
Monroe 307 $43,977
Platte Center 359 $40,357
Rising City 386 $38,750
Schuyler 5,371 $41,747

Columbus Public Libraries

Columbus Public Library
2504 14TH STREET
Columbus, Nebraska
(402) 564-7116

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Columbus Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
4600 38TH ST
(402) 564-7118
Emergency Service: Yes

Wal-mart in Columbus

(As of 2006)
818 East 23Rd St.
(402) 564-1668
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Columbus High Schools (2004)

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Serves 1,166 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.6

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Serves 303 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.6

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