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Overview

Introduction to Columbus, Nebraska

Columbus, Nebraska, in Platte county, is 56 miles NW of Lincoln, Nebraska and 75 miles W of Omaha, Nebraska.

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.

People

Total Population 22,584
Male Share of the Population 51.1%
Female Share of the Population 48.9%
Senior Citizens 15.6%
Employed Population 16+ 11,892
Age of the Population 37

Families

% of people married 53.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 21.1%
Median Earnings25+ $32,225
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $25,925
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,397

Wealth

Median Family Income $64,008
% Above Poverty Level 91%
% Below Poverty Level 9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 13 minutes
% Working from Home 2.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.9%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 32.9%
Median Gross Rent $671
Median House Value $122,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 23.3%
US/American 0%
English 5.6%
Irish 11.3%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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

Notes:

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

Station COLUMBUS 3 NE
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
Station OSCEOLA
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
Station SURPRISE
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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bellwood 345 $50,625
Duncan 451 $67,750
Monroe 353 $67,813
Platte Center 338 $66,667
Schuyler 6,196 $50,211

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Columbus Public Libraries

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

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Columbus Hospitals

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

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Columbus High Schools

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COLUMBUS HIGH SCHOOL
402-563-7050
Serves 1,166 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.6

LAKEVIEW HIGH SCHOOL
402-563-2345
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 303 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.6

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