Columbia, North Carolina

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Columbia, North Carolina

Columbia, the county seat of Tyrrell County, is located on the Inner Banks of eastern North Carolina, specifically on the eastern side of the Scuppernong River, south of the Albemarle Sound, and west of the Alligator River. The Albemarle Sound is one of the East Coast's largest estuarine systems.

Columbia is located at the junction of highways 64 and 94. The Tyrrell County Visitors Center is located on Highway 64 in Columbia. Columbia is approximately two hours northeast of Greenville, North Carolina, and two hours south of Chesapeake, Virginia.

Columbia, NC harbor

Referred to as "the place of the sweet bay tree" by Native Americans, Columbia was one of three towns in North Carolina and 150 nationally that was nominated for the annual American Dream Town Competition in 2005.

Attractions, Arts, and Entertainment in Columbia, North Carolina

Columbia has a wealth of leisure time attractions that range from the arts, to natural wildlife preserves and their associated outdoor activities. Major attractions in or near Columbia include:

    Columbia, NC harbor
  • Many annual seasonal festivals including the Annual Potato Cooking Contest; the Scuppernong River Festival; the Steamed Blue to Red, Hot and Lively Art Auction and Crab Feast; the Soul Food Celebration at the Columbia Theater Cultural Resources Center; River Town Christmas; and more.
  • The Columbia Marina and Columbia Town Docks
  • The Columbia Theater Cultural Resources Center
  • The Emily and Richardson Preyer Buckridge Reserve
  • The Palmetto-Peartree Preserve which is a 10,000 acre preserve that is home to the largest population of endangered red-cockaded woodpeckers on private land in the North Carolina. It is a premier destination for hikers, bird watchers, paddlers, and outdoor enthusiasts.
  • Pettigrew State Park
  • The Pocosin Arts Center
  • The Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge
  • The Scuppernong River Interpretive Boardwalk
  • The Scuppernong River Preserve
  • The Somerset Place State Historic Site
  • The Walter B. Jones Center for the Sounds

Columbia is also an easy day trip from North Carolina's outer banks and all of the associated beach and water activities.

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Columbia strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in North Carolina):

Category Trophy
Racial Diversity
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Top 2% trophy Columbia Racial Diversity
Affordability of Rents
(vs. State)
Top 3% trophy Columbia Affordability of Rents

Comparative Profile of Columbia, North Carolina

Comparing Columbia to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in North Carolina (State):

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

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Racial Diversity 10 10
Female Share of the Population 9 7
Senior Citizens 8 8
Age of the Population 7 7
Children Under 5 Years Old 5 6
Male Share of the Population 2 4
Well-Paid Single Men 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 4 5
Portion of People Married 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 5 3
People in Middle Class or Better 1 1
People Above Poverty 1 1
Median Family Income 1 1

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 10 10
Public Transportation Use 8 9
Walking and Biking to Work 2 2
Short Commute Times 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Affordability of Rents 10 10
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 9 9
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 7 6
People Living Alone 7 6
Affordability of Property Taxes 6 5
Housing Recently Built 3 1

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Columbia Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 56 miles S of Chesapeake, Virginia (center to center)
Nearest Large City 63 miles S of Virginia Beach, Virginia
County Tyrrell
Standard Zip Codes 27925
Phone Area Codes 252
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.917
Longitude -76.252

Columbia Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 0.8 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 52 F
Apr Temp 48 to 70 F
Jul Temp 70 to 89 F
Oct Temp 52 to 73 F
Annual Precip 49.8 inches
Station PLYMOUTH 5 E
Distance 22.6 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 54 F
Apr Temp 48 to 74 F
Jul Temp 70 to 90 F
Oct Temp 51 to 75 F
Annual Precip 52 inches
Distance 27.8 miles
Jan Temp 32 to 53 F
Apr Temp 48 to 72 F
Jul Temp 70 to 89 F
Oct Temp 52 to 74 F
Annual Precip 48.2 inches
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Columbia Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 819 100%
Male 377 46%
Female 442 54%
Under 18 218 26.6%
18+ 601 73.4%
65+ 160 19.5%
Median Age 39.1
Average Family Size 2.93
White 321 39.2%
African-American 428 52.3%
Asian 12 1.5%
American Indian & Alaskan 1 0.1%
Other 42 5.1%
Mixed Race 15 1.8%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 60 7.3%

Estimated Columbia Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 784
Growth -35
Growth % -4.3%

Columbia 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
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 63.1%
US/American 15.2%
English 10.3%
Irish 3.7%
German 2.2%
Scottish 1.8%
Scotch-Irish 1.2%
African 0.6%
British 0.5%
European 0.5%
Italian 0.5%
Swedish 0.3%
French (except Basque) 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Columbia 819 $21,563
Creswell 278 $23,750
Edenton 5,394 $34,132
Hertford 2,070 $24,524
Roper 613 $25,938
Winfall 554 $30,417
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Student/teacher ratio: 9.5

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