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.


Total Population 795
Male Share of the Population 44.5%
Female Share of the Population 55.5%
Senior Citizens 20.9%
Employed Population 16+ 279
Age of the Population 42


% of people married 38.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 9.5%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $33,056
% Above Poverty Level 70.2%
% Below Poverty Level 29.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 3.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.3%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 32.5%
Median Gross Rent $495
Median House Value $97,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 66.3%
US/American 0%
English 5.8%
Irish 4.5%

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

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Creswell 294 $55,313
Edenton 4,942 $28,804
Hertford 2,197 $39,306
Roper 445 $20,469

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

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