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People

Total Population 1,161
Male Share of the Population 48.4%
Female Share of the Population 51.6%
Senior Citizens 20.2%
Employed Population 16+ 370
Age of the Population 36

Families

% of people married 46%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 17.5%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $42,969
% Above Poverty Level 87.9%
% Below Poverty Level 12.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 4.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0%
% Using Public Transportation 1.1%

Housing

People Living Alone 41.3%
Median Gross Rent $705
Median House Value $147,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 24.1%
US/American 0%
English 6.5%
Irish 7.5%

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

Columbus Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 29 miles NE of Greenville, South Carolina (center to center)
Nearest Large City 76 miles W of Charlotte, North Carolina
County Polk
Standard Zip Codes 28722
Phone Area Codes 828
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.253
Longitude -82.197

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 TRYON
Distance 4.2 miles
Jan Temp 30 to 52 F
Apr Temp 46 to 74 F
Jul Temp 67 to 89 F
Oct Temp 48 to 73 F
Annual Precip 65.4 inches
Station SIMMS WATER PLANT
Distance 16.1 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 52 F
Apr Temp 43 to 74 F
Jul Temp 65 to 91 F
Oct Temp 45 to 74 F
Annual Precip 51.6 inches
Station FLETCHER 2 NE
Distance 21.1 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 49 F
Apr Temp 40 to 69 F
Jul Temp 61 to 84 F
Oct Temp 42 to 69 F
Annual Precip 45.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Chimney Rock 68 $47,500
Hendersonville 13,457 $49,695
Lake Lure 1,409 $72,813
Rutherfordton 4,193 $48,294
Saluda 656 $46,484
Tryon 1,624 $51,579

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

Columbus Public Libraries

Library
Polk County Public Library
51 WALKER STREET
Columbus, North Carolina
(828) 894-8721
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Columbus Hospitals

ST LUKES HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
101 HOSPITAL DRIVE
(828) 894-3311
Emergency Service: Yes

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Columbus High Schools

POLK COUNTY HIGH
1681 EAST NC 108 HWY
828-894-2525
Serves 683 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.6

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