Columbus, North Carolina

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High Points

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

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Racial Diversity
(vs. Peers)
Top 9% Columbus Racial Diversity
Affordability of Rents
(vs. State)
Top 13% Columbus Affordability of Rents

Comparative Profile of Columbus, North Carolina

Comparing Columbus 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
Senior Citizens 10 10
Age of the Population 10 10
Racial Diversity 10 7
Female Share of the Population 9 7
Well-Paid Single Men 4 5
Male Share of the Population 3 4
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 2 5
Average Household Size 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 7 6
Median Family Income 5 5
People in Middle Class or Better 4 4
People Above Poverty 4 5

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 7 7
Walking and Biking to Work 6 5
Public Transportation Use 5 4
Working at Home 4 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Living Alone 10 10
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 9 9
Housing Recently Built 8 7
Affordability of Rents 8 9
Affordability of Property Taxes 6 6
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 4 5

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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

  • 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
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
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
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Columbus Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 992 100%
Male 459 46.3%
Female 533 53.7%
Under 18 174 17.5%
18+ 818 82.5%
65+ 384 38.7%
Median Age 52.5
Average Family Size 2.75
White 896 90.3%
African-American 59 5.9%
Asian 0 0%
American Indian & Alaskan 2 0.2%
Other 31 3.1%
Mixed Race 4 0.4%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 75 7.6%

Estimated Columbus Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 994
Growth 2
Growth % 0.2%

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
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 27.5%
US/American 18.5%
English 16.6%
German 7.3%
Irish 7.3%
Scotch-Irish 6.1%
Scottish 3.6%
Swedish 2.9%
Italian 1.9%
Dutch 1.5%
French (except Basque) 1.4%
Polish 1.2%
British 0.8%
Czechoslovakian 0.8%
Welsh 0.5%
Australian 0.5%
Canadian 0.3%
French Canadian 0.3%
Russian 0.3%
Guyanese 0.3%
Norwegian 0.3%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Columbus 992 $38,542
Chimney Rock 175 $29,583
Hendersonville 10,420 $39,111
Lake Lure 1,027 $45,833
Rutherfordton 4,131 $47,381
Saluda 575 $47,188
Tryon 1,760 $44,485

Columbus Public Libraries

Polk County Public Library
Columbus, North Carolina
(828) 894-8721
Library Web Site

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Columbus Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(828) 894-3311
Emergency Service: Yes

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Columbus High Schools (2004)

1681 EAST NC 108 HWY
Serves 683 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.6

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