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Overview

Introduction to Columbia, Tennessee

Columbia, Tennessee, in Maury county, is 39 miles SW of Murfreesboro, Tennessee and 40 miles S of Nashville, Tennessee. The city contains a population of approximately 33,055.

Columbia History

Columbia is the county seat of Maury County, which was organized in 1807. The city of Columbia was laid out in 1808. It was officially incorporated in 1817. The area is also known as the "Mule capital of the world." It is also home to the national headquarters for the Sons of Confederate Veterans. The Columbia Race Riot occurred here in the year 1946. The area is also home to Tennessee’s first community college, Columbia State Community College.

Columbia and nearby Attractions

  • Pillow Park
  • Tennessee State Museum
  • Maury County Park
  • Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
  • Adventure Science Center
  • Cultural Museum at Scarritt - Bennett Center

Things To Do In Columbia

From Columbia, one can plan a day trip to parks like the Pop Geers Park, Woodland Park or Pinkerton Park. The Graymere Golf and Country Club is a great place for golfers to enjoy a round. Local churches include the Craft Memorial Church, the First Cumberland Church and the Riverview Church. Local festivals include the Southern Fried Fall Festival, which is held every September; and the Mule Day, which is held every April.

Columbia Transportation

Nashville International is the nearest major airport.

Columbia Higher Education

Columbia State Community College is the local institution of higher educational. Other nearby institutions include Tennessee State University, David Lipscomb University and Belmont University.

People

Total Population 35,627
Male Share of the Population 46.3%
Female Share of the Population 53.7%
Senior Citizens 14.3%
Employed Population 16+ 14,627
Age of the Population 36

Families

% of people married 42.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 16.5%
Median Earnings25+ $27,851
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $17,339
Median Earnings With High School Degree $23,781

Wealth

Median Family Income $45,747
% Above Poverty Level 76.8%
% Below Poverty Level 23.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 25 minutes
% Working from Home 2.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.9%
% Using Public Transportation 0.1%

Housing

People Living Alone 31.7%
Median Gross Rent $682
Median House Value $118,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 37.2%
US/American 0.4%
English 10.6%
Irish 11.2%

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

Columbia Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 39 miles SW of Murfreesboro, Tennessee (center to center)
Nearest Large City 40 miles S of Nashville, Tennessee
County Maury
Standard Zip Codes 38401
P.O. Box Zip Codes 38402
Phone Area Codes 931
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.615
Longitude -87.035

Columbia 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 COLUMBIA 3 WNW
Distance 3.6 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 46 F
Apr Temp 43 to 69 F
Jul Temp 66 to 89 F
Oct Temp 44 to 72 F
Annual Precip 56.1 inches
Station CENTERVILLE WATER PL
Distance 24.2 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 48 F
Apr Temp 44 to 75 F
Jul Temp 66 to 89 F
Oct Temp 45 to 73 F
Annual Precip 54.5 inches
Station PULASKI WATER PLANT
Distance 29.9 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 48 F
Apr Temp 46 to 71 F
Jul Temp 68 to 89 F
Oct Temp 46 to 73 F
Annual Precip 56.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Chapel Hill 1,573 $46,364
Cornersville 1,315 $50,625
Lewisburg 11,321 $41,941
Lynnville 334 $48,750
Mount Pleasant 4,657 $52,443
Spring Hill 32,831 $84,793

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

Columbia Public Libraries

Library
Maury County Public Library
211 WEST 8TH STREET
Columbia, Tennessee
(931) 388-6332

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Columbia Hospitals

MAURY REGIONAL HOSPITAL
(Government - Local)
1224 TROTWOOD AVE
(931) 381-1111
Emergency Service: Yes

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