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Overview

Introduction to Columbus, Georgia

Columbus is a city located in Georgia's Muscogee County. Situated in the west central part of the state near the Alabama state line, Columbus lies about 90 miles southwest of Georgia's capital (Atlanta) and approximately 80 miles east of the city of Montgomery, Alabama. Columbus is serviced by Interstate I-185 and also by U.S. Routes 27, 80, 280, and 431.

Known as the Fountain City for the numerous fountains installed there early in the 20th century, Columbus is also the birthplace of Coca Cola and the home of Columbus State University. Fort Benning Military Reservation, a premiere U.S. Army training facility and the region's principal employer, is located in Columbus, which is also the corporate headquarters of many companies such as AFLAC Insurance and Carmike Cinemas.

Once the site of a Creek Indian Village, Columbus was established in 1828 as a trading post to strengthen Georgia's western border. Named after Christopher Columbus, the city became one of the most significant industrial centers of the South in the mid 19th century, owing to its prominence in the textile industry. In later years, Columbus underwent modernization and a training camp for soldiers was established in the area. Known at the time as Camp Benning, the camp would later evolve into the present day Fort Benning. During the latter part of the 20th century, the city experienced a significant period of urban renewal and revitalization. This effort has resulted in a welcome expansion of commercial activity which is still ongoing today.

Columbus Places of Interest

Columbus offers its visitors and residents a wide variety of fine attractions. The Port Columbus Civil War Naval Museum, the nation's only Civil War naval museum, is a living structure which chronicles the Civil War era. The National Infantry Museum contains a large collection of military art and artifacts and focus on the role of the American Infantryman through two centuries of valor. Some of the other notable attractions in the city include the following:

  • Coca-Cola Space Science Center: Includes replicas of an Apollo capsule and Space Shuttle
  • Heritage Corner: Features the birthplace of Coca-Cola
  • Andersonville: The former Camp Sumter, once the largest of the Confederate military prisons
  • Little Whitehouse: Built by future President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1932 while governor of New York
  • F.D. Roosevelt State Park: A 10,000-acre park located on Pine Mountain
  • Warm Springs Village: A Victorian village with more than 65 shops
  • Westville: An authentically restored 1850s village which depicts life in pre-industrial Georgia
  • Springer Opera House
  • Callaway Gardens
  • Columbus Museum
  • Oxbow Meadows
  • Pine Mountain Wild Animal Safari
  • Providence Canyon

Columbus is home to two professional sports teams. The Columbus Catfish are a Class A minor league baseball team playing in the South Atlantic League. The Catfish are affiliated with Major League Baseball's Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The Columbus Cottonmouths are a professional ice hockey team who play their home games at Columbus Civic Center. The "Mouths" are members of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL). Columbus is also notable for being the home of the 2006 Little League World Champions. The city's team represented the state of Georgia in the tournament and defeated the team from Japan in August, 2006 to capture the championship of the 60th Little League Baseball World Series.

Demographics

People

Total Population200,303
Male Share of the Population49.1%
Female Share of the Population50.9%
Senior Citizens12%
Employed Population 16+86,877
Age of the Population34

Families

% of people married39.7%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher25%
Median Earnings25+$30,841
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$16,818
Median Earnings With High School Degree$23,037

Wealth

Median Family Income$53,731
% Above Poverty Level79.1%
% Below Poverty Level20.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time20 minutes
% Working from Home6.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.6%
% Using Public Transportation1.3%

Housing

People Living Alone31.9%
Median Gross Rent$844
Median House Value$138,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)56.4%
German8.3%
Irish8%
English6.3%
Italian1.9%
Scottish1.5%
French Except Basque1.3%
Polish1.2%
West Indian0.7%
Dutch0.7%
African0.6%
Norwegian0.5%
Canadian0.5%
Welsh0.4%
Jamaican0.4%
Swedish0.3%
Arab0.3%
Hungarian0.3%
Greek0.3%
Russian0.2%
Trinidad Tobago0.1%
Belizean0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Czech0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Swiss0.1%
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Columbus Almanac

CategoryValue
County Muscogee County, Chattahoochee County
Standard Zip Codes31901, 31903, 31904, 31906, 31907, 31909, 31829, 31905
P.O. Box Zip Codes31902, 31908, 31914, 31917, 31995
Company Zip Codes31993, 31997, 31998, 31999
Phone Area Codes706,762
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude32.47
Approximate Longitude-84.98

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)

StationCOLUMBUS METRO AP
Distance4.4 miles
Jan Temp37 to 57 F
Apr Temp52 to 77 F
Jul Temp72 to 92 F
Oct Temp55 to 77 F
Annual Precip48.5 inches
StationOPELIKA
Distance30.5 miles
Jan Temp33 to 55 F
Apr Temp47 to 75 F
Jul Temp68 to 90 F
Oct Temp50 to 76 F
Annual Precip56.4 inches
StationTALBOTTON
Distance31.5 miles
Jan Temp32 to 55 F
Apr Temp47 to 75 F
Jul Temp68 to 90 F
Oct Temp49 to 74 F
Annual Precip50.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Hamilton1,092$49,792
Waverly Hall956$59,417

Columbus Public Libraries

Chattahoochee Valley Libraries
3000 MACON ROAD
Columbus, Georgia
(706) 243-2669

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Columbus Hospitals

St Francis Hospital
(Non-profit)
2122 Manchester Expressway
Bradley Center Of Saint Francis
(Non-profit)
2000 Sixteenth Avenue
(706) 320-3700
Doctors Specialty Hospital
(Non-profit)
616 19th Street
(706) 494-4262
West Central Georgia Regional Hospital
(Government - State)
3000 Schatulga Road
Columbus Specialty Hospital Inc
710 Center Street, 9th & 10th Floors
(706) 321-6709
Midtown Medical Center
710 Center St Box 951
(706) 571-1000
Northside Medical Center
100 Frist Court

Columbus Public Schools

Downtown Elementary Magnet Academy
1400 1st Ave
ZIP: 31901
(706) 748-2702
Primary
Total Enrollment 486
Hannan Elementary
1338 Talbotton Rd
ZIP: 31901
(706) 748-2744
Primary
Total Enrollment 478
South Columbus Elementary School
1964 Torch Hill Rd
ZIP: 31903
(706) 683-8833
Primary
Total Enrollment 563
Spencer High School
4340 Victory Dr
ZIP: 31903
(706) 683-8701
High
Total Enrollment 823
Muscogee Elementary School
3900 Baker Plaza Dr
ZIP: 31903
(706) 683-8822
Eddy Middle School
2100 S Lumpkin Rd
ZIP: 31903
(706) 683-8782
Middle
Total Enrollment 481
Cusseta Road Elementary School
4150 Cusseta Rd
ZIP: 31903
(706) 683-8760
Martin Luther King- Jr. Elementary School
350 30th Ave
ZIP: 31903
(706) 683-8815
Primary
Total Enrollment 613
Key Elementary School
2520 Broadmoor Dr
ZIP: 31903
(706) 683-8797
Primary
Total Enrollment 362
Dorothy Height Elementary School
1458 Benning Dr
ZIP: 31903
(706) 570-3009
Primary
Total Enrollment 672
Baker Middle School
1215 Benning Dr
ZIP: 31903
(706) 683-8721
Middle
Total Enrollment 559
Arnold Middle School
2011 51st St
ZIP: 31904
(706) 748-2436
Middle
Total Enrollment 708
Allen Elementary School
5201 23rd Ave
ZIP: 31904
(706) 748-2418
Primary
Total Enrollment 457
Early College Academy Of Columbus At Waverly Terrace
2701 11th Ave
ZIP: 31904
(706) 565-2965
High
Total Enrollment 181
Double Churches Middle School
7611 Whitesville Rd
ZIP: 31904
(706) 748-2678
Middle
Total Enrollment 470
Johnson Elementary School
3700 Woodlawn Ave
ZIP: 31904
(706) 748-2795
Primary
Total Enrollment 337
Fox Elementary School
600 38th St
ZIP: 31904
(706) 748-2723
Primary
Total Enrollment 430
River Road Elementary School
516 Heath Dr
ZIP: 31904
(706) 748-3072
Primary
Total Enrollment 422
Jordan Vocational High School
3200 Howard Ave
ZIP: 31904
(706) 748-2819
High
Total Enrollment 740
Daniel Middle Alternative School
1042 Manchester Expy
ZIP: 31904
(706) 748-2590
Double Churches Elementary School
1213 Double Churches Rd
ZIP: 31904
(706) 748-2660
Primary
Total Enrollment 569
Brewer Elementary School
2951 Martin Luther King Jr, Blvd
ZIP: 31906
(706) 748-2479
Primary
Total Enrollment 499
Richards Middle School
2892 Edgewood Rd
ZIP: 31906
(706) 569-3697
Middle
Total Enrollment 732
Clubview Elementary School
2836 Edgewood Rd
ZIP: 31906
(706) 565-3017
Primary
Total Enrollment 534
Davis Elementary School
1822 Shepherd Dr
ZIP: 31906
(706) 748-2638
Primary
Total Enrollment 474
Rigdon Road Elementary School
1320 Rigdon Rd
ZIP: 31906
(706) 565-2989
Primary
Total Enrollment 680
Hardaway High School
2901 College Dr
ZIP: 31906
(706) 748-2766
High
Total Enrollment 1369
Wynnton Elementary School
2303 Wynnton Rd
ZIP: 31906
(706) 748-3147
Primary
Total Enrollment 449
Carver High School
3100 8th St
ZIP: 31906
(706) 748-2499
High
Total Enrollment 1200
Columbus High School
1700 Cherokee Ave
ZIP: 31906
(706) 748-2534
High
Total Enrollment 1255
Rothschild Leadership Academy School
1136 Hunt Ave
ZIP: 31907
(706) 569-3709
Middle
Total Enrollment 556
St. Marys Video And Communication Technology
4408 Saint Marys Rd
ZIP: 31907
(706) 683-8841
Primary
Total Enrollment 439
Fort Middle School
2900 Woodruff Farm Rd
ZIP: 31907
(706) 569-3740
Middle
Total Enrollment 510
Waddell Elementary School
6101 Miller Rd
ZIP: 31907
(706) 569-3722
Primary
Total Enrollment 522
Gentian Elementary School
4201 Primrose Rd
ZIP: 31907
(706) 569-3625
Primary
Total Enrollment 417
Kendrick High School
6015 Georgetown Dr
ZIP: 31907
(706) 565-2960
High
Total Enrollment 905
Wesley Heights Elementary School
1801 Amber Dr
ZIP: 31907
(706) 569-3733
Primary
Total Enrollment 447
Dimon Elementary
480 Dogwood Dr
ZIP: 31907
(706) 683-8772
Primary
Total Enrollment 450
East Columbus Magnet Academy
6100 Georgetown Dr
ZIP: 31907
(706) 565-3026
Middle
Total Enrollment 627
Forrest Road Elementary School
6400 Forest Rd
ZIP: 31907
(706) 565-3062
Primary
Total Enrollment 440
Lonnie Jackson Academy
4601 Buena Vista Rd
ZIP: 31907
(706) 565-3039
Primary
Total Enrollment 533
Georgetown Elementary School
954 High Ln
ZIP: 31907
(706) 565-2980
Primary
Total Enrollment 504
Reese Road Leadership Academy
3100 Reese Rd
ZIP: 31907
(706) 569-3684
Primary
Total Enrollment 472
Dawson Elementary School
180 Northstar Dr
ZIP: 31907
(706) 683-8732
Primary
Total Enrollment 283
Eagle Ridge Academy
7601 Schomburg Rd
ZIP: 31909
(706) 569-3746
Primary
Total Enrollment 769
Northside High School
2002 American Way
ZIP: 31909
(706) 748-2920
High
Total Enrollment 1344
North Columbus Elementary
2006 Old Guard Rd
ZIP: 31909
(706) 748-3183
Primary
Total Enrollment 737
Blackmon Road Middle School
7251 Blackmon Rd
ZIP: 31909
(706) 565-2998
Middle
Total Enrollment 606
Shaw High School
7579 Raider Way
ZIP: 31909
(706) 569-3638
High
Total Enrollment 1244
Veterans Memorial Middle School
2008 Old Guard Rd
ZIP: 31909
(706) 748-3203
Middle
Total Enrollment 627
Britt David Elementary Computer Magnet Academy
5801 Armour Rd
ZIP: 31909
(706) 748-2617
Primary
Total Enrollment 575
Blanchard Elementary School
3512 Weems Rd
ZIP: 31909
(706) 748-2461
Primary
Total Enrollment 518

Columbus Private Schools

St Luke School
318 11th St
ZIP: 31901
Elementary
Total Enrollment 528
Bridges Learning Center
1327 Warren Williams Rd
ZIP: 31901
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 6
Our Lady Of Lourdes Catholic School
1973 Torch Hill Rd
ZIP: 31903
Elementary
Total Enrollment 74
Brookstone School
440 Bradley Park Dr
ZIP: 31904
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 750
Grace Christian School
2915 14th Ave
ZIP: 31904
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 132
Wynnbrook Christian School
500 River Knoll Way
ZIP: 31904
Elementary
Total Enrollment 127
Pinehurst Christian School
4217 Saint Marys Rd
ZIP: 31907
Elementary
Total Enrollment 136
Lighthouse Christian Academy
3641 Norris Rd
ZIP: 31907
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 4
St Anne-pacelli Catholic School
2020 Kay Cir
ZIP: 31907
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 494
New Bethel Christian Academy
2423 Woodruff Farm Rd
ZIP: 31907
Elementary
Total Enrollment 19
Columbus First Seventh-day Adventist School
7880 Schomburg Rd
ZIP: 31909
Elementary
Total Enrollment 13
Calvary Christian School
7556 Old Moon Rd
ZIP: 31909
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 479
Westminster Christian School
2303 Double Churches Rd
ZIP: 31909
Elementary
Total Enrollment 35
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