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Overview

Introduction to Columbus, Nebraska

Columbus, Nebraska, in Platte county, is 56 miles NW of Lincoln, Nebraska and 75 miles W of Omaha, Nebraska.

Columbus History

A group of 13 people established a new settlement at the confluence of the Platte and Loup rivers in 1856, at the time when plans for constructing a transcontinental railway were announced. These 13 people were from Columbus, Ohio. Columbus is home to Glur's Tavern, which is the oldest tavern in the West. The city is the county seat of Platte County.

Columbus and nearby Attractions

  • Platte County Historical Society Museum
  • Genoa Historical Museum
  • Pioneer State Recreation Area
  • Dead Timber State Recreation Area
  • State Capitol Building
  • Governor’s Mansion

Things To Do In Columbus

The Museum of Nebraska History, the Plainsman Agricultural Museum, the Edgerton Explorit Center and the Lux Center for the Arts are all popular local tourist spots. Local churches include the Iglesia Emanuel Church, Church of Christ, Church of the Nazarene, and Immanuel Lutheran Church. Glur Park and Airport Park offer various facilities for recreation.

Columbus Transportation

Des Moines International is the nearest major airport.

Columbus Higher Education

Facilities for higher education can be availed from Northeast Community College, the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, Wayne State College and the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Demographics

People

Total Population22,668
Male Share of the Population50.6%
Female Share of the Population49.4%
Senior Citizens15.7%
Employed Population 16+11,745
Age of the Population37

Families

% of people married52.7%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher22.1%
Median Earnings25+$34,566
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$29,271
Median Earnings With High School Degree$30,493

Wealth

Median Family Income$67,002
% Above Poverty Level90.2%
% Below Poverty Level9.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time13 minutes
% Working from Home2.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work4.1%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone33.7%
Median Gross Rent$682
Median House Value$126,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)25.8%
Irish11%
Polish9.6%
Czech7.1%
English5.1%
Swedish2.6%
Dutch1.7%
Norwegian1.6%
French Except Basque1.4%
Danishn1.4%
Italian1%
Swiss0.9%
Russian0.7%
Welsh0.6%
Scottish0.4%
Canadian0.4%
Portuguese0.3%
Austrian0.2%
Ukrainian0.1%
German0.1%
Arab0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
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Columbus Almanac

CategoryValue
County Platte County
Standard Zip Codes68601
P.O. Box Zip Codes68602
Phone Area Codes402
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude41.43
Approximate Longitude-97.35

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 3 NE
Distance3.1 miles
Jan Temp12 to 32 F
Apr Temp39 to 63 F
Jul Temp65 to 88 F
Oct Temp41 to 64 F
Annual Precip28.4 inches
StationOSCEOLA
Distance19.9 miles
Jan Temp12 to 33 F
Apr Temp38 to 64 F
Jul Temp64 to 88 F
Oct Temp40 to 66 F
Annual Precip28.8 inches
StationSURPRISE
Distance23 miles
Jan Temp10 to 32 F
Apr Temp37 to 62 F
Jul Temp64 to 87 F
Oct Temp37 to 66 F
Annual Precip27.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Bellwood337$56,875
Duncan484$73,250
Monroe331$70,000
Platte Center353$69,375
Schuyler6,171$49,876

Columbus Public Libraries

Columbus Public Library
2504 14TH STREET
Columbus, Nebraska
(402) 564-7116

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Columbus Hospitals

Columbus Community Hospital
(Non-profit)
4600 38th St
(402) 564-7118

Columbus Public Schools

Shell Creek Elementary School
16786 280th St
ZIP: 68601
(402) 564-8008
Primary
Total Enrollment 262
Lakeview High School
3744 83rd St
ZIP: 68601
(402) 564-8518
High
Total Enrollment 264
Lakeview Junior High School
3744 83rd Street
ZIP: 68601
(402) 564-8518
Middle
Total Enrollment 126
Emerson Elementary School
2410 20th St, Po Box 947
ZIP: 68602
(402) 563-7030
Primary
Total Enrollment 330
Columbus High School
2200 26th St, Po Box 947
ZIP: 68602
(402) 563-7050
High
Total Enrollment 1142
Columbus Middle School
2410 16th St, Po Box 947
ZIP: 68602
(402) 563-7060
Middle
Total Enrollment 846
Centennial Elementary School
500 Centennial St
ZIP: 68602
(402) 563-8180
Primary
Total Enrollment 433
Lost Creek Elementary Sch
3772 33rd Ave, Po Box 947
ZIP: 68602
(402) 563-7045
Primary
Total Enrollment 352
North Park Elementary
2200 31st St, Po Box 947
ZIP: 68602
(402) 563-7070
Primary
Total Enrollment 330
West Park Elementary
4100 Adamy St, Po Box 947
ZIP: 68602
(402) 563-7075
Primary
Total Enrollment 296
Pathways Beyond/early Steps To Success Building
2508 27th Street, Po Box 947
ZIP: 68602
(402) 563-7000
Primary
Total Enrollment 11

Columbus Private Schools

St Anthony School
1719 6th St
ZIP: 68601
Elementary
Total Enrollment 118
St Bonaventure Elementary School
1604 15th St
ZIP: 68601
Elementary
Total Enrollment 204
Scotus Central Catholic Jr/sr High School
1554 18th Ave
ZIP: 68601
Secondary
Total Enrollment 400
St Isidore Elementary School
3821 20th St
ZIP: 68601
Elementary
Total Enrollment 191
Christ Lutheran School
32312 122nd Ave
ZIP: 68601
Elementary
Total Enrollment 34
St Johns Lutheran School
39346 205th Ave
ZIP: 68601
Elementary
Total Enrollment 31
Immanuel Lutheran School
2865 26th Ave
ZIP: 68601
Elementary
Total Enrollment 145
Columbus Christian School
3418 15th St
ZIP: 68601
Elementary
Total Enrollment 53
Columbus Sda Christian School
4807 29th St
ZIP: 68601
Elementary
Total Enrollment 14
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