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Overview

Columbia, the county seat of Tyrrell County, is located on the Inner Banks of eastern North Carolina, specifically on the eastern side of the Scuppernong River, south of the Albemarle Sound, and west of the Alligator River. The Albemarle Sound is one of the East Coast's largest estuarine systems.

Columbia is located at the junction of highways 64 and 94. The Tyrrell County Visitors Center is located on Highway 64 in Columbia. Columbia is approximately two hours northeast of Greenville, North Carolina, and two hours south of Chesapeake, Virginia.

Attractions, Arts, and Entertainment in Columbia, North Carolina

Columbia has a wealth of leisure time attractions that range from the arts, to natural wildlife preserves and their associated outdoor activities. Major attractions in or near Columbia include:

  • Many annual seasonal festivals including the Annual Potato Cooking Contest; the Scuppernong River Festival; the Steamed Blue to Red, Hot and Lively Art Auction and Crab Feast; the Soul Food Celebration at the Columbia Theater Cultural Resources Center; River Town Christmas; and more.
  • The Columbia Marina and Columbia Town Docks
  • The Columbia Theater Cultural Resources Center
  • The Emily and Richardson Preyer Buckridge Reserve
  • The Palmetto-Peartree Preserve which is a 10,000 acre preserve that is home to the largest population of endangered red-cockaded woodpeckers on private land in the North Carolina. It is a premier destination for hikers, bird watchers, paddlers, and outdoor enthusiasts.
  • Pettigrew State Park
  • The Pocosin Arts Center
  • The Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge
  • The Scuppernong River Interpretive Boardwalk
  • The Scuppernong River Preserve
  • The Somerset Place State Historic Site
  • The Walter B. Jones Center for the Sounds

Columbia is also an easy day trip from North Carolina's outer banks and all of the associated beach and water activities.

Demographics

People

Total Population1,069
Male Share of the Population45.4%
Female Share of the Population54.6%
Senior Citizens16.7%
Employed Population 16+359
Age of the Population36

Families

% of people married47.8%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher6.3%
Median Earnings25+$20,326
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$15,341
Median Earnings With High School Degree$20,813

Wealth

Median Family Income$34,625
% Above Poverty Level65.2%
% Below Poverty Level34.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time21 minutes
% Working from Home4.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.8%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone29.6%
Median Gross Rent$563
Median House Value$69,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)68.3%
Italian7.1%
Irish6%
English3.9%
German2.3%
Welsh1.5%
Scottish0.8%
Polish0.8%
Canadian0.6%
Slovak0.2%
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Columbia Almanac

CategoryValue
County Tyrrell County
Standard Zip Codes27925
Phone Area Codes252
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude35.91
Approximate Longitude-76.25

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)

StationCOLUMBIA
Distance0.8 miles
Jan Temp33 to 52 F
Apr Temp48 to 70 F
Jul Temp70 to 89 F
Oct Temp52 to 73 F
Annual Precip49.8 inches
StationPLYMOUTH 5 E
Distance22.6 miles
Jan Temp33 to 54 F
Apr Temp48 to 74 F
Jul Temp70 to 90 F
Oct Temp51 to 75 F
Annual Precip52 inches
StationELIZABETH CITY
Distance27.8 miles
Jan Temp32 to 53 F
Apr Temp48 to 72 F
Jul Temp70 to 89 F
Oct Temp52 to 74 F
Annual Precip48.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Creswell276$35,500
Edenton4,900$25,240
Hertford2,370$36,786
Roper399$21,042
Winfall662$49,286

Columbia Public Schools

Columbia High
902 Main St
ZIP: 27925
(252) 796-8161
High
Total Enrollment 167
Columbia Middle
920 Main Street
ZIP: 27925
(252) 796-0369
Middle
Total Enrollment 118
Tyrrell Elementary
486 Elementary School Road
ZIP: 27925
(252) 796-3881
Primary
Total Enrollment 309
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