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Columbus, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The Town of Columbus had a population of 1,027 as of July 1, 2019. Columbus ranks in the lower quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in North Carolina. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Columbus is located at latitude 35.2532 and longitude -82.1971 in Polk County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Columbus encompass a land area of 3.56 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Polk County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 1,106 feet.

The Town of Columbus (GNIS ID: 2406301) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The Town of Columbus is located within Township of Columbus, a minor civil division (MCD) of Polk County.


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Columbus, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2019)

HOUSING AFFORDABILITY INDEX

Columbus, NC Housing Affordability Index is 151
State of North Carolina Housing Affordability Index is 140
The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.

WEALTH INDEX

Columbus, NC Wealth Index is 61
State of North Carolina Wealth Index is 84
The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

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POPULATION

Total Population 1,027
Population in Households 987
Population in Familes 758
Population in Group Qrtrs 40
Population Density 289
Diversity Index1 36
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $45,924
Average Household Income $59,839
Per Capita Income $27,242
Wealth Index3 61

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 524 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 245 (46.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 212 (40.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 67 (12.8%)
Median Home Value $170,732
Housing Affordability Index2 151
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 457
Average Household Size 2.16
Family Households 261
Average Family Size 3
NOTES
  1. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
  2. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  3. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2019 2019-2024
Population 0.3% 0.35%
Households 0.26% 0.39%
Families 0.6% 0.3%
Median Household Income   0.61%
Per Capita Income   1.37%

Columbus, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Columbus to the other 739 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in North Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2019 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 433 42nd
Population Density # 577 22nd
Diversity Index # 490 34th
Median Household Income # 377 49th
Per Capita Income # 260 65th

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