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Columbus, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The Town of Columbus had a population of 1,016 as of July 1, 2017. 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 35.2512 and longitude -82.2098 in Polk County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Columbus (see map below) 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.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Columbus population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

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Columbus, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 1,016
Daytime Population: Workers 2,014
Daytime Population: Residents 601
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 2,615
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 2.57
Population in Households 976
Population in Familes 748
Population in Group Qrtrs 40
Population Density2 286
Diversity Index3 36


Median Household Income $42,504
Average Household Income $53,944
Per Capita Income $24,793


Total Housing Units 518 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 252 (48.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 196 (37.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 69 (13.3%)
Median Home Value $184,211
Average Home Value $208,900


Total Households 449
Average Household Size 2.17
Family Households 257
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.23% 0.35%
Households 0.09% 0.22%
Families 0.55% 0.08%
Median Household Income   0.8%
Per Capita Income   1.5%

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, 2017 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 # 432 42nd
Population Density # 572 23rd
Diversity Index # 488 34th
Median Household Income # 339 54th
Per Capita Income # 283 62nd

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