Columbus, NE Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Columbus, Nebraska - Basic Facts

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The City of Columbus is the 10th largest city in Nebraska with a population of 22,353 as of July 1, 2016. Columbus ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Nebraska. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Columbus is located at latitude 41.4364 and longitude -97.3561 in Platte County. The formal boundaries for the City of Columbus (see map below) encompass a land area of 10.12 sq. miles and a water area of 0.23 sq. miles. Platte County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,447 feet.

The City of Columbus (GNIS ID: 837933) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

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, 2016.

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Columbus, NE Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 22,353
Population in Households 21,947
Population in Familes 17,749
Population in Group Qrtrs 406
Population Density1 2,209
Diversity Index2 53


Total Households 9,026
Average Household Size 2.43
Family Households 5,882
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 9,568 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 5,915 (61.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 3,111 (32.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 542 ( 5.7%)
Median Home Value $128,600
Average Home Value $157,160


Median Household Income $50,621
Average Household Income $62,803
Per Capita Income $25,484
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.22% 0.18%
Households 0.3% 0.24%
Families 0.24% 0.16%
Median Household Income   2.03%
Per Capita Income   2.06%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood 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.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Columbus, NE - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Columbus to the other 580 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Nebraska by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 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 # 10 98th
Population Density1 # 30 95th
Diversity Index2 # 26 96th
Median Household Income # 252 57th
Per Capita Income # 381 34th

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