Columbus, NE 68601 ZIP Code Profile

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ZIP Code 68601: Basic Data & USPS Preferred City Name

Preferred Name, USPS
Columbus, NE 68601

Acceptable Alternative
Richland, NE 68601

  • ZIP Code Type: STANDARD
  • Businesses Addresses: 914
  • Single Family Addresses: 10,950
  • Multi-Family Addresses: 974
  • County: Platte County
  • Centroid: Latitude 41.449, Longitude -97.372
  • Time Zone: Central Time Zone (UTC -6 hours)
  • Observes DST: Yes

ZIP Code 68601 has segments in 4 Counties (Butler, Colfax, Platte, Polk).

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Columbus, NE 68601 Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 27,855
Population in Households 27,387
Population in Familes 22,469
Population in Group Qrtrs 468
Population Density1 139
Diversity Index2 52


Total Households 11,025
Average Household Size 2.48
Family Households 7,403
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 11,716 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 7,491 (63.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 3,534 (30.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 691 ( 5.9%)
Median Home Value $134,411
Average Home Value $168,486


Median Household Income $52,192
Average Household Income $65,260
Per Capita Income $26,053
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.27% 0.21%
Households 0.36% 0.26%
Families 0.25% 0.19%
Median Household Income   2.09%
Per Capita Income   2.14%
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 68601 - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares 68601 to the other 583 ZIP Codes 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 # 16 97th
Population Density1 # 85 86th
Diversity Index2 # 32 95th
Median Household Income # 240 59th
Per Capita Income # 372 36th

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