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 22,271 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

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


Total Population 22,271
Daytime Population: Workers 11,890
Daytime Population: Residents 10,078
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 21,968
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.99
Population in Households 21,854
Population in Familes 17,609
Population in Group Qrtrs 417
Population Density2 2,201
Diversity Index3 54


Median Household Income $51,630
Average Household Income $65,921
Per Capita Income $26,738


Total Housing Units 9,504 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 5,999 (63.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,989 (31.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 517 ( 5.4%)
Median Home Value $131,264
Average Home Value $156,176


Total Households 8,987
Average Household Size 2.43
Family Households 5,805
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 0.14% 0.16%
Households 0.2% 0.21%
Families 0.03% 0.06%
Median Household Income   2.37%
Per Capita Income   2.86%

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, 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 # 10 98th
Population Density # 30 95th
Diversity Index # 26 96th
Median Household Income # 275 53rd
Per Capita Income # 367 37th

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