A Great Place to Live

Nicknamed “The City of Power and Progress” Columbus is located in the Eastern Nebraska in Platte County.  In 2011, CNN/Money Magazine named Columbus as one of the “Top 100 Small Towns to Live” moving up to #84 on the list (previously #99). Columbus also ranks as 3rd best place for employment. The quality of life is enhanced by our community amenities, great schools, excellent healthcare and some of the friendliest neighbors around.

  • Increase from 2010 by

    1.9%

    In 2013, the population in Columbus was 22,533. The population was previously 22,111 in 2010.

  • Average Home Cost

    $161,871

    The average cost of a home in Columbus, NE is $161,871 compared to the National average of $188,900.

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    Time On The Market

    106 Days

    On average, homes for sale in Columbus are on the market for 106 days, with escrow time included.

  • Unemployment

    3.24%

    The average unemployment for Platte County is 3.24% over the past 5 years- considerably lower than the national average.

  • Median Age

    38.7

    The median age is 38.7 for Platte County and it’s a near equal split of 50% Males and 50% Females.

  • Households

    8,874

    In the 2010 census, there were 8,874 households. Of that, there were 5,811 families residing in the city.

  • Under 18

    26.4%

    In the 2010 Census, 26.4% of the residents in Columbus, NE were under the age of 18 years old.

  • Urban

    98%

    In 2013, it is estimated that 98% of the population was urban while 2% lived in rural areas.

  • Average ACT

    21.4

    The average score of the ACT for Columbus Public School was 21.4 which is slightly above the national average of 21.1

  • Columbus has a Central Community College campus located 6 miles Northwest of the city.

  • High Schools

    3

    Columbus has 3 high schools with Columbus High School being the largest. There are approximately 1,100 students.

  • Elementary Schools

    5

    In addition to the high schools and middle school, Columbus also has five elementary schools.

  • Columbus has the Andrew Jackson Higgins National Memorial that features a life-sized replica of a Higgins Boat.

  • City Hall

    Built 1923

    Columbus has the Pawnee Plunge WaterPark which features a huge water slide, pools, lazy river, and more.

  • Miles of Canal

    35

    Just outside Columbus, the Loup Power District owns and maintains recreational areas that are free to the public.

  • Outdoor Trails

    6

    There are plenty of scenic trails throughout Columbus ideal for running, biking, and hikers that are free to the public.

  • Households

    24,000

    The Columbus Telegram and has been around 1879 and reaches about 24,000 households within 7 counties.

  • The Columbus News Team is the local news station where Columbus residents get their news.

Statistics

  • Increase from 2010 by

    1.9%

    In 2013, the population in Columbus was 22,533. The population was previously 22,111 in 2010.

  • Average Home Cost

    $161,871

    The average cost of a home in Columbus, NE is $161,871 compared to the National average of $188,900.

  • Nebraska Flag

    Time On The Market

    106 Days

    On average, homes for sale in Columbus are on the market for 106 days, with escrow time included.

  • Unemployment

    3.24%

    The average unemployment for Platte County is 3.24% over the past 5 years- considerably lower than the national average.

Demographics

  • Median Age

    38.7

    The median age is 38.7 for Platte County and it’s a near equal split of 50% Males and 50% Females.

  • Households

    8,874

    In the 2010 census, there were 8,874 households. Of that, there were 5,811 families residing in the city.

  • Under 18

    26.4%

    In the 2010 Census, 26.4% of the residents in Columbus, NE were under the age of 18 years old.

  • Urban

    98%

    In 2013, it is estimated that 98% of the population was urban while 2% lived in rural areas.

School Information

  • Average ACT

    21.4

    The average score of the ACT for Columbus Public School was 21.4 which is slightly above the national average of 21.1

  • Columbus has a Central Community College campus located 6 miles Northwest of the city.

  • High Schools

    3

    Columbus has 3 high schools with Columbus High School being the largest. There are approximately 1,100 students.

  • Elementary Schools

    5

    In addition to the high schools and middle school, Columbus also has five elementary schools.

Attractions

  • Columbus has the Andrew Jackson Higgins National Memorial that features a life-sized replica of a Higgins Boat.

  • City Hall

    Built 1923

    Columbus has the Pawnee Plunge WaterPark which features a huge water slide, pools, lazy river, and more.

  • Miles of Canal

    35

    Just outside Columbus, the Loup Power District owns and maintains recreational areas that are free to the public.

  • Outdoor Trails

    6

    There are plenty of scenic trails throughout Columbus ideal for running, biking, and hikers that are free to the public.

News

  • Households

    24,000

    The Columbus Telegram and has been around 1879 and reaches about 24,000 households within 7 counties.

  • The Columbus News Team is the local news station where Columbus residents get their news.