Columbus, Kentucky

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Population in 2017: 157 (0% urban, 100% rural).
Population change since 2000: -31.4%
Males: 72  (46.1%)
Females: 85  (53.9%)
Median resident age:

35.2 years
Kentucky median age:

38.9 years

Zip codes: 42032.

Estimated median household income in 2017: $45,480 (it was $25,313 in 2000)
Columbus:

$45,480
KY:

$48,375

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $17,338 (it was $11,766 in 2000)

Columbus city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $59,654 (it was $28,300 in 2000)
Columbus:

$59,654
KY:

$141,000

Mean prices in 2017: all housing units: $57,711; detached houses: $59,153; mobile homes: $57,140

Median gross rent in 2017: $583.

March 2019 cost of living index in Columbus: 80.0 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 23.8%
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  • Races in Columbus, KY (2010)
    • 12774.7%White alone
    • 2615.3%Black alone
    • 137.6%Two or more races
    • 31.8%Hispanic
    • 10.6%American Indian alone

Races in Columbus detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

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Ancestries: American (27.0%), African (24.7%), Irish (11.2%), German (7.9%), Scottish (6.7%), English (4.5%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 02/13/1860

Land area: 0.41 square miles.

Population density: 383 people per square mile   (very low).

Columbus, Kentucky map

2 residents are foreign born

This city:

0.9%
Kentucky:

2.0%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $320 (0.7%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $269 (0.4%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Jackson, TN (79.5 miles , pop. 59,643).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Memphis, TN (123.6 miles , pop. 650,100).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (359.6 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities:

Arlington, KY (2.3 miles ),
Clinton, KY (3.0 miles ),
Pinhook, MO (3.0 miles),
Bardwell, KY (3.1 miles ),
Wyatt, MO (3.5 miles ),
Wilson City, MO (3.6 miles),
Anniston, MO (3.6 miles ),
Hickman, KY (3.8 miles )

Latitude: 36.76 N, Longitude: 89.10 W

Area code: 270

Distribution of median household income in Columbus, KY in 2017
Distribution of house value in Columbus, KY in 2017

Columbus satellite photo by USGS

Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

5.4%
Kentucky:

4.5%
Most common industries in Columbus, KY (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Construction (9.3%)
  • Transportation equipment (9.3%)
  • Food (8.2%)
  • Electrical equipment, appliances, components (7.2%)
  • Water transportation (7.2%)
  • Public administration (7.2%)
  • Health care (7.2%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Construction (16.4%)
  • Transportation equipment (16.4%)
  • Food (14.5%)
  • Water transportation (12.7%)
  • Arts, entertainment, recreation (9.1%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (7.3%)
  • Educational services (7.3%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Electrical equipment, appliances, components (16.7%)
  • Public administration (16.7%)
  • Health care (16.7%)
  • Accommodation & food services (16.7%)
  • Plastics & rubber products (4.8%)
  • Paper (4.8%)
  • Apparel (4.8%)
Most common occupations in Columbus, KY (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (11.3%)
  • Assemblers and fabricators (8.2%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (8.2%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (8.2%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (6.2%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (6.2%)
  • Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters (5.2%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (16.4%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (14.5%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (10.9%)
  • Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters (9.1%)
  • Supervisors, transportation, and material moving workers (9.1%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (7.3%)
  • Woodworkers (5.5%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (14.3%)
  • Assemblers and fabricators (11.9%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (7.1%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (7.1%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (7.1%)
  • Law enforcement workers, including supervisors (4.8%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4.8%)

Average climate in Columbus, Kentucky

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Columbus-area historical tornado activity is above Kentucky state average. It is 87% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/22/1981, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 15.9 miles away from the Columbus city center killed one person and injured 32 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

On 4/22/1955, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 11.3 miles away from the city center caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Columbus-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above Kentucky state average. It is 72% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 9/26/1990 at 13:18:51, a magnitude 5.0 (4.7 MB, 4.8 LG, 5.0 LG, Depth: 7.7 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 36.9 miles away from Columbus center
On 5/4/1991 at 01:18:54, a magnitude 5.0 (4.4 MB, 4.6 LG, 5.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 42.2 miles away from Columbus center
On 4/18/2008 at 09:36:59, a magnitude 5.4 (5.1 MB, 4.8 MS, 5.4 MW, 5.2 MW, Depth: 8.9 mi) earthquake occurred 134.7 miles away from the city center
On 9/29/1987 at 00:04:56, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, 4.5 LG, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 9.0 miles away from the city center
On 3/25/1976 at 00:41:20, a magnitude 5.0 (4.9 MB, 5.0 LG) earthquake occurred 103.5 miles away from Columbus center
On 6/18/2002 at 17:37:15, a magnitude 5.0 (4.3 MB, 4.6 MW, 5.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 111.7 miles away from Columbus center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Hickman County (14) is near the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 12
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 9, Storms: 9, Tornadoes: 4, Mudslides: 3, Winter Storms: 3, Blizzard: 1, Hurricane: 1, Landslide: 1, Snow: 1, Tropical Depression: 1, Wind: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Columbus topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near Columbus:

  • ARBOR PLACE OF CLINTON (Nursing Home, about 9 miles away; CLINTON, KY)
  • BIRCHTREE HEALTHCARE (Nursing Home, about 9 miles away; CLINTON, KY)
  • WEST KENTUCKY MANOR (Nursing Home, about 9 miles away; CLINTON, KY)
  • CLINTON-HICKMAN COUNTY NURSING FACILITY (Nursing Home, about 10 miles away; CLINTON, KY)
  • CLINTON-HICKMAN CO HOSP (Hospital, about 10 miles away; CLINTON, KY)
  • E PRAIRIE NURSING CENTER (Nursing Home, about 16 miles away; EAST PRAIRIE, MO)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Columbus:

  • West Kentucky Community and Technical College (about 32 miles; Paducah, KY; Full-time enrollment: 4,107)
  • The University of Tennessee-Martin (about 32 miles; Martin, TN; FT enrollment: 7,013)
  • Murray State University (about 45 miles; Murray, KY; FT enrollment: 8,930)
  • Southeast Missouri State University (about 46 miles; Cape Girardeau, MO; FT enrollment: 9,678)
  • Dyersburg State Community College (about 52 miles; Dyersburg, TN; FT enrollment: 2,211)
  • Bethel University (about 54 miles; McKenzie, TN; FT enrollment: 5,878)
  • Southern Illinois University-Carbondale (about 67 miles; Carbondale, IL; FT enrollment: 14,539)

Points of interest:

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Notable location: Columbus Fire Department (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Drinking water stations with addresses in Columbus and their reported violations in the past:

COLUMBUS WATER WORKS (Population served: 306, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • Follow-up Or Routine LCR Tap M/R - In OCT-01-2010, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (JAN-31-2011), St Formal NOV issued (JAN-31-2011), St Public Notif received (MAR-17-2011), St Compliance achieved (OCT-31-2011)
  • Follow-up Or Routine LCR Tap M/R - In OCT-01-2009, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (JAN-25-2010), St Formal NOV issued (JAN-25-2010), St Public Notif received (MAR-17-2011), St AO (w/penalty) issued (JUL-07-2011), St Compliance achieved (OCT-31-2011)
  • Follow-up Or Routine LCR Tap M/R - In OCT-01-2008, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (FEB-05-2009), St Formal NOV issued (FEB-05-2009), St Public Notif received (MAR-17-2011), St AO (w/penalty) issued (JUL-07-2011), St Compliance achieved (OCT-31-2011)
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between JAN-2008 and DEC-2008, Contaminant: Total Haloacetic Acids (HAA5). Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (FEB-04-2009), St Formal NOV issued (FEB-04-2009), St Compliance achieved (DEC-08-2009), St Public Notif received (MAR-17-2011)
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between JAN-2008 and DEC-2008, Contaminant: TTHM. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (FEB-04-2009), St Formal NOV issued (FEB-04-2009), St Compliance achieved (DEC-08-2009), St Public Notif received (MAR-17-2011)
  • 4 minor monitoring violations
  • 101 regular monitoring violations
  • 4 other older monitoring violations
Average household size:
This city:

2.3 people
Kentucky:

2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:

57.5%
Whole state:

66.9%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:

6.8%
Whole state:

6.4%


No gay or lesbian households reported

For population 15 years and over in Columbus:

Marital status in Columbus, KY
  • Never married: 54.4%
  • Now married: 24.3%
  • Separated: 2.3%
  • Widowed: 4.6%
  • Divorced: 14.4%

For population 25 years and over in Columbus:

  • High school or higher: 80.8%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 2.3%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 0.6%
  • Unemployed: 9.3%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 21.9 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

7.4
Kentucky average:

11.9

Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Columbus, KY (based on Hickman County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant4,29723
Mainline Protestant5596
Catholic1832
Black Protestant1791
Other5-
None--
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 2
Here:

4.06 / 10,000 pop.
Kentucky:

2.19 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 5
This county:

10.14 / 10,000 pop.
Kentucky:

4.36 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 1
Hickman County:

2.03 / 10,000 pop.
State:

5.74 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

11.9%
Kentucky:

11.0%
Adult obesity rate:
Hickman County:

30.6%
Kentucky:

30.0%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Hickman County:

26.9%
Kentucky:

15.9%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Columbus:

47.5%
State:

49.3%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Here:

42.9%
Kentucky:

46.1%

Average BMI:
Here:

30.8
Kentucky:

28.7

People feeling badly about themselves:
This city:

20.5%
State:

21.4%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Columbus:

14.9%
Kentucky:

10.3%

Average hours sleeping at night:
This city:

6.6
Kentucky:

6.8

Overweight people:
This city:

35.2%
State:

34.0%

General health condition:
Columbus:

52.1%
Kentucky:

56.1%

Average condition of hearing:
This city:

84.4%
State:

78.6%

More about Health and Nutrition of Columbus, KY Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2012)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Other Government Administration 1$2,790$33,4805$77
Water Supply 1$2,200$26,4000$0
Financial Administration 0$0 0$0
Totals for Government 2$4,990$29,9405$77

Columbus government finances - Expenditure in 2012 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - Water Utilities: $78,000 ($496.82)
    Central Staff Services: $11,000 ($70.06)
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - General - Other: $5,000 ($31.85)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $19,000 ($121.02)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $5,000 ($31.85)

Columbus government finances - Revenue in 2012 (per resident):

  • State Intergovernmental - Water Utilities: $69,000 ($439.49)
    Highways: $6,000 ($38.22)
  • Tax - Property: $2,000 ($12.74)

Columbus government finances - Debt in 2012 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $106,000 ($675.16)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $106,000 ($675.16)

Strongest AM radio stations in Columbus:

  • WPAD (1560 AM; 10 kW; PADUCAH, KY; Owner: BRISTOL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • KRHW (1520 AM; 5 kW; SIKESTON, MO)
  • WCRV (640 AM; 50 kW; COLLIERVILLE, TN; Owner: BOTT BROADCASTING COMPANY/TENNESSEE)
  • WSM (650 AM; 50 kW; NASHVILLE, TN; Owner: GAYLORD ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY)
  • WBCE (1200 AM; daytime; 1 kW; WICKLIFFE, KY; Owner: WBCE, INC.)
  • WDIA (1070 AM; 50 kW; MEMPHIS, TN; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WGSF (1030 AM; 50 kW; MEMPHIS, TN; Owner: FLINN BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • KCHR (1350 AM; 1 kW; CHARLESTON, MO; Owner: SOUTH MISSOURI B/C COMPANY, INC.)
  • KOTC (830 AM; daytime; 10 kW; KENNETT, MO; Owner: EAGLE BLUFF ENTERPRISES)
  • KZIM (960 AM; 5 kW; CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO; Owner: ZIMMER RADIO OF MID-MISSOURI, INC)
  • WMQM (1600 AM; 50 kW; LAKELAND, TN; Owner: WMQM, INC.)
  • WKDA (1200 AM; 50 kW; NASHVILLE, TN; Owner: RADIO NASHVILLE, INC.)
  • WDDD (810 AM; 10 kW; JOHNSTON CITY, IL; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Columbus:

  • WBEL (88.5 FM; CAIRO, IL; Owner: AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION)
  • WKBG (102.1 FM; CLINTON, KY; Owner: FOREVER COMMUNICATIONS INC)
  • WGKY (95.9 FM; WICKLIFFE, KY; Owner: WICKLIFE RENTAL PROPERTIES, INC.)
  • WKYQ (93.3 FM; PADUCAH, KY; Owner: BRISTOL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WQAK (105.7 FM; UNION CITY, TN; Owner: TWIN STATES BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WDDJ (96.9 FM; PADUCAH, KY; Owner: BRISTOL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WLLE (94.7 FM; MAYFIELD, KY; Owner: FOREVER COMMUNICATIONS KY, LLC)
  • KYMO-FM (105.3 FM; EAST PRAIRIE, MO; Owner: USHER BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WRIK-FM (98.3 FM; METROPOLIS, IL; Owner: SUN MEDIA, INC.)
  • WGCF (89.3 FM; PADUCAH, KY; Owner: CHRISTIAN BUSINESSMEN'S ASSOC, INC.)
  • WYVY (104.9 FM; UNION CITY, TN; Owner: TWIN STATES BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WWKF (99.3 FM; FULTON, KY; Owner: WENK OF UNION CITY, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Columbus:

  • WDKA (Channel 49; PADUCAH, KY; Owner: WDKA ACQUISITION CORPORATION)
  • WPSD-TV (Channel 6; PADUCAH, KY; Owner: WPSD-TV, LLC)
  • KFVS-TV (Channel 12; CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO; Owner: RAYCOM AMERICA, INC.)
  • KBSI (Channel 23; CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO; Owner: KBSI LICENSEE L.P.)
  • WKMU (Channel 21; MURRAY, KY; Owner: KENTUCKY AUTHORITY FOR EDUCATIONAL TV)
  • WUWT-CA (Channel 9; UNION CITY, TN; Owner: JOSEPH H. HARPOLE, SR.)

Columbus fatal accident list:

Jul 30, 1999 01:45 AM, Sr-58, Lat: 36.756674, Lon: -89.101804, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 1, Fatalities: 1, Drunk persons involved: 1
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 11Number of bridges
  • 49ft / 14.7mTotal length
  • $327,000Total costs
  • 1,074Total average daily traffic
  • 77Total average daily truck traffic
  • 1,105Total future (year 2026) average daily traffic
New bridges in Columbus, KY - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 21930-1939
  • 21950-1959
  • 21960-1969
  • 21980-1989
  • 11990-1999
  • 12000-2009
  • 12010-2018
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Columbus, KY

FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers:

1
  • Hwy 58 Riverside Dr (Lat: 36.758389 Lon: -89.102833), Type: Building, Structure height: 24.4 m, Call Sign: KXS278,
    Assigned Frequencies: 156.450 MHz, 156.450 MHz, 156.450 MHz, 156.450 MHz, 156.450 MHz, 156.450 MHz, 156.450 MHz, 156.450 MHz, 156.450 MHz, 156.450 MHz... (+22 more), Grant Date: 08/06/2011, Expiration Date: 10/16/2021, Certifier: Andrew Brown, Registrant: Keller And Heckman LLP, 1001 G Street Nw, Suite 500 West, Washington, DC 20001, Phone: (202) 434-4100, Fax: (202) 434-4646, Email:

Most common first names in Columbus, KY among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
James973.2 years
George571.2 years
Thelma478.0 years
John376.7 years
Mary381.0 years
Robert367.7 years
Thomas368.3 years
Jesse274.0 years
Herbert273.0 years
Alma275.0 years
Most common last names in Columbus, KY among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Jones969.6 years
Vaughn578.8 years
Hayden486.3 years
Griffin469.8 years
Grimmitt466.5 years
Cobb474.0 years
Holder468.2 years
Hudson472.5 years
Mcgee463.3 years
Muscovalley479.8 years
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Columbus, KY
  • 56.1%Electricity
  • 39.4%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 4.5%Utility gas
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Columbus, KY
  • 56.0%Electricity
  • 44.0%Bottled, tank, or LP gas


Columbus compared to Kentucky state average:

  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in above state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher significantly below state average.
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