Columbus, Kentucky

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Population in 2013: 166 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: -27.5%
Males: 81  (49.1%)
Females: 85  (50.9%)
Median resident age:  42.3 years
Kentucky median age:  41.0 years

Zip codes: 42032.

Estimated median household income in 2012: $29,683 (it was $25,313 in 2000)
Columbus:

$29,683
KY:

$41,724
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $18,667 (it was $11,766 in 2000)

Columbus city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $32,415 (it was $28,300 in 2000)
Columbus:

$32,415
KY:

$120,800
Mean prices in 2012: All housing units: $86,742; Detached houses: $123,388; Mobile homes: $22,333
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Columbus races chart
  • White alone - 127 (74.7%)
  • Black alone - 26 (15.3%)
  • Two or more races - 13 (7.6%)
  • Hispanic - 3 (1.8%)
  • American Indian alone - 1 (0.6%)

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

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Columbus: 82.5 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Ancestries: United States (21.4%), Irish (11.3%), German (7.7%), Dutch (6.0%), Scotch-Irish (4.8%), English (4.2%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 02/13/1860

Land area: 0.41 square miles.

Population density: 405 people per square mile   (low).

Columbus,KY real estate house value index trend

Columbus, Kentucky map

For population 25 years and over in Columbus:

  • High school or higher: 69.6%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 5.2%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 0.0%
  • Unemployed: 9.3%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 21.9 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Columbus city:

  • Never married: 32.6%
  • Now married: 33.1%
  • Separated: 3.7%
  • Widowed: 10.6%
  • Divorced: 20.0%

17 residents are foreign born

This city:  7.7%
Kentucky:  3.2%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $250 (0.8%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $199 (0.7%)

Columbus satellite photo by USGS

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

Columbus household income distribution Columbus home values distribution
Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

7.9%
Kentucky:

7.4%

Unemployment by year (%)

Population change in the 1990s: -18 (-7.3%).
Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Manufacturing (36%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (29%)
  • Educational services (20%)
  • Health care and social assistance (9%)
  • Other services, except public administration (4%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (2%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (0%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (24%)
  • Accommodation and food services (22%)
  • Health care and social assistance (20%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (9%)
  • Manufacturing (7%)
  • Retail trade (7%)
  • Educational services (7%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (16%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (15%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (11%)
  • Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters (9%)
  • Supervisors of transportation and material moving workers (9%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (7%)
  • Assemblers and fabricators (5%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (14%)
  • Assemblers and fabricators (12%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (7%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (7%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (7%)
  • Business operations specialists (5%)
  • Accountants and auditors (5%)

Work and jobs in Columbus: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

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 the city 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 the city 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 (13) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 11
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 8, Storms: 8, Mudslides: 3, Tornadoes: 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)

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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
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 7.7%
(4.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 40.9% for Black residents, 0.0% for other race residents, 0.0% for two or more races residents)
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

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 above state average.
  • Renting percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher significantly below state average.

Educational Attainment (%) in 2012

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012

Columbus travel time to work - commute Columbus mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (51%)
  • Electricity (29%)
  • Utility gas (12%)
  • No fuel used (5%)
  • Other fuel (2%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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2012 Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Columbus city (based on Hickman County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 83.43%
Here: 83.4%
USA: 50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameSouthern Baptist ConventionUnited Methodist ChurchCatholic ChurchAssemblies of GodOther
Adherents62.3%23.3%6.9%5.1%2.5%
Congregations44.8%34.5%6.9%3.4%10.3%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables represent county-level data.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 2
Hickman County:

4.06 / 10,000 pop.
Kentucky:

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

10.14 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

2.03 / 10,000 pop.
State:

5.74 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

11.9%
Kentucky:

11.0%
Adult obesity rate:
Hickman County:

30.6%
Kentucky:

30.0%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

26.9%
State:

15.9%
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
Totals for Government 2$4,990$29,9405$77

5.74% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($27,255 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.74%
Kentucky average:

6.18%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Obion County, TN  0.92% ($27,600 average AGI)
from Fulton County, KY  0.86% ($24,429)
from Graves County, KY  0.86% ($41,143)


5.97% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($27,398 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.97%
Kentucky average:

6.19%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Graves County, KY  1.10% ($25,944 average AGI)

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.)

FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers:

1
  • Hwy 58 Riverside Dr (Lat: 36.758389 Lon: -89.102833), Type: Tower, Call Sign: KXS278
    Assigned Frequencies: 156.450 MHz, 4.15040 MHz, 156.800 MHz, 6.22840 MHz, 156.975 MHz
    Grant Date: 08/06/2011, Expiration Date: 10/16/2021
    Registrant: Great River Marine Services, 4400 Harding Road, Nashville, TN 37205, Phone: (615) 298-8232, Fax: (615) 695-3233, Email:

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 6
  • Good Intent Call: 1
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

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  • #2 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males working in industry: Water transportation"
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  • #9 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females working in industry: Electrical equipment, appliances, and components"
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