Columbus, North Carolina

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Population in 2017: 992 (0% urban, 100% rural).
Population change since 2000: 0.0%
 
Males: 484  (48.8%)
Females: 508  (51.2%)
Median resident age:

34.2 years
North Carolina median age:

38.8 years

Zip codes: 28722.

Estimated median household income in 2017: $42,448 (it was $25,469 in 2000)
Columbus:

$42,448
NC:

$52,752

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $23,985 (it was $15,587 in 2000)

Columbus town income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $160,566 (it was $94,400 in 2000)
Columbus:

$160,566
NC:

$171,200

Mean prices in 2017: all housing units: $170,993; detached houses: $170,828

Median gross rent in 2017: $714.

March 2019 cost of living index in Columbus: 81.4 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 15.5%
(8.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 18.9% for Black residents, 51.3% for Hispanic or Latino residents)
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  • Races in Columbus, NC (2010)
    • 78278.3%White alone
    • 15415.4%Hispanic
    • 363.6%Black alone
    • 171.7%Two or more races
    • 70.7%Asian alone
    • 20.2%American Indian alone
    • 10.1%Other race alone

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



According to our research of North Carolina and other state lists, there were 9 registered sex offenders living in Columbus, North Carolina as of May 26, 2020.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Columbus is 153 to 1.


Crime rates in Columbus by year

Type

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Murders
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
1
(100.7)
0
(0.0)
1
(102.8)
1
(94.7)
1
(98.8)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
N/AN/A
Robberies
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
2
(204.7)
3
(308.3)
0
(0.0)
1
(98.8)
0
(0.0)
1
(101.7)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
1
(100.7)
5
(511.8)
4
(411.1)
2
(189.4)
3
(296.4)
2
(200.8)
1
(101.7)
0
(0.0)
2
(201.8)
1
(100.6)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
6
(604.2)
6
(614.1)
14
(1,439)
5
(473.5)
7
(691.7)
3
(301.2)
3
(305.2)
2
(200.6)
2
(201.8)
2
(201.2)
2
(204.3)
5
(504.5)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
47
(4,733)
55
(5,629)
42
(4,317)
45
(4,261)
26
(2,569)
12
(1,205)
24
(2,442)
21
(2,106)
25
(2,523)
22
(2,213)
22
(2,247)
31
(3,128)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
3
(302.1)
0
(0.0)
2
(205.5)
1
(94.7)
3
(296.4)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
3
(302.7)
4
(402.4)
3
(306.4)
2
(201.8)
Arson
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(94.7)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
City-Data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 274.0)356.5431.9546.8324.8342.9109.4169.998.3179.6154.9128.7176.6

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City-data.com crime index in Columbus, NC

Crime rate in Columbus detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2018, including police officers: 9 (8 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

8.07
North Carolina average:

2.34
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Ancestries: American (31.2%), German (11.4%), Irish (10.8%), English (7.7%), Scotch-Irish (6.1%), Pennsylvania German (5.0%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Elevation: 1109 feet

Land area: 1.77 square miles.

Population density: 559 people per square mile   (low).

Columbus, North Carolina map

100 residents are foreign born (5.6% Latin America, 0.8% Europe).

This town:

7.3%
North Carolina:

7.8%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $1,285 (0.8%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $1,166 (0.7%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Greenville, SC (30.0 miles , pop. 56,002).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Charlotte, NC (77.6 miles , pop. 540,828).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Philadelphia, PA (506.9 miles , pop. 1,517,550).

Nearest cities:

Tryon, NC (1.9 miles ),
Landrum, SC (2.3 miles ),
Saluda, NC (2.9 miles ),
Campobello, SC (3.1 miles ),
Dana, NC (3.3 miles ),
Highland, SC (3.4 miles ),
Fingerville, SC (3.4 miles ),
East Flat Rock, NC (3.5 miles )

Latitude: 35.25 N, Longitude: 82.20 W

Area code: 828

Distribution of median household income in Columbus, NC in 2017
Distribution of house value in Columbus, NC in 2017
Columbus satellite photo by USGS
Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

4.0%
North Carolina:

4.1%
Population change in the 1990s: +160 (+19.2%).
Most common industries in Columbus, NC (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Construction (15.8%)
  • Health care (14.0%)
  • Educational services (8.1%)
  • Textile mills & textile products (4.6%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (4.2%)
  • Accommodation & food services (3.9%)
  • Public administration (3.2%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Construction (28.8%)
  • Textile mills & textile products (6.2%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (4.8%)
  • Groceries & related products merchant wholesalers (3.4%)
  • Chemicals (3.4%)
  • Nonmetallic mineral products (3.4%)
  • Metal & metal products (3.4%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Health care (26.6%)
  • Educational services (13.7%)
  • Accommodation & food services (5.0%)
  • Sewing, needlework, piece goods stores (4.3%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (3.6%)
  • Public administration (3.6%)
  • Textile mills & textile products (2.9%)
Most common occupations in Columbus, NC (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers (4.6%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (4.2%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (4.2%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (4.2%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (3.9%)
  • Construction laborers (3.9%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (3.5%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Construction laborers (7.5%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (6.2%)
  • Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers (6.2%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (5.5%)
  • Construction traders workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (5.5%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (4.8%)
  • Electricians (4.1%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (8.6%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (7.9%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (6.5%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (5.8%)
  • Cashiers (5.0%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (4.3%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (4.3%)

Average climate in Columbus, North Carolina

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI Ozone
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2015 was 51.4. This is significantly better than average.

City:

51.4
U.S.:

74.2
Ozone Level

Ozone [ppb] level in 2015 was 30.4. This is about average. Closest monitor was 23.3 miles away from the city center.

City:

30.4
U.S.:

33.3

Tornado activity:

Columbus-area historical tornado activity is near North Carolina state average. It is 14% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 5/5/1989, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 19.4 miles away from the Columbus town center killed 2 people and injured 35 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

On 5/5/1989, a category F4 tornado 38.2 miles away from the town center killed 4 people and injured 52 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Columbus-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above North Carolina state average. It is 83% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 8/2/1974 at 08:52:09, a magnitude 4.9 (4.3 MB, 4.9 LG, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 96.7 miles away from the city center
On 11/30/1973 at 07:48:41, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB, 4.6 ML) earthquake occurred 106.1 miles away from Columbus center
On 7/27/1980 at 18:52:21, a magnitude 5.2 (5.1 MB, 4.7 MS, 5.0 UK, 5.2 UK, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 226.0 miles away from the city center
On 4/29/2003 at 08:59:39, a magnitude 4.9 (4.4 MB, 4.6 MW, 4.9 LG, Depth: 12.2 mi) earthquake occurred 201.4 miles away from the city center
On 11/22/1974 at 05:25:55, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB) earthquake occurred 200.8 miles away from the city center
On 11/23/2006 at 10:42:57, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, 4.3 LG) earthquake occurred 132.5 miles away from Columbus center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Polk County (11) is near the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 8
Emergencies Declared: 3

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 3, Hurricanes: 3, Storms: 3, Blizzard: 1, Drought: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Landslide: 1, Mudslide: 1, Snowfall: 1, Tropical Storm: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Columbus topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers in Columbus:

  • HOSPICE OF THE CAROLINA FOOTHILLS, INC (130 FOREST GLEN DRIVE)
  • ST LUKES HOSPITAL (Voluntary non-profit - Private, 101 HOSPITAL DRIVE)
  • WILLOWBROOKE COURT SC CTR AT TRYON ESTATES (619 LAUREL LAKE DR)

Heliports located in Columbus:

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Columbus:

  • North Greenville University (about 16 miles; Tigerville, SC; Full-time enrollment: 2,341)
  • Isothermal Community College (about 18 miles; Spindale, NC; FT enrollment: 2,165)
  • University of South Carolina-Upstate (about 22 miles; Spartanburg, SC; FT enrollment: 4,994)
  • Spartanburg Community College (about 23 miles; Spartanburg, SC; FT enrollment: 4,309)
  • Furman University (about 27 miles; Greenville, SC; FT enrollment: 2,988)
  • Bob Jones University (about 28 miles; Greenville, SC; FT enrollment: 3,308)
  • Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College (about 30 miles; Asheville, NC; FT enrollment: 6,992)

Public high schools in Columbus:

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Library in Columbus:

  • POLK COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $660,686; Location: 1289 WEST MILLS STREET; 55,761 books; 24,419 e-books; 2,687 audio materials; 4,179 video materials; 56 state licensed databases; 1 other licensed databases; 244 print serial subscriptions)

Points of interest:

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Cemetery: Polk Memorial Gardens (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Hotels: Days Inn (626 West Mills Street), Days Inn Columbus Tryon (626 West Mills Street Exit 67), Columbus-Days Inn (501 W-Mills Street).

Courts: Polk County - Court House Maintenance (105 Gibson Street), Polk County - Clerk of Superior Court (Court House).

Polk County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

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

COLUMBUS TOWN OF (Population served: 2,038, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • Follow-up Or Routine LCR Tap M/R - In JUL-01-2010, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (DEC-15-2010), St Formal NOV issued (DEC-15-2010), St AO (w/o penalty) issued (DEC-15-2010), St AO (w/penalty) issued (MAY-10-2011), St Compliance achieved (AUG-08-2011), St Public Notif received (APR-23-2012)
  • Follow-up Or Routine LCR Tap M/R - In OCT-01-2008, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (MAY-04-2009), St Formal NOV issued (MAY-04-2009), St AO (w/penalty) issued (AUG-13-2009), St Compliance achieved (NOV-17-2009), St Public Notif received (APR-23-2012)
  • Monitoring, Routine (IDSE) - In APR-02-2008, Contaminant: DBP STAGE 2. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (AUG-03-2011)
UNION GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH (Population served: 60, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 9 routine major monitoring violations
  • 9 regular monitoring violations
PACOLET HILLS BAPTIST CHURCH (Population served: 25, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 2 routine major monitoring violations
  • One regular monitoring violation

Drinking water stations with addresses in Columbus that have no violations reported:

  • HICKORY GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH (Address: C/O HICKORY GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH , Population served: 150, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • FAITH BAPTIST CHURCH (Address: ATTN PASTOR TIM GOUGE , Population served: 100, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • MIDWAY BAPTIST CHURCH (Population served: 100, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
Average household size:
This town:

2.2 people
North Carolina:

2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This town:

55.4%
Whole state:

66.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This town:

2.0%
Whole state:

5.9%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.0% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.2% of all households
14 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities in 2010
5 people in other noninstitutional facilities in 2010

People in group quarters in Columbus in 2000:

  • 63 people in nursing homes
  • 54 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals or wards
  • 13 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)

Banks with branches in Columbus (2011 data):

  • Macon Bank, Inc.: Columbus Branch at 160 W Mills St, branch established on 2007/01/01. Info updated 2011/02/10: Bank assets: $874.5 mil, Deposits: $751.0 mil, headquarters in Franklin, NC, negative income in the last year, Commercial Lending Specialization, 11 total offices, Holding Company: Macon Bancorp
  • First-Citizens Bank & Trust Company: Tryon Estates Branch at 617 Laurel Lake Drive, branch established on 1996/12/09. Info updated 2011/10/11: Bank assets: $20,566.4 mil, Deposits: $17,596.8 mil, headquarters in Raleigh, NC, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 433 total offices, Holding Company: First Citizens Bancshares, Inc.
  • Mountain 1st Bank & Trust Company: Polk County Branch at 80 Walker Street, branch established on 2005/01/26. Info updated 2010/07/12: Bank assets: $700.0 mil, Deposits: $672.7 mil, headquarters in Hendersonville, NC, negative income in the last year, Commercial Lending Specialization, 12 total offices, Holding Company: 1st Financial Services Corporation
  • HomeTrust Bank: Columbus Office Branch at 685 West Mills Street, branch established on 2007/06/22. Info updated 2011/07/21: Bank assets: $1,578.5 mil, Deposits: $1,249.7 mil, headquarters in Clyde, NC, negative income in the last year, Mortgage Lending Specialization, 20 total offices
  • Bank of America, National Association: Columbus Branch at 170 East Mills Street, branch established on 1954/05/18. Info updated 2009/11/18: Bank assets: $1,451,969.3 mil, Deposits: $1,077,176.8 mil, headquarters in Charlotte, NC, positive income, 5782 total offices, Holding Company: Bank Of America Corporation

For population 15 years and over in Columbus:

Marital status in Columbus, NC
  • Never married: 30.4%
  • Now married: 42.1%
  • Separated: 2.5%
  • Widowed: 8.3%
  • Divorced: 16.8%

For population 25 years and over in Columbus:

  • High school or higher: 81.0%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 14.8%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 6.1%
  • Unemployed: 4.0%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 17.8 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

11.7
North Carolina average:

11.9

Travel time (in minutes) to work in 2017
Means of transportation to work in 2017 - Columbus
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Religion statistics for Columbus, NC (based on Polk County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant6,86838
Mainline Protestant2,44314
Catholic1,1561
Black Protestant3502
Other353
None9,775-
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: 5
Here:

2.64 / 10,000 pop.
North Carolina:

2.05 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 9
Here:

4.75 / 10,000 pop.
State:

4.75 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 21
Polk County:

11.08 / 10,000 pop.
North Carolina:

7.57 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

10.0%
State:

9.8%
Adult obesity rate:
Here:

23.7%
North Carolina:

28.3%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Polk County:

14.7%
State:

15.6%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Columbus:

50.0%
State:

48.1%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Columbus:

45.7%
North Carolina:

44.6%

Average BMI:
Columbus:

28.3
North Carolina:

28.8

People feeling badly about themselves:
Columbus:

22.5%
North Carolina:

21.2%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Columbus:

13.5%
State:

10.8%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Columbus:

7.0
State:

6.8

Overweight people:
Columbus:

32.1%
North Carolina:

33.6%

General health condition:
Columbus:

52.0%
State:

54.9%

Average condition of hearing:
Columbus:

71.8%
North Carolina:

79.3%

More about Health and Nutrition of Columbus, NC 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
Police Protection - Officers 7$20,639$35,3811$691
Water Supply 3$8,650$34,6000$0
Sewerage 3$9,009$36,0360$0
Financial Administration 2$6,560$39,3601$2,183
Other Government Administration 0$0 1$2,553
Other and Unallocable 0$0 1$1,196
Solid Waste Management 0$0 0$0
Totals for Government 15$44,858$35,8864$6,623

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

  • Current Operations - Police Protection: $468,000 ($471.77)
    Water Utilities: $445,000 ($448.59)
    Liquor Stores: $407,000 ($410.28)
    Sewerage: $392,000 ($395.16)
    Central Staff Services: $202,000 ($203.63)
    Solid Waste Management: $61,000 ($61.49)
    Local Fire Protection: $46,000 ($46.37)
    Regular Highways: $46,000 ($46.37)
    General - Other: $30,000 ($30.24)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $44,000 ($44.35)
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Health - Other: $2,000 ($2.02)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Police Protection: $120,000 ($120.97)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $123,000 ($123.99)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $39,000 ($39.31)

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

  • Charges - Sewerage: $527,000 ($531.25)
    Solid Waste Management: $64,000 ($64.52)
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities: $1,000 ($1.01)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $1,000 ($1.01)
  • Local Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $15,000 ($15.12)
  • Miscellaneous - Sale of Property: $16,000 ($16.13)
    Interest Earnings: $4,000 ($4.03)
    General Revenue - Other: $4,000 ($4.03)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $585,000 ($589.72)
    Liquor Stores: $409,000 ($412.30)
  • State Intergovernmental - Other: $104,000 ($104.84)
    General Local Government Support: $91,000 ($91.73)
    Highways: $40,000 ($40.32)
  • Tax - Property: $476,000 ($479.84)
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $174,000 ($175.40)
    Other Selective Sales: $20,000 ($20.16)
    Other License: $20,000 ($20.16)
    Alcoholic Beverage Sales: $4,000 ($4.03)
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $4,000 ($4.03)

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

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,149,000 ($2166.33)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,969,000 ($1984.88)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $180,000 ($181.45)

Columbus government finances - Cash and Securities in 2012 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $1,461,000 ($1472.78)
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $137,000 ($138.10)

7.70% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($61,071 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.70%
North Carolina average:

7.88%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Henderson County, NC  0.96% ($48,458 average AGI)
from Spartanburg County, SC  0.75% ($45,304)
from Rutherford County, NC  0.57% ($27,814)
Businesses in Columbus, NC
NameCountNameCount
Advance Auto Parts1McDonald's1
Burger King1Subway1
CVS1Taco Bell1
Days Inn1U-Haul1
FedEx1U.S. Cellular1
H&R Block1UPS1
KFC1Wendy's1

Strongest AM radio stations in Columbus:

  • WJFJ (1160 AM; 10 kW; TRYON, NC; Owner: COLUMBUS BROADCAST CORPORATION, INC.)
  • WLFJ (660 AM; daytime; 50 kW; GREENVILLE, SC; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WFGW (1010 AM; 50 kW; BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC; Owner: BLUE RIDGE BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WCSZ (1070 AM; 50 kW; SANS SOUCI, SC; Owner: WHYZ RADIO, L.P.)
  • WWOL (780 AM; daytime; 10 kW; FOREST CITY, NC; Owner: HOLLY SPRINGS BAPTIST BROADCASTING CO., INC.)
  • WGCR (720 AM; daytime; 10 kW; PISGAH FOREST, NC; Owner: ANCHOR BAPTIST BROADCASTING ASSOCIATION)
  • WKJV (1380 AM; 25 kW; ASHEVILLE, NC; Owner: INTERNATIONAL BAPTIST OUTREACH MISSIONS)
  • WTZQ (1600 AM; 5 kW; HENDERSONVILLE, NC; Owner: HOUSTON BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WBCU (1460 AM; 50 kW; UNION, SC)
  • WWRN (1350 AM; 10 kW; BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC; Owner: BLACK MOUNTAIN BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WHKY (1290 AM; 50 kW; HICKORY, NC; Owner: LONG COMMUNICATIONS, LLC.)
  • WSPA (910 AM; 4 kW; SPARTANBURG, SC; Owner: ENTERCOM GREENVILLE LICENSE, LLC)
  • WORD (950 AM; 5 kW; SPARTANBURG, SC; Owner: ENTERCOM GREENVILLE LICENSE, LLC)

Strongest FM radio stations in Columbus:

  • WTPT (93.3 FM; FOREST CITY, NC; Owner: UPSTATE BROADCASTING, LLC)
  • WSPA-FM (98.9 FM; SPARTANBURG, SC; Owner: ENTERCOM GREENVILLE LICENSE, LLC)
  • WFBC-FM (93.7 FM; GREENVILLE, SC; Owner: ENTERCOM GREENVILLE LICENSE, LLC)
  • WMYI (102.5 FM; HENDERSONVILLE, NC; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WESC-FM (92.5 FM; GREENVILLE, SC; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WMIT (106.9 FM; BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC; Owner: BLUE RIDGE BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WNCW (88.7 FM; SPINDALE, NC; Owner: ISOTHERMAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE)
  • WKSF (99.9 FM; ASHEVILLE, NC; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WAGI-FM (105.3 FM; GAFFNEY, SC; Owner: GAFFNEY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • W220CD (91.9 FM; ENKA, NC; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.)
  • WMUU-FM (94.5 FM; GREENVILLE, SC; Owner: WMUU, INC.)
  • WEPR (90.1 FM; GREENVILLE, SC; Owner: SOUTH CAROLINA EDUCATIONAL TV COMMISSION)
  • W218AD (91.5 FM; BREVARD, NC; Owner: WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA PUBLIC RADIO)
  • WLFJ-FM (89.3 FM; GREENVILLE, SC; Owner: RADIO TRAINING NETWORK, INC.)
  • WSSL-FM (100.5 FM; GRAY COURT, SC; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WQNQ (104.3 FM; OLD FORT, NC; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WBZT-FM (96.7 FM; MAULDIN, SC; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • W237AR (95.3 FM; HAZELWOOD, ETC., NC; Owner: WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA PUBLIC RADIO)
  • WOLT (103.3 FM; GREER, SC; Owner: ENTERCOM GREENVILLE LICENSE, LLC)
  • WROQ (101.1 FM; ANDERSON, SC; Owner: OBC BROADCASTING, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Columbus:

  • WSPA-TV (Channel 7; SPARTANBURG, SC; Owner: MEDIA GENERAL BROADCASTING OF SO. CAROLINA HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • W24BA (Channel 24; TRYON, NC; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA)
  • WASV-TV (Channel 62; ASHEVILLE, NC; Owner: MEDIA GENERAL BROADCASTING OF SOUTH CAROLINA HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • WHNS (Channel 21; ASHEVILLE, NC; Owner: MEREDITH CORPORATION)
  • W05AC (Channel 5; TRYON, ETC., NC; Owner: WLOS LICENSEE, LLC)
  • WYFF (Channel 4; GREENVILLE, SC; Owner: WYFF HEARST-ARGYLE TELEVISION, INC.)
  • WBTV (Channel 3; CHARLOTTE, NC; Owner: JEFFERSON-PILOT COMMUNICATIONS/WBTV, INC.)
  • WSQY-LP (Channel 66; SPARTANBURG, SC; Owner: ASHEVILLE MEDIA GROUP, LLC)
  • WCNC-TV (Channel 36; CHARLOTTE, NC; Owner: WCNC-TV, INC.)
  • WJZY (Channel 46; BELMONT, NC; Owner: WJZY-TV, INC.)
  • WWWB (Channel 55; ROCK HILL, SC; Owner: WWWB-TV, INC.)
  • WRET-TV (Channel 49; SPARTANBURG, SC; Owner: SOUTH CAROLINA EDUCATIONAL TV COMMISSION)
  • WBSC-TV (Channel 40; ANDERSON, SC; Owner: ANDERSON (WFBC-TV) LICENSEE, INC.)
  • W27AX (Channel 27; LAKE LURE, NC; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA)
  • W31AZ (Channel 31; HENDERSONVILLE, NC; Owner: CAROLINA CHRISTIAN BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • Columbus, North Carolina
  • Fatal accident count16
  • Vehicles involved in fatal accidents22
  • Fatal accidents involving drunk persons:5
  • Fatalities16
  • Persons involved in fatal accidents38
  • Pedestrians involved in fatal accidents2
  • North Carolina average
  • Fatal accident count16016
  • Vehicles involved in fatal accidents24004
  • Fatal accidents involving drunk persons5514
  • Fatalities17498
  • Persons involved in fatal accidents38645
  • Pedestrians involved in fatal accidents2396
See more detailed statistics of Columbus fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2017 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 57Number of bridges
  • 410ft / 125mTotal length
  • 334,880Total average daily traffic
  • 57,933Total average daily truck traffic
New bridges in Columbus, NC - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 11920-1929
  • 21930-1939
  • 201960-1969
  • 161970-1979
  • 111980-1989
  • 51990-1999
  • 22000-2009
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Columbus, NC

FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers:

2 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Columbus)

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

67 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)

FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers:

1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers in Columbus, NC)

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

3 (See the full list of FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers)

FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers:

14 (See the full list of FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers)

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

10 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

59 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Columbus)

FAA Registered Aircraft:

3
  • Aircraft: RAYTHEON AIRCRAFT COMPANY A36 (Category: Land, Seats: 6, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds), Engine: CONT MOTOR IO-550 SERIES (300 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 260EA , Serial Number: E-3408, Year manufactured: 2004, Airworthiness Date: 11/16/2004, Certificate Issue Date: 03/05/2016
    Registrant (Individual): Stephen J Hedges, 650 Golf Course Rd, Columbus, NC 28722
  • Aircraft: PIPER PA-28R-200 (Category: Land, Seats: 4, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 107 mph), Engine: LYCOMING I0360 SER (180 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 32036 , Serial Number: 28R-7535016, Year manufactured: 1974, Certificate Issue Date: 10/23/1974
    Registrant (Corporation): Orrco Corporation, Po Box 144, Columbus, NC 28722
    Deregistered: Cancel Date: 05/18/2018
  • Aircraft: CESSNA 172M (Category: Land, Seats: 4, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 108 mph), Engine: LYCOMING 0-320 SERIES (180 HP) (4 Cycle)
    N-Number: 12780 , Serial Number: 17262253, Year manufactured: 1973, Certificate Issue Date: 12/18/1973
    Registrant (Corporation): Orrs Aero Mechanix Inc, Po Box 144, Columbus, NC 28722
    Deregistered: Cancel Date: 02/04/2017

2003 - 2018 National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) incidents

    Fire incident distribution by year Based on the data from the years 2003 - 2018 the average number of fire incidents per year is 30. The highest number of fires - 53 took place in 2007, and the least - 18 in 2012. The data has a declining trend.
    Fire incident types in Columbus, NC When looking into fire subcategories, the most incidents belonged to: Structure Fires (42.1%), and Outside Fires (30.4%).

    • Fire incident types reported to NFIRS in Columbus, NC
    • 20542.1%Structure Fires
    • 14830.4%Outside Fires
    • 12225.1%Mobile Property/Vehicle Fires
    • 122.5%Other
See full National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Columbus, NC
Most common first names in Columbus, NC among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John7480.6 years
Robert6879.0 years
William6276.3 years
Mary5082.4 years
James4671.9 years
Ruth2683.1 years
Charles2676.4 years
Dorothy2484.4 years
Thomas1974.7 years
Joseph1879.6 years
Most common last names in Columbus, NC among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Jones2076.7 years
Walker1975.5 years
Johnson1780.7 years
Edwards1580.9 years
Brown1286.8 years
Wilson1281.2 years
Gosnell1271.7 years
Smith1175.8 years
Foster1179.5 years
Miller1080.0 years
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Columbus, NC
  • 51.8%Electricity
  • 38.7%Utility gas
  • 5.1%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 4.4%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Columbus, NC
  • 69.7%Electricity
  • 12.0%Utility gas
  • 11.6%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 3.7%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 3.0%No fuel used


Columbus compared to North Carolina state average:

  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly below state average.

Columbus on our top lists:

  • #18 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most residents born in Hungary (population 500+)"
There are 6 pilots and 8 other airmen in this city.
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