Columbus, North Dakota

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Population in 2014: 150 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: -0.7%
 
Males: 60  (40.3%)
Females: 90  (59.7%)
Median resident age:  29.6 years
North Dakota median age:  35.0 years

Zip code: 58727

Estimated median household income in 2016: $37,562 (it was $17,679 in 2000)
Columbus:

$37,562
ND:

$60,656

Estimated per capita income in 2016: $16,671 (it was $14,643 in 2000)

Estimated median house or condo value in 2016: $86,325 (it was $11,800 in 2000)
Columbus:

$86,325
ND:

$184,100

Mean prices in 2016: All housing units: $110,540; Detached houses: $109,810

Median gross rent in 2016: $1,045.

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    • 12795.5%White alone
    • 32.3%Asian alone
    • 21.5%Black alone
    • 10.8%Two or more races
Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Columbus: 82.6 (low, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: Norwegian (31.0%), Irish (8.0%), Danish (3.5%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Elevation: 1930 feet

Land area: 0.28 square miles.

Population density: 545 people per square mile   (low).

Columbus, North Dakota map

For population 25 years and over in Columbus:

  • High school or higher: 75.2%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 15.0%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 7.1%
  • Unemployed: 8.6%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 18.9 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Columbus city:

  • Never married: 27.2%
  • Now married: 55.3%
  • Separated: 2.8%
  • Widowed: 11.0%
  • Divorced: 3.7%

36 residents are foreign born (17.5% Latin America).

This city:

17.5%
North Dakota:

3.3%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2016: $665 (0.8%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2016: $262 (0.3%)

Columbus satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Bismarck, ND (171.9 miles , pop. 55,532).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Minneapolis, MN (524.9 miles , pop. 382,618).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (879.1 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Larson, ND (1.9 miles) , Lignite, ND (3.2 miles) , Noonan, ND (3.2 miles) , Portal, ND (3.5 miles) , Flaxton, ND (4.2 miles) , Crosby, ND (4.8 miles ), Powers Lake, ND (4.9 miles ), Bowbells, ND (5.0 miles ).

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1998: 1 building, cost: $54,000
  • 2013: 2 buildings, average cost: $65,000
  • 2014: 2 buildings, average cost: $204,000

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Latitude: 48.90 N, Longitude: 102.78 W

Area code: 701

Columbus household income distribution Columbus home values distribution
Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

2.9%
North Dakota:

2.2%

Unemployment by year (%)

Population change in the 1990s: -52 (-25.6%).
Most common industries in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (33%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (28%)
  • Public administration (23%)
  • Other services, except public administration (9%)
  • Manufacturing (5%)
  • Construction (0%)
  • Wholesale trade (0%)
  • Accommodation and food services (31%)
  • Educational services (19%)
  • Construction (13%)
  • Utilities (13%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (13%)
  • Health care and social assistance (6%)
  • Other services, except public administration (6%)
Most common occupations in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Transportation occupations (23%)
  • Law enforcement workers including supervisors (16%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (16%)
  • Management occupations (9%)
  • Production occupations (9%)
  • Architecture and engineering occupations (7%)
  • Computer and mathematical occupations (5%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (31%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (25%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (19%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (13%)
  • Community and social service occupations (6%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (6%)
  • Management occupations (0%)

Average climate in Columbus, North Dakota

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Earthquake activity:

Columbus-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above North Dakota state average. It is 60% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 8/18/1959 at 06:37:13, a magnitude 7.7 (7.7 UK, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 478.5 miles away from the city center, causing $26,000,000 total damage
On 10/28/1983 at 14:06:06, a magnitude 7.3 (6.2 MB, 7.3 MS, 7.0 MW) earthquake occurred 621.1 miles away from Columbus center, causing 2 deaths (2 shaking deaths) and 3 injuries, causing $15,000,000 total damage
On 6/30/1975 at 18:54:13, a magnitude 6.1 (5.6 MB, 5.9 MS, 6.1 UK, 6.1 ML, Class: Strong, Intensity: VII - IX) earthquake occurred 476.7 miles away from the city center
On 7/29/1998 at 03:31:58, a magnitude 3.8 (3.8 MB, 3.7 LG, 3.4 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 95.4 miles away from the city center
On 9/8/1984 at 00:59:31, a magnitude 5.1 (5.1 MB, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 356.2 miles away from Columbus center
On 11/11/1998 at 11:59:37, a magnitude 3.5 (3.5 LG, 3.1 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 62.2 miles away from the city 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 Burke County (16) is greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 14
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 10, Storms: 7, Snows: 4, Winter Storms: 4, Blizzard: 1, Hurricane: 1, Landslide: 1, Mudslide: 1, Tornado: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Columbus topographic map

airports located in Columbus:

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Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Columbus:

  • Minot State University (about 82 miles; Minot, ND; Full-time enrollment: 2,887)
  • Bismarck State College (about 171 miles; Bismarck, ND; FT enrollment: 3,015)
  • University of Mary (about 178 miles; Bismarck, ND; FT enrollment: 2,854)
  • University of North Dakota (about 271 miles; Grand Forks, ND; FT enrollment: 12,858)
  • Northland Community and Technical College (about 308 miles; Thief River Falls, MN; FT enrollment: 2,717)
  • Black Hills State University (about 310 miles; Spearfish, SD; FT enrollment: 3,166)
  • North Dakota State University-Main Campus (about 310 miles; Fargo, ND; FT enrollment: 12,680)

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

Hotel: Ken's Motel (Po Box 125).

Burke County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2005 was 42.2. This is significantly better than average.

City:

42.2
U.S.:

74.7

Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) [ppb] level in 2005 was 3.26. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 18.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

3.26
U.S.:

6.40

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2005 was 0.520. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 18.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.520
U.S.:

1.912

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2005 was 11.3. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 5.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

11.3
U.S.:

20.0

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2005 was 5.19. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 5.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

5.19
U.S.:

9.35
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2016: 36.8%
(12.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 95.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents)
Average household size:
This city:  2.0 people
North Dakota:  2.3 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:  67.7%
Whole state:  60.8%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:  3.1%
Whole state:  6.4%

No gay or lesbian households reported

Educational Attainment (%) in 2016

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2016

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

11.8
North Dakota average:

9.6

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

Presidential Elections Results

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

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant1,6449
Catholic3423
Evangelical Protestant1384
Other-2
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: 3
Burke County:

16.21 / 10,000 pop.
North Dakota:

3.23 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 2
Here:

10.80 / 10,000 pop.
State:

8.90 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

9.7%
North Dakota:

7.6%
Adult obesity rate:
Burke County:

27.8%
North Dakota:

27.6%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
This city:

47.7%
North Dakota:

50.2%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Here:

39.5%
North Dakota:

47.1%

Average BMI:
Columbus:

28.4
North Dakota:

28.5

People feeling badly about themselves:
Here:

24.2%
North Dakota:

21.1%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
This city:

11.8%
North Dakota:

10.7%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Columbus:

6.9
North Dakota:

6.9

Overweight people:
Here:

35.7%
North Dakota:

33.2%

General health condition:
Columbus:

46.3%
North Dakota:

56.8%

Average condition of hearing:
Columbus:

69.4%
North Dakota:

78.0%

More about Health and Nutrition of Columbus, ND 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
Financial Administration 1$4,000$48,0000$0
Other Government Administration 0$0 5$255
Police Protection - Officers 0$0 1$532
Streets and Highways 1$2,000$24,0000$0
Sewerage 1$2,000$24,0000$0
Water Supply 1$2,000$24,0000$0
Totals for Government 4$10,000$30,0006$787

Columbus government finances - Expenditure in 2002 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - General - Other: $50,000 ($333.33)
    Solid Waste Management: $15,000 ($100.00)
    Regular Highways: $6,000 ($40.00)
    General Public Buildings: $5,000 ($33.33)
    Financial Administration: $5,000 ($33.33)
    Sewerage: $4,000 ($26.67)
    Central Staff Services: $2,000 ($13.33)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $44,000 ($293.33)

Columbus government finances - Revenue in 2002 (per resident):

  • Charges - Solid Waste Management: $28,000 ($186.67)
    Sewerage: $5,000 ($33.33)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $3,000 ($20.00)
    Interest Earnings: $3,000 ($20.00)
    Rents: $2,000 ($13.33)
  • State Intergovernmental - General Support: $22,000 ($146.67)
    Highways: $10,000 ($66.67)
  • Tax - Property: $5,000 ($33.33)

Columbus government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $90,000 ($600.00)

9.82% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($48,640 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

9.82%
North Dakota average:

7.91%

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 Ward County, ND  1.60% ($53,071 average AGI)


6.18% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($50,712 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.18%
North Dakota average:

7.15%

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

Strongest AM radio stations in Columbus:

  • KXMR (710 AM; 50 kW; BISMARCK, ND; Owner: RADIO BISMARCK MANDAN, LLC)
  • KEYZ (660 AM; 5 kW; WILLISTON, ND; Owner: COMMONWEALTH LICENSE SUBSIDIARY, LLC)
  • KHRT (1320 AM; 10 kW; MINOT, ND; Owner: FAITH BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KCJB (910 AM; 5 kW; MINOT, ND; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KATQ (1070 AM; daytime; 5 kW; PLENTYWOOD, MT; Owner: RADIO INTERNAT'L-KATQ B/CAST ASSOC.)
  • KTGO (1090 AM; daytime; 1 kW; TIOGA, ND; Owner: TIOGA BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WWNL (1080 AM; 50 kW; PITTSBURGH, PA; Owner: STEEL CITY RADIO, INC.)
  • KRRZ (1390 AM; 5 kW; MINOT, ND; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KBHB (810 AM; 25 kW; STURGIS, SD; Owner: MONTEREY LICENSES, LLC)
  • WEBC (560 AM; 50 kW; DULUTH, MN)
  • KBMR (1130 AM; 10 kW; BISMARCK, ND; Owner: RADIO BISMARCK MANDAN, LLC)
  • KFYR (550 AM; 5 kW; BISMARCK, ND; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KATL (770 AM; 10 kW; MILES CITY, MT; Owner: STAR PRINTING COMPANY)

FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers:

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

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

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

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

6
  • 9 Mi S & .75 Mi E (Lat: 48.775583 Lon: -102.759056), Call Sign: KBF912
    Assigned Frequencies: 154.055 MHz, 154.055 MHzGrant Date: 09/27/2001, Expiration Date: 09/27/2011, Cancellation Date: 04/13/2010Registrant: Federal Licensing, Inc., 1588 Fairfield Road, Gettysburg, PA 17325, Phone: (717) 334-9262, Fax: (717) 334-6440
  • Columbus City Bldg Main St (Lat: 48.905028 Lon: -102.781000), Call Sign: KNAK583, Licensee ID: L00394373
    Assigned Frequencies: 153.740 MHz, 154.055 MHzGrant Date: 03/12/1996, Expiration Date: 02/13/2001, Cancellation Date: 04/15/2001Registrant: County Of Burke, Burke County Courthouse, Bowbells, ND 58721, Phone: (701) 377-2962
  • Columbus Public School Bldg Main St (Lat: 48.905028 Lon: -102.781000), Type: Tower, Structure height: 14.9 m, Call Sign: KNAR427, Licensee ID: L00019181
    Assigned Frequencies: 155.100 MHz, 155.715 MHzGrant Date: 11/30/2000, Expiration Date: 01/31/2011, Cancellation Date: 04/02/2011Registrant: County Of Divide, Noonan, ND 58765, Phone: (701) 925-5717
  • 12 1/2 Mi Sse Of (Lat: 48.716694 Lon: -102.751000), Call Sign: KNFS800
    Assigned Frequencies: 453.375 MHzGrant Date: 02/17/2012, Expiration Date: 05/15/2022Registrant: Nddot, 216 Airport Road, Bismarck, ND 58504, Phone: (701) 328-6935, Email:
  • Lat: 48.750861 Lon: -102.763222, Call Sign: WQAH315
    Assigned Frequencies: 464.375 MHz, 469.375 MHzGrant Date: 06/01/2004, Expiration Date: 06/01/2014, Cancellation Date: 08/02/2014, Certifier: Ronald BrothenRegistrant: Team Electronics, 1100 31st Ave., Sw, Minot, ND 58701-2001, Phone: (701) 852-3270, Fax: (701) 852-3282
  • Lat: 48.923722 Lon: -102.783111, Call Sign: WQSH737
    Assigned Frequencies: 151.715 MHzGrant Date: 09/20/2013, Expiration Date: 09/20/2023, Certifier: Kent HorntvedtRegistrant: Kotana Communications, Inc., 1819 1st Avenue, West, Williston, ND 58801, Phone: (701) 774-8001, Fax: (701) 774-1944, Email:

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

1
  • COLUMBUS, 9361 Hwy 40 (Lat: 48.775889 Lon: -102.766611), Type: Ltower, Structure height: 88.4 m, Overall height: 90.2 m, Call Sign: WQQV362, Licensee ID: L00001523
    Assigned Frequencies: 5974.85 MHz, 6093.45 MHz, 5974.85 MHz, 6093.45 MHz, 6063.80 MHz, 6152.75 MHz, 6063.80 MHz, 6152.75 MHzGrant Date: 03/08/2013, Expiration Date: 03/08/2023, Certifier: David J SchneiderRegistrant: Basin Electric Power Cooperative, 1717 East Interstate Avenue, Bismarck, ND 58503, Phone: (701) 355-5672, Fax: (701) 224-5322, Email:

FCC Registered Paging Towers:

1
  • 9 Miles South And 0.75 Mile East Of City (Lat: 48.775583 Lon: -102.759056), Call Sign: KAI929
    Assigned Frequencies: 152.540 MHzExpiration Date: 07/01/1998, Cancellation Date: 04/05/1999Registrant: Northwest Communications Cooperative, - 111 Railroad Avenue, Ray, ND 58849

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

1
  • Call Sign: KD0HXW, Licensee ID: L01494514, Grant Date: 05/27/2009, Expiration Date: 05/27/2019, Cancellation Date: 07/29/2011, Certifier: Kyle M Hawkins, Registrant: Kyle M Hawkins, 611 Robin St, Columbus, ND 58727

FAA Registered Aircraft:

1
  • Aircraft: CESSNA 170 (Category: Land, Seats: 4, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 105 mph), Engine: CONT MOTOR C145 SERIES (145 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 3913V , Serial Number: 18223, Year manufactured: 1948
    Registrant (Corporation): Associated Truckers, P O Box 26, Columbus, ND 58727

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

COLUMBUS CITY OF (Population served: 133, Purch surface water):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In JUL-2010, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (AUG-08-2010), St Violation/Reminder Notice (AUG-08-2010), St Public Notif received (AUG-19-2010), St Compliance achieved (JUN-17-2011)

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 2

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Electricity (61%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (38%)

Columbus compared to North Dakota state average:

  • Median household income below state average.
  • Median house value below state average.
  • Black race population percentage below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age significantly above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly above state average.
  • Renting percentage below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • House age significantly above state average.
  • Number of college students significantly below state average.
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