Columbus, North Dakota

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Population in 2017: 139 (0% urban, 100% rural).
Population change since 2000: -7.9%
 
Males: 56  (40.3%)
Females: 83  (59.7%)
Median resident age:

30.0 years
North Dakota median age:

35.4 years

Zip code: 58727

Estimated median household income in 2017: $31,595 (it was $17,679 in 2000)
Columbus:

$31,595
ND:

$61,843

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $28,052 (it was $14,643 in 2000)

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $33,638 (it was $11,800 in 2000)
Columbus:

$33,638
ND:

$194,700

Mean prices in 2017: all housing units: $114,996; detached houses: $116,618

Median gross rent in 2017: $1,057.

March 2019 cost of living index in Columbus: 80.6 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 36.8%
(12.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 95.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents)
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  • Races in Columbus, ND (2010)
    • 12795.5%White alone
    • 32.3%Asian alone
    • 21.5%Black alone
    • 10.8%Two or more races
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Ancestries: Norwegian (33.3%), Irish (9.4%), Danish (4.3%), American (1.7%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Elevation: 1930 feet

Land area: 0.28 square miles.

Population density: 505 people per square mile   (low).

Columbus, North Dakota map

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

This city:

17.5%
North Dakota:

100.0%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $688 (0.8%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $277 (0.3%)

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 )

Latitude: 48.90 N, Longitude: 102.78 W

Area code: 701

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

Columbus satellite photo by USGS

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 Columbus, ND residents
Average permit cost in Columbus, ND
Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

2.7%
North Dakota:

3.0%
Most common industries in Columbus, ND (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Truck transportation (17.0%)
  • Utilities (17.0%)
  • Health care (11.3%)
  • Mining, quarrying, oil & gas extraction (7.5%)
  • Public administration (7.5%)
  • Personal & laundry services (5.7%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (3.8%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Truck transportation (29.0%)
  • Utilities (22.6%)
  • Mining, quarrying, oil & gas extraction (12.9%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (6.5%)
  • Public administration (6.5%)
  • Electrical equipment, appliances, components (6.5%)
  • Building material & garden equipment & supplies dealers (6.5%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Health care (27.3%)
  • Personal & laundry services (13.6%)
  • Gasoline stations (9.1%)
  • Public administration (9.1%)
  • Utilities (9.1%)
  • Broadcasting & telecommunications (9.1%)
  • Administrative & support & waste management services (9.1%)
Most common occupations in Columbus, ND (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (20.8%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (9.4%)
  • Other healthcare support occupations (7.5%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (7.5%)
  • Personal appearance workers (5.7%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (5.7%)
  • Top executives (3.8%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (35.5%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (16.1%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (9.7%)
  • Top executives (6.5%)
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (6.5%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (6.5%)
  • Plant and system operators (6.5%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Other healthcare support occupations (18.2%)
  • Personal appearance workers (13.6%)
  • Accountants and auditors (9.1%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (9.1%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (9.1%)
  • Supervisors and other personal care and service workers, except child care workers (9.1%)
  • Sales representatives, services, wholesale and manufacturing (9.1%)

Average climate in Columbus, North Dakota

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI NO2 SO2 PM10
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2005 was 31.9. This is significantly better than average.

City:

31.9
U.S.:

74.2
Nitrogen Dioxide Level

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.:

5.56
Sulfur Dioxide Level

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.:

1.789
Particulate Matter Level

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.:

19.6

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)

Points of interest:

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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

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)
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

For population 15 years and over in Columbus:

Marital status in Columbus, ND
  • Never married: 27.7%
  • Now married: 55.4%
  • Separated: 2.1%
  • Widowed: 11.3%
  • Divorced: 3.5%

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
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

11.3
North Dakota average:

9.8

Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Columbus, ND (based on Burke County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
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.
State:

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

10.80 / 10,000 pop.
North Dakota:

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

9.7%
North Dakota:

7.6%
Adult obesity rate:
This 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 2016)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Financial Administration 1$2,280$27,3600$0
Streets and Highways 1$1,100$13,2000$0
Water Supply 1$1,100$13,2000$0
Solid Waste Management 1$1,100$13,2000$0
Sewerage 1$1,100$13,2000$0
Police Protection - Officers 0$0 0$0
Other Government Administration 0$0 5$382
Totals for Government 5$6,680$16,0325$382

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

  • Current Operations - General - Other: $25,000 ($179.86)
    Water Utilities: $21,000 ($151.08)
    Sewerage: $17,000 ($122.30)
    Solid Waste Management: $16,000 ($115.11)
    General Public Buildings: $13,000 ($93.53)
    Regular Highways: $12,000 ($86.33)
    Financial Administration: $7,000 ($50.36)
    Central Staff Services: $3,000 ($21.58)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $2,000 ($14.39)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $34,000 ($244.60)

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

  • Charges - Solid Waste Management: $24,000 ($172.66)
    Sewerage: $12,000 ($86.33)
  • Local Intergovernmental - Highways: $10,000 ($71.94)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $4,000 ($28.78)
    Royalties: $1,000 ($7.19)
    Interest Earnings: $1,000 ($7.19)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $32,000 ($230.22)
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $69,000 ($496.40)
    Highways: $18,000 ($129.50)
  • Tax - Property: $8,000 ($57.55)

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

  • Long Term Debt - Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $57,000 ($410.07)
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $57,000 ($410.07)

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

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $183,000 ($1316.55)

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)
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 3Number of bridges
  • 10ft / 2.8mTotal length
  • 1,300Total average daily traffic
  • 150Total average daily truck traffic
  • 1,300Total future (year 2037) average daily traffic

FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers:

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

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

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

FCC Registered Broadcast 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 MHz, Grant Date: 09/27/2001, Expiration Date: 09/27/2011, Cancellation Date: 04/13/2010, Registrant: 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 MHz, Grant Date: 03/12/1996, Expiration Date: 02/13/2001, Cancellation Date: 04/15/2001, Registrant: 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 MHz, Grant Date: 11/30/2000, Expiration Date: 01/31/2011, Cancellation Date: 04/02/2011, Registrant: 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 MHz, Grant Date: 02/17/2012, Expiration Date: 05/15/2022, Registrant: 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 MHz, Grant Date: 06/01/2004, Expiration Date: 06/01/2014, Cancellation Date: 08/02/2014, Certifier: Ronald Brothen, Registrant: 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 MHz, Grant Date: 09/20/2013, Expiration Date: 09/20/2023, Certifier: Kent Horntvedt, Registrant: 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 MHz, Grant Date: 03/08/2013, Expiration Date: 03/08/2023, Certifier: David J Schneider, Registrant: Basin Electric Power Cooperative, 1717 E Interstate Ave, Bismarck, ND 58503, Phone: (701) 557-5669, 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 MHz, Expiration Date: 07/01/1998, Cancellation Date: 04/05/1999, Registrant: 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:

2
  • Aircraft: PIPER PA-22-135 (Category: Land, Seats: 4, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 94 mph), Engine: LYCOMING 0-290 SERIES (140 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 8511C , Serial Number: 22-1219, Year manufactured: 1953, Airworthiness Date: 03/30/1956, Certificate Issue Date: 04/19/2016
    Registrant (Corporation): Wingsesprit, Po Box 137, Columbus, ND 58727
  • 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
    Deregistered: Cancel Date: 08/28/2018

Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Columbus, ND
  • 59.0%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 41.0%Electricity
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Columbus, ND
  • 84.8%Electricity
  • 15.2%Bottled, tank, or LP gas


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 below state average.
  • Number of college students significantly below state average.
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