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Columbus County, North Carolina (NC)

County population in 2014: 56,953 (19% urban, 81% rural); it was 54,749 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 8,247
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 7,738
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 16,275
Renter-occupied apartments: 6,504 (it was 5,033 in 2000)
% of renters here:

24%
State:

33%

Land area: 937 sq. mi.

Water area: 16.8 sq. mi.

Population density: 61 people per square mile   (average).

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Columbus County: 80.7 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Transportation and warehousing,and utilities (35.1%), Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (18.5%), Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (14.8%), Educational, health and social services (14.3%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 26%
  • Government: 2%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 73%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Columbus County, North Carolina:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (60.4%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (30.3%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (4.6%)
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone (3.1%)
  • Two or more races (1.3%)
Median resident age:  39.0 years
North Carolina median age:  37.0 years
Males: 28,186  (49.5%)
Females: 28,767  (50.5%)
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Columbus County,NC real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Columbus County:

2.0 people
North Carolina:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $34,632 ($26,805 in 1999)

This county:

$34632
North Carolina:

$45906

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $400 (lower quartile is $315, upper quartile is $503)
This county:

$400
State:

$619


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $84,885 (it was $64,100 in 2000)
Columbus:

$84,885
North Carolina:

$154,300
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $50,297 - $150,362
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,003
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $351

Institutionalized population: 2,846

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 6
  • Rapes: 9
  • Robberies: 33
  • Assaults: 202
  • Burglaries: 685
  • Thefts: 792
  • Auto thefts: 141

Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 4
  • Rapes: 6
  • Robberies: 23
  • Assaults: 237
  • Burglaries: 780
  • Thefts: 795
  • Auto thefts: 141
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Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 78 buildings, average cost: $99,600
  • 2008: 59 buildings, average cost: $97,500
  • 2009: 30 buildings, average cost: $127,700
  • 2010: 28 buildings, average cost: $121,900
  • 2011: 30 buildings, average cost: $102,700
  • 2012: 74 buildings, average cost: $91,400
  • 2013: 31 buildings, average cost: $132,400
  • 2014: 35 buildings, average cost: $122,900

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Presidential Elections Results

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2012 Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $982 (1.0%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $817 (1.2%)

Columbus County household income distribution in 2009 Columbus County home values distribution Columbus County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 24.1%
(16.5% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 38.0% for Black residents, 43.1% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 19.9% for American Indian residents, 16.7% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 44.6% for other race residents, 15.1% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 24.1%
Columbus County:

24.1%
North Carolina:

17.9%
(16.6% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 37.9% for Black residents, 41.2% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 18.8% for American Indian residents, 16.7% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 40.8% for other race residents, 16.0% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 41 years old
(Males: 39 years old, Females: 43 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 44 years old, Black residents: 38 years old, American Indian residents: 36 years old, Asian residents: 26 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 21 years old, Other race residents: 22 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Columbus County is $453 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $503 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $603 a month.

Cities in this county include: Whiteville, Tabor City, Chadbourn, Lake Waccamaw, Fair Bluff, Riegelwood, Bolton, Hallsboro, Evergreen, Brunswick.

Columbus County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential

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Neighboring counties: Coal County, Oklahoma , DeSoto County, Mississippi , Floyd County, Georgia , Forsyth County, Georgia , Quitman County, Mississippi , Polk County, Georgia .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

7.2%
North Carolina:

5.4%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 2,284
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 68.6%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 10.1%

Number of foreign born residents: 790 (30% naturalized citizens)

Columbus County:

1.4%
Whole state:

5.3%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 187
  • 1990 to 1994: 281
  • 1985 to 1989: 112
  • 1980 to 1984: 48
  • 1975 to 1979: 56
  • 1970 to 1974: 53
  • 1970 to 1974: 5
  • 1965 to 1969: 48

Mean travel time to work (commute): 27.1 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 71.9%

Columbus County marital status for males Columbus County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 15,282
  • One, attached: 225
  • Two: 280
  • 3 or 4: 387
  • 5 to 9: 171
  • 10 to 19: 34
  • 20 or more: 118
  • Mobile homes: 7,544
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 19

Housing units in Columbus County with a mortgage: 4,457 (380 second mortgage, 621 home equity loan, 41 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 4,979

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

69.1% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Columbus County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant25,278122
Black Protestant3,61026
Mainline Protestant3,14425
Catholic1,0632
Other5654
None24,438-
Columbus County Religion Details
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.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 15
Columbus County:

2.78 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.05 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Here:

0.19 / 10,000 pop.
North Carolina:

0.14 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
This county:

0.19 / 10,000 pop.
North Carolina:

0.92 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 43
Columbus County:

7.97 / 10,000 pop.
North Carolina:

4.75 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 29
This county:

5.37 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.57 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Columbus County:

12.1%
North Carolina:

9.8%

Adult obesity rate:
Columbus County:

31.7%
State:

28.3%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

15.7%
State:

15.6%

Agriculture in Columbus County:

Average size of farms: 193 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $128,320
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $433.39
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 2.07%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 61.01%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $108,133
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 59.69%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 3.99%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $69,291
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 90.46%
Average age of principal farm operators: 53 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 6.16
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 0.19%
Corn for grain: 28918 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 6397 harvested acres
Upland cotton: 4497 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 44720 harvested acres
Vegetables: 1,498 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 373 acres

Earthquake activity:

Columbus County-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below North Carolina state average. It is 89% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 11/22/1974 at 05:25:55, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 127.0 miles away from Columbus County center
On 8/21/1992 at 16:31:55, a magnitude 4.4 (4.1 MB, 4.1 LG, 4.4 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 118.2 miles away from the county center
On 8/2/1974 at 08:52:09, a magnitude 4.9 (4.3 MB, 4.9 LG) earthquake occurred 220.1 miles away from the county center
On 11/11/2002 at 23:39:29, a magnitude 4.4 (4.0 MB, 4.4 LG, Depth: 1.5 mi) earthquake occurred 148.1 miles away from the county center
On 4/13/1998 at 09:56:11, a magnitude 3.9 (3.5 MB, 3.9 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 104.8 miles away from Columbus County center
On 9/25/2006 at 05:44:25, a magnitude 3.7 (3.7 MB, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 75.9 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • North CarolinaHurricane Earl, Incident Period: September 1, 2010 to September 4, 2010, Emergency Declared (EM-3314): September 1, 2010, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3314, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • North CarolinaHurricane Ophelia, Incident Period: September 11, 2005 to September 17, 2005, Emergency Declared (EM-3254): September 14, 2005, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3254, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • North CarolinaHurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 1, 2005, Emergency Declared (EM-3222): September 5, 2005, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3222, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • North CarolinaTropical Storm Frances, Incident Period: September 7, 2004 to September 12, 2004, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1546): September 10, 2004, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1546, Natural disaster type: Tropical Storm
  • North Carolinaurricane Isabel, Incident Period: September 18, 2003 to September 26, 2003, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1490): September 18, 2003, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1490, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • North CarolinaHurricane Floyd & Irene, Incident Period: September 15, 1999 to November 2, 1999, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1292): September 16, 1999, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1292, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • North CarolinaHurricane Floyd, Incident Period: September 15, 1999 to October 4, 1999, Emergency Declared (EM-3146): September 15, 1999, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3146, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • North CarolinaHurricane Bonnie, Incident Period: August 20, 1998 to September 1, 1998, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1240): August 27, 1998, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1240, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • North CarolinaHurricane Fran, Incident Period: September 5, 1996 to October 21, 1996, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1134): September 6, 1996, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1134, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • North CarolinaHurricane Bertha, Incident Period: July 10, 1996 to July 13, 1996, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1127): July 18, 1996, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1127, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • 3 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

The number of natural disasters in Columbus County (13) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 7
Emergencies Declared: 6

Causes of natural disasters: Hurricanes: 10, Drought: 1, Snowfall: 1, Tropical Storm: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Health care and social assistance (37%)
  • Retail trade (16%)
  • Educational services (16%)
  • Accommodation and food services (9%)
  • Manufacturing (6%)
  • Finance and insurance (6%)
  • Public administration (5%)
  • Health care and social assistance (33%)
  • Retail trade (14%)
  • Educational services (14%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
  • Manufacturing (6%)
  • Finance and insurance (5%)
  • Public administration (4%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Construction and extraction occupations (12%)
  • Production occupations (11%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (9%)
  • Transportation occupations (9%)
  • Sales and related occupations (9%)
  • Management occupations (8%)
  • Material moving occupations (6%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (18%)
  • Sales and related occupations (12%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (11%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (10%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (8%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (8%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (7%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):

  • Mexico (61%)
  • Germany (5%)
  • Philippines (4%)
  • Japan (4%)
  • Korea (3%)
  • Canada (2%)
  • El Salvador (2%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Columbus County (%):

  • United States or American (29%)
  • English (8%)
  • Irish (3%)
  • Scotch-Irish (3%)
  • German (2%)
  • African (1%)
  • Scottish (1%)

Columbus County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 16,452 (80%)
  • Carpooled: 2,956 (14%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 19 (0%)
  • Streetcar or trolley car: 1 (0%)
  • Subway or elevated: 2 (0%)
  • Railroad: 8 (0%)
  • Taxi: 12 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 12 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 10 (0%)
  • Walked: 361 (2%)
  • Other means: 298 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 420 (2%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders ($)


People in group quarters in Columbus County, North Carolina in 2000:

  • 686 people in state prisons
  • 454 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 85 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 60 people in homes for abused, dependent, and neglected children
  • 32 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 30 people in other group homes
  • 15 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 12 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 5 people in homes for the mentally retarded

People in group quarters in Columbus County, North Carolina in 2010:

  • 2,159 people in state prisons
  • 436 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 199 people in correctional residential facilities
  • 50 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 38 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 22 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 19 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 2 people in residential treatment centers for juveniles (non-correctional)
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $38,888.

4.18% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($28,468 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.18%
North Carolina average:

7.13%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
2.39% relocated from other counties in North Carolina ($15,777 average AGI)
1.78% relocated from other states ($12,691 average AGI)
Columbus County:

1.78%
North Carolina average:

3.45%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Horry County, SC  0.48% ($24,578 average AGI)
from Brunswick County, NC  0.43% ($30,260)
from New Hanover County, NC  0.41% ($24,971)
from Bladen County, NC  0.37% ($27,286)
from Robeson County, NC  0.20% ($36,771)
from Cumberland County, NC  0.16% ($33,250)
from Guilford County, NC  0.09% ($17,467)


4.44% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($30,875 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.44%
North Carolina average:

6.77%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
2.74% relocated to other counties in North Carolina ($19,894 average AGI)
1.69% relocated to other states ($10,982 average AGI)
Columbus County:

1.69%
North Carolina average:

3.07%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Horry County, SC  0.54% ($31,815 average AGI)
to New Hanover County, NC  0.42% ($35,110)
to Brunswick County, NC  0.42% ($33,014)
to Bladen County, NC  0.40% ($27,824)
to Robeson County, NC  0.34% ($24,259)
to Cumberland County, NC  0.17% ($25,172)
to Wake County, NC  0.15% ($50,600)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 14.7
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 14.2

Births per 1000 population in Columbus County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 11.0
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.8
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 11.8

Deaths per 1000 population in Columbus County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 12.4
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 10.6

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Columbus County

Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 20.5%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 7.3%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Columbus County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19

Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Columbus County


Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 11,214 (7,747 aged, 3,467 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 2,050 (15%)

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Aged persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Disabled persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Most common underlying causes of death in Columbus County, North Carolina in 1999 - 2014:

  • Chronic ischaemic heart disease, unspecified (946)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (708)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (685)
  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (534)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (399)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (373)
  • Unspecified dementia (252)
  • Septicaemia, unspecified (220)
  • Alzheimer's disease, unspecified (203)
  • Pneumonia, unspecified (194)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 19%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 16%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 1.83
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 11308.34
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 206.570
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 17865.56

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1380.920
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1196.430
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 12.79

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 20.9
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 76.72

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 9.13

EPA green book nonattainment status in 2004-2006: 1
Crimes per 100,000 population in 1996: 1

Homicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 163.3. This is more than state average.

Mechanisms of homicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 131.7
  • Other - 31.6

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 121.2. This is more than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 108.0
  • Other - 13.2

Household type by relationship:

Households: 55,173
  • In family households: 46,831 (9,660 male householders, 5,545 female householders)
    10,113 spouses, 15,869 children (14,650 natural, 346 adopted, 873 stepchildren), 2,288 grandchildren, 558 brothers or sisters, 460 parents, 892 other relatives, 1,195 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 8,342 (3,236 male householders (2,716 living alone)), 4,048 female householders (3,733 living alone)), 1,058 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 2,925 (2,846 institutionalized population)

Size of family households: 6,745 2-persons, 3,779 3-persons, 2,716 4-persons, 1,200 5-persons, 456 6-persons, 309 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 6,449 1-person, 710 2-persons, 77 3-persons, 25 4-persons, 9 5-persons, 9 6-persons, 5 7-or-more-persons.

7,836 married couples with children.
3,949 single-parent households (664 men, 3,285 women).

96.5% of residents of Columbus County speak English at home.
2.7% of residents speak Spanish at home (49% speak English very well, 21% speak English well, 25% speak English not well, 5% don't speak English at all).
0.6% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (77% speak English very well, 14% speak English well, 9% speak English not well).
0.2% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (38% speak English very well, 50% speak English well, 12% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $415,213,000 ($7590 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $11,929,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $162,205,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $94,069,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $12,992,000
Federal grants: $128,385,000
Federal procurement contracts: $4,092,000 ($1,030,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $13,471,000 ($4,877,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $1,058,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $5,532,000
Federal Government insurance: $90,865,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 4,150
Here:

76 per 1000 residents
State:

72 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 3,311
Here:

60 per 1000 residents
State:

44 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +161
Here:

+3 per 1000 residents
State:

+18 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -943
Here -17 per 1000 residents
State +27 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Columbus County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 3.28 millions of gallons per day (81% from ground, 19% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.8
State:

5.9

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.7
State:

4.3

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 171
  • 2000 to 2004: 3,308
  • 1990 to 1999: 4,062
  • 1980 to 1989: 4,162
  • 1970 to 1979: 5,209
  • 1960 to 1969: 3,205
  • 1950 to 1959: 2,591
  • 1940 to 1949: 1,490
  • 1939 or earlier: 1,560
Rooms in houses/apartments in Columbus County, North Carolina
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 203
  • 3 rooms: 544
  • 4 rooms: 1,763
  • 5 rooms: 4,469
  • 6 rooms: 4,311
  • 7 rooms: 2,659
  • 8 rooms: 1,330
  • 9+ rooms: 996
  • 1 room: 31
  • 2 rooms: 289
  • 3 rooms: 640
  • 4 rooms: 1,330
  • 5 rooms: 1,303
  • 6 rooms: 940
  • 7 rooms: 319
  • 8 rooms: 116
  • 9+ rooms: 65
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Columbus County, North Carolina
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 70
  • 1 bedroom: 388
  • 2 bedrooms: 3,530
  • 3 bedrooms: 9,919
  • 4 bedrooms: 2,077
  • 5+ bedrooms: 291
  • no bedroom: 76
  • 1 bedroom: 705
  • 2 bedrooms: 2,145
  • 3 bedrooms: 1,903
  • 4 bedrooms: 184
  • 5+ bedrooms: 20
Cars and other vehicles available in Columbus County, North Carolina in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 1,008
  • 1 vehicle: 4,837
  • 2 vehicles: 6,662
  • 3 vehicles: 2,856
  • 4 vehicles: 669
  • 5+ vehicles: 243
  • no vehicle: 1,129
  • 1 vehicle: 2,445
  • 2 vehicles: 1,111
  • 3 vehicles: 274
  • 4 vehicles: 56
  • 5+ vehicles: 18

70% of Columbus County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 65% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 52% lived in North Carolina.

Columbus County:

69.9%
State average:

54.4%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

  • This state: 42014
  • Northeast: 1916
  • Midwest: 825
  • South: 8589
  • West: 468

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $41,300


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 2%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 2%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Columbus County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Electricity (46.5%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (39.2%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (10.3%)
  • Wood (1.9%)
  • Utility gas (1.9%)
  • Electricity (43.8%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (36.7%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (15.3%)
  • Wood (1.7%)
  • Utility gas (1.6%)
  • No fuel used (0.6%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 306
Here:

4.6%
North Carolina:

8.2%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 155
Here:

4.5%
North Carolina:

6.9%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 197
Here:

9.2%
North Carolina:

20.2%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)

Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninstitutionalized)

Columbus County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:

  • Assistance and Subsidies - Public Welfare, Cash Assistance Programs - Other: $3,003,000
  • Construction - Elementary and Secondary Education: $4,948,000
    General - Other: $3,703,000
    Correctional Institutions: $3,663,000
    Water Utilities: $1,198,000
    Air Transportation: $43,000
  • Current Operations - Elementary and Secondary Education: $71,182,000
    Other Higher Education: $17,006,000
    General - Other: $10,079,000
    Health - Other: $7,282,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $6,067,000
    Solid Waste Management: $5,507,000
    Police Protection: $3,168,000
    Correctional Institutions: $2,094,000
    Central Staff Services: $1,622,000
    Local Fire Protection: $1,448,000
    Financial Administration: $1,234,000
    Libraries: $1,187,000
    General Public Buildings: $1,113,000
    Sewerage: $1,101,000
    Air Transportation: $509,000
    Water Utilities: $472,000
    Parks and Recreation: $402,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $391,000
    Liquor Stores: $359,000
    Housing and Community Development: $325,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $210,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $166,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $4,641,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - Health - Other: $2,000
  • Intergovernmental to State - Public Welfare: $5,834,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Elementary and Secondary Education: $872,000
    Police Protection: $261,000
    Health - Other: $228,000
    Other Higher Education: $174,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $35,000
    Solid Waste Management: $30,000
    General - Other: $30,000
    Water Utilities: $22,000
    Libraries: $12,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $74,378,000

Columbus County government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - Solid Waste Management: $5,617,000
    Higher Education - Other: $1,991,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education School Lunch: $1,332,000
    Sewerage: $917,000
    All Other: $893,000
    Air Transportation: $439,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education - Other: $29,000
    Parks and Recreation: $27,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Education: $2,104,000
    All Other: $45,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - All Other: $1,547,000
    General Local Government Support: $1,203,000
    Highways: $50,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $3,950,000
    Special Assessments: $570,000
    General Revenue, NEC: $525,000
    Rents: $76,000
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $393,000
    Liquor Stores: $374,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Education: $74,263,000
    Public Welfare: $7,719,000
    All Other: $6,329,000
    Health and Hospitals: $4,947,000
    Housing and Community Development: $3,984,000
    General Local Government Support: $258,000
  • Tax - Property: $25,146,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $9,188,000
    NEC: $394,000
    Other License: $171,000
    Other Selective Sales: $74,000
    Alcoholic Beverage Sales: $10,000
    Occupation and Business License, NEC: $9,000

Columbus County government finances - Debt in 2006:

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $34,651,000
    Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Industrial Revenue: $27,842,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $25,811,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $23,193,000
    Retired Nonguaranteed - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $6,809,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,618,000

Columbus County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $13,214,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $27,842,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 3,477
  • Number of aged recipients: 367
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 3,110
  • Number of recipients under 18: 603
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 1,978
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 896
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 1,551
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 1,469
Columbus County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1994
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Columbus County Fatal accident statistics for 1995 - 2014
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Most common first names in Columbus County, NC among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
James50668.9 years
William39071.1 years
Mary36078.0 years
John35772.1 years
Robert21169.2 years
Annie17880.2 years
George17771.3 years
Willie15271.1 years
Henry14573.8 years
Joseph12470.7 years
Most common last names in Columbus County, NC among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith29573.0 years
Ward25172.8 years
Brown22271.4 years
Gore21272.8 years
Graham18972.0 years
Strickland18671.8 years
Williams17772.1 years
Williamson17674.0 years
Fowler16273.3 years
Long15571.4 years
Businesses in Columbus County, NC
NameCountNameCount
Advance Auto Parts1New Balance1
Arby's2Nike1
AutoZone1Payless1
Blockbuster1Pizza Hut1
Burger King3Quality1
CVS1RadioShack1
Chevrolet1Rite Aid1
Domino's Pizza1SONIC Drive-In1
Dunkin Donuts2Sears1
Econo Lodge1Subway5
FedEx4Taco Bell1
Ford2True Value2
GNC1U-Haul4
H&R Block2U.S. Cellular2
Hardee's1UPS7
Jones New York1Verizon Wireless1
KFC1Walgreens1
Lowe's1Walmart1
McDonald's1

Columbus County on our top lists:

  • #5 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the smallest number of people without health insurance coverage in 2000 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #5 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the smallest number of children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000 (pop. 50,000+)"
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  • #58 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #75 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the smallest number of children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000"
  • #79 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest number of deaths per 1000 residents 2007-2013 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #94 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the smallest number of people without health insurance coverage in 2000"