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Welcome to Columbus ...

The city of Columbus is located in Muscogee County and is the County Seat for Muscogee County.

From the  Census Estimates for 2016, Columbus has a population of 197,485 people<1> (see below for details).

Columbus was established in 1828.

The community of Columbus is 290 feet [88 m] above sea level.<2>.

Time Zone: Columbus lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

Note: While Columbus is in the Eastern Time Zone, the area just to the south is in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT).

Area codes for Columbus: (706) & (762)<3>

The ZIP codes for Columbus: 31901-31904, 31906-31909, 31914, 31917, 31993-31994, 31997-31999<4>

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Columbus had a population of 189,885 people (which is 100% of the total population of Muscogee County). This makes Columbus the county's most populous community.

The population of Columbus represents 1.96% of the population of Georgia (which has 9,687,653 people), making it the state's 2nd most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 189,885 people, the population of Columbus increased 2.21% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 185,781 people).

Taken from the 2016 Census Estimates, Columbus had an population of 197,485 people. This is an increase of 4% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 6.3% since the 2000 Census).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Columbus.

Communities near Columbus ...

The following is a sample of nearby communities. Please note that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance starting from Columbus and not the distance if you drove it.<5>.

Community   2016
Crawford (AL)   [Map]   ---   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
Fort Mitchell (AL)   [Map]   ---   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
Ladonia (AL)   [Map]   ---   W   5 miles [8 km]
Smith's Station (AL)   [Map]   5,341   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
Smiths (AL)   [Map]   ---   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
Baker Village   [Map]   ---   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]

To learn more about neighboring communities and counties, please visit the Nearby Page for Columbus.

Communities Also Named Columbus ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 35 communities that are also named Columbus - they are located in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois (2), Indiana, Kansas (2), Kentucky (2), Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico (2), New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Ontario (3), Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Columbus.

See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a couple of sections that should be of interest to those chasing their genealogy.

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Columbus. We make it easy to see an overhead view of the cemetery.
  • Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Columbus. Our list includes information such as whether the community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Columbus. Our list includes 59 papers.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper Page for Columbus:

Websites for Columbus ...

Official Website:
Chamber of Commerce:
Junior League:

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Columbus ...

Looking for more information about Columbus? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you get an overview with links that will help you to find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Columbus, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information and a map of those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Tourism Map for Columbus.

Search for Local Businesses ...

Google's 'Search-by-Location' is a very useful tool for people who might be planning visits to this area. We have prepared the following searches to help you find businesses, travel and vacation activities that are in (or close to) Columbus. It's likely that the search results won't include all of the businesses that are in this area, but the results should give you a good foundation for further searches.

LodgingGas StationsBanks
Bed & BreakfastTruck StopsATMs
RestaurantsAuto RepairReal Estate
 RV RepairRentals
PharmacyAuto PartsChurches
 RV PartsCemeteries
AttractionsMotorcycle Parts 
 DentistsPost Offices
Auto RentalChiropractors 
Auto LeasingVeterinarians 

Business Owners: To appear in the above search results, your business will need to be listed with the Google Places service. Please use the below link to learn about and register for the free service.

If you find an error or if your business wasn't included in the results, please contact Google to register your business or report an error. We simply link to 'Search-by-Location' and have no control over their results. Only a registered owner/operator can add their business or correct mistakes - we can not do it for you.

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Footnotes ...

<1>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Columbus.

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<2>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Columbus - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<3>Area code (762) is an overlay for area code (706). For more about area code overlays, please see our Glossary for Columbus.

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<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Columbus). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Columbus or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Columbus includes: 31901, 31902, 31903, 31906, 31907, 31908, 31914, 31917, 31993, 31997, 31998 & 31999.

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<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance from Columbus. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Columbus) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Columbus. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Columbus

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Columbus. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.4705, Longitude: -84.9878     [Map].

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<6>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Columbus.