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Welcome to Columbus ...

The city of Columbus is located in Bartholomew County<1> and is the County Seat for Bartholomew County.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Columbus has a population of 48,244 people<2> (see below for details).

Columbus is 620 feet [189 m] above sea level.<3>.

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

Columbus is located in the (812) area code.

The ZIP codes for Columbus: 47201-47203<4>

While we don't have a date for the founding of Columbus, you might get a feel for its origin by knowing that their post office opened  in 1821.

Websites for Columbus ...

Official Website:

Chamber of Commerce:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Columbus had an population of 48,244 people. This is an increase of 9.49% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 23.52% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Columbus had a population of 44,061 people (or 57.38% of the total population of Bartholomew County). This makes Columbus the county's most populous community.

The population of Columbus represents 0.68% of the total population of Indiana (which has 6,483,802 people), making it the state's 21st most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 44,061 people, the population of Columbus increased 12.81% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 39,059 people).

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

Communities Also Named Columbus ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found that there are 35 communities that are also named Columbus - they are located in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois (2), 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.

Communities near Columbus ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Columbus.

  • Franklin
  • Seymour
  • Edinburgh
  • Hope
  • Trafalgar
  • Westport
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Westport
    • Westport lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<5> to the east of Columbus.
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,416 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Westport
  • Princes Lakes
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Princes Lakes
    • Princes Lakes lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<5> to the northwest of Columbus.
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,342 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Princes Lakes have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Princes Lakes
  • Nashville
  • Elizabethtown
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Elizabethtown
    • Elizabethtown lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<5> to the southeast of Columbus.
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 540 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Elizabethtown
  • Hartsville
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hartsville
    • Hartsville lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<5> to the east of Columbus.
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 404 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hartsville

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Columbus. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Columbus.

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 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Columbus.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Columbus. Our list includes 33 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Columbus.

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 can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Columbus, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Columbus.

Adding Columbus to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Columbus in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention that we've found for Columbus was the List of Post Offices from Cameron Blevins and Richard Helbock.<8> From that list, the Columbus post office opened in 1821.

We also found Columbus in the U.S. Post Offices (Oct. 1846).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Columbus.

The official website for Columbus:

The official website for Bartholomew County:

The official website for State of Indiana:

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Indiana's counties, including Bartholomew, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Columbus.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Columbus - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<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: 47201, 47202 & 47203.
<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn 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 ColumbusOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Columbus. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.2159, Longitude: -85.9039    
<6>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<7>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<8>A copy of their list with background information can be found at:




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