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Columbus, Montana

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Welcome to Columbus ...

The town of Columbus is located in Stillwater County<1> and is the County Seat for Stillwater County.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Columbus has a population of 2,072 people<2> (see below for details).

We don't have a date for the establishment of Columbus.

Columbus is 3,570 feet [1,088 m] above sea level.<3> In other words, the elevation of Columbus is about ¾ mile [or ~1 km] above sea level.

Time Zone: Columbus lies in the Mountain Time Zone (MST/MDT) and observes daylight saving time

The area code for Columbus: (406)

The ZIP code for Columbus: 59019<4>

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Columbus had an population of 2,072 people. This is an increase of 9.46% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 18.54% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Columbus had a population of 1,893 people (which is 20.76% of the total population of Stillwater County). This makes Columbus the county's most populous community.

The population of Columbus represents 0.19% of the population of Montana (which has 989,415 people), making it the state's 34th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 1,893 people, the population of Columbus increased 8.3% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 1,748 people).

More information can be found on the Census 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, Georgia, Illinois (2), Indiana, Kansas (2), Kentucky (2), Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, 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.

  • Joliet (17 miles [27.4 km] to the southeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Joliet
    • Joliet lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<5> to the southeast of Columbus and is located in Carbon County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 666 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Joliet have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Joliet
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Joliet<7>
  • Absarokee (12 miles [19.3 km] to the southwest)
  • Reed Point (14 miles [22.5 km] to the west)
  • Boyd (15 miles [24.1 km] to the southeast)
  • Park City (16 miles [25.7 km] to the east)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Park City
    • Park City lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<5> to the east of Columbus and is located in Stillwater County
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Park City have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Park City
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Park City<7>
  • Fishtail (17 miles [27.4 km] to the southwest)
  • Roberts (19 miles [30.6 km] to the south)
  • Molt (21 miles [33.8 km] to the northeast)
  • Edgar (22 miles [35.4 km] to the southeast)
  • Rapelje (22 miles [35.4 km] to the north)

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 11 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.

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Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Montana's counties, including Stillwater, 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 town (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).
<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things 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: 45.6417, Longitude: -109.2549    
<6>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 have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<7>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.






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