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

The community of Whiteville is the Seat for Columbus County.

Columbus County was founded in 1808. Columbus was created by taking area from Bladen and Counties.

From the Census Estimates for 2009, <1> Columbus had a population of 54,221 people. This is a decrease of 0.96% since the last Census (which gave a population of 54,749 people in 2000).

At the time of the 2000 Census, Columbus represented 0.68% of the total population of North Carolina, making it the state's 45th most populous county (out of 100 counties).

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
201058,098+6.12%+7.15% since 2009
200954,221-0.96%-0.13% since 2008
200854,293-0.83%+0.53% since 2007
200054,749The Last Census

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


Below are some of the communities located in Columbus County (for more communities, please visit our Nearby Page for Columbus County):

Community 2009
(2009vs. 2000)
Whiteville   5,2225,1481.44% increase  
Tabor City   2,7492,5099.57% increase  
Chadbourn   2,0492,1293.76% decrease  
Lake Waccamaw   1,4321,4111.49% increase  
Fair Bluff   1,1431,1813.22% decrease  

Websites for Columbus County

Official Website:   www.columbusco.org/main

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Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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