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Columbus, Nebraska

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The location of Columbus

Introduction ...

Below are places that are close (or relative) to Columbus.

This page contains seven sections:

Around Columbus ...

The largest community within a 50 mile [80 km] radius is Fremont. It is located about 44 miles [70 km] to the east of Columbus. Fremont has a population of 26,500 people.<1>

The next largest community is Norfolk. It is located about 41 miles [65 km] to the north of Columbus and has a population of 24,700 people.

For comparison, Columbus has a population of 23,300 people.

The following large communities are also in the area. Keep in mind that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance and not the distance if you drove.<2>

Community   2018
Albion   [Map]   1,592   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Battle Creek   [Map]   1,202   N   41 miles [66 km]
Central City   [Map]   2,875   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
David City   [Map]   2,855   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
Fullerton   [Map]   1,234   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
Madison   [Map]   2,381   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
Milford   [Map]   2,095   S   48 miles [77.2 km]
North Bend   [Map]   1,275   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
Schuyler   [Map]   6,377   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
Seward   [Map]   7,220   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
Stanton   [Map]   1,511   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
Wahoo   [Map]   4,514   E   41 miles [66 km]
West Point   [Map]   3,315   NE   43 miles [69.2 km]
Wisner   [Map]   1,171   NE   44 miles [70.8 km]
York   [Map]   7,866   S   40 miles [64.4 km]

Below is a sample of neighboring communities:

Community   2018
Bellwood   [Map]   418   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
Carriage House Estates   [Map]   ---   NE   Less than 2 miles
Creston   [Map]   203   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
Duncan   [Map]   364   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
Millerton   [Map]   ---   SE   18 miles [29 km]
Monroe   [Map]   284   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
Oconee   [Map]   ---   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
Octavia   [Map]   118   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
Platte Center   [Map]   336   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
Richland   [Map]   72   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
Rising City   [Map]   353   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
Shelby   [Map]   708   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
Sheldonville   [Map]   ---   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
Silver Creek   [Map]   356   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
Tarnov   [Map]   46   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]

For more communities neighboring Columbus, please visit our County-by-County Page for Columbus.

Platte County ...

Columbus is located in Platte County and is the County Seat.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Platte County: Boone, Butler, Colfax, Madison, Merrick, Nance & Polk.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Columbus ...

This section has been moved to our Tidbits & Trivia page for Columbus.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Columbus ...

Looking for more information about Columbus? A good source is the TripAdvisor website and we always start with their TripAdvisor Tourism page. The Tourism page gives you an overview and then the 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 Page for Columbus.

See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a list of several cemeteries that are in the area around Columbus. Our list includes the location of each cemetery, with the ability 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.

Websites We Enjoy ...

When we're planning a trip, we like to check the following websites for sights, attractions and places to visit:

For the State of Nebraska

    Nebraska Tourism
    Parks for Nebraska

    Fishing in Nebraska
    Hunting in Nebraska

TripAdvisor Link for:

    Nebraska Statewide Tourism
    Columbus Tourism

    Additional communities can be found om the TripAdvisor Page for Columbus

National Park Service (NPS) sites in Nebraska

America's Byways - Scenic & Historic Roadways

RoadsideAmerica - Offbeat Tourist Attractions

Atlas Obscura - Curious and Wondrous Travel Destinations

The Living New Deal - Sites in Nebraska

Murals of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) - New Deal Art in Nebraska

Airports Near Columbus ...

Of the airports that we know about, these are some of the closest to Columbus.

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)<3>   DirDistance
Columbus Muni. (ICAO: KOLU)   [Map]   NE   Less than 2 miles
Genoa Muni. (FAA ID: 97Y)   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
David City Muni. (FAA ID: 93Y)   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
Stromsburg Muni.   [Map]   SSW   23 miles [37 km]

When we're on the road, rather than always picking an airport that is close to our destination, we try to see if there might be another airport that would better fit our travel plans.<4> To help with your planning, the following list of airports is organized by type and proximity to Columbus.

Please keep in mind that these airports where chosen based on their air-distance from Columbus. You should check the map and see how accessible they are when considering one airport over another.

Large Airports

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)   DirDistance
Eppley Airfield  (OMA/KOMA)   [Map]   E   76 miles [122.3 km]
Des Moines Intl.  (DSM/KDSM)   [Map]   E   191 miles [307.4 km]
Kansas City Intl.  (MCI/KMCI)   [Map]   SE   202 miles [325.1 km]
Wichita Mid-Continent Airport  (ICT/KICT)   [Map]   S   261 miles [420 km]

Smaller Airports with Scheduled Flights / Air Taxi Service

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)   DirDistance
Lincoln Airport  (LNK/KLNK)   [Map]   SE   50 miles [80.5 km]
Central Nebraska Rgnl.  (GRI/KGRI)   [Map]   WSW   58 miles [93.3 km]
Sioux Gateway Airport  (SUX/KSUX)   [Map]   NE   83 miles [133.6 km]
Kearney Rgnl. (EAR/KEAR)   [Map]   WSW   98 miles [157.7 km]

General Aviation Airports

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)   DirDistance
Columbus Muni. (ICAO: KOLU)   [Map]   NE   Less than 2 miles
Genoa Muni. (FAA ID: 97Y)   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
David City Muni. (FAA ID: 93Y)   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
Stromsburg Muni.   [Map]   SSW   23 miles [37 km]

Additional Airport Information

For each of the airports listed below, we've linked to websites where detailed information about the airport can be found.

Eppley Airfield   (OMA/KOMA)   [Map]
  Website for Eppley Airfield
  For more detail:  AirNav       AOPA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Des Moines Intl.   (DSM/KDSM)   [Map]
  Website for Des Moines International Airport
  For more detail:  AirNav       AOPA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Karl Stefan Meml.   (OFK/KOFK)   [Map]
  For more detail:  AirNav       AOPA       FlightAware       FlightStats
York Muni.   (ICAO: KJYR)   [Map]
  For more detail:  AirNav       AOPA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Albion Muni.   (ICAO: KBVN)   [Map]
  For more detail:  AirNav       AOPA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Kansas City Intl.   (MCI/KMCI)   [Map]
  Website for Kansas City International Airport
  For more detail:  AirNav       AOPA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Fremont Muni.   (ICAO: KFET)   [Map]
  For more detail:  AirNav       AOPA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Wichita Mid-Continent Airport   (ICT/KICT)   [Map]
  Website for Wichita Mid-Continent Airport
  For more detail:  AirNav       AOPA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Lincoln Airport   (LNK/KLNK)   [Map]
  Website for Lincoln Airport
  For more detail:  AirNav       AOPA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Central Nebraska Rgnl.   (GRI/KGRI)   [Map]
  Website for Central Nebraska Regional Airport
  For more detail:  AirNav       AOPA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Sioux Gateway Airport   (SUX/KSUX)   [Map]
  Website for Sioux Gateway Airport
  For more detail:  AirNav       AOPA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Kearney Rgnl.   (EAR/KEAR)   [Map]
  For more detail:  AirNav       AOPA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Columbus Muni.   (ICAO: KOLU)   [Map]
  For more detail:  AirNav       AOPA       FlightAware       FlightStats

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Nebraska

About Platte County

About Nebraska

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Columbus:

The official website for Platte County:

The official website for State of Nebraska:

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>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions 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 (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Columbus. Since we usually use Google Maps, 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 we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.4303, Longitude: -97.3594     [Map].

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<3>The IATA and ICAO are organizations that, amongst other functions, provide identifying codes for airports. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is an airline trade organization. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is an agency of the United Nations. Although the codes are similar, be careful not to confuse them.

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<4>When we are planning a trip (for example, to Columbus), we usually look for the obvious: the choice of airlines that fly into the airport, the number of flights, the connections we have to make, which car rentals are available, etc. We also look for sights and attractions that we might find between any given airport and our destination - we do love exploring. We're willing to fly into a more distant airport if we can get the services and amenities that we like. Even though our choice of airport might be inconvenient to others, it usually gives us a better trip.

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