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Welcome to Columbus ...

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

From the  Census Estimates for 2018, Columbus has a population of 23,274 people<1> (see below for details).

Columbus was established in 1856.

The community of Columbus is 1,440 feet [439 m] above sea level.<2>.

Time Zone: Columbus lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

Telephone area codes for Columbus: (402) & (531)<3>

The ZIP codes for Columbus: 68601, 68602<4>

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Columbus had a population of 22,111 people (or 68.59% of the total population of Platte County). This makes Columbus the county's most populous community.

The population of Columbus represents 1.21% of the population of Nebraska (which has 1,826,341 people), making it the state's 10th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 22,111 people, the population of Columbus increased 5.44% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 20,971 people).

Taken from the 2018 Census Estimates, Columbus had an population of 23,274 people. This is an increase of 5.26% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 10.98% since the 2000 Census).

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

Communities near Columbus ...

A sample of nearby communities can be found below.

Schuyler   [Map]

Lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<5> to the East (E) of Columbus

Located in Colfax County

David City   [Map]

Lies 17 miles [27.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) of Columbus

Located in Butler County

Genoa   [Map]

Lies 19 miles [30.6 km] to the West (W) of Columbus

Located in Nance County

Humphrey   [Map]

Lies 19 miles [30.6 km] to the North (N) of Columbus

Shelby   [Map]

Lies 16 miles [25.7 km] to the South (S) of Columbus

Located in Polk County

Leigh   [Map]

Lies 19 miles [30.6 km] to the North (N) of Columbus

Located in Colfax County

Bellwood   [Map]

Lies 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) of Columbus

Located in Butler County

Duncan   [Map]

Lies 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) of Columbus

Silver Creek   [Map]

Lies 17 miles [27.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) of Columbus

Located in Merrick County

Rising City   [Map]

Lies 16 miles [25.7 km] to the South (S) of Columbus

Located in Butler County

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, Georgia, Illinois (2), Indiana, Kansas (2), Kentucky (2), Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, 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.

Websites for Columbus ...

Official Website: www.ci.columbus.ne.us/

Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

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

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Columbus. If available, we provide a satellite 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 40 papers.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper 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.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Columbus: www.ci.columbus.ne.us/

The official website for Platte County: www.plattecounty.net/

The official website for State of Nebraska: www.nebraska.gov/

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 (531) is an overlay for area code (402).

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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).

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<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 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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