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Welcome to Columbus ...

The city of Columbus is primarily located in Columbia County<1>. A portion of Columbus extends into Dodge County.

The location of Columbus has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Columbus has a population of 5,120 people<3> (see below for details).

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

Columbus is 870 feet [265 m] above sea level.<4>.

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

Websites for Columbus ...

Official Website: www.cityofcolumbuswi.com/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Columbus had an population of 5,120 people. This is an increase of 2.58% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 14.31% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Columbus had a population of 4,991 people (or 8.78% of the total population of Columbia County). This makes Columbus the county's 2nd most populous community.

The population of Columbus represents 0.09% of the total population of Wisconsin (which has 5,686,986 people), making it the state's 180th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 4,991 people, the population of Columbus increased 11.43% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 4,479 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, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico (2), New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Ontario (3), Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Washington.

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.

  • Sun Prairie [Dane County]
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    • Sun Prairie [Dane County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<5> to the southwest of Columbus
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 35,119 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sun Prairie have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sun Prairie
  • Watertown [Jefferson County]
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    • Watertown [Jefferson County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<5> to the southeast of Columbus
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 23,370 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Watertown
  • Beaver Dam [Dodge County]
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    • Beaver Dam [Dodge County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<5> to the northeast of Columbus
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 16,303 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Beaver Dam have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Beaver Dam
  • DeForest [Dane County]
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    • DeForest [Dane County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<5> to the west of Columbus
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 10,915 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on DeForest
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Windsor [Dane County]
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      • Windsor [Dane County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<5> to the southwest of Columbus
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Windsor
    • Cottage Grove [Dane County]
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      • Cottage Grove [Dane County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<5> to the southwest of Columbus
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 7,158 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cottage Grove
    • Windsor [Dane County]
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      • Windsor [Dane County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<5> to the southwest of Columbus
      • Estimated population in 2015: 6,715 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Windsor have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Windsor
    • Lake Mills [Jefferson County]
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      • Lake Mills [Jefferson County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<5> to the south of Columbus
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 6,014 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lake Mills have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lake Mills
    • Marshall [Dane County]
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      • Marshall [Dane County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<5> to the south of Columbus
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,016 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Marshall
    • Bristol [Dane County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bristol
      • Bristol [Dane County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<5> to the southwest of Columbus
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,972 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bristol have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bristol

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 10 papers. See our Newspapers 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.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Columbus was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Columbus on our Genealogy Page.

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Columbus: www.cityofcolumbuswi.com/

The official website for Columbia County: www.co.columbia.wi.us/

The official website for State of Wisconsin: https://www.wisconsin.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Wisconsin's counties, including Columbia, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>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.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Columbus.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Columbus - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' 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: 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: 43.3361, Longitude: -89.0301       In this case, the coordinates for Columbus have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).






















 

 

 

 

 


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