Columbus, North Carolina Population 2024

1,123

Columbus is a city located in Polk County North Carolina. Columbus has a 2024 population of 1,123. It is also the county seat of Polk County.Columbus is currently growing at a rate of 1.45% annually and its population has increased by 5.94% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 1,060 in 2020.

The average household income in Columbus is $54,053 with a poverty rate of 16.75%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Columbus is 49.2 years, 47.8 years for males, and 51.5 years for females.

Columbus Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Columbus was:

  • White: 76.54%
  • Two or more races: 16.56%
  • Other race: 3.13%
  • Black or African American: 2.02%
  • Native American: 1.2%
  • Asian: 0.55%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander:
Land Area (mi²)
3.6 sq mi
Density (mi²)
315.70/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
5.94% (63)
The current population of Columbus, North Carolina is 1,123 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 1,060.

Columbus, North Carolina Population 2024

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White83276.54%
Two or more races18016.56%
Other race343.13%
Black or African American222.02%
Native American131.2%
Asian60.55%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
showing: 7 rows

White

Two or more races

Other race

Black or African American

Native American

Asian

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Columbus Population by Race

Columbus Population Pyramid 2024

Columbus Median Age

49.2

Total

47.8

Male

51.5

Female

Columbus Adults

There are 888 adults, (321 of whom are seniors) in Columbus.

Columbus Age Dependency

91.7

Age Dependency Ratio

56.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

35.1

Child Dependency Ratio

Columbus Sex Ratio

Female61956.95%
Male46843.05%

Columbus Population by Age

Columbus Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All4882.1559.240.8
Married2532.8168.831.2
Non Family1931.0753.446.6
Female303.74060
Male1220100
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2.86

Average Family Size

2.15

Average Household Size

59.2%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Columbus Households and Families

Male

Female

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Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Columbus Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Columbus Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among native american people with a rate of 100%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 100%.

Columbus Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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$35,455

Average Earnings

$39,444

Average Male

$28,241

Average Female

Columbus Earnings by Educational Attainment

Columbus Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Columbus Language

84.86% of Columbus residents speak only English, while 15.14% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 14.57% of the population.

Columbus Language

Columbus Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
White75510213.51%
Multiple1805228.89%
Hispanic2245223.21%
Native1313100%
Asian66100%
Black18316.67%
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16.75%

Overall Poverty Rate

8.72%

Male Poverty Rate

22.68%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Columbus

The race most likely to be in poverty in Columbus is Native, with 100% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Columbus is White, with 13.51% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 5.06%. Among those working part-time, it was 12.5%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 22.86%.

Columbus Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade46.67%
Some College19.87%
High School15.9%
Bachelors or Greater5.48%
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Columbus Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Female Employed14.68%
Male Employed1.72%
Male Unemployed
Female Unemployed
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Columbus Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Columbus Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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mean

median

Income by Household Type

Columbus Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

54.1%

Overall Marriage Rate

68.8%

Male Marriage Rate

43.0%

Female Marriage Rate

Columbus Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Columbus Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 35-44, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55-64.

Columbus Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Columbus Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

76

Number of Veterans

68

Male Veterans

8

Female Veterans

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Columbus Veterans by War

count

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Columbus Veterans by Age

count

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Columbus Veterans by Race

Columbus Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

Veteran Poverty Rate

17.11%

Veteran Disability Rate

Columbus Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

49.9%

Labor Force Participation

48.3%

Employment Rate

3.2%

Unemployment Rate

Columbus Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Columbus Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Columbus Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

49.86%

Born in Columbus

88.78%

Native Born

11.22%

Foreign Born

7.45%

Non Citizen

3.77%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

88.78% of Columbus residents were born in the United States, with 49.86% having been born in North Carolina. 7.45% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Columbus Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
20291,203161.35%
20281,187161.37%
20271,171161.39%
20261,155161.4%
20251,139161.42%
20241,123161.45%
20231,107161.47%
20221,091161.49%
20211,075151.42%
20201,060666.64%
201999410.1%
201899360.61%
201798770.71%
2016980-9-0.91%
201598920.2%
2014987-1-0.1%
201398870.71%
2012981-2-0.2%
2011983-10-1.01%
2010993
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Columbus Population by Year