Columbus, Nebraska Population 2021

23,792
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Columbus is a city located in Platte County Nebraska. It is also the county seat of Platte County. With a 2020 population of 23,792, it is the 9th largest city in Nebraska and the 1624th largest city in the United States . Columbus is currently growing at a rate of 0.69% annually and its population has increased by 7.60% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 22,111 in 2010. Columbus reached it's highest population of 23,792 in 2021. Spanning over 11 miles, Columbus has a population density of 2,258 people per square mile.

The average household income in Columbus is $71,780 with a poverty rate of 9.08%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $763 per month, and the median house value is $145,500. The median age in Columbus is 36.5 years, 35 years for males, and 38.1 years for females.

Columbus Demographics

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

  • White: 93.96%
  • Other race: 3.06%
  • Two or more races: 1.24%
  • Native American: 0.64%
  • Asian: 0.58%
  • Black or African American: 0.52%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%
The current population of Columbus, Nebraska is 23,792 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 23,306.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 22,111.

Columbus, Nebraska Population 2021

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
202133,8361830.54%
202033,6531830.54%
201933,4701830.55%
201833,287560.17%
201733,2312230.67%
201633,0081320.40%
201532,8761360.41%
201432,7401450.44%
201332,595-74-0.23%
201232,6691570.48%
201132,5122070.64%
201032,3050.00%

Columbus Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White21,79593.96%
Some Other Race7093.06%
Two or More Races2871.24%
American Indian and Alaska Native1480.64%
Asian1350.58%
Black or African American1210.52%
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Columbus Population by Race

Columbus Population Pyramid $2021

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Columbus Median Age

36.5


Total

35


Male

38.1


Female

Columbus Adults

There are 17,186 adults, (3,864 of whom are seniors) in Columbus.

Columbus Age Dependency

74.1

Age Dependency Ratio

29

Old Age Dependency Ratio

45.1

Child Dependency Ratio

Columbus Sex Ratio

Female

11,423

49.25%

Male

11,772

50.75%

Columbus Population by Age

Columbus Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Columbus Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married86.2%13.8%
Male70.4%29.6%
All67.1%32.9%
Non Family46.8%53.2%
Female42.9%57.1%

67.1%

Rate of Home Ownership

Columbus Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All9,2692.4767.1
Married4,6283.286.2
Non Family3,5181.1946.8
Female7343.642.9
Male3893.170.4

3.18

Average Family Size

2.47

Average Household Size

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Columbus Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade9116.00%
9th to 12th Grade9446.22%
High School Graduate4,31528.44%
Some College3,62923.92%
Associates Degree2,10913.90%
Bachelors Degree2,20214.51%
Graduate Degree1,0647.01%
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Columbus Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Columbus Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White12,17511,5252,828
Hispanic2,6611,469282
Other Race369149
2+ Races11911926
Asian116116110
Black948126
Native American2828

The highest rate of high school graduation is among native american people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 94.83%.

Columbus Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$37,963$43,912$31,221
Less Than 9th Grade$30,713$31,611$29,865
High School Graduate$32,965$41,132$25,578
Some College$37,259$42,300$31,352
Bachelors Degree$47,840$71,667$36,500
Graduate Degree$61,628$68,017$52,140

$37,963

Average Earnings

$43,912

Average Male

$31,221

Average Female

Columbus Earnings by Educational Attainment

Columbus Language by Age

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Columbus Language

79.78% of Columbus residents speak only English, while 20.22% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 19.08% of the population.

Columbus Language

Columbus Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White16,9991,0366.09%
Hispanic5,31594817.84%
Other69411416.43%
Native1486845.95%
Asian1292317.83%
Multiple286227.69%
Black7622.63%

9.08%

Overall Poverty Rate

8.09%

Male Poverty Rate

10.10%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Columbus

The race most likely to be in poverty in Columbus is Native, with 45.95% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Columbus is Black, with 2.63% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.33%. Among those working part-time, it was 12.69%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 13.14%.

Columbus Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade13.29%
High School6.39%
Some College6.16%
Bachelors or Greater5.90%

Columbus Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed29.46%
Male Unemployed24.46%
Female Employed7.15%
Male Employed2.25%

Columbus Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Columbus Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$60,110$71,780
Families$76,140$87,900
Married Families$84,125-
Non Families$36,360$42,183
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Income by Household Type

Columbus Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

54.4%

Overall Marriage Rate

54.1%

Male Marriage Rate

54.7%

Female Marriage Rate

Columbus Married by Age and Sex

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Columbus Marriage

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

Columbus Marital Status by Race

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Columbus Marital Status

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1,312

Number of Veterans

1,176

Male Veterans

136

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam477
Second Gulf War165
First Gulf War147
Korea116
World War II99

Columbus Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
65 to 74369
75+366
55 to 64299
35 to 54170
18 to 34108

Columbus Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White1,2737.81%
Hispanic481.46%
Native American1523.81%
Black1515.96%
Other Race91.90%

Columbus Veterans by Race

Columbus Veterans by Education

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3.25%

Veteran Poverty Rate

27.96%

Veteran Disability Rate

Columbus Veterans by Education

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70.6%

Labor Force Participation

68.3%

Employment Rate

3.2%

Unemployment Rate

Columbus Employment by Age

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Columbus Employment by Race

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Columbus Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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70.65%

Born in Columbus

87.31%

Native Born

12.69%

Foreign Born

7.71%

Non Citizen

4.98%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

87.31% of Columbus residents were born in the United States, with 70.65% having been born in Nebraska. 7.71% 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

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202123,7921620.69%
202023,6301620.69%
201923,4681620.70%
201823,306520.22%
201723,2542150.93%
201623,0391470.64%
201522,8921250.55%
201422,767910.40%
201322,676270.12%
201222,6491220.54%
201122,5271840.82%
201022,3431,3720.64%
200020,9711,4910.74%
199019,4802,1521.18%
198017,3281,8571.14%
197015,4712,9952.17%
196012,4763,5923.45%
19508,8841,2521.53%
19407,6327341.02%
19306,8981,4882.46%
19205,4103960.76%
19105,0141,4923.60%
19003,5223881.17%
18903,1340.00%

Columbus Population by Year