Columbus, Nebraska Population 2024

24,316

Columbus is a city located in Butler County, Colfax County, Platte County, and Polk County Nebraska. Columbus has a 2024 population of 24,316. It is also the county seat of Platte County. Columbus is currently growing at a rate of 0.25% annually and its population has increased by 1.01% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 24,074 in 2020.

The average household income in Columbus is $83,061 with a poverty rate of 9.44%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Columbus is 37.5 years, 37.2 years for males, and 38.2 years for females.

Columbus Demographics

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

  • White: 81.59%
  • Two or more races: 11.43%
  • Other race: 5.69%
  • Black or African American: 0.62%
  • Asian: 0.55%
  • Native American: 0.07%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.05%
Land Area (mi²)
10.6 sq mi
Density (mi²)
2,292.70/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
1.01% (242)
The current population of Columbus, Nebraska is 24,316 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 24,074.

Columbus, Nebraska Population 2024

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White19,61181.59%
Two or more races2,74611.43%
Other race1,3675.69%
Black or African American1500.62%
Asian1320.55%
Native American180.07%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander110.05%

White

Two or more races

Other race

Black or African American

Asian

Native American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Columbus Population by Race

Columbus Population Pyramid 2024

Columbus Median Age

37.5

Total

37.2

Male

38.2

Female

Columbus Adults

There are 17,671 adults, (4,097 of whom are seniors) in Columbus.

Columbus Age Dependency

77.1

Age Dependency Ratio

30.2

Old Age Dependency Ratio

46.9

Child Dependency Ratio

Columbus Sex Ratio

Female12,26151.01%
Male11,77448.99%

Columbus Population by Age

Columbus Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All9,5362.4970.129.9
Married4,4553.288.811.2
Non Family3,6571.1553.446.6
Female9974.0148.251.8
Male4272.969.330.7

3.23

Average Family Size

2.49

Average Household Size

70.1%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Columbus Households and Families

Male

Female

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Education Attained
Count
Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade6814.36%
9th to 12th Grade7684.91%
High School Graduate4,89031.29%
Some College3,35221.45%
Associates Degree2,20614.11%
Bachelors Degree2,67017.08%
Graduate Degree1,0626.8%

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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Race
Total
High School
Bachelors
White12,35011,8373,307
Hispanic2,8731,975262
2+ Races1,2571,006160
Other Race80752064
Asian848455
Black777420
Islander11110
Native American870

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

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 65.48%.

Columbus Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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Name
Average
Male
Female
Overall$45,026$51,480$37,404
Less Than 9th Grade$40,432$47,012$35,308
High School Graduate$39,839$42,241$35,870
Some College$45,150$50,940$32,948
Bachelors Degree$55,231$77,845$45,774
Graduate Degree$65,417$66,563$62,045

$45,026

Average Earnings

$51,480

Average Male

$37,404

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

79.23% of Columbus residents speak only English, while 20.77% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 19.74% of the population.

Columbus Language

Columbus Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
Hispanic5,8771,24721.22%
White17,2048594.99%
Multiple2,74148817.8%
Other1,35828020.62%
Asian1323728.03%
Black12065%

9.44%

Overall Poverty Rate

8.82%

Male Poverty Rate

10.03%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Columbus

The race most likely to be in poverty in Columbus is Asian, with 28.03% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Columbus is White, with 4.99% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.28%. Among those working part-time, it was 18.89%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 13.54%.

Columbus Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
High School11.48%
Less Than 9th Grade10.99%
Some College5.69%
Bachelors or Greater4.47%

Columbus Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Male Unemployed21.43%
Female Employed6.71%
Male Employed5.43%
Female Unemployed5.02%

Columbus Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Columbus Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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Name
Median
Mean
Households$65,341$83,061
Families$85,797$101,506
Married Families$97,083$-999,999,999
Non Families$39,151$48,918

mean

median

Income by Household Type

Columbus Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

49.8%

Overall Marriage Rate

51.9%

Male Marriage Rate

47.7%

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 55-64, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Columbus Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Columbus Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

1,018

Number of Veterans

953

Male Veterans

65

Female Veterans

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War
Veterans
Vietnam418
Second Gulf War214
First Gulf War126
Korea64
World War II55

Columbus Veterans by War

count

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Age Group
Veterans
65 to 74361
75+244
35 to 54211
55 to 64149
18 to 3453

Columbus Veterans by Age

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Name
Veterans
% of Total
White9726.52%
Hispanic671.87%
2+ Races342.16%
Other Race90.94%
Black32.8%

Columbus Veterans by Race

Columbus Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

6.08%

Veteran Poverty Rate

20.22%

Veteran Disability Rate

Columbus Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

69.1%

Labor Force Participation

67.3%

Employment Rate

2.5%

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

69.42%

Born in Columbus

86.42%

Native Born

13.58%

Foreign Born

8.48%

Non Citizen

5.11%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

86.42% of Columbus residents were born in the United States, with 69.42% having been born in Nebraska. 8.48% 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
202924,618600.24%
202824,558610.25%
202724,497600.25%
202624,437610.25%
202524,376600.25%
202424,316610.25%
202324,255600.25%
202224,195660.27%
202124,129550.23%
202024,0746452.75%
201923,4291440.62%
201823,285370.16%
201723,2482290.99%
201623,0191360.59%
201522,8831200.53%
201422,763910.4%
201322,672280.12%
201222,6441190.53%
201122,5251910.86%
201022,3341,3636.5%
200020,9711,4917.65%
199019,4802,15212.42%
198017,3281,85712%
197015,4712,99524.01%
196012,4763,59240.43%
19508,8841,25216.4%
19407,63273410.64%
19306,8981,48827.5%
19205,4103967.9%
19105,0141,49242.36%
19003,52238812.38%
18903,13400%
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Columbus Population by Year