Columbus, North Carolina
Polk County Courthouse
Official seal of Columbus, North Carolina
Location of Columbus, North Carolina
Location of Columbus, North Carolina
Coordinates: 35°15′2″N 82°12′8″W / 35.25056°N 82.20222°W / 35.25056; -82.20222Coordinates: 35°15′2″N 82°12′8″W / 35.25056°N 82.20222°W / 35.25056; -82.20222
CountryUnited States
StateNorth Carolina
CountyPolk
Area
 • Total3.56 sq mi (9.22 km2)
 • Land3.56 sq mi (9.21 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,102 ft (336 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total999
 • Estimate 
(2019)[2]
998
 • Density280.57/sq mi (108.32/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
28722
Area code(s)828
FIPS code37-13980[3]
GNIS feature ID0983403[4]
Websitewww.columbusnc.com

Columbus is a town in Polk County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 999 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Polk County.[5]

History

The Green River Plantation, J. G. Hughes House, and Polk County Courthouse are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[6]

Geography

Columbus is located at 35°15′2″N 82°12′8″W / 35.25056°N 82.20222°W / 35.25056; -82.20222 (35.250669, -82.202115).[7] The town is concentrated along North Carolina Highway 108, southeast of Asheville, and a few miles north of the North Carolina-South Carolina border. U.S. Route 74 passes through the northern part of town, and Interstate 26 passes through the eastern section.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.8 square miles (4.7 km2), all land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
188071
1900334
1910122−63.5%
192016837.7%
1930340102.4%
194039014.7%
195048624.6%
196072549.2%
19707310.8%
1980727−0.5%
199081211.7%
200099222.2%
20109990.7%
2019 (est.)998[2]−0.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

2020 census

Columbus racial composition[9]
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 842 79.43%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 20 1.89%
Native American 4 0.38%
Asian 3 0.28%
Pacific Islander 1 0.09%
Other/Mixed 59 5.57%
Hispanic or Latino 131 12.36%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 1,060 people, 491 households, and 292 families residing in the town.

2000 census

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 992 people, 414 households, and 238 families residing in the town. The population density was 559.1 people per square mile (216.4/km2). There were 442 housing units at an average density of 249.1 per square mile (96.4/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 90.32% White, 5.95% African American, 0.20% Native American, 3.12% from other races, and 0.40% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.56% of the population.

There were 414 households, out of which 19.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.7% were married couples living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.5% were non-families. 38.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 26.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.08 and the average family size was 2.75.

The population was spread out, with 17.5% under the age of 18, 5.0% from 18 to 24, 21.1% from 25 to 44, 17.6% from 45 to 64, and 38.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 52 years. For every 100 females, there were 86.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.4 males.

The median income for a household was $25,469, and the median income for a family was $38,542. Males had a median income of $30,000 versus $19,000 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,587. About 9.3% of families and 15.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.7% of those under age 18 and 13.8% of those age 65 or over.


References

  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 27, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  6. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  9. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved 2021-12-19.