Columbus, GA
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Columbus is a relatively large city located in the state of Georgia. With a population of 200,579 people and 53 constituent neighborhoods, Columbus is the third largest community in Georgia.

Columbus is a military town: the armed forces employs 9.70% of the workforce, making the military a major focus of life in the city. In the civilian sector, Healthcare and Retail are important in the local economy and are the city’s largest civilian employers, employing 14.40% and 11.62% of the civilian workforce respectively.

Also of interest is that Columbus has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

A relatively large number of people in Columbus telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 8.51% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

The population of Columbus overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in Columbus, 23.71% have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Columbus in 2010 was $23,209, which is wealthy relative to Georgia, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $92,836 for a family of four. However, Columbus contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Columbus is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Columbus home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Columbus residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Columbus include German, English, Italian, and Scottish.

The most common language spoken in Columbus is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German.