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 9.10% 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 13.74% and 11.69% 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.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.32% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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, 24.14% have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Columbus in 2010 was $23,318, which is upper middle income relative to Georgia, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $93,272 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 Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Columbus include Irish, English, Italian, and Scottish.

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