Columbus, NC
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Columbus is a tiny town located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 994 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Columbus is the 401st largest community in North Carolina.

Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Columbus is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Columbus is a town of service providers, professionals, and construction workers and builders. There are especially a lot of people living in Columbus who work in food service (13.75%), sales jobs (11.05%), and teaching (10.51%).

There are many members of the armed forces living in Columbus. You will notice when you visit or live here that some of the people you meet or see around town are employed by the armed services - even if they are not always in uniform.

In terms of college education, Columbus is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 17.55% of adults 25 and older in Columbus have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Columbus in 2010 was $18,911, which is lower middle income relative to North Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $75,644 for a family of four.

Columbus is a very ethnically-diverse town. 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. Columbus also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 20.67% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Columbus include Irish, English, Scots-Irish, and Italian.

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

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