Columbus, NE
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Columbus is a medium-sized city located in the state of Nebraska. With a population of 23,128 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Columbus is the tenth largest community in Nebraska.

Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, Columbus is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 36.47% of the Columbus workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. Overall, Columbus is a city of sales and office workers, production and manufacturing workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Columbus who work in office and administrative support (12.12%), sales jobs (8.67%), and teaching (7.75%).

One of the benefits of Columbus is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 13.17 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

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, 21.88% have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Columbus in 2010 was $27,163, which is upper middle income relative to Nebraska, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $108,652 for a family of four. However, Columbus contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Columbus is a very 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 Asian. Columbus also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 22.36% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Columbus include German, Irish, Polish, Czech, and English.

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


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