Columbus, NE
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Columbus is a medium-sized city located in the state of Nebraska. With a population of 22,797 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Columbus is the tenth largest community in Nebraska.

Unlike some cities 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 city of sales and office workers, professionals, and production and manufacturing workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Columbus who work in office and administrative support (12.53%), sales jobs (10.56%), and teaching (7.84%).

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 13.82 minutes getting to work every day.

As is often the case in a small city, Columbus doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.

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, 21.87% have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Columbus in 2010 was $24,862, 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 $99,448 for a family of four. However, Columbus contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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 19.84% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Columbus include 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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