Columbus, NJ
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Columbus is a somewhat small town located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 8,574 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Columbus is the 232nd largest community in New Jersey.

Housing costs in Columbus are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in New Jersey.

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 professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Columbus who work in office and administrative support (17.95%), management occupations (14.53%), and healthcare (10.48%).

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.

The town is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, Columbus has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Columbus a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.

In Columbus, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 30.88 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average.

Columbus is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 45.56% of adults in Columbus have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

The per capita income in Columbus in 2010 was $44,614, which is upper middle income relative to New Jersey, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $178,456 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 Asian. Important ancestries of people in Columbus include Italian, German, English, and Polish.

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