Columbus, Minnesota

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Columbus is a city in Anoka County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 3,957 at the 2000 census.



The city was known as Columbus Township until September 21, 2006, when it was incorporated as the city of Columbus, in response to concerns that the adjacent city of Forest Lake was planning to annex portions of the township.[3] Mel Mettler, the first Mayor of Columbus, was re-elected in November, 2008. Running Aces Harness Park opened in Columbus in April 2008.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 47.8 square miles (123.8 km²). 44.9 square miles (116.2 km²) of it is land and 2.9 square miles (7.6 km²) of it (6.13%) is water. County Roads 18, 19, and 23 are three of the main routes in the community. Interstate 35 splits into Interstates 35E and 35W within the southeast corner of the city.

Rice Creek flows through the city.[4]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,957 people, 1,328 households, and 1,120 families residing in the township. The population density was 88.2 people per square mile (34.0/km²). There were 1,358 housing units at an average density of 30.3/sq mi (11.7/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 97.60% White, 0.18% African American, 0.56% Native American, 0.56% Asian, 0.08% from other races, and 1.04% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.58% of the population.

There were 1,328 households out of which 39.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 74.9% were married couples living together, 5.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 15.6% were non-families. 11.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 2.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.97 and the average family size was 3.22.

In the township the population was spread out with 27.8% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 29.5% from 25 to 44, 28.9% from 45 to 64, and 6.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 106.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 106.2 males.

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