Columbus, Montana

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Columbus is a town in and the county seat of Stillwater County, Montana, United States.[1] The population was 1,748 at the 2000 census.



The community originated as a stagecoach station on the Yellowstone Trail.

It has been said that the original name was Sheep Dip, the truth is unknown.


Columbus is located at 45°38′18″N 109°15′08″W / 45.638445°N 109.252332°W / 45.638445; -109.252332 (45.638445, -109.252332).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.2 km2), of which, 1.2 square miles (3.1 km2) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km2) of it (3.20%) is water.

Columbus is located between the Yellowstone River and Interstate 90.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 1,748 people, 709 households, and 455 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,449.6 people per square mile (557.8/km2). There were 762 housing units at an average density of 631.9/sq mi (243.1/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 96.62% White, 0.23% African American, 1.26% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 0.11% from other races, and 1.66% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.60% of the population.

There were 709 households out of which 33.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.0% were married couples living together, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.7% were non-families. 31.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.98.

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