Columbus, North Carolina

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Columbus is a town in Polk County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 992 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Polk County[3].



Columbus is located at 35°15′2″N 82°12′8″W / 35.25056°N 82.20222°W / 35.25056; -82.20222 (35.250669, -82.202115)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.8 square miles (4.6 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 992 people, 414 households, and 238 families residing in the town. The population density was 559.1 people per square mile (216.4/km²). There were 442 housing units at an average density of 249.1/sq mi (96.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 90.32% White, 5.95% African American, 0.20% Native American, 3.12% from other races, and 0.40% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.56% of the population.

There were 414 households out of which 19.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.7% were married couples living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.5% were non-families. 38.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 26.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.08 and the average family size was 2.75.

In the town the population was spread out with 17.5% under the age of 18, 5.0% from 18 to 24, 21.1% from 25 to 44, 17.6% from 45 to 64, and 38.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 52 years. For every 100 females there were 86.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.4 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $25,469, and the median income for a family was $38,542. Males had a median income of $30,000 versus $19,000 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,587. About 9.3% of families and 15.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.7% of those under age 18 and 13.8% of those age 65 or over.

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