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Columbus, Indiana - Basic Facts

The City of Columbus had a population of 48,480 as of July 1, 2016. Columbus ranks in the upper quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Indiana. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Columbus is located at latitude 39.2089 and longitude -85.9181 in Bartholomew County. The formal boundaries for the City of Columbus (see map below) encompass a land area of 27.59 sq. miles and a water area of 0.39 sq. miles. Bartholomew County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 630 feet.

The City of Columbus (GNIS ID: 2393609) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Columbus is located within Township of Columbus, a minor civil division (MCD) of Bartholomew County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Columbus population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Columbus: Tiptonia.

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Columbus, IN Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 48,480
Population in Households 47,613
Population in Familes 37,815
Population in Group Qrtrs 867
Population Density1 1,757
Diversity Index2 40


Total Households 19,311
Average Household Size 2.47
Family Households 12,412
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 21,526 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 11,814 (54.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 7,497 (34.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,215 (10.3%)
Median Home Value $153,150
Average Home Value $187,776


Median Household Income $52,070
Average Household Income $71,451
Per Capita Income $28,847
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.54% 1.42%
Households 1.32% 1.33%
Families 1.22% 1.25%
Median Household Income   2.44%
Per Capita Income   1.81%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Columbus, IN - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Columbus to the other 680 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Indiana by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 19 97th
Population Density1 # 192 72nd
Diversity Index2 # 62 91st
Median Household Income # 257 62nd
Per Capita Income # 102 85th

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