Columbus, GA-AL

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Population

305,911

0.619% decline

Median Age

34.7


Median Household Income

$43,051

0.832% decline

Poverty Rate

19.8%


Number of Employees

115,742

6.78% decline

Median Property Value

$137,000

10.9% decline

About

In 2017, Columbus, GA-AL had a population of 306k people with a median age of 34.7 and a median household income of $43,051. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Columbus, GA-AL declined from 307,816 to 305,911, a -0.619% decrease and its median household income declined from $43,412 to $43,051, a -0.832% decrease.

The population of Columbus, GA-AL is 45.9% White Alone, 41.6% Black or African American Alone, and 7.04% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Columbus, GA-AL speak a non-English language, and 98.5% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Columbus, GA-AL are Columbus State University (1,744 degrees awarded in 2016), Columbus Technical College (1,334 degrees), and Chattahoochee Valley Community College (301 degrees).

The median property value in Columbus, GA-AL is $137,000, and the homeownership rate is 54.4%. Most people in Columbus, GA-AL commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 20 minutes. The average car ownership in Columbus, GA-AL is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Columbus, GA-AL employs 116k people. The largest industries in Columbus, GA-AL are Retail Trade (16,425 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (16,149 people), and Manufacturing (11,128 people), and the highest paying industries are Wholesale Trade ($51,343), Finance & Insurance ($48,919), and Information ($45,962).

Median household income in Columbus, GA-AL is $43,051. Males in Columbus, GA-AL have an average income that is 1.35 times higher than the average income of females, which is $47,924. The income inequality in Columbus, GA-AL (measured using the Gini index) is 0.479, which is higher than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$43,051

2017 value

± $2,659

-0.832%

1 Year Growth

± 9.47%

Households in Columbus, GA-AL have a median annual income of $43,051, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $43,412 in 2016, which represents a -0.832% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$64,612

Average Male Salary

± $1,239

$47,924

Average Female Salary

± $830

In 2017, full-time male employees in Georgia made 1.35 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Georgia by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $62,588 ± $3,904

  2. White

    $55,935 ± $993

  3. Two or More Races

    $48,186 ± $5,407

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Georgia workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.12 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in Georgia by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Columbus, GA-AL is from Georgia.

0.479

2017 Wage GINI

0.48

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Georgia was 0.479 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.183% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 the GINI for Georgia was higher than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in Georgia in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Georgia across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2017, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Columbus, GA-AL was Forsyth County, GA with a value of $102,084, followed by Fayette County, GA and Cherokee County, GA, with respective values of $84,742 and $76,368.

The following map shows all of the counties in Columbus, GA-AL colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

19.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Columbus, GA-AL (58.8k out of 297k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Males 6 - 11.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. Black

    35,099 ± 1,374

  2. White

    17,930 ± 973

  3. Hispanic

    4,819 ± 583

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Columbus, GA-AL is Black, followed by White and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

116k

2017 Value

± 6,057

-6.78%

1 Year decline

± 7.66%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Columbus, GA-AL declined at a rate of -6.78%, from 124k employees to 116k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Columbus, GA-AL, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (16,717 people), Sales & Related Occupations (16,158 people), and Management Occupations (9,352 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Columbus, GA-AL.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Columbus, GA-AL, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (16,717 people), Sales & Related Occupations (16,158 people), and Management Occupations (9,352 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Columbus, GA-AL has an unusually high number of residents working as Health Technologists & Technicians (1.83 times higher than expected), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (1.64 times), and Sales & Related Occupations (1.35 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Columbus, GA-AL, by median earnings, are Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($80,286), Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($67,222), and Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($66,702).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

116k

2017 Value

± 6,057

-6.78%

1 Year decline

± 7.66%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Columbus, GA-AL declined at a rate of -6.78%, from 124k employees to 116k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Columbus, GA-AL, are Retail Trade (16,425 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (16,149 people), and Manufacturing (11,128 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Columbus, GA-AL, though some of these residents may live in Columbus, GA-AL and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Columbus, GA-AL, by number of employees, are Retail Trade (16,425 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (16,149 people), and Manufacturing (11,128 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Columbus, GA-AL has an unusually high number of Finance & Insurance (1.64 times higher than expected), Public Administration (1.59 times), and Retail Trade (1.27 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Columbus, GA-AL, by median earnings, are Wholesale Trade ($51,343), Finance & Insurance ($48,919), and Information ($45,962).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Georgia to other states, or from other states to Georgia.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $48.1B

  2. $38B

  3. $30.6B

In 2015, the top outbound Georgia product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $48.1B, followed by Motorized vehicles ($38B) and Electronics ($30.6B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Georgia products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$430B

2015 Value

$628B

Projected 2045 Value

46.1% growth

In 2015, total outbound Georgia trade was $430B. This is expected to increase 46.1% to $628B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Georgia trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Georgia to other states, or from other states to Georgia.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $39.4B

  2. $25.3B

  3. $20.5B

In 2015, the top outbound Georgia domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Florida with $39.4B, followed by South Carolina with $25.3B and North Carolina and $20.5B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Georgia shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

89% of the population of Columbus, GA-AL has health coverage, with 36.3% on employee plans, 19.4% on Medicaid, 8.44% on Medicare, 16.7% on non-group plans, and 8.1% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the msa of Columbus, GA-AL was $6,587 in 2014. This is a 5.41% increase from the previous year ($6,249).

Primary care physicians in Columbus, GA-AL see 1519 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.459% decrease from the previous year (1526 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1984 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 829 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Quitman County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (18.2%). Additionally, Rockdale County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (38.5%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,519 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Georgia see an average of 1,519 patients per year. This represents a 0.459% decrease from the previous year (1,526 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Georgia in comparison to neighboring states.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$6,587

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,406

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$5,199

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,429

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Georgia (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 5.41%, from $6,249 to $6,587.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

11%

Uninsured

36.3%

Employer Coverage

19.4%

Medicaid

8.44%

Medicare

16.7%

Non-Group

8.1%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Columbus, GA-AL grew by 4.73% from 10.5% to 11%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Columbus, GA-AL changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 18.2% prevalence

  2. 17.3% prevalence

  3. 16.9% prevalence

Quitman County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Georgia, at 18.2%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Georgia by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Columbus, GA-AL is home to a population of 306k people, from which 98.5% are citizens. As of 2017, 4.82% of Columbus, GA-AL residents were born outside of the country (14.7k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Columbus, GA-AL is composed of 140k White Alone residents (45.9%), 127k Black or African American Alone residents (41.6%), 21.5k Hispanic or Latino residents (7.04%), 10.4k Two or More Races residents (3.4%), 5.45k Asian Alone residents (1.78%), 461 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.151%), 436 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.143%), and 164 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0536%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Columbus, GA-AL are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

34

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.5

43

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 6.2

In 2017, the median age of all people in Columbus, GA-AL was 34.7. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 34, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 43. But people in Columbus, GA-AL are getting staying the same age. In 2016, the average age of all Columbus, GA-AL residents was 35.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

4.82%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

14.7k people

4.71%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

14.5k people

As of 2017, 4.82% of Columbus, GA-AL residents (14.7k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Columbus, GA-AL was 4.71%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    243,242 ± 11,967 people

  2. India

    96,807 ± 7,603 people

  3. Korea

    46,156 ± 5,263 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Georgia was Mexico, the natal country of 243,242 Georgia residents, followed by India with 96,807 and Korea with 46,156.

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Citizenship

98.5%

2017 Citizenship

98.1%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 98.5% of Columbus, GA-AL residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Columbus, GA-AL was 98.1%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    140k ± 2.02k

  2. Black or African American Alone

    127k ± 2.96k

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    21.5k ± 3.23k

In 2017, there were 1.1 times more White Alone residents (140k people) in Columbus, GA-AL than any other race or ethnicity. There were 127k Black or African American Alone and 21.5k Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Columbus, GA-AL as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Columbus, GA-AL citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Columbus, GA-AL was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Columbus, GA-AL are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Gulf War (2001-)

    8,360 ± 1,999

  2. Vietnam

    6,981 ± 1,169

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    4,973 ± 1,125

Columbus, GA-AL has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 1.2 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Columbus, GA-AL awarded 3,860 degrees. The student population of Columbus, GA-AL is skewed towards women, with 5,431 male students and 9,043 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Columbus, GA-AL are White (1,842 and 48.1%), followed by Black or African American (1,617 and 42.2%), Hispanic or Latino (176 and 4.6%), and Asian (68 and 1.78%).

The largest universities in Columbus, GA-AL by number of degrees awarded are Columbus State University (1,744 and 45.2%), Columbus Technical College (1,334 and 34.6%), and Chattahoochee Valley Community College (301 and 7.8%).

The most popular majors in Columbus, GA-AL are Criminal Justice - Safety Studies (328 and 8.5%), Registered Nursing (269 and 6.97%), and Other Mechanic & Repair Technologies (176 and 4.56%).

The median tuition costs in Columbus, GA-AL are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $4,181 and $14,755 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 70 degrees awarded

  2. 200 degrees awarded

  3. 74 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Columbus, GA-AL was General Health Services with 70 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Columbus, GA-AL according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 1,744 degrees awarded

  2. 1,334 degrees awarded

  3. 301 degrees awarded

$4,181

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Columbus, GA-AL institution with the largest number of graduating students was Columbus State University with 1,744 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

1,505

Degrees Awarded to Men

2,355

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 1,505 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Columbus, GA-AL, which is 0.639 times less than the 2,355 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    1,842 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    1,617 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    176 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Columbus, GA-AL were to White students. These 1,842 degrees mean that there were 1.14 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 1,617 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Columbus, GA-AL was $137,000 in 2017, which is 0.63 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $153,700 to $137,000, a 10.9% decrease. The homeownership rate in Columbus, GA-AL is 54.4%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Columbus, GA-AL have an average commute time of 20 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Columbus, GA-AL is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$43,051

Median Household Income

± $2,659

113k

Number of Households

± 5,455

In 2017, the median household income of the 113k households in Columbus, GA-AL declined from $43,051 from the previous year's value of $43,412.

The following chart displays the households in Columbus, GA-AL distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$137,000

2017 Median

± $8,389

$153,700

2016 Median

± $6,219

In 2017, the median property value in Columbus, GA-AL declined from to $137,000 from the previous year's value of $153,700.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Columbus, GA-AL compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Columbus, GA-AL the largest share of households have a property value in the $150k - $175k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Columbus, GA-AL distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Columbus, GA-AL the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

54.4%

2017 Homeownership

53.3%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 54.4% of the housing units in Columbus, GA-AL were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 53.3%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Columbus, GA-AL compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Columbus, GA-AL distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Columbus, GA-AL have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Commute Time

20 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Columbus, GA-AL have a shorter commute time (20 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 1.84% of the workforce in Columbus, GA-AL have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    80.2%

  2. Carpooled

    9.04%

  3. Worked At Home

    6.27%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Columbus, GA-AL was Drove Alone (80.2%), followed by those who Carpooled (9.04%) and those who Worked At Home (6.27%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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