Columbus, NE

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2022 Population
24,035
0.338% 1-year growth
US Senator
Deb Fischer
Republican Party
US Senator
Pete Ricketts
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
37.5
0.806% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
9.44%
20% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$65,341
7.85% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$187,800
17.6% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Columbus, NE had a population of 24k people with a median age of 37.5 and a median household income of $65,341. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Columbus, NE grew from 23,954 to 24,035, a 0.338% increase and its median household income grew from $60,586 to $65,341, a 7.85% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Columbus, NE are White (Non-Hispanic) (72.5%), Two+ (Hispanic) (9.68%), White (Hispanic) (9.12%), Other (Hispanic) (5.6%), and Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (1.75%).

None of the households in Columbus, NE reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

91.5% of the residents in Columbus, NE are U.S. citizens.

In 2022, the median property value in Columbus, NE was $187,800, and the homeownership rate was 70.1%.

Most people in Columbus, NE drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 12.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Columbus, NE was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Columbus, NE is home to a population of 24k people, from which 91.5% are citizens. As of 2022, 13.5% of Columbus, NE residents were born outside of the country (3.24k people).

In 2022, there were 7.49 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (17.4k people) in Columbus, NE than any other race or ethnicity. There were 2.33k Two+ (Hispanic) and 2.19k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

91.5%
2022 Citizenship
92.5%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 91.5% of Columbus, NE residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Columbus, NE was 92.5%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Columbus, NE
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    17.4k ± 424
  2. Two+ (Hispanic)
    2.33k ± 594
  3. White (Hispanic)
    2.19k ± 518
24.5%
Hispanic Population
5.89k people

In 2022, there were 7.49 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (17.4k people) in Columbus, NE than any other race or ethnicity. There were 2.33k Two+ (Hispanic) and 2.19k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

24.5% of the people in Columbus, NE are hispanic (5.89k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Columbus, NE as a share of the total population.

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Foreign-Born Population

13.5%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
3.24k people
12.9%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
3.08k people

As of 2022, 13.5% of Columbus, NE residents (3.24k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Columbus, NE was 12.9%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    397 ± 114
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    214 ± 113
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    84 ± 52

Columbus, NE has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.86 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Columbus, NE employs 12.3k people. The largest industries in Columbus, NE are Manufacturing (3,829 people), Retail Trade (1,428 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1,172 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($82,054), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($75,000), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($59,516).

Occupations

12.3k
2022 Value
± 793
−1.55%
1 Year decline
± 9.36%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Columbus, NE declined at a rate of −1.55%, from 12.5k employees to 12.3k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Columbus, NE, are Production Occupations (2,390 people), Management Occupations (1,095 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,091 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Columbus, NE.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

12.3k
2022 Value
± 793
−1.55%
1 Year decline
± 9.36%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Columbus, NE declined at a rate of −1.55%, from 12.5k employees to 12.3k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Columbus, NE, are Manufacturing (3,829 people), Retail Trade (1,428 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1,172 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Columbus, NE, though some of these residents may live in Columbus, NE and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$48,433
Median earning men ± $3,469
$36,849
Median earning women ± $2,546

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($121,298), Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($73,068), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($60,167).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($56,515), Information ($51,313), and Public Administration ($46,641).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.25%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 1.03M people employed in Nebraska. This represents a 2.25% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 8.87%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Nebraska.

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Nebraska went to Donald J. Trump with 58.2% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (39.2%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (2.12%).

Deb Fischer and Pete Ricketts are the senators currently representing the state of Nebraska. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Nebraska is currently represented by 3 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Nebraska

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Senator from Nebraska1
  1. Deb Fischer
    Assumed office on January 3, 2013
  2. Pete Ricketts
    Assumed office on January 12, 2023
    Appointed to the seat on January 12, 2023 following the resignation of Ben Sasse.

Deb Fischer and Pete Ricketts are the senators currently representing Nebraska.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from Nebraska

Nebraska is currently represented by 3 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Nebraska have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

Awarded Degrees over Time

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 1.09% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.952% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (381k), Some college (364k), and Bachelors Degree (309k).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Columbus, NE was $187,800 in 2022, which is 0.666 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $159,700 to $187,800, a 17.6% increase. The homeownership rate in Columbus, NE is 70.1%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Columbus, NE have an average commute time of 12.4 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Columbus, NE is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Columbus, NE is $65,341. In 2022, the place with the highest median household income in Columbus, NE was Census Tract 9654 with a value of $73,223, followed by Census Tract 9655 and Census Tract 9657, with respective values of $68,990 and $68,469.

Property

$187,800
Median Property Value 2022
±$6,824
$6,686
Median Property Taxes
±$535

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Columbus, NE the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Columbus, NE compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

70.1%
Homeownership
2022
63.6%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 70.1% of the housing units in Columbus, NE were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 68.8%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 9654
  2. Census Tract 9655
  3. Census Tract 9657

In 2022, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Columbus, NE was Census Tract 9654 with a value of $73,223, followed by Census Tract 9655 and Census Tract 9657, with respective values of $68,990 and $68,469.

The following map shows all of the places in Columbus, NE colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$65,341
Median Household Income
± $4,652
9.54k
Number of Households
± 704

In 2022, the median household income of the 9.54k households in Columbus, NE grew to $65,341 from the previous year's value of $60,586.

The following chart displays the households in Columbus, NE 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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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Columbus, NE is from Nebraska.
0.444
2022 Wage GINI in Nebraska
0.444
2021 Wage GINI in Nebraska

In 2022, the income inequality in Nebraska was 0.444 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.0995% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for Nebraska was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Nebraska in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (81.6%)
  2. Carpooled (9.8%)
  3. Worked At Home (4.47%)

In 2022, 81.6% of workers in Columbus, NE drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (9.8%) and those who worked at home (4.47%).

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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Commute Time

12.4 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Columbus, NE have a shorter commute time (12.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 0.802% of the workforce in Columbus, NE have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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

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Poverty & Diversity

9.44% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Columbus, NE (2.24k out of 23.8k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 35 - 44, followed by Females 35 - 44 and then Females < 5.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Columbus, NE is White, followed by Hispanic and Two Or More.

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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Health

89.9% of the population of Columbus, NE has health coverage, with 51.2% on employee plans, 13.6% on Medicaid, 12.3% on Medicare, 12.1% on non-group plans, and 0.673% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Platte County, NE see 1287 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.312% increase from the previous year (1283 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2085 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 451 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,287 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Platte County, NE

Primary care physicians in Platte County, NE see an average of 1,287 patients per year. This represents a 0.312% increase from the previous year (1,283 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Platte County, NE in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 28.5% under 18 years, 18.3% between 18 and 34 years, 36.5% between 35 and 64 years, and 16.6% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.5% were men and 51.5% were women.

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Uninsured People

10.1%
Uninsured
51.2%
Employer Coverage
13.6%
Medicaid
12.3%
Medicare
12.1%
Non-Group
0.673%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Columbus, NE declined by 12.2% from 11.5% to 10.1%.

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

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