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Columbus, Kansas - Basic Facts

The City of Columbus had a population of 3,116 as of July 1, 2017. Columbus ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Kansas. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Columbus is located at latitude 37.1723 and longitude -94.8441 in Cherokee County. The formal boundaries for the City of Columbus (see map below) encompass a land area of 2.42 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Cherokee County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 909 feet.

The City of Columbus (GNIS ID: 485558) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

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, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Columbus: Center, Centrailia.

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Columbus, KS Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 3,116
Daytime Population: Workers 2,328
Daytime Population: Residents 1,672
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 4,000
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.28
Population in Households 3,071
Population in Familes 2,386
Population in Group Qrtrs 45
Population Density2 1,286
Diversity Index3 19


Median Household Income $42,034
Average Household Income $53,717
Per Capita Income $22,908


Total Housing Units 1,628 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 845 (51.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 489 (30.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 294 (18.1%)
Median Home Value $77,259
Average Home Value $106,472


Total Households 1,334
Average Household Size 2.3
Family Households 822
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population -0.84% -0.76%
Households -0.9% -0.81%
Families -0.46% -0.92%
Median Household Income   1.86%
Per Capita Income   2.61%

Columbus, KS - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Columbus to the other 671 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Kansas by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 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 # 91 87th
Population Density # 160 76th
Diversity Index # 293 56th
Median Household Income # 527 22nd
Per Capita Income # 544 19th

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