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Columbus, North Carolina
Polk County Courthouse
Polk County Courthouse
Official seal of Columbus, North Carolina
Seal
Location of Columbus, North Carolina
Location of Columbus, North Carolina
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Polk
Area
 • Total 3.56 sq mi (9.22 km2)
 • Land 3.56 sq mi (9.21 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,102 ft (336 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 999
 • Estimate 
(2019)
998
 • Density 280.57/sq mi (108.32/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
28722
Area code(s) 828
FIPS code 37-13980
GNIS feature ID 0983403
Website www.columbusnc.com

Columbus is a town in Polk County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 999 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Polk County.

History

The Green River Plantation, J. G. Hughes House, and Polk County Courthouse are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Geography

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).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.8 square miles (4.7 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 71
1900 334
1910 122 −63.5%
1920 168 37.7%
1930 340 102.4%
1940 390 14.7%
1950 486 24.6%
1960 725 49.2%
1970 731 0.8%
1980 727 −0.5%
1990 812 11.7%
2000 992 22.2%
2010 999 0.7%
Est. 2019 998 −0.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Columbus racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 842 79.43%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 20 1.89%
Native American 4 0.38%
Asian 3 0.28%
Pacific Islander 1 0.09%
Other/Mixed 59 5.57%
Hispanic or Latino 131 12.36%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 1,060 people, 491 households, and 292 families residing in the town.

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