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Columbus Junction, Iowa
Downtown Columbus Junction
Downtown Columbus Junction
Location of Columbus Junction, Iowa
Location of Columbus Junction, Iowa
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Louisa
 • Total 2.09 sq mi (5.42 km2)
 • Land 2.09 sq mi (5.42 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
607 ft (185 m)
 • Total 1,830
 • Density 873.93/sq mi (337.38/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 319
FIPS code 19-15420
GNIS feature ID 0455546
Website City of Columbus Junction Website

Columbus Junction is a city in Louisa County, Iowa. The population was 1,830 at the 2020 census. It is part of the Muscatine Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Columbus Junction is home of the historic Swinging Bridge, found one block south of Highway 92 near downtown. The 262-foot-long steel cable and wood suspension bridge was built in 1922 as an elevated walkway connecting Third and Fourth streets.

The Columbus Community School District (which serves Columbus Junction, Columbus City, Fredonia, Cotter, Conesville, and other surrounding townships) is based in Columbus Junction. The school's colors are blue and white and their mascot is a wildcat.

The city's largest employer is a Tyson Foods meat processing plant located just north of the city on Highway 70.


Columbus Junction began as Clifton. The Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad built an east-west line through the area in 1858, with a station at Clifton. When the north-south Burlington, Cedar Rapids and Minnesota Railway was built, in 1870, it crossed the Rock Island at Clifton. The first BCR&M train arrived on Feb. 7, 1870, and the first local business opened the next day, a restaurant and boarding house, in a building moved by rail from Muscatine, Iowa. Just a month later, the town was platted. Columbus City, Iowa had already been established before the railroads came through, and both the Rock Island and the BCR&M had missed Columbus City by over a mile. As both Columbus City and Township had invested in the latter line, they were permitted to name the new town, so it became Columbus Junction.

Immigration plays a strong role in the history of Columbus Junction. The latest wave of immigrant is refugees from the Chin State of Myanmar (Burma).

In the summer of 2008 the Midwest experienced record floods, Columbus Junction included when the Cedar and Iowa Rivers overflowed their banks.


Columbus Junction is located at 41°16′42″N 91°21′45″W / 41.27833°N 91.36250°W / 41.27833; -91.36250 (41.278414, -91.362466), between the cities of Columbus City and Fredonia. It lies at the confluence of two rivers, the Iowa and the Cedar. The terrain is characterized by hills and ravines which is reflected in a street layout that includes few square blocks and through streets.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.19 square miles (5.67 km2), all of it land.


Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1860 519 —    
1870 850 +63.8%
1880 793 −6.7%
1890 953 +20.2%
1900 1,099 +15.3%
1910 1,185 +7.8%
1920 988 −16.6%
1930 867 −12.2%
1940 975 +12.5%
1950 1,123 +15.2%
1960 1,016 −9.5%
1970 1,205 +18.6%
1980 1,429 +18.6%
1990 1,616 +13.1%
2000 1,900 +17.6%
2010 1,899 −0.1%
2020 1,830 −3.6%
Source: and Iowa Data Center
U.S. Decennial Census
Columbus JunctionIowaPopPlot
The population of Columbus Junction, Iowa from US census data

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,899 people, 687 households, and 468 families residing in the city. The population density was 867.1 inhabitants per square mile (334.8/km2). There were 760 housing units at an average density of 347.0 per square mile (134.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 74.2% White, 1.6% African American, 0.3% Native American, 3.4% Asian, 17.4% from other races, and 3.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 48.0% of the population.

There were 687 households, of which 36.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.3% were married couples living together, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 31.9% were non-families. 26.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.28.

The median age in the city was 35.9 years. 27.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.7% were from 25 to 44; 25.3% were from 45 to 64; and 13% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 51.8% male and 48.2% female.

Notable people

  • Bill Orr, former First Gentleman of Nebraska (1987-1991), raised in Columbus Junction.
  • Billie Ray, wife of Iowa Governor Robert D. Ray and First Lady of Iowa; born in Columbus Junction in 1928.
  • Karl Weber, television and radio actor who starred in Maverick, Perry Mason, Dr. Kildare and other shows in the 20th century, was born in Columbus Junction.

See also

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