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Columbus, Wisconsin - Basic Facts

The City of Columbus had a population of 5,192 as of July 1, 2017.

The primary coordinate point for Columbus is located at latitude 43.3359 and longitude -89.0297 in Columbia County. The formal boundaries for the City of Columbus (see map below) encompass a land area of 4.56 sq. miles and a water area of 0.04 sq. miles. Columbia County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 850 feet.

While the primary coordinates for City of Columbus are located in Columbia County, it should be noted that the formal boundaries for this community also extend into and Dodge County.

The City of Columbus (GNIS ID: 1583005) 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.

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


Total Population 5,192
Daytime Population: Workers 2,389
Daytime Population: Residents 2,414
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 4,803
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.93
Population in Households 5,150
Population in Familes 4,013
Population in Group Qrtrs 42
Population Density2 1,139
Diversity Index3 18


Median Household Income $55,528
Average Household Income $71,595
Per Capita Income $30,356


Total Housing Units 2,345 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,374 (58.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 817 (34.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 153 ( 6.5%)
Median Home Value $174,561
Average Home Value $203,621


Total Households 2,192
Average Household Size 2.35
Family Households 1,370
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 0.55% 0.51%
Households 0.44% 0.43%
Families 0.35% 0.38%
Median Household Income   2.65%
Per Capita Income   3.04%

Columbus, WI - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Columbus to the other 774 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Wisconsin 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 # 141 82nd
Population Density # 203 74th
Diversity Index # 253 67th
Median Household Income # 361 53rd
Per Capita Income # 232 70th

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