Columbia, NC

Columbia, situated in Tyrell County, is a small town made up of .5 square miles.

2018 Best Guide to Columbia, NC

June 25, 2018

The town was initially known as Elizabethtown. 


The median resident age in Columbia is 43 years. The median estimated household income is about $28,000 making it about $20,000 less than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $17,000. The average price for a home in Columbia is about $100,000 (2015) which is $60,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $500 a month for rent. 

The racial makeup of Columbia is 38% White, 43% Black, 1% Two or more races, and 14% other. 63% of the population are high school graduates, with 10% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 39% are married, 8% are divorced, 2% are separated, 14% are widowed, leaving 37% that have never been married.

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Tyrell County

Columbia belongs to Tyrrell County in the eastern part of North Carolina. The County, named after Sir John Tyrrell, is a part of the Kill Devil Hills, NC Micropolitan Statistical Area and the Virginia Beach-Norfolk, VA-NC Combined Statistical Area, and has a population of 4,400. Its largest city and county seat, Columbia, has a population of 900.

Tyrrell County borders Washington, Dare, and Hyde counties.

Tyrrell County is made up of 594 square miles. 389 of which is land with the remaining 205 as water.


The population of Columbia, NC is about 900. The population has been steadily increasing since the 1980's.


The elevation of Columbia, NC is three feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Columbia, NC is 27925.

Area Code

The area code for Columbia, NC is 252.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Columbia and Tyrell County have voted mostly Republican, with 50% going to Mitt Romney during the 2012 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous four or five elections.

As of 2010, 62% of the population are religiously unaffiliated (Nones). About 37% are Protestants with Catholics making up around 1%.


The unemployment rate for Columbia is about 8% (2015), making it higher than the state average of around 5%. Construction, agriculture, and retail make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

WCTI and WNCT are the primary newspapers that cover the Tyrell County area.