Columbus, NC

Columbus, situated in Polk County, is a small town made up of 1.8 square miles.

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The town will be the host of the FEI Equestrian Games in 2018.  


The median resident age in Columbus is 36 years. The median estimated household income is about $40,000 making it about $8,000 less than the North Carolina average.  

The estimated per capita is about $20,000. The average price for a home in Columbus is about $152,000 (2015) which is $8,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $700 a month for rent. 

The racial makeup of Columbus is 78% White, 4% Black, 2% Two or more races, and 16% other. 79% of the population are high school graduates, with 18% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher.  

46% are married, 15% are divorced, 2% are separated, 12% are widowed, leaving 25% that have never been married. 

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Polk County

Columbus belongs to Polk County in the south-western part of North Carolina. The county, named after Colonel William Polk, was formed from parts of Rutherford and Henderson counties in 1855.

Polk County has a population of 48,000 and its largest city Washington, with a population of 10,000, is the county seat.

Polk County borders Washington, Pamlico, Hyde, Craven, Martin, and Pitt counties.

Polk County is made up of 958 square miles. 827 of which is land with the remaining 131 as water.


The population of Columbus, NC is about 1,000. The population has been steadily increasing since the 1980's.


The elevation of Columbus, NC is 1,102 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Columbus, NC is 28722.

Area Code

The area code for Columbus, NC is 828.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Columbus and Polk County have voted mostly Republican, with 60% going to Mitt Romney during the 2012 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous four or five elections.

As of 2010, 47% of the population are religiously unaffiliated (Nones). About 47% are Protestants with Catholics making up around 6%.


The unemployment rate for Columbus is about 5% (2015), making it roughly equal to the state average of around 5%.

Construction, retail, and accommodation services make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

The Tryon Daily Bulletin is the primary newspaper that covers the Polk County area.