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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    B+
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    C+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B
  12. Commute
    A-
Columbus is a city in Georgia with a population of 196,670. Columbus is in Muscogee County. Living in Columbus offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Columbus there are a lot of parks. Many families and young professionals live in Columbus and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in Columbus are above average.
About Columbus...
Population
196,670

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$141,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$877
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    52%
  • Own
    48%
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Columbus Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    403.9
    282.7
  • Murder
    17.6
    6.1
  • Rape
    35.7
    40.7
  • Robbery
    198.2
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1,071.8
    500.1
  • Theft
    3,010.1
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    354.1
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    14%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    16%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    16%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    34%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    27%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    13%
    13%

Working in Columbus

Jobs
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$45,389
National
$55,322
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Columbus Reviews

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Columbus, Ga is rated one of the most miserable cities in the United states. With so much crime and gun violence, Columbus has earned the nickname "killumbus" among locals. I lived there for 27 years and I moved north of Columbus to a little country town as soon as I could. I did not want my child going to school in Muscogee county. The schools there are so overcrowded! I definitely wouldn't choose Columbus as a place to settle down and raise a family.
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I am a current resident of Columbus, GA, and I really like it! It’s a semi-small town with many friendly citizens. It’s a very family-friendly town, with many things to do and many paths for all! I think it’s definitely worth visiting. I don’t really have any complaints, but that will be up for you to decide if you do visit!
I was born and raised in Columbus, Georgia, and I have seen all the changes and challenges that has come to this city. The people here, for the most part, have that ideal "southern hospitality". Not necessarily as big as Atlanta, or as small as the neighboring cities (such Box Springs or Harris County), Columbus is a far size, with nice key locations that tourist, and even the citizens, tend to visit. I suppose, out of anything, my favorite part about Columbus are the city's celebration (such as the Latino Festival) and community values (school drives, homelessness programs, youth programs, etc.). The diversity here, and the ways to express our differences, are beauty.