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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C+
  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
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B
  12. Commute
    B+
Columbus is a city in Georgia with a population of 198,647. Columbus is in Muscogee County. Living in Columbus offers residents a 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
198,647

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$140,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$856
National
$949
Area Feel
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.

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
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    11%
  • 25-34 years
    16%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    12%
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
    28%
    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
$43,239
National
$55,322
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Columbus Reviews

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Columbus is a great place to live! There is a wonderful mix of suburbs and city life. The downtown area has a lot to offer like market days every Saturday morning, festivals just about every month and during the summer, they host a summer concert series that is absolutely free every Friday night. We also have a great job market. With big companies like TSYS, Aflac and Synovus headquarters here, there is always an entry level job available. The only concern I feel most people have is the crime rate. We have had an increase in crime/shootings these past two years but these are usually areas of common gang activity and can be avoided mostly.
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I was born and raised in the Columbus, Georgia area. I have been here 29 years of my whole life and have 3 children ages 5, 8 and 10. I have never been so scared for my children to grow up in this area like I did and experience all that has been going on... I want better for my kids and I have been doing everything in my power to move my kids away this summer. Once I move from the area I'm NEVER looking back!
There are a few cool historic things about Columbus such as Coca-Cola being invented here, the Riverwalk, the haunted Opera House. In addition, there are also a few entertainment places for both kids and families but after living here for so long, it seems like a small town and you might get tired of it but it has greatly improved over the years I have lived here!