Columbus, Wisconsin

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Columbus, Wisconsin
City
Location of Columbus in the state of Wisconsin
Location of Columbus in the state of Wisconsin
Coordinates: 43°20′17.8″N 89°01′8.2″W / 43.338278°N 89.018944°W / 43.338278; -89.018944Coordinates: 43°20′17.8″N 89°01′8.2″W / 43.338278°N 89.018944°W / 43.338278; -89.018944
Country United States
State Wisconsin
Counties Columbia, Dodge
Government
 • Mayor Kelly Crombie
Area[1]
 • Total 4.25 sq mi (11.01 km2)
 • Land 4.21 sq mi (10.90 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.10 km2)
Elevation 871 ft (265 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 4,991
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 5,013
 • Density 1,185.5/sq mi (457.7/km2)
Time zone Central (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) Central (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 920
Website www.cityofcolumbuswi.com
Downtown Columbus on Highway 60/16
Downtown Columbus on Highway 73
City hall

Columbus is a city in Columbia and Dodge Counties in the south-central part of the U.S. state of Wisconsin. The population was 4,991 at the 2010 census. All of this population resided in the Columbia County portion of the city. Columbus is located about 28 miles (45 km) northeast of Madison on the Crawfish River. It is part of the Madison Metropolitan Statistical Area. Nearly all of the city is located within the town of Columbus in Columbia County, though a small portion lies within the town of Elba in Dodge County.

Geography[edit]

Columbus is located at 43°20′14″N 89°1′21″W / 43.33722°N 89.02250°W / 43.33722; -89.02250 (43.337366, -89.022753).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.25 square miles (11.01 km2), of which, 4.21 square miles (10.90 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) is water.[1]

Demographics[edit]

In 1900, 2,349 people lived in Columbus, Wisconsin; in 1910, there were 2,523 residents.

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 4,991 people, 2,123 households, and 1,336 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,185.5 inhabitants per square mile (457.7 /km2). There were 2,287 housing units at an average density of 543.2 per square mile (209.7 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.7% White, 0.9% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 1.1% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.3% of the population.

There were 2,123 households of which 31.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.5% were married couples living together, 9.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 37.1% were non-families. 30.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.91.

The median age in the city was 38.3 years. 24.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.7% were from 25 to 44; 27.2% were from 45 to 64; and 14.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.8% male and 51.2% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 4,479 people, 1,843 households, and 1,194 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,122.7 people per square mile (433.4/km²). There were 1,927 housing units at an average density of 483.0 per square mile (186.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.28% White, 0.36% Black or African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.31% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.29% from other races, and 0.51% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.98% of the population.

There were 1,843 households out of which 32.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.0% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.2% were non-families. 31.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.0% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 29.9% from 25 to 44, 20.2% from 45 to 64, and 17.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 91.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $42,667, and the median income for a family was $52,604. Males had a median income of $36,518 versus $22,891 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,435. About 3.7% of families and 5.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.0% of those under age 18 and 11.7% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Columbus is served by the Columbus School District, which operates an elementary school, a middle school, and a high school:

  • Columbus Elementary School (K-3)
  • Columbus Middle School (4-8)
  • Columbus High School (9-12)

The Columbus School District also covers the cost of 4 year old kindergarten provided by four local pre-schools.[citation needed]

Other schools in Columbus:

  • St. Jerome's School, Roman Catholic, grades K-8
  • Zion Lutheran School, WELS (Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod), grades K-8

Transportation[edit]

Columbus is served by Amtrak's Empire Builder between Chicago and Seattle, with a train stopping at the station in each direction every day.

Historic buildings[edit]

Attractions[edit]

Movie set[edit]

Downtown Columbus was used to film several scenes, including a bank robbery, for the Johnny Depp movie Public Enemies. The downtown was made to look like the 1930s for the film. The historic Poser House was used as a brothel for the film.

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  3. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-06-24. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ 'Wisconsin Blue Book 1883,' Biographical Sketch of Michael Adams, pg. 486
  7. ^ 'Wisconsin bluebook 1880,' Biographical Sketch of Charles Dering, pg. 505

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