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FAST FACTS ABOUT COLUMBUS, INDIANA

Here’s why visitors routinely find Columbus to be one of the most “unexpected” cities they’ve ever visited and why many decide to relocate their family or business to this community. 

The Basics
  • Columbus, Indiana, (population 45,000) is ranked sixth in the nation for architectural innovation and design by the American Institute of Architects, right behind Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Boston, and Washington, D.C.
  • Columbus has hundreds of acres in a city park system ranked number one in the country by the National Recreation and Park Association for cities the size of Columbus. Parks feature such unusual facilities as an ice skating rink, a skateboard park, an observation tower, and an ivy-covered tunnel, as well as the more typical, yet fun, activities such as fishing, walking, hiking, and biking.
  • Most of the downtown is listed with the National Register of Historic Places. In a highly unusual move, the even more exclusive National Historic Landmarks Program honored the city by accepting six locations simultaneously.
  • Read about more accolades and awards here.
  • Columbus is also home to NASCAR racing champion Tony Stewart and Chuck Taylor, among others. Read more about them here.
A Little History
  • The land which is now Columbus was bought by General John Tipton and Luke Bonesteel in 1820. General Tipton built a log cabin on Mt. Tipton, a small hill overlooking White River, and the surrounding flat, heavily forested, and swampy valley.
  • The town was known as Tiptonia, named in honor of General Tipton. The town’s name was changed to Columbus on March 20, 1821. Bartholomew County was named in 1821 for General Joseph Bartholomew, who fought in the Battle of Tippecanoe.
Statistics

Population

  • 45,429 – City of Columbus, 20th largest city in Indiana
  • 79,129 – Bartholomew County

Largest Cities and Towns in Bartholomew County

  • Clifford : 239
  • Columbus : 45,429
  • Edinburgh : 386
    (Edinburgh crosses county lines, so only the population in Bartholomew County is shown.)
  • Elizabethtown : 512
  • Hartsville : 372
  • Hope : 2,147
  • Jonesville : 181

Population Segments

  • 91.3% White
  • 6.5% Hispanic/Latino
  • 4.5% Asian
  • 2.1% African-American
  • 0.5% American Indian
  • Source – Stats Indiana

Size/Area

  • 406.90 Square Miles – Bartholomew County
  • 27.89 Square Miles – City of Columbus
    Source – US Census Bureau

Labor Statistics : Bartholomew County Labor Force (2012)

  • Total Resident Labor Force: 41,105
  • Annual Unemployment Rate: 6.4
    Source – Stats Indiana

Cost of Living Index

  • Cost of living index in Columbus: 89.8 (as of March 2012, US average is 100)
    Source – www.city-data.com

Housing Costs (average home cost)

  • Median home value (2011) : $135,400
  • Median rent (2011) : $594
    Source – US Census Bureau