Columbus 59 Below average
Columbus Livability #405 ranked city in Georgia#23,482 ranked city in the USARanks better than 19% of areas
A+ Columbus Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
B- Columbus Cost of Living Cost of living is 2% higher than Georgia
955% less expensive than the US average
937% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Columbus cost of living
F Columbus Crime Total crime is 49% higher than Georgia
Total crime
4,03662% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2562% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-6%Year over year crime is down
Columbus crime
D- Columbus Employment Household income is 16% lower than Georgia
Median household income
$42,66123% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$23,74720% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
6%23% higher than the US average
Columbus employment
F Columbus Housing Home value is 9% lower than Georgia
Median home value
$138,60025% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$84411% lower than the US average
Home ownership
49%24% lower than the US average
Columbus real estate or Columbus rentals
F Columbus Schools HS graduation rate is equal to Georgia
High school grad. rates
81%2% lower than the US average
School test scores
30%40% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
16:1equal to the US average
Columbus K-12 schools
D Columbus User Ratings There are a total of 28 ratings in Columbus
Overall user rating
55% 28 total ratings
User reviews rating
37% 3 total reviews
User surveys rating
60% 25 total surveys
all Columbus poll results

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      Living in Columbus, GA

      Columbus is a highly populated city located in the state of Georgia. The city has a population of 200,303 inhabitants. Columbus is mostly populated by White (45%) and Black or African American (45%) ethnic groups. If you are not a fan of long commutes, you will enjoy living in Columbus. With average one way commute time of only 20 minutes, getting to and from work is a breeze compared to the national average of 26 minutes.

      Whether you’re relocating to a new town to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Columbus could be a positive experience compared to other cities in Georgia if you know where to search. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like amenities, crime, cost of living, weather, housing, you can easily compare the best places to live in Columbus and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Columbus to Georgia and the national average.

      With a livability score of 62 out of 100, Columbus is ranked #21,445 in the United States and #379 in Georgia. For each of the livability categories, we know that Columbus ranks very well for amenities (A+), cost of living (B-) and weather (B). Unfortunately for Columbus, there are some categories for which it does not rank well, this includes: crime (F), education (F), employment (D-) and housing (F).

      Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Columbus on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center, Columbus Riverwalk, and Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus.

      Assuming that Columbus meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Columbus. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Columbus are simply unattainable. The median home price for Columbus homes is $138,600, which is 9.1% lower than the Georgia average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Columbus, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 3.3, which is 10% higher than the Georgia average. Real estate appreciation rates in Columbus are important to consider, as they can act as a guide to determine if your new home purchase will be a solid investment going forward. During the last twelve months, the appreciation rate for Columbus homes comes in at 12.3%, and the 5 year appreciation rates were -0.2%.

      Columbus transportation information

      Average one way commute20min28min26min
      Workers who drive to work78.8%79.6%76.4%
      Workers who carpool10.0%10.1%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit1.3%2.1%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.3%0.2%0.6%
      Workers who walk1.3%1.6%2.8%
      Working from home6.7%5.1%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Columbus, GA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).