Population: 200,303Median home value: $138,600Find homes for sale 62 Ranks better than 26% of areas

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A+ Columbus Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
B- Columbus Cost of Living Cost of living is equal to Georgia
937% 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 58% higher than Georgia
Total crime
5,09185% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2085% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-17%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
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 or Columbus colleges

Living in Columbus, GA

Columbus, Georgia is a big city with a population of 200,303 residents. Individuals of White (45%) and Black or African American (45%) backgrounds make up a significant portion of the population of the city. Not a fan of sitting in traffic? One big advantage of living in Columbus is the reasonable commute times to work. With an average one way commute time of 20 minutes, getting to work is faster than the national average of 26 minutes.

Are you trying to ascertain if living in Columbus is the right fit for your lifestyle? To ensure a fulfilling experience before relocating to any new city in Georgia, you will probably want to make sure that you check all of the most important boxes. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like amenities, crime, cost of living, weather, employment, 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 62/100, Columbus is ranked #21,445 in the United States and #379 in Georgia. Based on the grades for each individual category, Columbus has been rewarded with high marks for amenities (A+), cost of living (B-) and weather (B). Regrettably for Columbus, there are some categories for which it does not score well, this includes: crime (F), education (F), employment (D-) and housing (F).

There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are available, most people will need to know if the real estate in Columbus is actually affordable. Median real estate prices in Columbus come in at $138,600, which is 9.1% lower than the Georgia average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Columbus, the home price to income ratio is 3.3, which is 10% higher than the Georgia average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the Columbus area were 12.3% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at -0.2%. Why is this important? Knowing the appreciation rates for any area is a quick and easy way to determine if you will see a solid return on your investment.

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Compare Columbus, GA Livability To Other Cities

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Family Court Nightmare

I was the victim of legal abuse in Columbus, GA. I was demoralized, and my life destroyed, in the Columbus, GA family court. I was set up by an unethical attorney, and my child was stolen from me as a result. I was, literally, bullied out of the area. My child is now living there, and he is being mistreated. There seems to be a great deal of hatred in this area of Georgia, especially against upstanding outsiders. I would not recommend living there. I was falsely accused, and false witnesses were hired to testify against me. It is a place where some people do not mind interfering in a person's private life without even knowing them. Gossip and bullying was rampant in the area when I lived there, especially the smaller surrounding towns. Approach with caution, for sure.
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Let The DRIVER Beware

If you drive in Columbus, you are subject to receive:

1. A citation that does not reflect what happened (Light was yellow, ticket says red)
2. A quote of the LAW by the officer: the law states that if you enter an intersection under a yellow light, you are in violation of a "red light"
3. A denial by the officer of having made the statement when questioned by superiors.
4. A citation that even the officer didn't sign
5. A citation that, at the top says "Accusations" and at the bottom says "violator's copy" (Guilty already!)
6. Refusal by Mayor, City Manager, City Attorney, State Representative, Chief of Police, and Recorder's Court to offer assistance other than the Mayor forwarded my concerns to the City Attorney who "recommended I get a lawyer". (good call, the fine is $135.00)

$135.00!!!! You'd think I'd just pay the fine. And that's what they expect you to do. It's revenue. And had the officer given me a "warning" for a close call, I'd be on my happy way. Had he not quoted a "mystery law" I'd be more apt to pay the fine. But now, his lack of ethics and integrity, and the total disregard by those listed above has made me more determined than ever to speak my peace.

So when you visit the "Fountain City" you better hope the coffee and donuts were good that day or you may receive one of these "awards", whether it happened or not!

God Bless (you may need it)
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Captivating Columbus, GA

We recently spent a weekend in the city of Columbus, GA and were pleasantly surprised at what we found. Columbus is located on the banks of the beautiful Chattahoochee River. A very nice riverwalk area enabled us to stroll along its banks.

Columbus boasts the largest historic district in Georgia. Being history buffs, this was appealing. Part of a day was spent visiting Heritage Park in Columbus where we garnered some interesting facts about the industrial history of the city, including the fact that it was once home for Cola Cola inventor, Dr. John Pemberton.

We visited the Port Columbus Civil War Naval Center, where we discovered two civil war battleships and plenty of artifacts, including a nice flag display. Columbus is the home of Fort Benning, and visiting here gave my husband the chance to retrace some of his history.

At the Macon Road Barbeque we ate some of the best barbeque we've ever tasted in my life! My husband enjoyed the chopped pork, while I had their delicious Brunswick stew. If you're looking for a tasty BBQ restaurant in Columbus, make sure you try Macon Road!
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Source: The Columbus, GA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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