Columbus, Georgia

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Columbus
Consolidated city
City of Columbus
Top: Downtown Columbus. Left to right, descending: Chattahoochee RiverWalk, Columbus Consolidated Government Center, Springer Opera House, Columbus Civic Center, Church of the Holy Family, Downtown Columbus in the early 1950s
Top: Downtown Columbus. Left to right, descending: Chattahoochee RiverWalk, Columbus Consolidated Government Center, Springer Opera House, Columbus Civic Center, Church of the Holy Family, Downtown Columbus in the early 1950s
Official seal of Columbus
Seal
Nickname(s): The Lowell of the South or The Fountain City
Motto: What Progress Has Preserved
Location in Muscogee County and the state of Georgia
Location in Muscogee County and the state of Georgia
Coordinates: 32°29′32″N 84°56′25″W / 32.49222°N 84.94028°W / 32.49222; -84.94028Coordinates: 32°29′32″N 84°56′25″W / 32.49222°N 84.94028°W / 32.49222; -84.94028
CountryUnited States
StateGeorgia
CountyMuscogee
Founded1828
Named forChristopher Columbus
Government
 • MayorTeresa Tomlinson
Area
 • Total220.8 sq mi (572 km2)
 • Land216.1 sq mi (592.1 km2)
 • Water4.7 sq mi (12.3 km2)
Population (2013 est.)[1]
 • Total202,824 (US: 110th)
 • Density861.4/sq mi (332.6/km2)
 • MSA316,554 (US: 154th)
 • CSA501,649 (89th)
Time zoneEST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes31820, 31829, 31900-09, 31914, 31917, 31993-94, 31997-99
Area code(s)706, 762
FIPS code13-19007
GNIS feature ID0331158[2]
AirportColumbus Airport-
CSG
WebsiteCity of Columbus
 
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Columbus
Consolidated city
City of Columbus
Top: Downtown Columbus. Left to right, descending: Chattahoochee RiverWalk, Columbus Consolidated Government Center, Springer Opera House, Columbus Civic Center, Church of the Holy Family, Downtown Columbus in the early 1950s
Top: Downtown Columbus. Left to right, descending: Chattahoochee RiverWalk, Columbus Consolidated Government Center, Springer Opera House, Columbus Civic Center, Church of the Holy Family, Downtown Columbus in the early 1950s
Official seal of Columbus
Seal
Nickname(s): The Lowell of the South or The Fountain City
Motto: What Progress Has Preserved
Location in Muscogee County and the state of Georgia
Location in Muscogee County and the state of Georgia
Coordinates: 32°29′32″N 84°56′25″W / 32.49222°N 84.94028°W / 32.49222; -84.94028Coordinates: 32°29′32″N 84°56′25″W / 32.49222°N 84.94028°W / 32.49222; -84.94028
CountryUnited States
StateGeorgia
CountyMuscogee
Founded1828
Named forChristopher Columbus
Government
 • MayorTeresa Tomlinson
Area
 • Total220.8 sq mi (572 km2)
 • Land216.1 sq mi (592.1 km2)
 • Water4.7 sq mi (12.3 km2)
Population (2013 est.)[1]
 • Total202,824 (US: 110th)
 • Density861.4/sq mi (332.6/km2)
 • MSA316,554 (US: 154th)
 • CSA501,649 (89th)
Time zoneEST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes31820, 31829, 31900-09, 31914, 31917, 31993-94, 31997-99
Area code(s)706, 762
FIPS code13-19007
GNIS feature ID0331158[2]
AirportColumbus Airport-
CSG
WebsiteCity of Columbus

Columbus is a city in and the county seat of Muscogee County, Georgia, United States,[3] with which it is consolidated. According to the most recent U.S. Census estimates (2013), the city has surpassed the city of Augusta to become Georgia's second largest city with a population of 202,824, while the larger Columbus-Phenix City Metropolitan Area counts 316,554. It joins with the nearby Alabama cities of Auburn and Opelika to form the Columbus-Auburn-Opelika Combined Statistical Area, which had a 2013 population of 501,649. Situated at the heart of the Chattahoochee Valley, Columbus is the fourth largest metropolitan area in the state.

Columbus lies 100 miles (160 km) southwest of Atlanta. Fort Benning, a major employer, is located south of the city in Chattahoochee County. The city is home to museums and other tourism sites. The area is served by the Columbus Airport. The current mayor is Teresa Tomlinson, who was elected in November 2010. In 2007, Best Life Magazine ranked Columbus #4 on the Top 100 Places To Raise A Family.[4][5]

History[edit]

Beginnings[edit]

Downtown in 1880

Founded in 1828 by an act of the Georgia Legislature, Columbus was situated at the beginning of the navigable portion of the Chattahoochee River and on the last stretch of the Federal Road before entering Alabama. The city was named for Christopher Columbus, its founders likely influenced by the writings of Washington Irving. The plan for the city was drawn up by Dr. Edwin L. DeGraffenried who placed the town on a bluff overlooking the river. Across the river, where Phenix City, Alabama is now located, Creek Indians lived until their removal in 1836.

The river served as Columbus's connection to the world, particularly connecting the plantations in the region with the international cotton market via New Orleans and ultimately Liverpool, England. The city's commercial importance increased in the 1850s with the arrival of the railroad. In addition, textile mills began springing up along the river, bringing industry to an area reliant upon agriculture. By 1860, the city was one of the more important industrial centers of the South, earning it the nickname "the Lowell of the South," in deference to the industrial, textile mill town in Massachusetts which is also along a river.

Civil War and Reconstruction[edit]

Redd House, Columbus, Historic American Buildings Survey

When the outbreak of war came in 1861, the industries of Columbus expanded their production and Columbus became one of the most important centers of industry in the Confederacy. During the war, Columbus ranked second to Richmond in the manufacture of supplies for the Confederate army.[6] In addition to textiles, the city had an ironworks and a sword factory as well as a shipyard for the Confederate Navy. Unaware of Lee's surrender to Grant and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, Union and Confederates clashed in the Battle of Columbus, Georgia, on Easter Sunday, April 16, 1865, when a Union detachment under General James H. Wilson attacked the city and burned many of the industrial buildings. The inventor of Coca-Cola, Dr. John Stith Pemberton, was wounded in this battle. The owner of America's last slave ship, Col. Charles Augustus Lafayette Lamar, was also killed here. A historic marker has been erected in Columbus marking the battle by Wilson's troops as the "Last Land Battle in the War from 1861 to1865."

Reconstruction began almost immediately and prosperity followed. Factories such as the Eagle and Phenix Mills were revived and the industrialization of the town led to rapid growth; the city outgrew its original plan. The Springer Opera House was built on 10th Street attracting such notables as Oscar Wilde. The Springer is now the official State Theater of Georgia.

By the time of the Spanish American War, the city saw much modernization including the addition of trolleys extending to outlying neighborhoods such as Rose Hill and Lakebottom and a new water works. Mayor Lucius Chappell also brought a training camp for soldiers to the area. This training camp named Camp Benning would grow into present day Fort Benning, named for General Henry L. Benning, a native of the city.

Downtown Columbus in the early 1950s

20th Century[edit]

With the expansion of the city, the need for a university saw the establishment of Columbus College, a two-year institution which would later grow into Columbus State University, now a comprehensive center of higher learning. The city would consolidate city and county governments in 1971 and become the first of its kind in Georgia (and one of only 16 in the U.S. at the time). As the city has turned from its initial industry of textiles, it has provided a home for other prominent industries including the headquarters for Aflac, Synovus, TSYS and Carmike Cinemas.

The Muscogee County Courthouse in 1941, which was demolished in 1970.

During the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, urban blight, flight, and prostitution were serious problems in much of downtown Columbus and adjacent neighborhoods. Early efforts to halt the gradual deterioration of downtown began with the saving and restoration of the Springer Opera House in 1965. With the revitalization of the Springer and its subsequent designation as the State Theatre of Georgia, a historic preservation movement was sparked and various historic districts were established in and around downtown. Large tracts of blighted areas were cleaned up and a modern Columbus Consolidated Government Center was constructed in the city center. A significant period of urban renewal and revitalization followed in the mid to late 1990s. With these improvements, residents and businesses began moving back to these formerly blighted areas. Examples of these municipal projects including the construction of a softball complex which hosted the 1996 Olympic softball competition, construction of the Chattahoochee RiverWalk along the Chattahoochee River, construction of the National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus, construction of the Coca-Cola Space Science Center, the expansion of the Columbus Museum, and road improvements to include a new downtown bridge crossing the Chattahoochee River to Phenix City. During the late 1990s, commercial activity expanded north of downtown along the I-185 corridor.

21st century[edit]

Alternate seal

During the 2000s, expansion and historic preservation was continuing throughout the city. An example of this is the revitalization of South Commons, an area which combines the 1996 Olympic softball competition complex, A. J. McClung Memorial Stadium, Golden Park, the Columbus Civic Center, and the recently added Jonathan Hatcher Skateboard Park into a single complex area. Other additions to the city include the National Infantry Museum in South Columbus, located just outside the Fort Benning main gate.

Columbus has also established itself as a center for the fine and performing arts. RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, which opened in 2002, houses Columbus State University's music department. In 2002 Columbus State's art and drama departments moved to downtown locations. Such initiatives have provided Columbus with a cultural niche and with vibrant and modern architecture mixed among older brick facades.

The "Ready to Raft 2012" campaign is a project that will create 700 new jobs and is estimated to bring in $42 million annually to the Columbus area. The project will result in the longest urban whitewater rafting venue in the world, scheduled for completion in 2012.[7]

In upcoming years, it is predicted that there will be an additional 30,000 soldiers trained at Fort Benning each year due to Base Realignment and Closure.[8] As a result of this, Columbus is expected to see a major population increase.

Geography[edit]

Downtown panorama (1840)

Columbus is one of Georgia's three Fall Line Cities, along with Augusta and Macon. The Fall Line is where the hilly lands of the Piedmont plateau meet the flat terrain of the coastal plain. As such, Columbus has a varied landscape of rolling hills on the north side and flat plains on the south. The fall line causes rivers in the area to decline rapidly towards sea level, making it a good location for textile mills in the past. The Chattahoochee River is the major river that runs through Columbus.

The city is located at 32°29′23″N 84°56′26″W / 32.489608°N 84.940422°W / 32.489608; -84.940422.[9]

According to the US Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 221.0 square miles (572 km2), of which, 216.3 square miles (560 km2) of it is land and 4.7 square miles (12 km2) of it (2.14%) is water.

Climate[edit]

Columbus has a humid subtropical climate. Daytime summer temperatures often reaches a high in the mid 90s, and low temperatures in the winter average in the upper 30s. Columbus is often considered a dividing line or "natural snowline" of the southeastern United States with areas north of the city receiving snowfall annually, with areas to the south typically not receiving snowfall every year or at all.

Climate data for Columbus, Georgia
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Record high °F (°C)83
(28)
83
(28)
89
(32)
94
(34)
97
(36)
106
(41)
105
(41)
104
(40)
100
(38)
96
(36)
86
(30)
82
(28)
106
(41)
Average high °F (°C)57.5
(14.2)
61.9
(16.6)
69.5
(20.8)
76.7
(24.8)
84.0
(28.9)
90.0
(32.2)
92.2
(33.4)
91.4
(33)
86.4
(30.2)
77.3
(25.2)
68.4
(20.2)
59.2
(15.1)
76.2
(24.6)
Average low °F (°C)36.8
(2.7)
40.2
(4.6)
46.1
(7.8)
52.5
(11.4)
61.9
(16.6)
69.7
(20.9)
72.9
(22.7)
72.4
(22.4)
66.7
(19.3)
55.6
(13.1)
46.1
(7.8)
38.9
(3.8)
55.0
(12.8)
Record low °F (°C)−2
(−19)
10
(−12)
16
(−9)
28
(−2)
39
(4)
44
(7)
59
(15)
57
(14)
38
(3)
24
(−4)
10
(−12)
4
(−16)
−2
(−19)
Precipitation inches (mm)3.85
(97.8)
4.44
(112.8)
5.45
(138.4)
3.55
(90.2)
3.19
(81)
3.72
(94.5)
4.80
(121.9)
3.77
(95.8)
3.06
(77.7)
2.58
(65.5)
4.10
(104.1)
4.27
(108.5)
46.78
(1,188.2)
Snowfall inches (cm)0.2
(0.5)
0.1
(0.3)
0.3
(0.8)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.1
(0.3)
0.7
(1.8)
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in)10.08.68.97.67.610.011.710.77.16.57.89.2105.6
Avg. snowy days (≥ 0.1 in)0.200.1000000000.10.4
Source: NOAA (normals 1981−2010),[10] Weather Channel (record highs and lows)[11]

Cityscape[edit]

One of Columbus Georgia's nicknames: The Fountain City.

Columbus is divided into five geographic areas, and they are as follows:[12]

Fireworks in Downtown on July 4, 2009

Surrounding cities and towns[edit]

The Columbus Metropolitan Area includes four counties in Georgia, and two in Alabama. A 2008 Census estimate showed 287,653 in the metro area, with 442,953 in the combined statistical area. Below are the cities in the Columbus CSA:

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
CensusPop.
18403,114
18505,94290.8%
18609,62161.9%
18707,401−23.1%
188010,12336.8%
189017,30370.9%
190017,6141.8%
191020,55416.7%
192031,12551.4%
193043,13138.6%
194053,28023.5%
195079,61149.4%
1960116,77946.7%
1970155,02832.8%
1980169,4419.3%
1990178,6815.5%
2000186,2914.3%
2010189,8851.9%
Est. 2013202,8246.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[14]
2013 Estimate[15]
Satellite image of Columbus

As of the 2010 U.S. Census, Columbus had a total population of 189,885, up from 186,291 in the 2000 Census. The 2010 Census reported 189,885 people, 72,124 households, and 47,686 families residing in the city. The population density was 861.4 people per square mile (332.6/km2). There were 82,690 housing units at an average density of 352.3 per square mile (136.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 46.3% White, 45.5% African American, 2.2% Asian, 0.2% Native American, 0.14% Pacific Islander, and 1.90% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.4% of the population.

There were 69,819 households out of which 34.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.7% were married couples living together, 19.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.7% were non-families. 26.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.6% under the age of 18, 11.9% from 18 to 24, 29.8% from 25 to 44, 19.7% from 45 to 64, and 11.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 94.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $41,331, and the 2000 median income for a family was 41,244. Males had a median income of $30,238 versus $24,336 for females. The per capita income for the city was $22,514. About 12.8% of families and 15.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.0% of those under age 18 and 12.1% of those age 65 or over.

Religion[edit]

Columbus contains approximately 200 Christian churches, with the Southern Baptist Convention being the largest denomination by number of churches.[16] Columbus is also home to three Kingdom Halls for Jehovah's Witnesses, along with three mosques, two synagogues, and a Hindu Temple.

Economy[edit]

Companies headquartered in Columbus include Aflac, Carmike Cinemas, TSYS, Realtree, Synovus, and the W. C. Bradley Co.

Buildings[edit]

Aflac Tower in the Corporate Headquarters Main Campus. Midtown Columbus, Georgia

This is a list of the eight tallest buildings in Columbus.[17] [18]

#NameHeight in feetStoriesYear completed
1Columbus Consolidated Government Center235131973
2Aflac Building246191975
3The Ralston Addition12
4Corporate Center12910
5The Ralston Addition110101919
6The Ralston Addition91941
7The Ralston91914
8Columbus Regional Hospital9

Top employers[edit]

According to Columbus's 2009 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[19] the top employers in the city are:

#Employer# of Employees
1Fort Benning41,462
2Muscogee County School District6,200
3TSYS4,300
4Aflac4,100
5Columbus-Muscogee County Consolidated Government2,933
6Columbus Regional Healthcare System2,700
7Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia1,540
8Pezold Management1,500
9St. Francis Hospital1,470
10Synovus1,021

Arts and culture[edit]

Points of interest[edit]

Museums[edit]

Shopping[edit]

Columbus is served by one major indoor shopping mall, Peachtree Mall, which is anchored by major department stores Dillard's, Macy's, and J.C. Penney. The total retail floor area is 821,000 square feet (76,300 m2). Major strip malls include Columbus Park Crossing, which opened in 2003, and The Landings, which opened in 2005. Columbus is also served by The Shoppes at Bradley Park, a lifestyle center.

MidTown contains two of the city's early suburban shopping centers (the Village on 13th and St. Elmo), both recently renovated and each offering local shops, restaurants, and services.

Major venues[edit]

Golden Park, Columbus' oldest baseball park

Below is the list of major venues in the city of Columbus:

Historic Districts[edit]

Columbus is home to 8 historic districts, all listed in the NRHP. They are as follows:

Sports[edit]

ClubSportLeagueVenue
Columbus CottonmouthsIce hockeySouthern Professional Hockey LeagueColumbus Civic Center
Columbus LionsIndoor footballProfessional Indoor Football LeagueColumbus Civic Center
CSU CougarsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country/Track, Golf, TennisNCAA Division II (Peach Belt Conference)Columbus State University

Parks and recreation[edit]

Columbus is home to upwards of fifty parks, four recreation centers, four senior centers and parks, and Standing Boy Creek State Park, a 1,579 acres (6.39 km2) Georgia state park created by the executive order issued by then-Governor Sonny Perdue on January 21, 2004. It offers swimming, boating (on Lake Oliver), camping, hiking, and hunting.

Walking trails[edit]

Golf[edit]

Columbus is home to the following seven golf courses.[24]

Law and Government[edit]

Columbus Consolidated Government Center

Elected Officials[edit]

Mayor[edit]

City Council[25][edit]

District Attorney[edit]

Sheriff[edit]

Tax Commissioner[edit]

Clerk of Court[edit]

Crime[edit]

Columbus
Crime rates (2012)
Crime typeRate*
Homicide:17
Robbery:423
Aggravated assault:523
Total Violent crime:994
Burglary:2,709
Larceny-theft:7,711
Motor vehicle theft:846
Arson:28
Total Property crime:11,266
Notes
* Number of reported crimes per 100,000 population.
2012 population: 196,178
Source: 2012 FBI UCR Data

For 2012, Columbus had an overall crime rate of 441.9 per 100,000 residents;[30] this exceeds the national average of 301.1 crimes per 100,000 people by over 75%.

The rate for violent crimes was 620.8 per 100,000, compared to the national average of 301.1 per 100,000; murders and robberies exceeded the national average, while rapes and aggravated assaults were below the national average. Property-crime rates, such as burglaries, larceny and motor vehicle thefts, significantly exceeded the national average (7,229.8 in Columbus, compared to the national average of 3,906.1).

Education[edit]

Primary and secondary education[edit]

The Muscogee County School District holds grades pre-school to grade twelve, that consists of thirty-five elementary schools, twelve middle schools, and nine high schools.[31][32] The district has 2,068 full-time teachers and over 32,944 students.[33]

Libraries[edit]

Columbus Public Library

Columbus is served by four branches of the Chattahoochee Valley Libraries:

Higher education[edit]

Public[edit]

Private, For Profit[edit]

Media and communications[edit]

Columbus is served by the Columbus, Georgia Designated Market Area (DMA). Charter Communications, Comcast, Knology, and Mediacom provide cable television service. DirecTV and Dish Network provide direct broadcast satellite television including both local and national channels to area residents.

Newspapers[edit]

Radio[edit]

AM stations[edit]

FM stations[edit]

Television[edit]

Movie theaters[edit]

Infrastructure[edit]

Transportation[edit]

Airports[edit]

The following are public general aviation airports that operate in the metropolitan area:

The following are private general aviation airports that operate in the metropolitan area:

The following is a military aviation airport that operates in the metropolitan area:

Highways[edit]

U.S. Routes[edit]

Georgia State Routes[edit]

Public transit[edit]

METRA bus in MidTown

METRA Transit System is the primary provider of mass transportation in Muscogee County, currently operating nine routes in Columbus. The current public transportation services are operated as a function of the Columbus Consolidated Government under METRA.[35]

Greyhound Lines provides intercity bus service with the Columbus station located on Veterans Parkway, Downtown Columbus.[36]

Columbus Airport Shuttle Service provides luxury shuttle service between Columbus, Fort Benning, and the Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport.[37]

Groome Transportation is a ground transportation carrier that operates shuttle and charter services between Columbus and the Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport.[38]

Taxi cab and limousine services are provided by more than two-dozen companies throughout the Columbus area.

Healthcare[edit]

Doctors Hospital

Notable people[edit]

Spring Harbor Retirement Community, Columbus Georgia

The following people are closely associated with the city of Columbus, or one of its surrounding communities, and have garnered a level of national or international recognition. For a more comprehensive list of notable Columbus natives and residents, see People from Columbus, Georgia.

Sister cities[edit]

Columbus has four official sister cities:[95]

See also[edit]

Further Reading

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