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Columbus, Indiana

Columbus is a city located in Bartholomew County, Indiana. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 39,059. It is a small city approximately 40 miles south of Indianapolis, and is the county seat of Bartholomew County6.

Columbus is famous for its architectural designs. Public buildings and statues, designed by such individuals as Eero Saarinen, I.M. Pei, and others, are found throughout the city. Some of the noted works in Columbus include:

Columbus is also the home of several companies, including Cummins Engine Company and ArvinMeritor Industries.


Columbus is located at 39°12'50" North, 85°54'40" West (39.213998, -85.911056)

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 68.3 km² (26.4 mi²). 67.2 km² (26.0 mi²) of it is land and 1.1 km² (0.4 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 1.59% water.


As of the census2 of 2000, there are 39,059 people, 15,985 households, and 10,566 families residing in the city. The population density is 581.1/km² (1,505.3/mi²). There are 17,162 housing units at an average density of 255.3/km² (661.4/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 91.32% White, 2.71% African American, 0.13% Native American, 3.23% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 1.39% from other races, and 1.19% from two or more races. 2.81% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 15,985 households out of which 31.8% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.9% are married couples living together, 11.0% have a female householder with no husband present, and 33.9% are non-families. 29.1% of all households are made up of individuals and 10.7% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.39 and the average family size is 2.94.

In the city the population is spread out with 25.7% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 29.5% from 25 to 44, 23.0% from 45 to 64, and 13.7% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 36 years. For every 100 females there are 92.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 89.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $41,723, and the median income for a family is $52,296. Males have a median income of $40,367 versus $24,446 for females. The per capita income for the city is $22,055. 8.1% of the population and 6.5% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 9.7% are under the age of 18 and 8.8% are 65 or older.