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Columbus, Kentucky
—  City  —
Location of Columbus, Kentucky
Coordinates: 36°45′37″N 89°6′10″W / 36.76028°N 89.10278°W / 36.76028; -89.10278
Country United States
State Kentucky
County Hickman
 - Total 0.4 sq mi (1.1 km2)
 - Land 0.4 sq mi (1.1 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 459 ft (140 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 229
 - Density 558.6/sq mi (215.7/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 42032
Area code(s) 270
FIPS code 21-16768
GNIS feature ID 0489887

Columbus is a city in Hickman County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 229 at the 2000 census.



Columbus is located at 36°45′37″N 89°6′10″W / 36.76028°N 89.10278°W / 36.76028; -89.10278 (36.760176, -89.102840)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.1 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 229 people, 95 households, and 60 families residing in the city. The population density was 558.6 people per square mile (215.7/km²). There were 110 housing units at an average density of 268.3/sq mi (103.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 77.29% White, 17.90% Black or African American, 2.18% from other races, and 2.62% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.80% of the population.

There were 95 households out of which 27.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.5% were married couples living together, 12.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.8% were non-families. 31.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 3.11.

In the city the population was spread out with 23.1% under the age of 18, 13.5% from 18 to 24, 26.2% from 25 to 44, 24.0% from 45 to 64, and 13.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 102.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $25,313, and the median income for a family was $29,844. Males had a median income of $21,667 versus $14,500 for females. The per capita income for the city was $11,766. About 5.1% of families and 9.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.5% of those under the age of eighteen and 8.3% of those sixty five or over.


During the presidency of Thomas Jefferson, a fire in Washington, D.C. prompted Jefferson to propose that the U.S. capital be moved to the more centrally-located city of Columbus. The proposal failed in the Senate by a single vote.[3]

In 1878, American railroad legend Casey Jones got his first job with the railroad here, working as a telegrapher for the Mobile and Ohio Railroad. He was 15.


Civil War

Columbus's most notable moment in American history came perhaps in September 1861, during the Civil War, when it was seized by Confederate forces and a large anchor chain was stretched from Its side of the river to Belmont. Columbus-Belmont State Park commemorates the events that ensued.

In 1928, a flood covered the city of Columbus. The new Columbus, resides above the bluff and some of the original homes were saved and moved inland.


  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  3. ^ Bailey, Bill (1995). "Columbus-Belmont State Park". Kentucky State Parks. Saginaw, Michigan: Glovebox Guidebooks of America. ISBN 1881139131.  

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