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Columbus, Texas
—  City  —
Location of Columbus, Texas
Coordinates: 29°42′21″N 96°32′46″W / 29.70583°N 96.54611°W / 29.70583; -96.54611
Country United States
State Texas
County Colorado
 - Mayor Richard Heffley
 - Total 2.8 sq mi (7.3 km2)
 - Land 2.8 sq mi (7.3 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 203 ft (62 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 3,916
 - Density 1,387.5/sq mi (535.7/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 78934
Area code(s) 979
FIPS code 48-16168[1]
GNIS feature ID 1333156[2]

Columbus is a city in Colorado County, Texas, United States, 74 miles (119 km) west of Houston along Interstate 10, on the Colorado River. In 1890, 2,199 people lived in Columbus, Texas; in 1900, 1,824 residents existed. The population was 3,916 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Colorado County[3]. The town history includes the politically motivated Reese-Townsend feud of the late 19th century and early 20th century, which resulted in several people being killed in gunfights. The town's motto is "City of Live Oaks and Live Folks."



Columbus is located at 29°42′21″N 96°32′46″W / 29.70583°N 96.54611°W / 29.70583; -96.54611 (29.705822, -96.546223)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.9 square miles (7.3 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,916 people, 1,497 households, and 946 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,387.5 people per square mile (536.2/km²). There were 1,750 housing units at an average density of 620.1/sq mi (239.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 66.55% White, 19.94% African American, 0.36% Native American, 0.33% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 10.52% from other races, and 2.27% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 17.62% of the population.

There were 1,497 households out of which 28.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.8% were married couples living together, 14.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.8% were non-families. 33.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the city the population was spread out with 23.4% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 24.2% from 25 to 44, 19.6% from 45 to 64, and 24.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 88.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $29,175, and the median income for a family was $40,197. Males had a median income of $30,104 versus $19,077 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,822. About 15.5% of families and 20.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 32.7% of those under age 18 and 16.1% of those age 65 or over.

Notable People from Columbus

(All three Schobels were standout football players at TCU)

John Polach, Jr. - Contestant on "The Price is Right"


The City of Columbus is served by the Columbus Independent School District. The district includes Columbus Elementary (677 students, grades pre-kindergarten-5), Columbus Junior High (367 students, grades 6-8) and Columbus High School (521 students, grades 9-12).[8] Also in Columbus is Saint Anthony School, a private Catholic school with 176 students and grades pre-kindergarten through eight.[8]


Columbus, Texas Is also home to Texas Bible Institute, a branch of Burchfield Ministries International,

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