Columbus, Georgia, City and Higher Education Information

Columbus, Georgia, is the 2nd-largest city in the state, after Atlanta. A regional economic center, Columbus is home to a university, technical college, military school and other specialty and career schools. Read about its cultural attractions, jobs and schools here.

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About Columbus, Georgia

Located near the western border of the state, Columbus, Georgia, is the county seat for Muscogee County and has a population of 200,887 residents, based on 2014 U.S. census estimates. Over 46% of the population is white, nearly 46% is African American and over 6% is Hispanic, according to 2010 census info.

Numerous cultural attractions are found in the area, including the Columbus Museum, the Coca-Cola Space Science Center, Callaway Gardens and the National Civil War Naval Museum. The city also has professional sports teams, such as the Columbus Catfish minor league baseball team and the NBA development team, Columbus Riverdragons. Columbus's southern location means the city enjoys a temperate climate year-round. In the winter, the mean temperature is over 50 degrees, allowing residents to enjoy most outdoor activities regardless of the season.

Higher Education Facts

Columbus has seven postsecondary education institutions. Columbus State University has the largest enrollment of these schools, with about 8,200 full-time students pursuing a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees. It was ranked 62nd in the online MBA programs ranking for 2016 by U.S. News & World Report.

Columbus Technical College, a 2-year school, is also located here and has programs for around 3,600 students. It offers certificates, diplomas and associate's degrees in nursing, business, health sciences and more. Georgia Military College, a 2-year public school, also has a campus in Columbus. Additional schools in Columbus are proprietary institutions offering career or specialty programs.

Economic and Employment Information

The health care and social assistance industry accounts for nearly 15,000 of the jobs held by working residents in Columbus, according to 2012 census data. Other primary industries include finance, insurance, retail trade and accommodation and food services

Major employers in the city include Fort Benning, Columbus Regional Healthcare Systems, Muscogee County School District, TSYS, AFLAC and Columbus Consolidated Government.

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