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Columbus, GA

Columbus, Georgia is a large city, situated in the western part of the state along the Alabama border, approximately 2 hours south of Atlanta. Columbus has a population of approximately 186,000 and is the primary city in its metropolitan area.

Located in Muscogee County, it was once the site of a Creek Indian Village. Since its origins as a modern community, the city has been a planned development from its initial settlement along the Chattahoochee River.

One of the most decisive factors in the city's economic and cultural development has been its proximity to the large military installation of Fort Benning, which borders the city along the south and southeast.

NEIGHBORHOODS AND DISTRICTS

The city's historic buildings are located in the center of Columbus. This area of central Columbus has undergone an extensive revitalization and development in the last decade, leading to the creation of a range of new commercial, residential and public buildings within the area.

Uptown Columbus, located along the Chattahoochee River, is the city's main entertainment district. It's home to a variety of unique shops, restaurants, and special events. Most housing options in uptown are apartment buildings and multi-unit complexes.

Two of the most expensive neighborhoods in Columbus are Green Island Hills and the Brookstone. Other neighborhoods include Highland Park and Lynn Hills/Lincoln Hills, which offer more affordable residential dwellings.

The Columbus real estate market also offers a range of apartment, condominium and townhome options. Slightly less than half of the city's residents are renters.

SHOPPING

Columbus is home to the Peachtree Mall, which has a plethora of stores and shops. The mall is also home to several major department stores.

For shoppers looking to spend some time outdoors, there are a range of unique boutiques and local shops and galleries located in the downtown Columbus area. This district is also home to talented artisans of all types, who produce such original goods as woodworks, stained glass, and pottery. The downtown also boasts a wide range of antique shops, restaurants, boutiques, and gift shops.

For more shopping centers, residents and visitors can frequent the Cross Country Plaza or the Main Street Village.

ECONOMY AND INDUSTRIES

Fort Benning, a United States Army base, is the source of numerous services and economic benefits to the city of Columbus.Major businesses based in Columbus include:

  • AFLAC Insurance: an insurance provider
  • TIC Federal Credit Union: a member-owned financial cooperative
  • Carmike Cinemas: an industry leader in digital cinema and 3D cinema
  • Char-Broil: a manufacturer of grills and outdoor cooking tools and supplies, originally founded in 1948.

SPORTS TEAMS

Columbus is home to two professional sports franchises:

  • The South Professional Hockey League's Columbus Cottonmouths, est. 1996
  • The American Indoor Football Association's Columbus Lions

At the same time, Columbus sports fans have the opportunity to cheer for a number of great professional sports teams in the greater Atlanta area:

  • Atlanta Falcons: National Football League team since 1965
  • Atlanta Hawks: National Basketball team since the 1940s
  • Atlanta Braves: one of the oldest teams in Major League Baseball
  • Atlanta Thrashers: National Hockey League team since 1997

EDUCATION

  • Columbus State University
  • Columbus Technical College
  • Chattahoochee Valley
  • University of Phoenix
  • Troy University
  • Georgia Military College
  • Beacon University
  • Southeastern Beauty School
  • Rivertown School of Beauty
  • Meadows Junior College
  • Calvary Christian Life Ministries

HOSPITALS AND HEALTH CARE

  • Columbus District Hospital
  • St. Francis Hospital
  • Medical Center Hospital
  • West Central Georgia Regional Hospital
  • Hughston Sports Medicine Hospital

FOR VISITORS

  • Historic Columbus Foundation
  • National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus
  • Coca-Cola Space Science Center
  • The Columbus Museum
  • The Columbus Civic Center
  • Chattahoochee Riverwalk
  • National Infantry Museum

EVENTS

  • Bed Race and Parade, which takes place in February
  • Broadway Springfest, which takes place in April
  • Commemorative Ceremony for FDR, which takes place in April
  • Riverfest, which takes place in May
  • Southern Watercolor Annual Exhibition, which takes place in June

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

  • The Columbus Symphony Orchestra
  • The Rankins Art Center
  • The River Center for the Performing Arts
  • The Springer Opera House

LOCAL MEDIA

  • Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
  • Landmark Military Newspapers
  • Baby 530
  • WTMQ 88.5
  • WTJB 91.7
  • WVRK 102.9
  • MANH 104.9
  • WFXE 104.9
  • WCGQ 107.3
  • WDAK 540
  • WSHE 1270
  • WRCG 1420
  • WEAM 1580
  • WTVM
  • WRBL
  • WLTZ
  • WCGT
  • WLGA
  • WXTX