Situated in Georgia's Classic Heartland, Columbus is the second-largest city in the state, well-known for its unique attractions and southern hospitality. The city was the site of the final battle in the Civil War, and was once an important textile-manufacturing and industrial center. While maintaining its historical roots, Columbus has all the traits of a modern city, and includes a wealth of wonderful cultural and outdoor pursuits for visitors to enjoy.
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Housing StatisticsThe current population of the city is hovering around the 200,000 mark, with a slightly higher ratio of women over men, and a median age of roughly 33. The estimated income per household is about $40,000, with a per capita income of about half that. With relatively low rates of income, house prices are generally fairly low compared to other major cities. The current average sales price for a property is just over $186,000, with a median price of just $115,000. On average, home sales are at about 600 per month, although this has fluctuated greatly over the last few years, between less than 100 up to 1,000. Both rent to own houses and houses for sale are common in the city.
Arts and CultureThe city is a veritable mecca for cultural attractions and activities. For those who love theater, Bradley Theater and Liberty Theater, both located downtown, host a range of shows and performances throughout the year. For something a little more up-market, the Springer Opera House, a national historic landmark, provides year-round entertainment, while the Columbus Civic Center, a 10,000-seat arena, hosts, among others, the Columbus Cottonmouths hockey team, the Auburn University hockey team, and the Columbus Lions indoor football team. The city is also host to a range of interesting museums. The National Infantry Museum has a huge collection of military artifacts and art, while the National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus contains two original military vessels from the Civil War. For lovers of art and regional history, Columbus Museum is well worth a visit, while those looking for something a little more off-center might want to check out the Lunchbox Museum, a truly unique museum with the dubious honor of hosting the world's largest collection of lunchboxes. Finally, be sure to check out the Coca Cola Space Science Center, with its planetarium and seven flight simulators.
Outdoor ActivitiesColumbus has more than just cultural and artistic attractions -- it also offers a host of activities for lovers of the outdoors to enjoy. The city itself has roughly 50 parks, as well as four recreation centers, and Standing Boy Creek State Park. The latter, a Georgia State Park, covers over 1,500 acres and offers a range of outdoor activities, including swimming and boating in and on Lake Oliver, hiking, biking, camping, and hunting. The city also has a couple of well-known trails. The Chattahoochee RiverWalk is a 15-mile biking trail along the river, taking in much of the city and beyond, while the Black Heritage Trail is one of great historical significance. On top of this, the city also has a host of popular golf courses for lovers of the game, including the Bull Creek Golf Course and the Follow Me Golf Course, much of which is situated within Fort Benning.
Neighborhood GuideThe dozens of neighborhoods in Columbus are split into different major zones, including Downtown, East, North, and South Columbus, and Midtown. In total, there are more than 50 small neighborhoods and housing subdivisions that make up the structure of the city. Some of the most notable neighborhoods include:
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