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Overview of Columbia, Tennessee, United States

Columbia, Tennessee, United States is the county seat of Maury County and has a total population of just over 33, 055 residents. Columbia is situated 45 miles south of Nashville. The city is widely known as "the Mule capital of the world" and celebrates Mule Day every April. The Columbia State Community College was the first community college in the state.

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  • Population: 33, 055
  • Population Density: 1, 116.8/mi²
  • Area: 29.6/mi²
  • Latitude: 35.615
  • Longitude: -87.044444
  • Weather: See Forecast
  • Elevation: 643 feet
  • Time Zone: Central Standard Time
  • Language: English
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History of Columbia, Tennessee

Columbia, TN was incorporated as a town in 1817. The city was for many years, county seat to the richest county for agriculture in the state. Columbia is a very popular tourist attraction that attracts residents and visitors alike, to the numerous historical sites such as, James K. Polk's Home, the Columbia Athenaeum, Mule Day, and nearby plantations.

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Columbia's Demographics

Columbia's total population has over 33, 055 residents. The cultural diversity of Columbia consists of 74.63% Caucasian and 21.13% African American. There are smaller percentages of Hispanic, Latino, Asian and Native American. The city's population density was 1, 116.8 people per square mile.

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Columbia's Climate

Columbia, TN's climate is warm and humid during the summer months when temperatures tend to be in the 80's. August is the warmest month of the year with an average temperature of 85.6 degrees Fahrenheit. The winter season is generally cold with temperatures dropping to 35.9. Columbia's annual precipitation is 42.16 inches. There is about 2.8 inches of snowfall each year.

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Education in Columbia, Tennessee

The main school district in the regional area is the Maury County School District. There are approximately 16 elementary schools, 11 middle schools, 11 high schools, 35 private schools and 11 public schools serving Columbia. The Columbia State Community College is a two-year local college in Columbia. It was founded in 1966 and is Tennessee's first community college.

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Transportation around Columbia, Tennessee

The Maury County Airport is the local airport serving the region.

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Tourism and Attractions of Columbia

See Columbia's fashion trends at the city's local shopping and retail centers, such as the Stones River Mall. Discover Columbia's amusement by going out to Theatre or an arts gallery. Grab a delicious meal at any of Columbia's local restaurants for that perfect dining experience. Afterwards, go on downtown to visit Columbia's bars and nightclubs.

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Surrounding Communities

  • Columbia
  • Ashwood
  • BethesdaBurwood
  • Chapel Hill
  • Culleoka
  • Duck River
  • Enterprise
  • Glendale
  • Gordonsburg
  • Hampshire
  • Lynnville
  • Mooresville
  • Mount Joy
  • Mount Pleasant
  • Rockdale
  • Sandy Hook
  • Santa Fe
  • Spring Hill
  • Theta
  • Thompsons Station
  • Waco
  • Williamsport

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Geography of Columbia, Tennessee

Columbia has a total area of 329.6 square miles with 0.03 square miles of it is water. Columbia is situated along the banks of the Duck River at the southern edge of the Nashville Basin with the higher elevated ridges of the Highland Rim located to the south and west of the city.

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Columbia's Government

Columbia's municipal mayor is William E. Gentner. The city is operated by an even-member City Council/City Manager which includes a Mayor and Vice Mayor. In each of the five wards, voters elect a council member, and the Mayor and Vice Mayor are elected by voters of the entire city. Each council member serves a four-year term. The City Manager is appointed by the council and has no term limit.

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Columbia's Economy and Industry

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Columbia's Culture and Significant Events

Mule Day is an annual event each April and is celebrated by the residents and visitors of Columbia. The celebration began in 1840 as a meeting for breeders. The event now attracts crowds of over 100,000 people and takes place over four days. There is also, traditional Appalachian food, music, dancing, and crafts featured during the event.

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Sports in Columbia, Tennessee

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Media of Columbia

The Columbia Daily Herald serves as a daily newspaper for Columbia and surrounding areas.

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