Area Facts : Economic Facts

Average Apartment Rent

Based on HUD Fair Market Rates for Platte County:
1 Bedroom$430
2 Bedroom$517
3 Bedroom$754

Average Cost of Home

Columbus: $110,0000
Area Small Town Market- Based on 2009 figures: $76,856.00

Average Child Care Costs

There are 103 licensed day care facilities in Platte County/Columbus.
Columbus Area Child Care Association Referral Network. For available openings may call Barb Long, 402-563-1064 or Bonnie Schroeder, 402-564-2944

For one child in Platte County:
Average Age of ChildRate per hour
Infant$3.50
Toddler $2.50
Preschool$2.50
School Age$2.50 or $18/day

Average Electrical Utility Rate

Average cost per kilowatt hour for residential customers (2009). Loup Power is Columbus’ electrical supplier.
SupplierRate
Loup Power 6.1 cents
Nebraska7.6 cents
U.S. Public9.2 cents
U.S. Private10.8 cents

Unemployment

The average unemployment for Platte County is 3.24% over the past 5 years. The average unemployment is 3.56%, that occurred between 1999-2009, with the highest unemployment rate at 4.78% occurring in 2003.

Commuting

Under 15 minutes…that is how long of a commute you will have to get to your job! If you live within the City limits, it will seldom take you more than 15 minutes to get to another destination within the city. There are also some wonderful smaller communities within commuting distance of Columbus. Most are 30 minutes or less from Columbus. Over 3000 people commute to work in Columbus each day from the many surrounding communities in our area.

Population Trends

YearCityCounty
196012,47623,992
197015,47126,508
198018,06028,852
199019,48029,820
200020,97131,662
200520,82631,121
201022,11132,237
201222,50932,681


Updated 7-13