Community Information

Columbus Welcomes You Home

Located in the southwestern part of Georgia along the meandering Chattahoochee River, Columbus is Georgia's third largest city. A growing, vibrant city rich in history, culture, and beautiful outdoor spaces, Columbus was ranked number four in Best Life Magazine's 100 Best U.S. Cities. Located just 1.5 hours from Atlanta and just four hours from the beautiful beaches of Florida’s panhandle and five hours from the historic coastal city of Savannah, Columbus offers easy access to all the state of Georgia and our wonderful country has to offer.


Whether you gravitate toward the bustle of an urban area or prefer the privacy of country living, Columbus has just what you need. Its vibrant downtown located along the Chattahoochee River offers a taste of city life, while a varied landscape of rolling hills on the north and flat plains on the south has the open space and outdoor activities people crave, including golf, tennis, swimming, boating, whitewater rafting, hiking, horseback riding and hunting, just to name a few. Columbus also is convenient to larger metropolitan areas, such as:

  • Atlanta and its International Airport (1.5 hours)
  • Birmingham, AL (3 hours)
  • Mobile, AL (4 hours)
  • Savannah (5 hours)
  • Panama City/Destin, FL (4 hours)


Columbus has a variety of public and private schools, as well as several institutions of higher learning nearby:

  • 35 elementary schools
  • 12 middle schools
  • Nine high schools
  • 15 private schools
  • Columbus State University, Columbus Technical College, and Troy State University, as well as convenient access to Auburn University (just 45 minutes away)

Cultural Opportunities

  • RiverCenter for the Performing Arts
  • Springer Opera House
  • Columbus Symphony Orchestra
  • Coca-Cola Space Science Center
  • Columbus Museum
  • National Infantry Museum
  • National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus

Outdoor Activities

  • Chattahoochee RiverWalk
  • 50 parks
  • Four recreation centers
  • Four senior centers and parks
  • Standing Boy Creek State Park and four other state parks
  • Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center
  • Black Heritage Trail
  • Pine Mountain Animal Safari
  • Longest urban whitewater rafting venue in the world (2013 completion)
  • Extensive bike trail throughout the city
  • 14 public and private golf courses
  • Callaway Gardens (35 miles)
  • Six area lakes
  • Four whitewater rivers
  • Seven public and 18 private tennis facilities
  • Swimming, boating, camping, hiking, and hunting
  • Local sports and recreation
  •   Columbus Cottonmouths (Southern Professional Hockey League)
  •   Columbus Lions (Professional Indoor Football League)
  •   Indoor ice skating
  •   Natatorium (2013 completion) 

Annual Regional Events

  • Thunder in the Valley Air Show
  • Callaway Gardens Spring Celebration, Hot Air Balloon Festival, Fantasy in Lights holiday event, Steeplechase, and Masters Water Ski Tournament
  • Cotton Pickin’ Country Fair
  • Miss Georgia Pageant
  • Independence Day celebrations
  • Columbus International Festival
  • Plains Peanut Festival
  • Arts on the River

Local Business and Industry

  • Fort Benning
  • Muscogee County School District
  • TSYS World Headquarters
  • Aflac World Headquarters
  • Columbus Regional Healthcare System
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia
  • Synovus
  • Carmike Cinemas Headquarters
  • And many more
As the region's leading provider of healthcare, Columbus Regional Health has touched the lives of most of the children and adults in this region through its comprehensive network of services. Located in the West Georgia city of Columbus, Columbus Regional was established in 1986 as a not-for-profit health services organization, but its roots can be traced back to 1836 when the local hospital was a small wooden building on the banks of the Chattahoochee River.