Columbus [†], the county seat of Platte County, is located in the east-central part of Nebraska near the confluence of the Platte and Loup Rivers. U.S. Highways 30 and 81 intersect in the city. Columbus is 75 miles northwest of Lincoln and 85 miles west of Omaha. The Columbus Micropolitan Statistical Area consists of Platte County.
East-west U.S. Highway 30 and north-south U.S. Highway 81 intersect in Columbus. Truck restrictions apply for off streets unless they are making deliveries. Interstate 80 is 54 miles south and Interstate 29 is 85 miles east of Columbus.
Columbus is served by a main line of the Union Pacific Railroad with 50 freight trains passing through the city daily. Switching is performed by a local switch crew in rail yards and train crews on the main line.
The Columbus Municipal Airport is utilized by both commercial and private aircraft. Air freight and air express services are available.
Columbus, a first-class city, has a mayor-council form of government with a city administrator. The mayor and council members are elected to serve four-year terms and the city administrator is appointed for a four-year term.
† Columbus Nebraska Community Guide, 2017, www.columbusne.us, accessed January, 2023.