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Columbus included on ’best small town in America’ list

The secret’s out – Columbus is considered one of the best and most affordable small towns to live in.

Columbus was ranked No. 8 in the country on an online real estate source’s list published June, 14, 2022, titled “The Top 10 Affordable Small Towns Where You’d Actually Want To Live, 2022 Edition.”

The list states the Pawnee Plunge water park, lakeside trails, its live music scene, horse racing and growing downtown district featuring numerous boutiques, craft cocktail bars, bistros and steakhouses are among its greatest attractions.

Its proximity to Omaha (about 90 minutes northwest) was also touted.

“It doesn’t surprise me whatsoever. Columbus is one of the best-kept secrets,” said kwELITE Real Estate Broker and Owner Renee Mueller, who is also a Columbus native. “The most industry per capita, numerous businesses that have headquartered here, a thriving commercial sector with several new slated for 2022-2023, and the infrastructure almost completed between Columbus and Omaha, which helps businesses in both areas” (U.S. Highway 30 is being transformed into a four-lane highway between Columbus and Omaha in both directions that will significantly improve travel).

Columbus is certainly on the come up. The list doesn’t even factor in the Andrew Jackson Higgins National Memorial that brings thousands of people to town from all over the world each year, various local festivals or the recently-built police and fire stations.

The community’s growth is further proven by the ongoing efforts of the Community Building Project, a three-story structure currently in development downtown that will house the public library, the Columbus Area Arts Council, a children’s museum, coffee shop, city hall and more when completed.

Additionally, Harrah’s previously announced its plans for a new casino and racetrack located on land on the west side of town off Highway 81 that will have a new 1-mile horse racing surface, a 40,000-square-foot-casino, and a sportsbook with more than 400 slot machines and 20 table games, as well as a restaurant and retail space.

Couple it with numerous housing projects in development that should vastly improve housing options in Columbus for buyers and renters.

Elk Horn, Oklahoma, took the top spot on the list. Other towns included were Albert Lea, Minnesota (2); Jamestown, North Dakota (3); Macomb, Illinois (4); Spirit Lake, Iowa (5); Madison, Indiana (6); Sweetwater, Texas (7); Iron Mountain, Michigan (9) and Berlin, New Hampshire (10). 
Columbus was the only Nebraska town featured.

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