A Serene Retreat with a Rich Sense of Community and Adventure.

Welcome to Columbus

Columbus is a charming neighborhood that perfectly captures the essence of hip country living. This rural enclave is known for its strong sense of community and the breathtaking beauty of its natural surroundings. Nestled near rivers and mountains, Columbus is a haven for those seeking tranquility and a connection with nature. The peacefulness of the community is complemented by the friendly, welcoming nature of its residents, making it more than just a place to live — it's a place to belong.
The neighborhood's location offers the convenience of easy access to larger cities like Billings and Bozeman via the interstate, making it an ideal spot for those who appreciate rural living but still want to stay connected to urban amenities. However, residents embrace the rural lifestyle fully, appreciating the slower pace of life and the close-knit community feel. Columbus is perfect for those looking for a retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life, offering a peaceful respite amidst stunning natural beauty.

What to Love

  • Scenic Beauty: Surrounded by mountains and rivers, offering stunning views.
  • Community Spirit: A strong sense of belonging and friendly neighbors.
  • Outdoor Adventures: Access to a variety of activities like fishing, boating, and hiking.
  • Rural Charm: The peace and tranquility of country living.
  • Convenient Location: Proximity to larger cities while retaining a rural feel.

Local Lifestyle

Life in Columbus is characterized by its laid-back, rural pace and a strong community bond. Residents here cherish the natural beauty that surrounds them, often partaking in outdoor activities like fishing in the Yellowstone River or hiking in the nearby mountains. The neighborhood's small-town feel means that neighbors know each other and gather for community events, creating a warm and inclusive atmosphere. This blend of serene rural living and a tight-knit community makes Columbus an ideal place for those seeking a peaceful lifestyle with a sense of belonging.

Dining and Entertainment

Columbus offers a delightful mix of dining options that cater to a variety of tastes. Blissful Blowz and The Beartooth Beanery are local favorites for casual dining and coffee. For a more traditional dining experience, Uncle Sam’s Eatery and Stageline Pizza offer delicious meals in a cozy setting.
Entertainment in Columbus revolves around its natural attractions and community events. 307 Bar, Grill & Casino provides a lively atmosphere for an evening out, while Beasestone Cafe and Grand Fortune Restaurant are great spots for family gatherings. The New Atlas Bar is a notable local hangout, offering a glimpse into the neighborhood's vibrant social life.

Things to Do

Outdoor and cultural activities are plentiful in Columbus. The Nitro National Hill Climbs and Montana Silversmiths showcase the area's unique events and local talents. For adventure enthusiasts, white water rafting in the Stillwater River and floating down the Yellowstone River offer exhilarating experiences.
The neighborhood also boasts several parks and historical sites. Granite Peak Park offers beautiful green spaces for relaxation and recreation. The Museum of the Beartooths provides a cultural excursion, offering insights into the local history and heritage.


Education in Columbus is centered around the Columbus Public School K-12, which caters to the educational needs of local children. The school is known for its commitment to providing a comprehensive and engaging learning experience, ensuring students are well-prepared for their future endeavors.
Columbus is a neighborhood that offers a perfect blend of rural charm, community spirit, and outdoor adventure. It's a place where the beauty of nature meets the warmth of community living, making it an ideal destination for those seeking a peaceful, yet fulfilling lifestyle.

Overview for Columbus/Absarokee, MT

4,038 people live in Columbus/Absarokee, where the median age is 47.4 and the average individual income is $41,490. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Demographics and Employment Data for Columbus/Absarokee, MT

Columbus/Absarokee has 1,631 households, with an average household size of 2.4. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Columbus/Absarokee do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 4,038 people call Columbus/Absarokee home. The population density is 13.16 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Around Columbus/Absarokee, MT

There's plenty to do around Columbus/Absarokee, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Big Fat Lunchbox, Uncle Sam's Eatery, and Grand Fortune Restaurant.

Name Category Distance Reviews
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Dining · $ 0.85 miles 9 reviews 4.8/5 stars
Dining 1.1 miles 14 reviews 4.7/5 stars
Dining · $ 1.02 miles 19 reviews 4.3/5 stars
Dining 1.2 miles 2 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 1.01 miles 2 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 0.86 miles 3 reviews 4.7/5 stars
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