Dubbed "The Fountain City," the Columbus, GA-AL metropolitan area offers a unique combination of major economical and employment opportunity in the comfort of a small but growing location. Included in the Columbus, GA-AL region are the counties of Russell, AL and Chattahoochee and Muscogee, GA. With a total population of just over 239,000 residents in the border area, the largest city in this region is Columbus, with just over 185,000 residents.
In 2004, this part of Georgia and Alabama boasted an average personal income of $27,909. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Economic Analysis, the average Columbus, GA-AL resident earns 85% of the national average. Average income has grown an even 5% from 2003 to 2004, compared to a 4.1% increase in the national average.
Major employers of the work force of Columbus, GA-AL include the United States Army at Fort Benning, insurance giant AFLAC, and the W.C. Bradley Company. Columbus, GA-AL also makes its own employment opportunities with the Muscogee County School District and the Columbus Regional Healthcare System.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the following occupations as being key factors to the economic development of the Columbus, GA-AL area:
- Office and administrative support
- Sales managers and representatives
- Production technicians
- Education and training
- Healthcare practitioners and technicians
The following industries make up a smaller percentage of employment opportunities in the Columbus, GA-AL region:
- Veterinarians and technicians
- Rehabilitation specialists
- Real estate brokers
- Advertising and promotions managers
- Speech language pathologists
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