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"Oasis on the Plains"

Colby is a city in Thomas County.

It is the county seat.

The community was named for J.R. Colby, settler who published the first newspaper in the county

The latitude of Colby is 39.395N. The longitude is -101.051W.

It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 3,156 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 5,244.


INCOME SNAPSHOT
Median household income
Local
$34,615
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Colby demographic reports
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 13. The number of murders and homicides was 0. The violent crime rate was 2.4 per 1,000 people.
Well-known residents have included:
· Marion Talley, opera singer
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Thomas County Fair - July 31-Aug. 4, 2007
  • Pickin' on the Plains Bluegrass Festival - July 20-22, 2007
Dates often change. Check Colby web sites and events links in the sections below.
Historic sites and museums: Prairie Museum of Art & History
Colleges and universities: Colby Community College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Colby demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Thomas County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 67701 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

42% of Colby residents report German ancestry, and 11% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Colby ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Colby was $18,872, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

24% of Colby residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Housing & real estate

Median rent in Colby, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $303.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $706.


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Libraries in Colby include Pioneer Memorial Library ... View libraries

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TV stations in Colby include KLBY.

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Thomas County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Colby political report.

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The average commute time for Colby workers is 11 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

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Hotels in Colby include Comfort Inn Colby, Crown Inn, Days Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Motel 6 Colby, Quality Inn, Super 8.

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