Columbus, Georgia is the 2nd largest city in the entire state. Columbus is the county seat of Muscogee County, and it has a population of 198,413. Its metropolitan area is even larger, coming in at 310,531 people. When combined with the nearby cities of Auburn and Opelika, that metro area increases to nearly half of a million people. Columbus has won various national awards, including being #4 on Best Life Magazine’s Top 100 places to raise a family.