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Columbus, Mississippi - Basic Facts

The City of Columbus had a population of 23,421 as of July 1, 2016. Columbus ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Mississippi. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Columbus is located at latitude 33.508 and longitude -88.4136 in Lowndes County. The formal boundaries for the City of Columbus (see map below) encompass a land area of 22.09 sq. miles and a water area of 0.76 sq. miles. Lowndes County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 213 feet.

The City of Columbus (GNIS ID: 2404112) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Columbus is located within Supervisor District 5, a minor civil division (MCD) of Lowndes County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Columbus population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Columbus: Possum Town.

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Columbus, MS Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 23,421
Population in Households 22,209
Population in Familes 17,214
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,212
Population Density1 1,060
Diversity Index2 53


Total Households 9,599
Average Household Size 2.31
Family Households 5,710
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 11,197 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 4,575 (40.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 5,024 (44.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,598 (14.3%)
Median Home Value $107,363
Average Home Value $146,966


Median Household Income $29,977
Average Household Income $47,050
Per Capita Income $19,813
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.15% -0.09%
Households -0.03% 0.0%
Families -0.16% -0.19%
Median Household Income   1.76%
Per Capita Income   1.83%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Columbus, MS - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Columbus to the other 362 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Mississippi by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 17 96th
Population Density1 # 64 83rd
Diversity Index2 # 93 74th
Median Household Income # 223 39th
Per Capita Income # 131 64th

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