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Columbia, Mississippi - Basic Facts

The City of Columbia is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Marion County at latitude 31.2569 and longitude -89.8254. Marion County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 141 feet.

The formal official name is the City of Columbia, but most people and references simply refer to it as Columbia, Mississippi.

The P1 Census Class Code for Columbia indicates a populated place that is also an incorporated place with the same name and the same census code. The Incorporated Place has a Functional Status Code "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The formal boundaries for the City of Columbia (see map below) encompass a land area of 6.75 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Columbia: Lotts Bluff.

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Columbia, MS Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 6,525
Population in Households 5,840
Population in Familes 4,690
Population in Group Qrtrs 685
Population Density1 966
Diversity Index2 55


Total Households 2,376
Average Household Size 2.46
Family Households 1,510
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 2,829 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,462 (51.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 914 (32.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 453 (16.0%)
Median Home Value $114,858
Average Home Value $152,156


Median Household Income $30,495
Average Household Income $53,352
Per Capita Income $19,908
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population -0.2% -0.44%
Households -0.38% -0.5%
Families -0.14% -0.67%
Median Household Income   2.91%
Per Capita Income   1.37%
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.


Columbia, MS - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Columbia to the other 362 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Mississippi by rank and percentile using July 1, 2014 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 # 59 84th
Population Density1 # 76 79th
Diversity Index2 # 57 85th
Median Household Income # 219 40th
Per Capita Income # 94 74th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Mississippi Census Data Comparison Tool.