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Columbus, Mississippi - Basic Facts

The City of Columbus had a population of 23,596 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Columbus: Possum Town.

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Columbus, MS Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 23,596
Daytime Population: Workers 19,148
Daytime Population: Residents 14,162
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 33,310
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.41
Population in Households 22,285
Population in Familes 17,221
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,311
Population Density2 1,068
Diversity Index3 53


Median Household Income $30,707
Average Household Income $48,589
Per Capita Income $20,353


Total Housing Units 11,190 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 4,424 (39.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 5,179 (46.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,587 (14.2%)
Median Home Value $110,438
Average Home Value $142,620


Total Households 9,603
Average Household Size 2.32
Family Households 5,704
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population -0.03% -0.01%
Households -0.02% 0.06%
Families -0.15% -0.13%
Median Household Income   0.78%
Per Capita Income   1.59%

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, 2017 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 # 16 96th
Population Density # 60 84th
Diversity Index # 97 73rd
Median Household Income # 237 35th
Per Capita Income # 139 62nd

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