Columbus, Mississippi

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Population in 2017: 24,041 (96% urban, 4% rural).
Population change since 2000: -7.3%
 
Males: 11,105  (46.2%)
Females: 12,936  (53.8%)
Median resident age:

38.7 years
Mississippi median age:

37.5 years

Zip codes: 39702, 39705.

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Estimated median household income in 2017: $38,059 (it was $27,393 in 2000)
Columbus:

$38,059
MS:

$43,529

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $24,572 (it was $16,848 in 2000)

Columbus city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $126,145 (it was $67,900 in 2000)
Columbus:

$126,145
MS:

$120,200

Median gross rent in 2017: $727.

March 2019 cost of living index in Columbus: 81.0 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 27.2%
(12.1% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 36.5% for Black residents, 3.5% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 11.5% for American Indian residents, 12.4% for two or more races residents)
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  • Races in Columbus, MS (2017)
    • 15,58762.9%Black alone
    • 8,51234.3%White alone
    • 3371.4%Hispanic
    • 2871.2%Asian alone
    • 660.3%American Indian alone
    • 820.3%Two or more races
    • 210.08%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone
    • 210.08%Other race alone

Races in Columbus detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth



According to our research of Mississippi and other state lists, there were 123 registered sex offenders living in Columbus, Mississippi as of August 05, 2020.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Columbus is 202 to 1.


Crime rates in Columbus by year

Type

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

Murders
(per 100,000)
1
(4.0)
4
(16.4)
4
(16.7)
1
(4.2)
1
(4.2)
2
(8.5)
7
(29.5)
1
(4.2)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
4
(16.0)
4
(16.4)
8
(33.4)
16
(67.2)
9
(38.2)
1
(4.2)
9
(37.9)
4
(16.9)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
33
(132.3)
30
(123.3)
32
(133.5)
45
(189.1)
37
(156.9)
34
(143.8)
26
(109.6)
16
(67.7)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
41
(164.4)
23
(94.5)
22
(91.8)
35
(147.0)
34
(144.2)
46
(194.6)
39
(164.4)
79
(334.0)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
195
(781.7)
179
(735.5)
207
(863.7)
199
(836.1)
276
(1,171)
192
(812.3)
336
(1,416)
336
(1,421)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
1,045
(4,189)
841
(3,456)
817
(3,409)
725
(3,046)
836
(3,546)
730
(3,088)
784
(3,304)
773
(3,268)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
55
(220.5)
41
(168.5)
58
(242.0)
42
(176.5)
52
(220.6)
23
(97.3)
36
(151.7)
36
(152.2)
Arson
(per 100,000)
1
(4.0)
2
(8.2)
1
(4.2)
7
(29.4)
4
(17.0)
2
(8.5)
1
(4.2)
3
(12.7)
City-Data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 274.0)333.3305.1334.7342.8356.4290.5398.5351.5

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City-data.com crime index in Columbus, MS

Crime rate in Columbus detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2017, including police officers: 75 (63 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.58
Mississippi average:

0.77
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Ancestries: English (5.5%), American (5.1%), Irish (3.4%), German (1.9%), Scotch-Irish (1.8%), African (1.0%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Elevation: 200 feet

Land area: 21.4 square miles.

Population density: 1,123 people per square mile   (low).

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717 residents are foreign born (0.9% Africa, 0.4% Asia, 0.3% North America).

This city:

2.9%
Mississippi:

100.0%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $1,074 (0.8%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $743 (0.7%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Tuscaloosa, AL (54.8 miles , pop. 77,906).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Birmingham, AL (92.4 miles , pop. 242,820).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Houston, TX (484.9 miles , pop. 1,953,631).

Nearest cities:

New Hope, MS (2.5 miles ),
Columbus AFB, MS (3.0 miles ),
Macedonia, AL (3.5 miles ),
Ethelsville, AL (3.6 miles),
Caledonia, MS (3.7 miles ),
Artesia, MS (3.8 miles ),
West Point, MS (3.9 miles ),
New Hamilton, MS (4.1 miles )

Latitude: 33.50 N, Longitude: 88.42 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: +8,604 (+34.7%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 6,404 (65.3%)

Area code: 662

Distribution of median household income in Columbus, MS in 2017
Distribution of house value in Columbus, MS in 2017
Columbus satellite photo by USGS

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 42 buildings, average cost: $72,400
  • 1998: 34 buildings, average cost: $100,600
  • 1999: 33 buildings, average cost: $100,000
  • 2000: 30 buildings, average cost: $110,100
  • 2001: 32 buildings, average cost: $110,100
  • 2002: 35 buildings, average cost: $110,100
  • 2003: 38 buildings, average cost: $110,100
  • 2004: 34 buildings, average cost: $111,700
  • 2005: 19 buildings, average cost: $158,700
  • 2006: 32 buildings, average cost: $154,700
  • 2007: 42 buildings, average cost: $165,900
  • 2008: 23 buildings, average cost: $119,800
  • 2009: 9 buildings, average cost: $133,500
  • 2010: 9 buildings, average cost: $163,800
  • 2011: 4 buildings, average cost: $96,300
  • 2012: 4 buildings, average cost: $184,600
  • 2013: 7 buildings, average cost: $111,200
  • 2014: 9 buildings, average cost: $148,400
  • 2015: 9 buildings, average cost: $148,400
  • 2016: 24 buildings, average cost: $101,600
  • 2017: 17 buildings, average cost: $208,300
Number of permits per 10,000 Columbus, MS residents
Average permit cost in Columbus, MS
Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

5.2%
Mississippi:

4.8%
Unemployment by year
Historical population in Columbus, MS
Historical housing units in Columbus, MS
Most common industries in Columbus, MS (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Educational services (14.1%)
  • Construction (7.0%)
  • Health care (6.9%)
  • Accommodation & food services (6.7%)
  • Public administration (4.1%)
  • Finance & insurance (3.5%)
  • Food & beverage stores (3.1%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Construction (12.9%)
  • Educational services (5.8%)
  • Public administration (4.8%)
  • Wood products (4.1%)
  • Accommodation & food services (4.0%)
  • Health care (3.7%)
  • Finance & insurance (3.3%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Educational services (22.4%)
  • Health care (10.0%)
  • Accommodation & food services (9.5%)
  • Social assistance (5.4%)
  • Food & beverage stores (4.0%)
  • Department & other general merchandise stores (3.9%)
  • Miscellaneous manufacturing (3.8%)
Most common occupations in Columbus, MS (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (5.5%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (5.3%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (4.4%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (4.1%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (3.4%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (3.4%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (3.2%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (6.9%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (6.7%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (5.0%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (4.7%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (4.3%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (4.2%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (3.8%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (9.5%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (5.7%)
  • Cashiers (5.6%)
  • Information and record clerks, except customer service representatives (4.8%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (4.4%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (4.3%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (4.2%)

Average climate in Columbus, Mississippi

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Columbus, Mississippi environmental map by EPA

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Tornado activity:

Columbus-area historical tornado activity is near Mississippi state average. It is 108% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/3/1974, a category F5 (max. wind speeds 261-318 mph) tornado 28.0 miles away from the Columbus city center killed 28 people and injured 272 people.

On 4/3/1974, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 20.3 miles away from the city center killed 3 people and injured 178 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Columbus-area historical earthquake activity is near Mississippi state average. It is 78% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 1/18/1999 at 07:00:53, a magnitude 4.8 (4.8 MB, 4.0 LG, Depth: 0.6 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 67.3 miles away from the city center
On 6/24/1975 at 11:11:36, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 MB) earthquake occurred 36.4 miles away from the city center
On 3/25/1976 at 00:41:20, a magnitude 5.0 (4.9 MB, 5.0 LG, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 183.5 miles away from Columbus center
On 11/7/2004 at 11:20:21, a magnitude 4.4 (4.4 MB, 4.3 MW, 4.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 65.3 miles away from Columbus center
On 4/29/2003 at 08:59:39, a magnitude 4.9 (4.4 MB, 4.6 MW, 4.9 LG, Depth: 12.2 mi) earthquake occurred 173.9 miles away from the city center
On 10/24/1997 at 08:35:17, a magnitude 4.9 (4.8 MB, 4.2 MS, 4.9 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 177.6 miles away from Columbus center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Lowndes County (14) is near the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 14

Causes of natural disasters: Storms: 10, Tornadoes: 10, Floods: 7, Hurricanes: 2, Winds: 2, Freeze: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Columbus topographic map

Main business address for: BLACK WARRIOR WIRELINE CORP (OIL, GAS FIELD SERVICES, NBC).

Hospitals in Columbus:

  • BAPTIST MEM HOSP/GOLDEN TRIANGLE INC (Voluntary non-profit - Private, provides emergency services, 2520 5TH ST N)
  • COLUMBUS HOSPITAL INC (provides emergency services, 525 WILLOWBROOK RD)

Nursing Homes in Columbus:

  • AURORA HEALTH AND REHABILITATION (310 EMERALD DRIVE)
  • BAPTIST MEMORIAL HOSPITAL GT (2520 5TH STREET NORTH)
  • MAGNOLIA MANOR NH (2002 5TH ST)
  • THE WINDSOR PLACE (81 WINDSOR BOULEVARD)
  • TRINITY HEALTHCARE CENTER (230 AIRLINE ROAD)
  • VINEYARD COURT NURSING CENTER (2002 5TH STREET NORTH)

Dialysis Facilities in Columbus:

  • RCG COLUMBUS (GOLDEN TRIANGLE) (92 BROOKMOORE DR.)

Home Health Centers in Columbus:

  • GILBERTS HHA OF COLUMBUS (189 PARK CREEK DRIVE)
  • TOMBIGBEE HHA REGION 4C (400 A WILKINS WISE RD STE 1)

Airports and heliports located in Columbus:

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College/University in Columbus:

  • Mississippi University for Women (Full-time enrollment: 2,565; Location: 1100 College Street; Public; Website: www.muw.edu; Offers Doctor's degree)

Other colleges/universities with over 2000 students near Columbus:

  • Mississippi State University (about 22 miles; Mississippi State, MS; Full-time enrollment: 18,237)
  • East Mississippi Community College (about 47 miles; Scooba, MS; FT enrollment: 5,180)
  • Itawamba Community College (about 54 miles; Fulton, MS; FT enrollment: 5,489)
  • The University of Alabama (about 55 miles; Tuscaloosa, AL; FT enrollment: 30,931)
  • Shelton State Community College (about 56 miles; Tuscaloosa, AL; FT enrollment: 4,106)
  • University of West Alabama (about 65 miles; Livingston, AL; FT enrollment: 3,394)
  • Bevill State Community College (about 71 miles; Jasper, AL; FT enrollment: 2,970)

Public high schools in Columbus:

Private high schools in Columbus:

  • HERITAGE ACADEMY (Students: 499, Location: 625 MAGNOLIA LN, Grades: PK-12)
  • VICTORY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (Students: 325, Location: 100 VICTORY LOOP, Grades: PK-12)

Public elementary/middle schools in Columbus:

Private elementary/middle school in Columbus:

  • ANNUNCIATION CATHOLIC SCHOOL (Students: 129, Location: 223 N BROWDER ST, Grades: PK-8)
See full list of schools located in Columbus

Library in Columbus:

  • COLUMBUS-LOWNDES PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $855,658; Location: 314 NORTH 7TH STREET; 104,428 books; 2,157 audio materials; 1,453 video materials; 87 local licensed databases; 53 state licensed databases; 117 print serial subscriptions)

User-submitted facts and corrections:

  • WCBI TV is now owned by Morris Multi Media.
  • Please add Annunciation Catholic Church to your list of churches. It's been in Columbus since 1867.
  • Please add Friendship Cemetery to your listing. It is a historical cemetery and was where Memorial Day started, according to the Library of Congress.

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Columbus: Columbus Country Club (A), Columbus-Lowndes Industrial Park South (B), Columbus-Lowndes Industrial Park North (C), Lowndes County Fairgrounds (D), Lowndes County Riverside Industrial Park (E), Lowndes County Courthouse (F), Cady Hill Residential Treatment Center (G), Wisteria Place (H), Whitehall (I), White Arches (J), Twelve Gables (K), Themerlaine (L), Temple Heights (M), Taynore (N), Snowdoun (O), Shadowlawn (P), Rosewood Manor (Q), Riverview (R), Magnolia Hill (S), Leighcrest (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Shopping Centers: Fairlane Shopping Center (1), Gateway Shopping Center (2), Leigh Mall Shopping Center (3), Mid-City Shopping Center (4), University Mall Shopping Center (5). Display/hide their locations on the map

Main business address in Columbus: BLACK WARRIOR WIRELINE CORP (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Churches in Columbus include: Pleasant Ridge Church (A), Zion Gate Missionary Baptist Church (B), Wesley United Methodist Church (C), Victory Tabernacle (D), Tenth Street Baptist Church (E), South Side Missionary Baptist Church (F), Southside Baptist Church (G), Stephens Chapel Baptist Church (H), Sanders Chapel (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Sandfield Cemetery (1), Greenlawn Memorial Park (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

Reservoirs and swamps: Norris Lake (A), White Slu (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Magby Creek (A), Vernon Branch (B), Moore Creek (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Columbus include: Saunders Field (1), Propst Park (2), Lee Park (3). Display/hide their locations on the map

Tourist attractions: Columbus Convention & Visitors Bureau (Cultural Attractions- Events- & Facilities; 318 7th Street North) (1), T Caldwell LBR (Cultural Attractions- Events- & Facilities; 283 Badger Lane) (2), Jumper's Inflatables and Party Zone (Amusement & Theme Parks; 208 Conway Drive) (3), Wallace Amusement CO Inc (Amusement & Theme Parks; 605 Alabama Street) (4), Fairway Ice (Amusement & Theme Parks; 802 Moss Street) (5), Slip N Dip (Amusement & Theme Parks; 312 Lake Lowndes Road) (6), Columbus Historic Foundation (300 Main Street) (7), Columbus Lowndes Convention & Visitors Bureau (300 Main Street) (8), Tennessee Williams Welcome Center (300 Main Street) (9). Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

Hotels: Economy Inn (2206 Main Street) (1), Plaza Motel (243 Island Road) (2), Travelers Deluxe Motel (1001 Island Road) (3), Gilmer Inn (321 Main Street) (4), Motel 6 (1203 Highway 45 North) (5), Holiday Inn (1200 Highway 45 North) (6), Heritage Inn (1209 Highway 45 North) (7), Ramada Inn Columbus (506 Highway 45 N) (8), Days Inn (1133 Highway 45 North) (9). Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

Courts: Federal Bureau Of Investigation (605 2nd Avenue North) (1), Lowndes County - Justice Court- District Offices-Supervisors (11 Airline Road) (2), Lowndes County - Courthouse- Circuit Clerk Dept- Juvenile Detention- Youth Court- Colu (505 2nd Avenue North) (3). Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

Birthplace of: Andrew Wood (singer) - Musician, Guy M. Townsend - General, Jasmine Murray - Singer, Red Barber - Radio broadcaster, Tennessee Williams - (1911-1983), playwright, Henry Armstrong - Boxer, Jacob M. Dickinson - Confederate Army soldier, Bobby Richards - Football player, Charles Fredericks (actor) - Film actor, Doughboy Beatz - Record Producer.

Lowndes County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

Drinking water stations with addresses in Columbus and their reported violations in the past:

COLUMBUS LIGHT & WATER (Population served: 23,640, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between OCT-2008 and DEC-2008, Contaminant: Chlorine. Follow-up actions: St Formal NOV issued (FEB-05-2009), St Compliance achieved (MAR-31-2009)
  • 42 regular monitoring violations
EAST LOWNDES W/A #2-HUCKLEBERRY (Population served: 6,432, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 77 regular monitoring violations
EAST LOWNDES W/A B WEST-OLD YORKVILLE RD (Population served: 6,413, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 35 regular monitoring violations
EAST LOWNDES #4-HERMAN-VAUGHN (Population served: 4,870, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In DEC-2005, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (JAN-05-2006), St Public Notif requested (JAN-05-2006)
Past monitoring violations:
  • 72 regular monitoring violations
EAST LOWNDES W/A A EAST-OLD YORKVILLE (Population served: 3,818, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In NOV-2009, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (SEP-30-2009), St Formal NOV issued (DEC-07-2009), St Public Notif requested (DEC-07-2009), St Public Notif received (DEC-30-2009)
Past monitoring violations:
  • 72 regular monitoring violations
EAST LOWNDES W/A #1-LEE STOKES (Population served: 2,208, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 84 regular monitoring violations
RUBENS FISH HOUSE (Population served: 200, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 2 routine major monitoring violations
  • 3 regular monitoring violations

Drinking water stations with addresses in Columbus that have no violations reported:

  • EAST LOWNDES WATER ASSOCIATION (Serves AL, Population served: 372, Primary Water Source Type: Purch groundwater)
Average household size:
This city:

2.3 people
Mississippi:

2.6 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:

60.0%
Whole state:

69.0%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:

5.5%
Whole state:

5.7%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.3% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.2% of all households

People in group quarters in Columbus in 2010:

  • 513 people in college/university student housing
  • 411 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 225 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 40 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 33 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 25 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 14 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals and psychiatric units in other hospitals
  • 12 people in correctional facilities intended for juveniles
  • 10 people in group homes intended for adults

People in group quarters in Columbus in 2000:

  • 622 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 491 people in nursing homes
  • 201 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 127 people in hospitals or wards for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 76 people in homes for abused, dependent, and neglected children
  • 36 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 11 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 8 people in schools, hospitals, or wards for the intellectually disabled
  • 2 people in other nonhousehold living situations

Banks with branches in Columbus (2011 data):

  • Cadence Bank, N.A.: North Columbus Branch, Fairlane Branch, Center Road Branch, Columbus Branch, Bluecutt Branch. Info updated 2011/12/14: Bank assets: $3,909.7 mil, Deposits: $3,124.0 mil, headquarters in Birmingham, AL, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 112 total offices, Holding Company: Cadence Bancorp Llc
  • Trustmark National Bank: Gateway Center Branch, New Hope Branch, Leigh Mall Branch, Financial Center Branch, Columbus Main Branch. Info updated 2012/03/26: Bank assets: $9,612.1 mil, Deposits: $7,410.1 mil, headquarters in Jackson, MS, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 186 total offices, Holding Company: Trustmark Corporation
  • BankFirst Financial Services: Lehmberg Branch, University Mall Branch, Main Street Branch. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $718.9 mil, Deposits: $600.2 mil, headquarters in Macon, MS, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 14 total offices, Holding Company: Bankfirst Capital Corporation
  • Regions Bank: East Columbus Branch, Columbus Main Branch, 45 North Branch. Info updated 2011/02/24: Bank assets: $123,368.2 mil, Deposits: $98,301.3 mil, headquarters in Birmingham, AL, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 1778 total offices, Holding Company: Regions Financial Corporation
  • BancorpSouth Bank: Lehmberg Branch at 120 Lehmberg Road, branch established on 2000/05/08; Columbus Main Branch at 2220 Hwy 45 North, branch established on 1985/05/07. Info updated 2007/07/18: Bank assets: $12,990.3 mil, Deposits: $10,863.8 mil, headquarters in Tupelo, MS, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 271 total offices, Holding Company: Bancorpsouth, Inc.
  • The Citizens National Bank of Meridian: Columbus Branch at 2412 Highway 45 North, branch established on 1996/08/01; East Columbus Banking Centre Branch at 115 Lehmberg Road, branch established on 2001/01/08. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $1,115.7 mil, Deposits: $932.3 mil, headquarters in Meridian, MS, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 29 total offices, Holding Company: Citizens National Banc Corp.
  • Renasant Bank: Columbus Branch at 905 Main Street, branch established on 2010/11/17. Info updated 2012/02/10: Bank assets: $4,196.4 mil, Deposits: $3,416.0 mil, headquarters in Tupelo, MS, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 76 total offices, Holding Company: Renasant Corporation
  • Woodforest National Bank: Columbus Ms Branch at 1913 Highway 45 North, branch established on 2008/11/08. Info updated 2011/05/10: Bank assets: $3,488.9 mil, Deposits: $3,097.6 mil, headquarters in Houston, TX, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 766 total offices, Holding Company: Woodforest Financial Group Employee Stock Ownership Plan (With 401(K) Provisions)

For population 15 years and over in Columbus:

Marital status in Columbus, MS
  • Never married: 39.1%
  • Now married: 34.4%
  • Separated: 3.9%
  • Widowed: 10.4%
  • Divorced: 12.1%

For population 25 years and over in Columbus:

  • High school or higher: 81.5%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 21.4%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 9.1%
  • Unemployed: 10.4%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 19.5 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

12.1
Mississippi average:

11.6

Travel time (in minutes) to work in 2017
Means of transportation to work in 2017 - Columbus
Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Columbus, MS (based on Lowndes County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant26,55378
Black Protestant6,22534
Mainline Protestant5,27422
Catholic1,2451
Other5865
None19,896-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 16
Here:

2.69 / 10,000 pop.
Mississippi:

2.08 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
This county:

0.17 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.24 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 6
Lowndes County:

1.01 / 10,000 pop.
Mississippi:

0.80 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 54
Lowndes County:

9.08 / 10,000 pop.
Mississippi:

6.36 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 35
Here:

5.89 / 10,000 pop.
State:

5.03 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Lowndes County:

13.0%
Mississippi:

12.3%
Adult obesity rate:
Lowndes County:

33.0%
Mississippi:

33.1%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

12.4%
Mississippi:

14.4%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Here:

47.7%
Mississippi:

48.6%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
This city:

43.8%
Mississippi:

45.3%

Average BMI:
Columbus:

29.5
State:

29.2

People feeling badly about themselves:
Here:

20.6%
Mississippi:

20.7%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Here:

12.8%
State:

11.3%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Columbus:

6.7
State:

6.8

Overweight people:
Here:

34.9%
State:

34.6%

General health condition:
Columbus:

53.0%
Mississippi:

54.8%

Average condition of hearing:
Here:

80.1%
Mississippi:

79.9%

More about Health and Nutrition of Columbus, MS Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2016)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Electric Power 75$354,272$56,6849$16,674
Firefighters 54$220,510$49,0020$0
Police Protection - Officers 48$156,094$39,0247$5,199
Solid Waste Management 37$75,483$24,4810$0
Streets and Highways 27$69,863$31,0500$0
Other and Unallocable 20$56,112$33,6673$2,163
Police - Other 13$43,050$39,7380$0
Fire - Other 11$47,262$51,5590$0
Judicial and Legal 9$20,615$27,4871$830
Financial Administration 8$28,648$42,9720$0
Other Government Administration 4$20,095$60,2855$7,451
Parks and Recreation 3$10,055$40,2204$1,856
Health 3$7,704$30,8160$0
Housing and Community Development (Local) 2$7,794$46,7641$2,602
Welfare 1$2,555$30,6600$0
Totals for Government 315$1,120,112$42,67130$36,775

Columbus government finances - Expenditure in 2016 (per resident):

  • Construction - General - Other: $3,632,000 ($151.08)
    Regular Highways: $2,119,000 ($88.14)
    Water Utilities: $1,719,000 ($71.50)
    Parks and Recreation: $605,000 ($25.17)
    Air Transportation: $253,000 ($10.52)
  • Current Operations - Electric Utilities: $35,081,000 ($1459.22)
    Police Protection: $5,335,000 ($221.91)
    Local Fire Protection: $5,117,000 ($212.84)
    General - Other: $4,594,000 ($191.09)
    Water Utilities: $4,034,000 ($167.80)
    Sewerage: $2,421,000 ($100.70)
    Solid Waste Management: $2,318,000 ($96.42)
    Parks and Recreation: $1,735,000 ($72.17)
    Regular Highways: $1,063,000 ($44.22)
    Financial Administration: $885,000 ($36.81)
    General Public Buildings: $611,000 ($25.41)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $489,000 ($20.34)
    Central Staff Services: $464,000 ($19.30)
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $436,000 ($18.14)
    Housing and Community Development: $169,000 ($7.03)
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities - Other: $100,000 ($4.16)
    Air Transportation: $72,000 ($2.99)
  • Electric Utilities - Interest on Debt: $387,000 ($16.10)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $752,000 ($31.28)
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Electric Utilities: $1,825,000 ($75.91)
    Other - General - Other: $1,248,000 ($51.91)
    Other - Libraries: $331,000 ($13.77)
  • Intergovernmental to State - Regular Highways: $700,000 ($29.12)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Electric Utilities: $2,520,000 ($104.82)
    General - Other: $492,000 ($20.47)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $14,197,000 ($590.53)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $958,000 ($39.85)

Columbus government finances - Revenue in 2016 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $4,585,000 ($190.72)
    Solid Waste Management: $2,250,000 ($93.59)
    Other: $117,000 ($4.87)
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities: $61,000 ($2.54)
    Air Transportation: $15,000 ($0.62)
    Parks and Recreation: $4,000 ($0.17)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $986,000 ($41.01)
    Air Transportation: $259,000 ($10.77)
  • Local Intergovernmental - Highways: $692,000 ($28.78)
    Other: $70,000 ($2.91)
  • Miscellaneous - Fines and Forfeits: $678,000 ($28.20)
    General Revenue - Other: $382,000 ($15.89)
    Interest Earnings: $44,000 ($1.83)
  • Revenue - Electric Utilities: $38,244,000 ($1590.78)
    Water Utilities: $5,907,000 ($245.71)
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $9,350,000 ($388.92)
    Highways: $1,368,000 ($56.90)
    Other: $671,000 ($27.91)
  • Tax - Property: $8,449,000 ($351.44)
    Other Selective Sales: $1,735,000 ($72.17)
    Other License: $413,000 ($17.18)
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $106,000 ($4.41)
    Public Utilities Sales: $71,000 ($2.95)
    Alcoholic Beverage License: $32,000 ($1.33)

Columbus government finances - Debt in 2016 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $60,944,000 ($2535.00)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $59,414,000 ($2471.36)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $4,680,000 ($194.67)
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $3,243,000 ($134.89)

Columbus government finances - Cash and Securities in 2016 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $22,952,000 ($954.70)
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $4,511,000 ($187.64)

6.29% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($45,138 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.29%
Mississippi average:

6.54%

0.13% of residents moved from foreign countries ($1,112 average AGI)
Lowndes County:

0.13%
Mississippi average:

0.03%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Oktibbeha County, MS  0.55% ($57,190 average AGI)
from El Paso County, CO  0.37% ($33,234)
from Clay County, MS  0.28% ($27,797)


7.23% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($46,901 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.23%
Mississippi average:

6.87%

0.18% of residents moved to foreign countries ($1,413 average AGI)
Lowndes County:

0.18%
Mississippi average:

0.05%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Oktibbeha County, MS  0.53% ($31,177 average AGI)
to Monroe County, MS  0.24% ($56,314)
to Clay County, MS  0.21% ($35,705)
Businesses in Columbus, MS
NameCountNameCount
AT&T2Little Caesars Pizza1
Advance Auto Parts2Lowe's1
Applebee's1McDonald's2
Arby's1Motel 61
Ashley Furniture1New Balance1
AutoZone2Nike6
Bath & Body Works1Nissan1
Best Western1Office Depot1
Budget Car Rental1Old Navy1
Burger King1Papa John's Pizza1
Chevrolet1Payless1
Church's Chicken1Penske1
Comfort Inn1Pizza Hut4
Domino's Pizza1Popeyes1
Dunkin Donuts1RadioShack1
FedEx7Rite Aid2
Ford1Rue211
GNC1Ryan's Grill1
GameStop1SONIC Drive-In2
H&R Block2Sears3
Hardee's2Subway4
Holiday Inn1T-Mobile1
Honda1Taco Bell2
Hyundai1U-Haul4
JCPenney1UPS12
Jones New York1Vans1
KFC2Verizon Wireless2
Kmart1Waffle House1
Kroger1Walgreens1
La-Z-Boy1Walmart1
Lane Furniture1YMCA2

Strongest AM radio stations in Columbus:

  • WACR (1050 AM; 1 kW; COLUMBUS, MS)
  • WJWF (1400 AM; 1 kW; COLUMBUS, MS; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WCPC (940 AM; 50 kW; HOUSTON, MS; Owner: WCPC BROADCASTING CO., INC.)
  • WJOX (690 AM; 50 kW; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WAPI (1070 AM; 50 kW; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WDJC (850 AM; 50 kW; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: KIMTRON, INC.)
  • WVSA (1380 AM; 5 kW; VERNON, AL; Owner: LAMAR CTY. B/CING. CO., INC.)
  • WCRV (640 AM; 50 kW; COLLIERVILLE, TN; Owner: BOTT BROADCASTING COMPANY/TENNESSEE)
  • WSJC (810 AM; 50 kW; MAGEE, MS; Owner: FAMILY TALK RADIO)
  • WROB (1450 AM; 1 kW; WEST POINT, MS; Owner: BOB MCRANEY ENTERPRISES, INC.)
  • WKOR (980 AM; 1 kW; STARKVILLE, MS; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WJNT (1180 AM; 50 kW; PEARL, MS; Owner: BUCHANAN BROADCASTING CO., INC.)
  • WNSI (810 AM; 50 kW; JACKSONVILLE, AL; Owner: UNITED BROADCASTING NETWORK, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Columbus:

  • WMBC (103.1 FM; COLUMBUS, MS; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WKOR-FM (94.9 FM; COLUMBUS, MS; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WAJV (98.9 FM; BROOKSVILLE, MS; Owner: URBAN RADIO LICENSES, LLC)
  • WSYE (93.3 FM; HOUSTON, MS; Owner: JMD, INC.)
  • WSMS (99.9 FM; ARTESIA, MS; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP)
  • WZBQ (94.1 FM; CARROLLTON, AL; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WACR-FM (103.9 FM; COLUMBUS, MS; Owner: T & W COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION)
  • WWKZ (105.3 FM; ABERDEEN, MS; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WDXB (102.5 FM; JASPER, AL; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WMXU (106.1 FM; STARKVILLE, MS; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WMSU (92.1 FM; STARKVILLE, MS; Owner: URBAN RADIO LICENSES, LLC)
  • WALN (89.3 FM; CARROLLTON, AL; Owner: AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION)
  • WMSV (91.1 FM; STARKVILLE, MS; Owner: MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY)
  • WKBB (100.9 FM; WEST POINT, MS; Owner: BOB MCRANEY ENTERPRISES, INC.)
  • WTXT (98.1 FM; FAYETTE, AL; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WBEI (101.7 FM; REFORM, AL; Owner: APEX BROADCASTING INC.)
  • WMAB-FM (89.9 FM; ACKERMAN, MS; Owner: MISSISSIPPI AUTHORITY FOR EDUCATIONAL TV)
  • W213AY (90.5 FM; COLUMBUS, MS; Owner: PENSACOLA CHRISTIAN COLLEGE, INC.)
  • WQTP-LP (106.9 FM; COLUMBUS, MS; Owner: RTBT, LLC)
  • W213AS (90.5 FM; CARROLLTON, AL; Owner: WEST ALABAMA CHRISTIAN COMMS., INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Columbus:

  • W25AD (Channel 25; COLUMBUS, MS; Owner: TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK)
  • WCBI-TV (Channel 4; COLUMBUS, MS; Owner: COLUMBUS TELEVISION, INC.)
  • WTVA (Channel 9; TUPELO, MS; Owner: WTVA, INC.)
  • WKDH (Channel 45; HOUSTON, MS; Owner: SOUTHERN BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WCFT-TV (Channel 33; TUSCALOOSA, AL; Owner: TV ALABAMA, INCORPORATED)
  • WMAB-TV (Channel 2; MISSISSIPPI STATE, MS; Owner: MISSISSIPPI AUTHORITY FOR EDUCATIONAL TV)
  • WLOV-TV (Channel 27; WEST POINT, MS; Owner: LINGARD BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WDBB (Channel 17; BESSEMER, AL; Owner: WDBB-TV, INC.)
Fatal accident count
See more detailed statistics of Columbus fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2017 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 123Number of bridges
  • 2,500ft / 762mTotal length
  • $13,010,210,000Total costs
  • 1,026,425Total average daily traffic
  • 102,796Total average daily truck traffic
  • 886,452Total future (year 2032) average daily traffic
New bridges in Columbus, MS - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 31930-1939
  • 11940-1949
  • 81950-1959
  • 321960-1969
  • 301970-1979
  • 241980-1989
  • 171990-1999
  • 62000-2009
  • 22010-2018
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Columbus, MS
FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers: 2 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Columbus)
FCC Registered Antenna Towers: 339 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)
FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers: 4 (See the full list of FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers in Columbus, MS)
FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers: 8 (See the full list of FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers: 63 (See the full list of FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Microwave Towers: 37 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)
FCC Registered Paging Towers: 5 (See the full list of FCC Registered Paging Towers)
FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers: 18 (See the full list of FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers)
FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses: 171 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Columbus)

FAA Registered Aircraft: 81 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft in Columbus)

2002 - 2018 National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) incidents

    Fire incident distribution by year Based on the data from the years 2002 - 2018 the average number of fire incidents per year is 259. The highest number of reported fires - 406 took place in 2006, and the least - 43 in 2017. The data has a dropping trend.
    Fire incident types in Columbus, MS When looking into fire subcategories, the most incidents belonged to: Outside Fires (39.2%), and Structure Fires (34.7%).

    • Fire incident types reported to NFIRS in Columbus, MS
    • 1,72539.2%Outside Fires
    • 1,52834.7%Structure Fires
    • 76217.3%Mobile Property/Vehicle Fires
    • 3908.9%Other
See full National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Columbus, MS

Fire-safe hotels and motels in Columbus, Mississippi:

  • Ramada Inn - Columbus, 506 Hwy 45 N, Columbus, Mississippi 39701 , Phone: (662) 328-5202
  • Best Western Executive Inn - Columbus, 303 Shoney Dr, Columbus, Mississippi 39701 , Phone: (800) 528-1234
  • Comfort Inn, 1210 Hwy 45 N, Columbus, Mississippi 39705 , Phone: (662) 329-2422, Fax: (662) 329-2422
  • River Chase Inn, 2015 Military Rd, Columbus, Mississippi 39701 , Phone: (662) 328-6720, Fax: (662) 328-0843
  • Wingate by Wyndham, 129 Brickerton, Columbus, Mississippi 39701 , Phone: (662) 327-9999, Fax: (662) 329-1984
  • Days Inn Columbus MS, 1133 Hwy 45 N, Columbus, Mississippi 39705 , Phone: (662) 329-4545, Fax: (662) 329-3700
  • Americas Best Value Inn, 510 Hwy 45 N, Columbus, Mississippi 39701 , Phone: (662) 329-8788, Fax: (662) 329-8470
  • LaQuinta Inn & Suites, 1200 Hwy 45 N, Columbus, Mississippi 39705 , Phone: (662) 240-2454, Fax: (662) 328-0786
  • 6 other hotels and motels
All 14 fire-safe hotels and motels in Columbus, Mississippi
Most common first names in Columbus, MS among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
James43270.5 years
Mary39478.0 years
William35472.8 years
John32273.2 years
Willie25370.7 years
Robert22170.0 years
Annie19978.6 years
George15473.4 years
Thomas13672.5 years
Charles12469.8 years
Most common last names in Columbus, MS among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Jones22573.1 years
Williams21572.3 years
Smith18474.9 years
Brown17076.0 years
Johnson14774.2 years
Harris14473.4 years
Taylor9771.3 years
Davis9575.1 years
Richardson8873.9 years
Moore8576.4 years
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Columbus, MS
  • 50.0%Electricity
  • 45.5%Utility gas
  • 2.5%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 1.5%Wood
  • 0.3%No fuel used
  • 0.2%Other fuel
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Columbus, MS
  • 66.1%Electricity
  • 33.1%Utility gas
  • 0.6%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 0.3%Wood


Columbus compared to Mississippi state average:

  • Unemployed percentage below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage above state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.

Columbus on our top lists:

  • #45 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of people in hospitals or wards for drug/alcohol abuse (population 1,000+)"
  • #78 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of people in homes for abused, dependent, and neglected children (population 1,000+)"
  • #89 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: accommodation and food services (population 5,000+)"
  • #75 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents relocating to foreign countries in 2011 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #79 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents relocating from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #83 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the smallest number of people without health insurance coverage in 2000 (pop. 50,000+)"
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