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Overview

Introduction to Columbia, Mississippi

Columbia, Mississippi, in Marion county, is 75 miles S of Jackson, Mississippi and 90 miles N of New Orleans, Louisiana.

Columbia History

Columbia was first settled in by Europeans in the early 1800s by John and William Lot. It was originally named Lott's Bluff. It was incorporated on June 25, 1819, when it adopted its current name. Columbia is the fourth oldest municipality of Mississippi. In November, 1821, it became the temporary capital of the state, which it held the title of until 1822.

Columbia and nearby Attractions

  • Columbia Water Park
  • Westerfield Little League Ball Park
  • Columbia Country Club
  • Paul B. Johnson State Park
  • Percy Quin State Park

Things To Do In Columbia

The Columbia Country Club is also apt for the golf lovers. The Columbia Valley Methodist Church, North Columbia Baptist Church, Columbia Presbyterian Church and North Columbia Church of God are some of the local churches. The city also hosts the Legends of Bluegrass and Country Music Festival every year.

Columbia Transportation

Jackson International is the nearest major airport.

Columbia Higher Education

The University of Southern Mississippi, Jones County Junior College and Pearl River Community College provide higher educational facilities.

People

Total Population 6,367
Male Share of the Population 46.2%
Female Share of the Population 53.8%
Senior Citizens 17.6%
Employed Population 16+ 1,913
Age of the Population 34

Families

% of people married 31.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 15%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $27,135
% Above Poverty Level 58.4%
% Below Poverty Level 41.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 34 minutes
% Working from Home 3.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.1%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 35%
Median Gross Rent $632
Median House Value $84,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 44.6%
US/American 0%
English 2.2%
Irish 5.9%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Columbia Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 75 miles S of Jackson, Mississippi (center to center)
Nearest Large City 90 miles N of New Orleans, Louisiana
County Marion
Standard Zip Codes 39429
Phone Area Codes 601
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 31.251
Longitude -89.837

Columbia Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station COLUMBIA
Distance 0.3 miles
Jan Temp 37 to 59 F
Apr Temp 53 to 77 F
Jul Temp 71 to 92 F
Oct Temp 53 to 79 F
Annual Precip 63.9 inches
Station TYLERTOWN 2 WNW
Distance 21.6 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 60 F
Apr Temp 54 to 77 F
Jul Temp 71 to 91 F
Oct Temp 55 to 80 F
Annual Precip 63.7 inches
Station BOGALUSA
Distance 32.4 miles
Jan Temp 38 to 60 F
Apr Temp 54 to 78 F
Jul Temp 72 to 92 F
Oct Temp 54 to 80 F
Annual Precip 64 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bassfield 272 $33,750
Prentiss 1,193 $33,846
Sumrall 1,714 $61,513
Tylertown 1,641 $31,667

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Columbia Public Libraries

Library
South Mississippi Regional Library
900 BROAD STREET
Columbia, Mississippi
(601) 736-5516
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Columbia Hospitals

MARION GENERAL HOSPITAL
(Government - Local)
1560 SUMRALL RD P O BOX 630
(601) 736-6303
Emergency Service: Yes

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Columbia High Schools

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COLUMBIA HIGH SCHOOL
1009 BROAD STREET
601-736-5334
Serves 509 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17

EAST MARION HIGH SCHOOL
527 EAST MARION SCHOOL ROAD
601-736-5100
A Title I School.
Serves 295 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.8

EAST COLUMBIA HIGH SCHOOL
1730 HWY 44
601-736-4591
Serves 104 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.1

MARION CO VOC COMPLEX
1140 HIGHWAY 13 SOUTH
601-736-6095
A Vocational School

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