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Overview

Introduction to Columbus, Mississippi

Columbus, Mississippi, in Lowndes county, is 53 miles W of Tuscaloosa, Alabama and 147 miles SE of Memphis, Tennessee. The city is home to some 25,944 residents.

Columbus History

Columbus was informally named Possum Town in its beginning. It was founded in 1821. Silas McBee named Columbus after Italian explorer Christopher Columbus. The Franklin Academy was the first school established in the city. It was also the first public school of the state. Columbus served as a hospital town during the Civil War. The Columbus Air Force Base was established during World War II.

Columbus and nearby Attractions

  • Lake Lowndes State Park
  • Leigh Mall Shopping Center
  • Waverley Plantation Mansion
  • Blewett - Harrison - Lee Museum
  • Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum

Things To Do In Columbus

While in Columbus, one can visit the Lake Lowndes State Park, which offers facilities for hiking, camping, canoeing and horseback riding. The Lee Park, Saunders Field and Propst Park are some of the local parks. The Mid-City Shopping Center, University Mall Shopping Center, Gateway Shopping Center, Fairlane Shopping Center and Leigh Mall Shopping Center are the local shopping centers. Golfers can enjoy a round at the Columbus Country Club and the Elm Lake Golf Club.

Columbus Transportation

Golden Triangle Airport is nearby.

Columbus Higher Education

Mississippi University for Women is located in Columbus. Residents can also attend Mississippi State University, the University of Alabama and Itawamba Community College.

Demographics

People

Total Population24,833
Male Share of the Population46.2%
Female Share of the Population53.8%
Senior Citizens16.3%
Employed Population 16+9,671
Age of the Population38

Families

% of people married32.5%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher21.4%
Median Earnings25+$24,473
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$19,405
Median Earnings With High School Degree$20,853

Wealth

Median Family Income$41,162
% Above Poverty Level72.8%
% Below Poverty Level27.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time19 minutes
% Working from Home1.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work2%
% Using Public Transportation0.1%

Housing

People Living Alone37.5%
Median Gross Rent$709
Median House Value$102,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)62.3%
English8.3%
Irish7.1%
German4.8%
African1.5%
Scottish1.2%
Dutch0.9%
Italian0.8%
French Except Basque0.8%
Ethiopian0.6%
Welsh0.3%
Arab0.2%
Portuguese0.2%
Polish0.2%
Swedish0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Norwegian0.1%
Russian0.1%
Canadian0.1%
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Columbus Almanac

CategoryValue
County Lowndes County
Standard Zip Codes39702, 39705, 39701
P.O. Box Zip Codes39703, 39704
Company Zip Codes39710
Phone Area Codes662
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude33.44
Approximate Longitude-88.34

Columbus Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationCOLUMBUS LUXAPALLILA
Distance2.1 miles
Jan Temp32 to 54 F
Apr Temp50 to 75 F
Jul Temp71 to 92 F
Oct Temp51 to 77 F
Annual Precip55.9 inches
StationSTATE UNIVERSITY
Distance20.6 miles
Jan Temp32 to 52 F
Apr Temp50 to 74 F
Jul Temp71 to 91 F
Oct Temp50 to 76 F
Annual Precip55.4 inches
StationMACON 3 N
Distance25.2 miles
Jan Temp31 to 53 F
Apr Temp49 to 74 F
Jul Temp70 to 92 F
Oct Temp49 to 77 F
Annual Precip56.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Artesia367$44,583
Brooksville937$40,750
Caledonia1,501$78,125
Crawford499$24,875
Starkville25,011$59,929
West Point11,042$35,579

Columbus Public Libraries

Columbus-lowndes Public Library
314 NORTH 7TH STREET
Columbus, Mississippi
(662) 329-5300

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Columbus Hospitals

Baptist Memorial Hospital - Golden Triangle
(Non-profit)
2520 5th Street North
(662) 244-1500

Columbus Public Schools

Cmsd Alternative School
924 20th Street North
ZIP: 39701
(662) 241-7250
Other
Franklin Academy
501 N Third Avenue
ZIP: 39701
(662) 241-7150
Primary
Total Enrollment 408
Ms School For Math And Science
5th Ave South And Mscw Dr
ZIP: 39701
(662) 329-7360
High
Total Enrollment 241
Stokes Beard Elementary School
311 Martin Luther King Dr.
ZIP: 39701
(662) 241-7270
Primary
Total Enrollment 485
West Lowndes Elementary
1000 Gilmer Wilburn Road
ZIP: 39701
(662) 244-5050
Primary
Total Enrollment 301
West Lowndes High School
644 South Frontage Road
ZIP: 39701
(662) 328-1369
High
Total Enrollment 221
West Lowndes Middle School
1380 Motley Road
ZIP: 39701
(662) 244-5060
Columbus High School
215 Hemlock Street
ZIP: 39702
(662) 241-7200
High
Total Enrollment 1127
Fairview Elementary School
225 Airline Road
ZIP: 39702
(662) 241-7140
Primary
Total Enrollment 302
Mckellar Vocational Center
810 N Browder Street
ZIP: 39702
(662) 241-7290
High
New Hope Elementary School
199 Enlow Road
ZIP: 39702
(662) 244-4760
Primary
Total Enrollment 1163
New Hope High School
3419 New Hope Road
ZIP: 39702
(662) 244-4701
High
Total Enrollment 806
New Hope Middle School
462 Center Road
ZIP: 39702
(662) 244-4740
Middle
Total Enrollment 567
Sale Elementary School
520 Warpath Road
ZIP: 39702
(662) 241-7260
Primary
Total Enrollment 400
Columbus Middle School
175 Highway 373
ZIP: 39705
(662) 241-7300
Middle
Total Enrollment 925
Cook Elementary School
2217 N Seventh Street
ZIP: 39705
(662) 241-7180
Primary
Total Enrollment 704

Columbus Private Schools

Annunciation Catholic School
223 N Browder St
ZIP: 39702
Elementary
Total Enrollment 119
Victory Christian Academy
100 Victory Loop
ZIP: 39702
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 282
Heritage Academy
625 Magnolia Ln
ZIP: 39705
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 485
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