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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.

People

Total Population 23,360
Male Share of the Population 45.7%
Female Share of the Population 54.3%
Senior Citizens 16.7%
Employed Population 16+ 9,013
Age of the Population 38

Families

% of people married 34.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 22%
Median Earnings25+ $23,165
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $15,906
Median Earnings With High School Degree $19,185

Wealth

Median Family Income $39,680
% Above Poverty Level 68.8%
% Below Poverty Level 31.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 1.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.2%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 35.6%
Median Gross Rent $672
Median House Value $101,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 64.2%
US/American 0%
English 8.2%
Irish 6.9%

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

Columbus Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 53 miles W of Tuscaloosa, Alabama (center to center)
Nearest Large City 147 miles SE of Memphis, Tennessee
County Lowndes
Standard Zip Codes 39701, 39702, 39705
P.O. Box Zip Codes 39703, 39704
Company Zip Codes 39710
Phone Area Codes 662
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.495
Longitude -88.427

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)

Station COLUMBUS LUXAPALLILA
Distance 2.1 miles
Jan Temp 32 to 54 F
Apr Temp 50 to 75 F
Jul Temp 71 to 92 F
Oct Temp 51 to 77 F
Annual Precip 55.9 inches
Station STATE UNIVERSITY
Distance 20.6 miles
Jan Temp 32 to 52 F
Apr Temp 50 to 74 F
Jul Temp 71 to 91 F
Oct Temp 50 to 76 F
Annual Precip 55.4 inches
Station MACON 3 N
Distance 25.2 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 53 F
Apr Temp 49 to 74 F
Jul Temp 70 to 92 F
Oct Temp 49 to 77 F
Annual Precip 56.3 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Columbus, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Fairlane (39701)

Golden Triangle Regional Air (39701)

McCrary (39701)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Artesia 380 $41,875
Brooksville 914 $24,018
Caledonia 1,332 $54,868
Crawford 569 $25,417
Starkville 24,754 $57,933
West Point 11,122 $35,649

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

Columbus Public Libraries

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

BAPTIST MEM HOSP/GOLDEN TRIANGLE INC
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
2520 5TH ST N
(662) 244-1500
Emergency Service: Yes

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Columbus High Schools

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COLUMBUS HIGH SCHOOL
215 HEMLOCK STREET
662-241-7200
Serves 1,361 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19

NEW HOPE HIGH SCHOOL
3419 NEW HOPE ROAD
662-328-7999
Serves 840 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.2

MS SCHOOL FOR MATH AND SCIENCE
1100 COLLEGE STREET MUW 1627
662-329-7360
Serves 244 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.2

WEST LOWNDES HIGH SCHOOL
644 SOUTH FRONTAGE ROAD
662-328-1369
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 196 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.9

MCKELLAR VOCATIONAL CENTER
810 N BROWDER STREET
662-241-7290
A Vocational School

HUGHES ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL
1820 NORTH 23RD STREET
662-241-7250
A Non-traditional School

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