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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    C-
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    C
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    C-
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    C+
  12. Commute
    B
Columbus is a town in Mississippi with a population of 24,409. Columbus is in Lowndes County. Living in Columbus offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. Many families and young professionals live in Columbus and residents tend to be liberal.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$108,400
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$713
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    50%
  • Own
    50%
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Columbus Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    282.7
  • Murder
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    12%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    9%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    13%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    31%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    30%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    18%
    13%

Working in Columbus

Jobs
C-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$34,977
National
$55,322
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Columbus Reviews

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People are somewhat friendly but guarded when it comes to really getting close to anybody. (Outside of the Air Force community) Climate sucks. A lot of people have bad allergies here. Restaurant and shopping options are less than exciting but that’s to be expected in small town MS. No nightlife of course. Schools in town are terrible. On the plus side, we’ve got a few decent coffee shops. Neighboring towns schools aren’t bad and there are several affordable private options in town. There’s a Chick-fil-A, hobby lobby, children’s play place, some decent playgrounds and despite it not being our favorite place to be stationed with the Air Force, we enjoy having no traffic, seeing the stars at night just 10 minutes north of town, and an affordable sweet little preschool program for our son.
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I've lived in Columbus, Mississippi my whole life, and I wouldn't change it for the world. The scenery is excellent on Main Street, and this town never disappoints me when it comes to annual festivals and events. I live in a quiet neighborhood with my mother and brother in New Hope, Mississippi, which is five minutes from the corporate city limit of Columbus. Considering that my mom works in the city district, I'm able to go to city schools instead of county schools. Referring back to the city life, the restaurants in Columbus are spectacular! The food is amazing, and there is never a dull moment between workers and customers. The shopping is equally amazing as well. Columbus, Mississippi is my stomp and ground, and I would recommend anyone to live here!
I have lived in Columbus for most of my life and I love it but just like any other town, it could use a little help. Most of the Parks are nice and clean. There is not a lot of crime but it does happen. The local mall is not in the best of conditions but it just got a new owner so hopefully, it will improve. There are not many things to do but we do have bowling, laser tag, a skating rink, and a small waterpark, that has a slide and a pool.