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  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 24,272. Columbus is in Lowndes County. Living in Columbus offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. Many families and young professionals live in Columbus and residents tend to be liberal.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$116,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$753
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    51%
  • Own
    49%
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Columbus Rankings

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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
    10%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    18%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    9%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    13%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    29%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    32%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    16%
    13%

Working in Columbus

Jobs
C-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$33,917
National
$55,322
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Because I grew up in a major city most of my childhood, moving to a small farm town like Columbus, MS was a big change. It has taken adjusting. However, being here for a few years now I have enjoyed the experience. Because it is a small town, you have the chance to develop a lot of good relationships locally. You enjoy the small businesses like coffee houses and bakeries. Activities like market street festival and Wassel festival always bring people together. The Christmas season here is always nice and cheery because the whole town is covered in lights and festive decorations. The summers are great because of the pools, parks, and barbecuing. Even though Columbus is small, there are few good things to look forward to.
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My experience in Columbus has been bitter and sweet. I'm still a current student in Columbus High School and i've been in Columbus neighborhood for years. My neighborhood is south side area and it's towards the Mississippi University for Women also the college I got accepted to. The neighborhood so times has it's flaws with loud music from passing cars, trash that is not picked up from the trash men which makes the neighborhood less cleaner, and the side walks are not in stable condition with a lot of damage. The pros to living in the neighborhood would be the quite neighbors, less crime rate in the neighborhood, the area is watched by police, and my neighbors good techniques for recycling and they try their best to keep the trash from being expanded around their area.
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.