Columbus, Mississippi Population 2021

23,155
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Columbus is a city located in Lowndes County Mississippi. It is also the county seat of Lowndes County. With a 2020 population of 23,155, it is the 18th largest city in Mississippi and the 1664th largest city in the United States . Columbus is currently declining at a rate of -0.89% annually and its population has decreased by -2.05% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 23,640 in 2010. Columbus reached it's highest population of 27,503 in 1980. Spanning over 26 miles, Columbus has a population density of 924 people per square mile.

The average household income in Columbus is $55,819 with a poverty rate of 28.08%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $798 per month, and the median house value is $121,900. The median age in Columbus is 38 years, 34.6 years for males, and 41.9 years for females.

Columbus Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Columbus was:

  • Black or African American: 63.18%
  • White: 34.49%
  • Two or more races: 1.20%
  • Asian: 0.63%
  • Other race: 0.28%
  • Native American: 0.18%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.04%
The current population of Columbus, Mississippi is 23,155 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 23,782.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 23,640.

Columbus, Mississippi Population 2021

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
202158,265-165-0.28%
202058,430-165-0.28%
201958,595-165-0.28%
201858,760-387-0.66%
201759,147-402-0.68%
201659,549-148-0.25%
201559,697-107-0.18%
201459,80410.00%
201359,8031990.33%
201259,604-11-0.02%
201159,615-181-0.30%
201059,7960.00%

Columbus Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
Black or African American15,21663.18%
White8,30634.49%
Two or More Races2881.20%
Asian1510.63%
Some Other Race680.28%
American Indian and Alaska Native440.18%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander100.04%
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Columbus Population by Race

Columbus Population Pyramid $2021

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Columbus Median Age

38


Total

34.6


Male

41.9


Female

Columbus Adults

There are 18,745 adults, (4,469 of whom are seniors) in Columbus.

Columbus Age Dependency

68.7

Age Dependency Ratio

31.3

Old Age Dependency Ratio

37.4

Child Dependency Ratio

Columbus Sex Ratio

Female

13,250

55.02%

Male

10,833

44.98%

Columbus Population by Age

Columbus Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Columbus Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married77.6%22.4%
All50.2%49.8%
Male43.8%56.2%
Non Family43.6%56.4%
Female24.7%75.3%

50.2%

Rate of Home Ownership

Columbus Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All9,5722.3550.2
Non Family4,2241.1743.6
Married2,9532.9477.6
Female1,9843.824.7
Male4113.2943.8

3.19

Average Family Size

2.35

Average Household Size

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Columbus Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade8635.36%
9th to 12th Grade1,83711.41%
High School Graduate4,95530.79%
Some College3,48221.64%
Associates Degree1,3298.26%
Bachelors Degree2,03612.65%
Graduate Degree1,5919.89%
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Columbus Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Columbus Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
Black9,2807,028995
White6,2055,9102,514
Hispanic30629333
2+ Races15311365
Asian1393917
Native American28283
Other Race141414

The highest rate of high school graduation is among native american people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among other race people with a rate of 100.00%.

Columbus Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$31,765$41,082$23,240
Less Than 9th Grade$25,457$33,108$16,484
High School Graduate$25,133$32,193$17,461
Some College$28,342$43,333$23,330
Bachelors Degree$41,827$85,256$31,479
Graduate Degree$65,703$88,750$50,341

$31,765

Average Earnings

$41,082

Average Male

$23,240

Average Female

Columbus Earnings by Educational Attainment

Columbus Language by Age

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Columbus Language

97.47% of Columbus residents speak only English, while 2.53% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 1.19% of the population.

Columbus Language

Columbus Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black14,4365,63639.04%
White7,2224856.72%
Multiple27610337.32%
Hispanic3606718.61%
Native351234.29%

28.08%

Overall Poverty Rate

25.51%

Male Poverty Rate

30.19%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Columbus

The race most likely to be in poverty in Columbus is Black, with 39.04% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Columbus is White, with 6.72% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 7.42%. Among those working part-time, it was 27.26%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 39.72%.

Columbus Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade40.64%
High School26.27%
Some College18.87%
Bachelors or Greater5.57%

Columbus Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed58.00%
Male Unemployed45.09%
Female Employed18.30%
Male Employed2.75%

Columbus Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Columbus Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$36,336$55,819
Families$49,147$69,519
Married Families$78,629-
Non Families$23,576$36,943
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Income by Household Type

Columbus Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

34.0%

Overall Marriage Rate

38.1%

Male Marriage Rate

30.9%

Female Marriage Rate

Columbus Married by Age and Sex

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Columbus Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55-64.

Columbus Marital Status by Race

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Columbus Marital Status

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1,801

Number of Veterans

1,536

Male Veterans

265

Female Veterans

War Veterans
First Gulf War625
Vietnam559
Second Gulf War315
Korea107
World War II37

Columbus Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
35 to 54614
65 to 74443
55 to 64321
75+283
18 to 34140

Columbus Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White92113.39%
Black8447.50%
2+ Races3016.95%
Hispanic62.03%
Native American618.75%

Columbus Veterans by Race

Columbus Veterans by Education

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10.68%

Veteran Poverty Rate

23.06%

Veteran Disability Rate

Columbus Veterans by Education

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52.6%

Labor Force Participation

45.5%

Employment Rate

11.5%

Unemployment Rate

Columbus Employment by Age

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Columbus Employment by Race

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Columbus Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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75.61%

Born in Columbus

98.36%

Native Born

1.64%

Foreign Born

0.49%

Non Citizen

1.15%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

98.36% of Columbus residents were born in the United States, with 75.61% having been born in Mississippi. 0.49% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Columbus Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202123,155-209-0.89%
202023,364-209-0.89%
201923,573-209-0.88%
201823,782-354-1.47%
201724,136-235-0.96%
201624,371-175-0.71%
201524,546-93-0.38%
201424,639-196-0.79%
201324,835-89-0.36%
201224,924-128-0.51%
201125,052-153-0.61%
201025,205-739-0.29%
200025,9442,1450.87%
199023,799-3,704-1.44%
198027,5031,7080.64%
197025,7951,0240.41%
196024,7717,5993.73%
195017,1723,5272.33%
194013,6452,9022.42%
193010,7432420.23%
192010,5011,5131.57%
19108,9882,5043.32%
19006,4841,9253.59%
18904,5596041.43%
18803,955-857-1.94%
18704,8121,5043.82%
18603,3086972.39%
18502,6110.00%

Columbus Population by Year