Columbus, Mississippi Population 2020

23,375
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Columbus is a city located in Mississippi. With a 2020 population of 23,375, it is the 18th largest city in Mississippi and the 1638th largest city in the United States. Columbus is currently declining at a rate of -1.01% annually and its population has decreased by -1.12% 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 933 people per square mile.

The average household income in Columbus is $50,766 with a poverty rate of 29.30%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $753 per month, and the median house value is $116,000. The median age in Columbus is 37.9 years, 34.5 years for males, and 42.2 years for females. For every 100 females there are 82.5 males.

Columbus Demographics

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

  • Black or African American: 63.45%
  • White: 34.11%
  • Two or more races: 1.12%
  • Asian: 0.80%
  • Other race: 0.30%
  • Native American: 0.16%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.05%
The current population of Columbus, Mississippi is 23,375, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 23,853.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 23,640.

Columbus, Mississippi Population 2020

Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202058,412-259-0.44%
201958,671-259-0.44%
201858,930-259-0.44%
201759,189-369-0.62%
201659,558-137-0.23%
201559,695-118-0.20%
201459,81320.00%
201359,8112050.34%
201259,606-7-0.01%
201159,613-183-0.31%
201059,7960.00%

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
Black or African American15,40163.45%
White8,28034.11%
Two or More Races2721.12%
Asian1930.80%
Some Other Race730.30%
American Indian and Alaska Native400.16%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander130.05%
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Columbus Population Pyramid 2020

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Columbus Median Age

37.9


Total

34.5


Male

42.2


Female

Columbus Adults

There are 19,179 adults, (4,372 of whom are seniors) in Columbus.

Columbus Age Dependency

63.9

Age Dependency Ratio

29.5

Old Age Dependency Ratio

34.4

Child Dependency Ratio

Columbus Sex Ratio

Female

13,303

54.81%

Male

10,969

45.19%

Columbus Households and Families

Columbus Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Columbus Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married76.5%23.5%
Male49.2%50.8%
All49%51%
Non Family42.5%57.5%
Female25.2%74.8%

49.0%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All9,7492.3249
Non Family4,2301.1942.5
Married2,8563.0376.5
Female2,1553.4425.2
Male5083.0149.2

3.09

Average Family Size

2.32

Average Household Size

6.5%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.2%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

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Columbus Education

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1,0026.15%
9th to 12th Grade1,68410.33%
High School Graduate5,25932.25%
Some College3,58922.01%
Associates Degree1,1837.26%
Bachelors Degree2,07812.74%
Graduate Degree1,5109.26%
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Columbus Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Total High School Bachelors
Black9,4597,2341,139
White6,2705,9302,319
Hispanic29628228
Asian1508348
Multiple Races1157550
Native American28284
Other Race101010

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%.

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$29,869$37,554$23,376
Less Than High School$22,854$29,643$17,183
High School Grad$23,616$30,006$17,556
Some College$27,075$40,127$22,229
Bachelors Degree$41,521$63,077$32,221
Graduate Degree$60,000$62,031$57,193

$29,869

Average Earnings

$37,554

Average Male

$23,376

Average Female

Columbus Language

Columbus Language by Age

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Columbus Language

96.19% of Columbus residents speak only English, while 3.81% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 2.17% of the population.

Columbus Poverty

Columbus Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black14,6575,82539.74%
White7,1526198.65%
Multiple27211843.38%
Hispanic3516017.09%
Native33927.27%

29.30%

Overall Poverty Rate

26.97%

Male Poverty Rate

31.25%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Columbus

The race most likely to be in poverty in Columbus is Multiple, with 43.38% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Columbus is White, with 8.65% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 7.44%. Among those working part-time, it was 27.74%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 40.36%.

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Name Poverty
Less Than High School42.22%
High School27.41%
Some College19.06%
Bachelors or Greater6.44%
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Name Poverty
Male Unemployed67.39%
Female Unemployed56.74%
Female Employed18.67%
Male Employed3.84%

Columbus Income

Columbus Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$33,917$50,766
Families$41,944$61,680
Married Families$73,889-
Non Families$21,250$34,232
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Columbus Marital Status

Columbus Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

32.1%

Overall Marriage Rate

37.5%

Male Marriage Rate

27.9%

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 Veterans

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2,040

Number of Veterans

1,810

Male Veterans

230

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam734
First Gulf War656
Second Gulf War350
Korea107
World War II29
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Age Group Veterans
35 to 54703
65 to 74479
55 to 64402
75+266
18 to 34190
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Name Veterans % of Total
Black1,0499.13%
White96213.68%
2 or More2418.75%
Hispanic62.03%
Indian516.13%

Columbus Veterans by Education

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14.53%

Veteran Poverty Rate

22.32%

Veteran Disability Rate

Columbus Employment Status

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53.1%

Labor Force Participation

45.1%

Employment Rate

12.7%

Unemployment Rate

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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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75.67%

Born in Mississippi

98.02%

Native Born

1.98%

Foreign Born

0.95%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

98.02% of Columbus residents were born in the United States, with 75.67% having been born in Mississippi. 0.95% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202023,375-239-1.01%
201923,614-239-1.00%
201823,853-240-1.00%
201724,093-239-0.98%
201624,332-177-0.72%
201524,509-104-0.42%
201424,613-206-0.83%
201324,819-94-0.38%
201224,913-129-0.52%
201125,042-160-0.63%
201025,202-742-0.29%
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%