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Income/capita 34%
Household income 40%
Unemployment 89%
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IndexColumbusMississippiNational
Income per capita$19,741$21,651$29,829
Median household income$33,072$40,528$55,322
Median income owner occupied$45,893$50,403$70,586
Median income renter occupied$21,618$24,844$35,192
Median earnings male$24,902$31,665$36,919
Median earnings female$17,548$22,259$26,250
Unemployment rate8.8%5.5%4.7%
Poverty level27.2%22.3%15.1%

Key findings

  • The income per capita in Columbus is 34% lower than the national average
  • The median household income in Columbus is 40% lower than the national average
  • Male median earnings are 41% higher than female median earnings
  • The unemployment rate in Columbus is 89% higher than the national average
  • The poverty level in Columbus is 80% higher than the national average

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      am i middle class

      $Input your household income
      $22,045$33,072$66,144
      City
      $27,015$40,528$81,056
      State
      $36,877$55,322$110,644
      Nation
      According to the PEW research center, the middle class is defined as a range from two thirds (2/3) of the median household income to a multiple of two (2) times the median household income. Displayed above are the city, state and national median household income averages. Simply enter your median household income to determine if your income falls into the middle class or if your household income is considered upper or lower class.

      Columbus median earnings by income bracket

      Columbus employment by industry

      Labour TypeMaleFemale
      Construction industry6.8%0.1%
      Manufacturing sector20.5%0.6%
      Financial & insurance services2.2%5.9%
      Wholesale & retail services23.3%19.9%
      Public administration4.5%3.4%
      Transportation, warehousing & utilities11.2%0.9%
      Education, health & social services10.6%36.7%
      Other19.9%25.1%

      Nearby cities with high median household income

      CityPopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
      New Hope, MS3,393$67,01621.1%
      Caledonia, MS1,501$58,8396.4%
      Columbus AFB, MS1,489$52,2785.5%
      Ethelsville, AL171$36,00034.9%
      West Point, MS11,042$27,25850.7%
      Columbus, MS24,833$33,07240.2%

      Cities with similar population

      CityPopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
      Austin, MN24,841$45,51917.7%
      West Odessa, TX24,821$51,7926.4%
      Elmwood Park, IL24,845$53,9472.5%
      Galt, CA24,848$63,68115.1%
      Coronado, CA24,852$92,41367.0%
      Columbus, MS24,833$33,07240.2%
      Source: The Columbus, MS employment data displayed above is derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).