Columbus 60 Below average
Columbus Livability #246 ranked city in Mississippi#22,562 ranked city in the USARanks better than 22% of areas

Livability Awards

A+ Columbus Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
A- Columbus Cost of Living Cost of living is 2% lower than Mississippi
8119% less expensive than the US average
8218% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Columbus cost of living
C- Columbus Crime Total crime is 11% higher than Mississippi
Total crime
2,66714% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 3814% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-10%Year over year crime is down
Columbus crime
F Columbus Employment Household income is 18% lower than Mississippi
Median household income
$33,07240% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$19,74134% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
9%89% higher than the US average
Columbus employment
F Columbus Housing Home value is 4% lower than Mississippi
Median home value
$102,00045% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$70925% lower than the US average
Home ownership
50%22% lower than the US average
Columbus real estate or Columbus rentals
F Columbus Schools HS graduation rate is equal to Mississippi
High school grad. rates
77%8% lower than the US average
School test scores
32%33% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
14:113% lower than the US average
Columbus K-12 schools
F Columbus User Ratings There are a total of 9 ratings in Columbus
Overall user rating
40% 9 total ratings
User reviews rating
35% 2 total reviews
User surveys rating
44% 7 total surveys
all Columbus poll results

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      Living in Columbus, MS

      Columbus, Mississippi is a medium-sized city with a population of 24,833 people. Not a fan of sitting in traffic? One big advantage of living in Columbus is the reasonable commute times to work. With an average one way commute time of 19 minutes, getting to work is faster than the national average of 26 minutes.

      Without the right tools, moving to any new area can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Columbus, Mississippi could be a positive experience for anyone who puts in the effort to do the research required. The best areas in Columbus and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from amenities, crime, cost of living, housing, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the Mississippi and national averages.

      With a livability score of 63/100, Columbus is ranked #19,902 in the United States and #222 in Mississippi. If we dig a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Columbus has higher than average scores for the following: amenities (A+) and cost of living (A). Regrettably for Columbus, there are some categories for which it does not score well, this includes: education (F), employment (F) and housing (F).

      Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Columbus has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive.

      Cost of living can have a huge effect on what’s left in your wallet at the end of each month. From housing costs to health care, it is important to know that the place you call home is also an affordable place to live. In Columbus, the cost of living is 22.58% less than the national average, which means that after paying those bills, there might actually be a little something left over!

      Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Columbus. Before you determine if any of these amenities are available in the area, you will also want to know if the real estate prices in Columbus are affordable. Median real estate prices in Columbus come in at $102,000, which is 3.5% lower than the Mississippi average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Columbus, the home price to income ratio is 3.1, which is 19.2% higher than the Mississippi average. Knowing if your home will appreciate on a long term or even a short term basis should be factored into your decision making. An increase in your home’s value can be a good way to generate tax-free equity that can create long term financial security. In the past year, appreciation rates for homes in the Columbus area were 6% and 5 year appreciation rates were 2.9%.

      Columbus transportation information

      Average one way commute19min24min26min
      Workers who drive to work85.7%84.7%76.4%
      Workers who carpool10.3%9.7%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit0.1%0.4%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.2%0.1%0.6%
      Workers who walk1.8%1.5%2.8%
      Working from home1.2%2.2%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Columbus, MS data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).