Columbia, MS
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Columbia is a somewhat small city located in the state of Mississippi. With a population of 6,229 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Columbia is the 57th largest community in Mississippi.

Columbia real estate is some of the most expensive in Mississippi, although Columbia house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Unlike some cities, Columbia isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Columbia are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Columbia is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Columbia who work in sales jobs (18.14%), office and administrative support (11.81%), and food service (7.40%).

Being a small city, Columbia does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.

The percentage of adults in Columbia with college degrees is slightly lower than the national average of 21.84% for all communities. 15.04% of adults in Columbia have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Columbia in 2010 was $15,586, which is lower middle income relative to Mississippi, and low income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $62,344 for a family of four. Columbia also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 41.59% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Columbia is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Columbia home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Columbia residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Columbia include German, English, Italian, and Scots-Irish.

The most common language spoken in Columbia is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.

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