Columbus, MS
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Columbus is a medium-sized city located in the state of Mississippi. With a population of 23,168 people and 11 constituent neighborhoods, Columbus is the 17th largest community in Mississippi.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Columbus is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Columbus is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Columbus who work in sales jobs (13.00%), office and administrative support (11.81%), and management occupations (9.54%).

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Columbus spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 19.19 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

The population of Columbus overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in Columbus, 21.09% have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Columbus in 2010 was $19,540, which is upper middle income relative to Mississippi, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $78,160 for a family of four. However, Columbus contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Columbus also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 33.10% of its population below the federal poverty line.

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

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