Columbus, GA

Census Place

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2019 Population
195,739
0.473% 1-year decline
US Senator
Jon Ossoff
Democratic Party
US Senator
Raphael Warnock
Democratic Party
2019 Median Age
34
0.295% 1-year increase
2019 Poverty Rate
20.7%
2.28% 1-year decrease
2019 Median Household Income
$46,408
2.25% 1-year growth
2019 Median Property Value
$141,300
0.282% 1-year decline
2019 Employed Population
77,701
2.43% 1-year decline

About

In 2019, Columbus, GA had a population of 196k people with a median age of 34 and a median household income of $46,408. Between 2018 and 2019 the population of Columbus, GA declined from 196,670 to 195,739, a −0.473% decrease and its median household income grew from $45,389 to $46,408, a 2.25% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Columbus, GA are Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (45.6%), White (Non-Hispanic) (40.3%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (3.28%), White (Hispanic) (3%), and Other (Hispanic) (2.59%). 0% of the households in Columbus, GA speak a non-English language at home as their primary language, and 97.7% of the residents in Columbus, GA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Columbus, GA are Columbus State University (1,793 degrees awarded in 2019), Columbus Technical College (1,517 degrees), and Platt College-Miller-Motte Technical-Columbus (210 degrees).

In 2019, the median property value in Columbus, GA was $141,300, and the homeownership rate was 48%. Most people in Columbus, GA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 19.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Columbus, GA was 2 cars per household.

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COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in Georgia, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in Georgia (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

The most recent data point uses Advance State Claims data, which can be revised in subsequent weeks.

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Start Year
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8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in Georgia. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Georgia.

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Community Mobility

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Diversity

Columbus, GA is home to a population of 196k people, from which 97.7% are citizens. As of 2019, 12.3% of Columbus, GA residents were born outside of the country (24.1k people).

In 2019, there were 1.13 times more Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents (89.3k people) in Columbus, GA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 79k White (Non-Hispanic) and 6.43k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Columbus, GA
  1. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    89.3k ± 782
  2. White (Non-Hispanic)
    79k ± 210
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    6.43k ± 936
7.61%
Hispanic Population
14.9k people

In 2019, there were 1.13 times more Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents (89.3k people) in Columbus, GA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 79k White (Non-Hispanic) and 6.43k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

7.61% of the people in Columbus, GA are hispanic (14.9k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Columbus, GA as a share of the total population.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

12.3%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
24.1k people
5.25%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
10.3k people

As of 2019, 12.3% of Columbus, GA residents (24.1k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 34%. In 2018, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Columbus, GA was 5.25%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

33
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.2
44
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 3.5

In 2019, the median age of all people in Columbus, GA was 34. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 33, were generally younger than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 44. But people in Columbus, GA are getting getting older. In 2018, the average age of all Columbus, GA residents was 34.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    246,708 ± 12,049 people
  2. India
    94,981 ± 7,532 people
  3. Korea
    42,867 ± 5,073 people

In 2019, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Georgia was Mexico, the natal country of 246,708 Georgia residents, followed by India with 94,981 and Korea with 42,867.

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Citizenship

97.7%
2019 Citizenship
97.6%
2018 Citizenship

As of 2019, 97.7% of Columbus, GA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2018, the percentage of US citizens in Columbus, GA was 97.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Gulf War (2001-)
    6,303 ± 666
  2. Vietnam
    4,943 ± 364
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    4,535 ± 464

Columbus, GA has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 1.28 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

Median household income in Columbus, GA is $46,408. In 2019, the place with the highest Median Household Income in Columbus, GA was Census Tract 103.01 with a value of $127,609, followed by Census Tract 101.07 and Census Tract 103.02, with respective values of $90,316 and $86,532.

Males in Georgia have an average income that is 1.36 times higher than the average income of females, which is $49,410. The income inequality in Georgia (measured using the Gini index) is 0.477, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Columbus, GA employs 77.7k people. The largest industries in Columbus, GA are Health Care & Social Assistance (10,378 people), Retail Trade (9,791 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (8,042 people), and the highest paying industries are Finance & Insurance ($52,610), Information ($49,221), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($48,955).

Wages

Median Household Income

$46,408
2019 value
± $1,150
2.25%
1 Year Growth
± 3.37%

Households in Columbus, GA have a median annual income of $46,408, which is less than the median annual income of $65,712 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $45,389 in 2018, which represents a 2.25% annual growth.

The following chart shows how the median household income in Columbus, GA compares to that of its neighboring and parent geographies.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$67,215
Average Male Salary in Georgia
± $1,246
$49,410
Average Female Salary in Georgia
± $863

In 2019, full-time male employees in Georgia made 1.36 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Georgia by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity in Georgia
  1. Asian
    $64,371 ± $3,992
  2. White
    $58,053 ± $1,010
  3. Two or More Races
    $45,559 ± $4,644

In 2019 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Georgia workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.11 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in Georgia.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in Georgia by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Columbus, GA is from Georgia.
0.477
2019 Wage GINI in Georgia
0.478
2018 Wage GINI in Georgia

In 2019, the income inequality in Georgia was 0.477 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.199% decline from 2018 to 2019, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Georgia was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Georgia in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Georgia across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 103.01
  2. Census Tract 101.07
  3. Census Tract 103.02

In 2019, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Columbus, GA was Census Tract 103.01 with a value of $127,609, followed by Census Tract 101.07 and Census Tract 103.02, with respective values of $90,316 and $86,532.

The following map shows all of the places in Columbus, GA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

20.7% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Columbus, GA (39k out of 189k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.3%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Males 6 - 11 and then Females 6 - 11.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty
  1. Black
    24,998 ± 1,230
  2. White
    9,673 ± 762
  3. Hispanic
    3,631 ± 511

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Columbus, GA is Black, followed by White and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

77.7k
2019 Value
± 2,184
−2.43%
1 Year decline
± 3.96%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Columbus, GA declined at a rate of −2.43%, from 79.6k employees to 77.7k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Columbus, GA, are Sales & Related Occupations (9,720 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (9,401 people), and Management Occupations (6,219 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Columbus, GA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Columbus, GA, by number of employees, are Sales & Related Occupations (9,720 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (9,401 people), and Management Occupations (6,219 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Columbus, GA has an unusually high number of residents working as Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (1.37 times higher than expected), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (1.34 times), and Sales & Related Occupations (1.22 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Columbus, GA, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($91,404), Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($74,946), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($72,789).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

77.7k
2019 Value
± 2,184
−2.43%
1 Year decline
± 3.96%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Columbus, GA declined at a rate of −2.43%, from 79.6k employees to 77.7k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Columbus, GA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (10,378 people), Retail Trade (9,791 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (8,042 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Columbus, GA, though some of these residents may live in Columbus, GA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Columbus, GA, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (10,378 people), Retail Trade (9,791 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (8,042 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Columbus, GA has an unusually high number of Finance & Insurance (2.04 times higher than expected), Accommodation & Food Services (1.37 times), and Public Administration (1.29 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Columbus, GA, by median earnings, are Finance & Insurance ($52,610), Information ($49,221), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($48,955).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Georgia to other states, or from other states to Georgia.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $64B
  2. $52.9B
  3. $50.2B

In 2018, the top outbound Georgia product (by dollars) was Motorized vehicles with $64B, followed by Mixed freight ($52.9B) and Electronics ($50.2B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Georgia products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$573B
2018 Value in Georgia
$1.16T
Projected 2045 Value in Georgia
103% growth

In 2018, total outbound Georgia trade was $573B. This is expected to increase 103% to $1.16T by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Georgia trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Georgia to other states, or from other states to Georgia.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $44.2B
  2. $27.4B
  3. $27.4B

In 2018, the top outbound Georgia domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Florida with $44.2B, followed by South Carolina with $27.4B and Alabama and $27.4B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Georgia shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in Muscogee County, GA went to Hillary Rodham Clinton with 57.7% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (39.1%), followed by Other (3.19%). The most partisan county was Glascock County, GA with 88.8% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock are the senators currently representing the state of Georgia. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Georgia is currently represented by 14 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Hillary Rodham Clinton
Popular Vote for Muscogee County, GA
57.7% for the Democratic Party
Most Partisan Counties in Georgia
  1. 88.8% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  2. 88.4% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 87.9% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

In the 2016 presidential election, the most partisan county in Georgia was Glascock County, GA with 88.8% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

The following map shows the counties in Georgia colored by their party leaning.

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US Senators from Georgia

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Jon Ossoff
Senator from Georgia2
Assumed office on January 20, 2021
Raphael Warnock
Senator from Georgia3
Assumed office on January 20, 2021
Elected to the seat to succeed Kelly Loeffler, who had been appointed to the seat following Johnny Isakson's resignation.

Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock are the senators currently representing Georgia.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Georgia over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Georgia

Georgia is currently represented by 14 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Georgia have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2019, universities in Columbus, GA awarded 3,575 degrees. The student population of Columbus, GA is skewed towards women, with 4,299 male students and 7,705 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Columbus, GA are White (1,653 and 46.8%), followed by Black or African American (1,488 and 42.2%), Hispanic or Latino (173 and 4.9%), and Asian (78 and 2.21%).

The largest universities in Columbus, GA by number of degrees awarded are Columbus State University (1,793 and 50.2%), Columbus Technical College (1,517 and 42.4%), and Platt College-Miller-Motte Technical-Columbus (210 and 5.87%).

The most popular majors in Columbus, GA are Criminal Justice - Safety Studies (291 and 8.14%), Registered Nursing (278 and 7.78%), and Other Mechanic & Repair Technologies (230 and 6.43%).

The median tuition costs in Columbus, GA are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $4,371 and $15,425 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 64 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 207 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 65 degree-majorss awarded

In 2018, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Columbus, GA was General Health Services with 64 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Columbus, GA according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 1,793 degrees awarded
  2. 1,517 degrees awarded
  3. 210 degrees awarded
$4,371
Median In-State Public
$N/A
Median Private

In 2019, the Columbus, GA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Columbus State University with 1,793 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

1,416
Degrees Awarded to Men
2,159
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2019, 1,416 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Columbus, GA, which is 0.656 times less than the 2,159 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in Columbus, GA by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    1,653 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    1,488 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    173 degrees awarded

In 2019 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Columbus, GA was White students. These 1,653 degrees mean that there were 1.11 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 1,488 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Columbus, GA was $141,300 in 2019, which is 0.588 times smaller than the national average of $240,500. Between 2018 and 2019 the median property value increased from $141,700 to $141,300, a 0.282% decrease. The homeownership rate in Columbus, GA is 48%, which is lower than the national average of 64.1%. People in Columbus, GA have an average commute time of 19.5 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Columbus, GA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$141,300
2019 Median
± $3,330
$141,700
2018 Median
± $3,418

In 2019, the median property value in Columbus, GA declined from to $141,300 from the previous year's value of $141,700.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Columbus, GA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Columbus, GA the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$46,408
Median Household Income
± $1,150
72.8k
Number of Households
± 1,944

In 2019, the median household income of the 72.8k households in Columbus, GA grew to $46,408 from the previous year's value of $45,389.

The following chart displays the households in Columbus, GA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800
Average Range

This chart shows the households in Columbus, GA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Columbus, GA the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

48%
2019 Homeownership
48%
2018 Homeownership

In 2019, 48% of the housing units in Columbus, GA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 48%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 64.1%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Columbus, GA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

19.5 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Columbus, GA have a shorter commute time (19.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 2.1% of the workforce in Columbus, GA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2019
  1. Drove Alone (79.6%)
  2. Carpooled (9.69%)
  3. Worked At Home (5.34%)

In 2019, 79.6% of workers in Columbus, GA drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (9.69%) and those who worked at home (5.34%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Columbus, GA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Columbus, GA have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Health

88.5% of the population of Columbus, GA has health coverage, with 35.7% on employee plans, 17.6% on Medicaid, 8.09% on Medicare, 16.9% on non-group plans, and 10.2% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in Georgia was $6,587 in 2014. This is a 5.41% increase from the previous year ($6,249).

Primary care physicians in Muscogee County, GA see 938 patients per year on average, which represents a 4.29% decrease from the previous year (980 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1748 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 319 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Telfair County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (25.8%). Additionally, Candler County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (53.7%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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938 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Muscogee County, GA

Primary care physicians in Muscogee County, GA see an average of 938 patients per year. This represents a 4.29% decrease from the previous year (980 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Muscogee County, GA in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.
State with the Highest Prevalence
  1. 8.26% of the population affected
  2. 8.13% of the population affected
  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.
Most prevalent states
  1. 19.2% of adults
  2. 17.9% of adults
  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$6,587
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in Georgia
$4,406
Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care
$5,199
Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care
$10,429
Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Georgia (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 5.41%, from $6,249 to $6,587.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

11.5%
Uninsured
35.7%
Employer Coverage
17.6%
Medicaid
8.09%
Medicare
16.9%
Non-Group
10.2%
Military or VA

Between 2018 and 2019, the percent of uninsured citizens in Columbus, GA declined by 10.6% from 12.9% to 11.5%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Columbus, GA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.
Most at risk counties
  1. 25.8% prevalence
  2. 25.5% prevalence
  3. 24.2% prevalence

Telfair County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Georgia, at 25.8%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Georgia by county over multiple years.

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