Columbus, MS

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2019 Population
24,083
0.779% 1-year decline
US Senator
Roger Wicker
Republican Party
US Senator
Cindy Hyde-Smith
Republican Party
2019 Median Age
38
0.264% 1-year increase
2019 Poverty Rate
28.1%
4.19% 1-year decrease
2019 Median Household Income
$36,336
7.13% 1-year growth
2019 Median Property Value
$121,900
5.09% 1-year growth
2019 Employed Population
8,817
1.39% 1-year decline

About

In 2019, Columbus, MS had a population of 24.1k people with a median age of 38 and a median household income of $36,336. Between 2018 and 2019 the population of Columbus, MS declined from 24,272 to 24,083, a −0.779% decrease and its median household income grew from $33,917 to $36,336, a 7.13% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Columbus, MS are Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (63.1%), White (Non-Hispanic) (33%), White (Hispanic) (1.49%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (1.2%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (0.627%). 0% of the households in Columbus, MS speak a non-English language at home as their primary language.

99.5% of the residents in Columbus, MS are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Columbus, MS are Mississippi University for Women (919 degrees awarded in 2020).

In 2019, the median property value in Columbus, MS was $121,900, and the homeownership rate was 50.2%. Most people in Columbus, MS drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 17.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Columbus, MS was 2 cars per household.

Diversity

Columbus, MS is home to a population of 24.1k people, from which 99.5% are citizens. As of 2019, 1.64% of Columbus, MS residents were born outside of the country (396 people).

In 2019, there were 1.91 times more Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents (15.2k people) in Columbus, MS than any other race or ethnicity. There were 7.95k White (Non-Hispanic) and 360 White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Columbus, MS
  1. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    15.2k ± 526
  2. White (Non-Hispanic)
    7.95k ± 594
  3. White (Hispanic)
    360 ± 219
1.63%
Hispanic Population
392 people

In 2019, there were 1.91 times more Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents (15.2k people) in Columbus, MS than any other race or ethnicity. There were 7.95k White (Non-Hispanic) and 360 White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

1.63% of the people in Columbus, MS are hispanic (392 people).

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

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

1.64%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
396 people
1.98%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
480 people

As of 2019, 1.64% of Columbus, MS residents (396 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2018, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Columbus, MS was 1.98%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Age by Nativity

38
Median Native-Born Age
± 1.9
56
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 24.2

In 2019, the median age of all people in Columbus, MS was 38. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 38, were generally younger than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 56. But people in Columbus, MS are getting getting older. In 2018, the average age of all Columbus, MS residents was 38.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    20,974 ± 3,543 people
  2. India
    5,148 ± 1,760 people
  3. Vietnam
    3,866 ± 1,526 people

In 2019, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Mississippi was Mexico, the natal country of 20,974 Mississippi residents, followed by India with 5,148 and Vietnam with 3,866.

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Citizenship

99.5%
2019 Citizenship
99%
2018 Citizenship

As of 2019, 99.5% of Columbus, MS residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2018, the percentage of US citizens in Columbus, MS was 99%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Gulf War (1990s)
    546 ± 201
  2. Vietnam
    448 ± 133
  3. Gulf War (2001-)
    315 ± 157

Columbus, MS has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (1990s), 1.22 times greater than any other conflict.

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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 Mississippi, 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 Mississippi (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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Y-Axis
8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in Mississippi. 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 Mississippi.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Mississippi across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Economy

Median household income in Columbus, MS is $36,336. In 2019, the place with the highest median household income in Columbus, MS was Census Tract 3 with a value of $69,387, followed by Census Tract 4.01 and Census Tract 4.03, with respective values of $58,210 and $52,736.

Males in Mississippi have an average income that is 1.4 times higher than the average income of females, which is $39,310. The income inequality in Mississippi (measured using the Gini index) is 0.445, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Columbus, MS employs 8.82k people. The largest industries in Columbus, MS are Retail Trade (1,734 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,412 people), and Manufacturing (1,109 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($120,054), Finance & Insurance ($100,338), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting ($86,154).

Wages

Median Household Income

$36,336
2019 value
± $3,484
7.13%
1 Year Growth
± 11.8%

Households in Columbus, MS have a median annual income of $36,336, 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 $33,917 in 2018, which represents a 7.13% annual growth.

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Wage by Sex in Common Jobs

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$55,021
Average Male Salary in Mississippi
± $1,808
$39,310
Average Female Salary in Mississippi
± $1,236

In 2019, full-time male employees in Mississippi made 1.4 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the sex-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Mississippi 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 Mississippi
  1. Asian
    $48,743 ± $12,305
  2. White
    $48,350 ± $1,460
  3. Other
    $36,365 ± $10,998

In 2019 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Mississippi workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.01 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in Mississippi.

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

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Columbus, MS is from Mississippi.
0.445
2019 Wage GINI in Mississippi
0.442
2018 Wage GINI in Mississippi

In 2019, the income inequality in Mississippi was 0.445 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.611% growth from 2018 to 2019, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for Mississippi was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Mississippi in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Mississippi 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 3
  2. Census Tract 4.01
  3. Census Tract 4.03

In 2019, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Columbus, MS was Census Tract 3 with a value of $69,387, followed by Census Tract 4.01 and Census Tract 4.03, with respective values of $58,210 and $52,736.

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

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Poverty by Age and Sex

Females 25 - 34
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

28.1% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Columbus, MS (6.3k out of 22.5k 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 Females 18 - 24 and then Females 55 - 64.

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
    5,636 ± 594
  2. White
    552 ± 165
  3. Two Or More
    103 ± 150

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Columbus, MS is Black, followed by White and Two Or More.

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

8.82k
2019 Value
± 779
−1.39%
1 Year decline
± 12.2%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Columbus, MS declined at a rate of −1.39%, from 8.94k employees to 8.82k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Columbus, MS, are Sales & Related Occupations (1,254 people), Production Occupations (763 people), and Material Moving Occupations (762 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Columbus, MS.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Columbus, MS, by number of employees, are Sales & Related Occupations (1,254 people), Production Occupations (763 people), and Material Moving Occupations (762 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Columbus, MS has an unusually high number of residents working as Material Moving Occupations (2.33 times higher than expected), Transportation Occupations (1.66 times), and Production Occupations (1.53 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Columbus, MS, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($107,417), Business & Financial Operations Occupations ($81,288), and Management, Business, & Financial Occupations ($65,107).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

8.82k
2019 Value
± 779
−1.39%
1 Year decline
± 12.2%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Columbus, MS declined at a rate of −1.39%, from 8.94k employees to 8.82k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Columbus, MS, are Retail Trade (1,734 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,412 people), and Manufacturing (1,109 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Columbus, MS, though some of these residents may live in Columbus, MS 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, MS, by number of employees, are Retail Trade (1,734 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,412 people), and Manufacturing (1,109 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Columbus, MS has an unusually high number of Retail Trade (1.76 times higher than expected), Transportation & Warehousing (1.56 times), and Utilities (1.27 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Columbus, MS, by median earnings, are Utilities ($120,054), Finance & Insurance ($100,338), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting ($86,154).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Mississippi to other states, or from other states to Mississippi.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $30.5B
  2. $25.1B
  3. $12.3B

In 2020, the top outbound Mississippi product (by dollars) was Pharmaceuticals with $30.5B, followed by Coal-n.e.c. ($25.1B) and Motorized vehicles ($12.3B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$182B
2020 Value in Mississippi
$374B
Projected 2050 Value in Mississippi
105% growth

In 2020, total outbound Mississippi trade was $182B. This is expected to increase 105% to $374B by 2050.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Mississippi 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 Mississippi to other states, or from other states to Mississippi.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $21.9B
  2. $11.4B
  3. $10.5B

In 2020, the top outbound Mississippi domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Alabama with $21.9B, followed by Louisiana with $11.4B and Tennessee and $10.5B.

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

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Mississippi went to Donald J. Trump with 57.6% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (41.1%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (0.611%). The most partisan county was George County, MS with 87.9% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith are the senators currently representing the state of Mississippi. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Mississippi is currently represented by 4 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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Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Mississippi
57.6% for the Republican Party
Most Partisan Counties in Mississippi
  1. 87.9% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  2. 87.2% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 86.8% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

In the 2020 presidential election, the most partisan county in Mississippi was George County, MS with 87.9% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

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

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US Senators from Mississippi

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Roger Wicker
Senator from Mississippi1
Assumed office on December 31, 2007
Appointed to the seat following the resignation of Trent Lott.
Cindy Hyde-Smith
Senator from Mississippi2
Assumed office on April 9, 2018
Appointed to the seat following the resignation of Thad Cochran.

Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith are the senators currently representing Mississippi.

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 Mississippi over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Mississippi

Mississippi is currently represented by 4 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 Mississippi have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2020, universities in Columbus, MS awarded 919 degrees. The student population of Columbus, MS is skewed towards women, with 532 male students and 2,172 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Columbus, MS are White (573 and 64.7%), followed by Black or African American (298 and 33.6%), Asian (9 and 1.02%), and American Indian or Alaska Native (5 and 0.564%).

The largest universities in Columbus, MS by number of degrees awarded are Mississippi University for Women (919 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Columbus, MS are Registered Nursing (418 and 45.5%), General Business Administration & Management (119 and 12.9%), and Speech-Language Pathology (39 and 4.24%).

The median tuition cost in Columbus, MS for a public four year colleges is $7,425 for in-state students and $7,425 for out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 113 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 38 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 371 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Columbus, MS was General Business Administration & Management with 113 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
919 degrees awarded
$7,425
Median In-State Public

In 2020, the Columbus, MS institution with the largest number of graduating students was Mississippi University for Women with 919 degrees awarded.

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Student Sex for Common Institutions

122
Degrees Awarded to Men
797
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2020, 122 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Columbus, MS, which is 0.153 times less than the 797 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the sex disparity between the institutions in Columbus, MS by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    573 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    298 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    9 degrees awarded

In 2020 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Columbus, MS was White students. These 573 degrees mean that there were 1.92 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 298 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Columbus, MS was $121,900 in 2019, which is 0.507 times smaller than the national average of $240,500. Between 2018 and 2019 the median property value increased from $116,000 to $121,900, a 5.09% increase. The homeownership rate in Columbus, MS is 50.2%, which is lower than the national average of 64.1%. People in Columbus, MS have an average commute time of 17.6 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Columbus, MS is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$121,900
2019 Median
± $11,001
$116,000
2018 Median
± $7,801

In 2019, the median property value in Columbus, MS grew to to $121,900 from the previous year's value of $116,000.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Columbus, MS 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, MS the largest share of households have a property value in the $150k - $175k 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.
$36,336
Median Household Income
± $3,484
9.57k
Number of Households
± 724

In 2019, the median household income of the 9.57k households in Columbus, MS grew to $36,336 from the previous year's value of $33,917.

The following chart displays the households in Columbus, MS 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 < $10k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800
Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

50.2%
2019 Homeownership
49%
2018 Homeownership

In 2019, 50.2% of the housing units in Columbus, MS were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 49%.

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

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Commute Time

17.6 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Columbus, MS have a shorter commute time (17.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 2.39% of the workforce in Columbus, MS have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2019
  1. Drove Alone (88.4%)
  2. Worked At Home (4.58%)
  3. Carpooled (3.93%)

In 2019, 88.4% of workers in Columbus, MS drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (4.58%) and those who carpooled to work (3.93%).

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

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Health

84.7% of the population of Columbus, MS has health coverage, with 35.9% on employee plans, 21.9% on Medicaid, 11.7% on Medicare, 11.5% on non-group plans, and 3.76% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in Mississippi was $7,646 in 2014. This is a 3.86% increase from the previous year ($7,362).

Primary care physicians in Lowndes County, MS see 2105 patients per year on average, which represents a 13.8% increase from the previous year (1850 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1776 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 480 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Sunflower County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (24.6%). Additionally, Sunflower County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (53.7%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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2,105 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Lowndes County, MS

Primary care physicians in Lowndes County, MS see an average of 2,105 patients per year. This represents a 13.8% increase from the previous year (1,850 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Lowndes County, MS 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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$7,646
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in Mississippi
$4,045
Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care
$6,690
Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care
$11,021
Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Mississippi (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 3.86%, from $7,362 to $7,646.

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

15.3%
Uninsured
35.9%
Employer Coverage
21.9%
Medicaid
11.7%
Medicare
11.5%
Non-Group
3.76%
Military or VA

Between 2018 and 2019, the percent of uninsured citizens in Columbus, MS declined by 9.03% from 16.8% to 15.3%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Columbus, MS 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. 24.6% prevalence
  2. 24.3% prevalence
  3. 24.2% prevalence

Sunflower County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Mississippi, at 24.6%.

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

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