Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS

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Population

176,592

0.352% decline

Median Age

34.4


Median Household Income

$38,294

4.97% growth

Poverty Rate

25.8%


Number of Employees

67,984

0.151% decline

Median Property Value

$102,000

0.791% growth

About

In 2017, Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS had a population of 177k people with a median age of 34.4 and a median household income of $38,294. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS declined from 177,215 to 176,592, a -0.352% decrease and its median household income grew from $36,481 to $38,294, a 4.97% increase.

The population of Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS is 52.4% White Alone, 43.6% Black or African American Alone, and 1.52% Hispanic or Latino. 3.72% of the people in Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS speak a non-English language, and 98.5% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS are Mississippi State University (4,271 degrees awarded in 2016) and Mississippi University for Women (865 degrees).

The median property value in Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS is $102,000, and the homeownership rate is 63.9%. Most people in Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 21.8 minutes. The average car ownership in Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS employs 68k people. The largest industries in Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS are Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (5,803 people), Elementary & secondary schools (4,945 people), and Restaurants & Food Services (4,554 people), and the highest paying industries are Support activities for mining ($110,224), Legal services ($78,941), and Electric power generation, transmission & distribution ($72,077).

Median household income in Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS is $38,294. Males in Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS have an average income that is 1.44 times higher than the average income of females, which is $35,377. The income inequality in Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS (measured using the Gini index) is 0.455, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$38,294

2017 value

± $1,609

4.97%

1 Year Growth

± 5.01%

Households in Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS have a median annual income of $38,294, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $36,481 in 2016, which represents a 4.97% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

$50,858

Average Male Salary

± $6,630

$35,377

Average Female Salary

± $4,696

In 2017, full-time male employees in Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS made 1.44 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. White

    $44,513 ± $5,622

  2. Asian

    $40,206 ± $51,234

  3. American Indian

    $39,234 ± $58,175

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS workers was White. These workers were paid 1.11 times more than Asian workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

0.455

2017 Wage GINI

0.465

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS was 0.455 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 2.21% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 the GINI for Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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In 2017, the PUMA with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS was DeSoto CountySouthaven City PUMA, MS with a value of $66,440, followed by Madison & Yazoo Counties PUMA, MS and Rankin & Simpson Counties PUMA, MS, with respective values of $64,160 and $61,280.

The following map shows all of the PUMAs in Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

25.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS (43.4k out of 168k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34.

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

    27,354 ± 1,162

  2. White

    14,870 ± 857

  3. Asian

    550 ± 252

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS is Black, followed by White and Asian.

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

68k

2017 Value

-0.151%

1 Year decline

± -0.151%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS declined at a rate of -0.151%, from 68.1k employees to 68k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS, are Postsecondary teachers (2,503 people), Driver/sales workers & truck drivers (2,361 people), and Cashiers (2,061 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS, by number of employees, are Postsecondary teachers (2,503 people), Driver/sales workers & truck drivers (2,361 people), and Cashiers (2,061 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other pumas, Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS has an unusually high number of residents working as Logging workers (10.6 times higher than expected), Air traffic controllers & airfield operations specialists (10 times), and Crane & tower operators (8.54 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS, by average salary, are Chief executives & legislators ($174,012), Physicians & surgeons ($132,565), and Construction managers ($127,801).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

68k

2017 Value

-0.151%

1 Year decline

± -0.151%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS declined at a rate of -0.151%, from 68.1k employees to 68k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS, are Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (5,803 people), Elementary & secondary schools (4,945 people), and Restaurants & Food Services (4,554 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS, though some of these residents may live in Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, 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 Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS, by number of employees, are Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (5,803 people), Elementary & secondary schools (4,945 people), and Restaurants & Food Services (4,554 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other pumas, Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS has an unusually high number of Sawmills & wood preservation (11.2 times higher than expected), Logging (11.1 times), and U. S. Air Force (10.3 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS, by average salary, are Support activities for mining ($110,224), Legal services ($78,941), and Electric power generation, transmission & distribution ($72,077).

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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. $39.9B

  2. $25.1B

  3. $13.1B

In 2015, the top outbound Mississippi product (by dollars) was Coal-n.e.c. with $39.9B, followed by Textiles/leather ($25.1B) and Mixed freight ($13.1B).

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$187B

2015 Value

$277B

Projected 2045 Value

48.7% growth

In 2015, total outbound Mississippi trade was $187B. This is expected to increase 48.7% to $277B by 2045.

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. $34.4B

  2. $16.3B

  3. $15.4B

In 2015, the top outbound Mississippi domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Alabama with $34.4B, followed by Tennessee with $16.3B and Louisiana and $15.4B.

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Health

N/A% of the population of Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS has health coverage, with N/A% on employee plans, N/A% on Medicaid, N/A% on Medicare, N/A% on non-group plans, and N/A% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the puma of Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS was $7,646 in 2014. This is a 3.86% increase from the previous year ($7,362).

Primary care physicians in Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS see 1883 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.686% decrease from the previous year (1896 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2186 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 764 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Humphreys County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (18.1%). Additionally, Jefferson County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (46.4%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

Data is only available at the state level. Showing data for Mississippi.

1,883 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Mississippi see an average of 1,883 patients per year. This represents a 0.686% decrease from the previous year (1,896 patients).

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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%).

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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%).

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Health Care Spending

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$7,646

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$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

N/A%

Uninsured

N/A%

Employer Coverage

N/A%

Medicaid

N/A%

Medicare

N/A%

Non-Group

N/A%

Military or VA

Between N/A and N/A, the percent of uninsured citizens in Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS N/A by N/A from N/A% to N/A%.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 18.1% prevalence

  2. 17.8% prevalence

  3. 17.7% prevalence

Humphreys County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Mississippi, at 18.1%.

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

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Diversity

Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS is home to a population of 177k people, from which 98.5% are citizens. As of 2017, N/A% of Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS residents were born outside of the country (N/A people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS is composed of 92.5k White Alone residents (52.4%), 77.1k Black or African American Alone residents (43.6%), 2.69k Hispanic or Latino residents (1.52%), 2.21k Asian Alone residents (1.25%), 1.52k Two or More Races residents (0.858%), 540 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.306%), 55 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0311%), and 27 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0153%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS are Spanish (2,677 speakers), Chinese (Incl. Mandarin, Cantonese) (669 speakers), and Arabic (284 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

35

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.2

32

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2.5

In 2017, the median age of all people in Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS was 34.4. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 35, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 32. But people in Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS residents was 34.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

N/A%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

N/A people

2.32%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

4.12k people

As of 2017, N/A% of Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS residents (N/A people) were born outside of the United States, which is approximately the same as the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS was 2.32%, meaning that the rate has been maintaining.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    754 ± 673 people

  2. China

    541 ± 570 people

  3. Canada

    218 ± 362 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS was Mexico, the natal country of 754 Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS residents, followed by China with 541 and Canada with 218.

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Citizenship

98.5%

2017 Citizenship

98.4%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 98.5% of Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS was 98.4%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    92.5k ± 40

  2. Black or African American Alone

    77.1k ± 326

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    2.69k ± 390

In 2017, there were 1.2 times more White Alone residents (92.5k people) in Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS than any other race or ethnicity. There were 77.1k Black or African American Alone and 2.69k Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish

    2,677 speakers (1.61%)

  2. Chinese (Incl. Mandarin, Cantonese)

    669 speakers (0.403%)

  3. Arabic

    284 speakers (0.171%)

3.72% of Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is lower than the national average of 21.8%. In 2017, the most common non-English language spoken in Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS was Spanish. 1.61% of the overall population of Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS are native Spanish speakers. 0.403% speak Chinese (Incl. Mandarin, Cantonese) and 0.171% speak Spanish, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    3,183 ± 318

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    2,006 ± 328

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    1,579 ± 248

Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.59 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS awarded 5,136 degrees. The student population of Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS is skewed towards women, with 11,472 male students and 13,106 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS are White (3,757 and 76%), followed by Black or African American (897 and 18.1%), Hispanic or Latino (86 and 1.74%), and Asian (71 and 1.44%).

The largest universities in Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS by number of degrees awarded are Mississippi State University (4,271 and 83.2%) and Mississippi University for Women (865 and 16.8%).

The most popular majors in Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS are Registered Nursing (514 and 10%), General Business Administration & Management (362 and 7.05%), and Kinesiology & Exercise Science (302 and 5.88%).

The median tuition costs in Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $6,873 and $18,717 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 258 degrees awarded

  2. 435 degrees awarded

  3. 271 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS was General Business Administration & Management with 258 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 4,271 degrees awarded

  2. 865 degrees awarded

$6,873

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS institution with the largest number of graduating students was Mississippi State University with 4,271 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

2,286

Degrees Awarded to Men

2,850

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 2,286 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS, which is 0.802 times less than the 2,850 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    3,757 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    897 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    86 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS were to White students. These 3,757 degrees mean that there were 4.19 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 897 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS was $102,000 in 2017, which is 0.469 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $101,200 to $102,000, a 0.791% increase. The homeownership rate in Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS is 63.9%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS have an average commute time of 21.8 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$38,294

Median Household Income

± $1,609

66.2k

Number of Households

± 1,768

In 2017, the median household income of the 66.2k households in Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS grew to $38,294 from the previous year's value of $36,481.

The following chart displays the households in Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, 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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Housing

Property Value

$102,000

2017 Median

± $3,871

$101,200

2016 Median

± $3,748

In 2017, the median property value in Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS grew to to $102,000 from the previous year's value of $101,200.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, 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 Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

63.9%

2017 Homeownership

62.4%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 63.9% of the housing units in Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 62.4%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

21.8 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS have a shorter commute time (21.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 3.07% of the workforce in Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    83.4%

  2. Carpooled

    10.6%

  3. Worked At Home

    2.89%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Starkville, Columbus & West Point Cities PUMA, MS was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Worked At Home.

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