The small town of Columbia, Mississippi is home to slightly more than 6,000 residents. It's a nice place to settle down, as retirees account for a greater percentage of the population (19%) here than they do nationally (14%). Overall, the town's residents, with an average age of just under 40, skew older than most cities in Mississippi. The majority of residents own their homes in Columbia, and 36% of residents rent. Renting remains an affordable option, though, as the town boasts a relatively low average rent of $574 per month. Over the course of a year, renters in Columbia will save around $2,600 compared to the state average.
With an average commute time of about 30 minutes, slower than most cities in the state, Columbia residents know that it takes some patience traveling to work. Many residents (35%) commute to work by car, while public transit isn't used. Not many commuters walk to work.
There are two primary industries in Columbia: retail and entertainment. Combined, these industries make up 12% of the town's labor force. Meanwhile, looking at job function, 7% of residents work in sales, making it the top field in the town. With an average annual income of just over $45,000, Columbia workers earn less than their peers elsewhere in the state. The town's average income also trails the national average ($73,345). Columbia has a relatively high number of residents older than 25 with a high school degree or GED (23%) compared to the national average. Further, 6% possess a Bachelor's degree and 3% have a Master's degree or Doctorate.
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