Lowndes County, Mississippi

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Lowndes County, Mississippi
Map of Mississippi highlighting Lowndes County
Location in the state of Mississippi
Map of the United States highlighting Mississippi
Mississippi's location in the U.S.
Founded 1830
Named for William Jones Lowndes
Seat Columbus
Largest city Columbus
Area
 • Total 516.45 sq mi (1,338 km2)
 • Land 502.30 sq mi (1,301 km2)
 • Water 14.15 sq mi (37 km2), 2.74%
Population
 • (2010) 59,779
 • Density 122/sq mi (47/km²)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.lowndescountygov.com

Lowndes County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of the 2010 census, the population was 59,779.[1] Its county seat is Columbus.[2] The county is named for U.S. Congressman William Jones Lowndes.

Lowndes County comprises the Columbus, MS Micropolitan Statistical Area.[3] and is part of the Golden Triangle region of the state.


Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 516.45 square miles (1,337.6 km2), of which 502.30 square miles (1,301.0 km2) (or 97.26%) is land and 14.15 square miles (36.6 km2) (or 2.74%) is water.[4]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 3,173
1840 14,513 357.4%
1850 19,544 34.7%
1860 23,625 20.9%
1870 30,502 29.1%
1880 28,244 −7.4%
1890 27,047 −4.2%
1900 29,095 7.6%
1910 30,703 5.5%
1920 27,632 −10.0%
1930 29,987 8.5%
1940 35,245 17.5%
1950 37,852 7.4%
1960 46,639 23.2%
1970 49,700 6.6%
1980 57,304 15.3%
1990 59,308 3.5%
2000 61,586 3.8%
2010 59,779 −2.9%
Est. 2012 59,670 −0.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 59,779 people residing in the county. 54.0% were White, 43.5% Black or African American, 0.7% Asian, 0.2% Native American, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.6% of some other race and 1.1% of two or more races. 1.5% were Hispanic or Latino (of any race).

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 61,586 people, 22,849 households, and 16,405 families residing in the county. The population density was 123 people per square mile (47/km²). There were 25,104 housing units at an average density of 50 per square mile (19/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 56.47% White, 41.56% Black or African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.54% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.39% from other races, and 0.85% from two or more races. 1.11% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 22,849 households out of which 36.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.20% were married couples living together, 18.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.20% were non-families. 24.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.13.

In the county the population was spread out with 28.60% under the age of 18, 10.60% from 18 to 24, 29.20% from 25 to 44, 20.40% from 45 to 64, and 11.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 89.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,123, and the median income for a family was $38,248. Males had a median income of $31,792 versus $20,640 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,514. About 18.00% of families and 21.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.80% of those under age 18 and 16.80% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Primary and secondary schools[edit]

Portions of Lowndes County are served by the Columbus Municipal School District and the Lowndes County School District.

The Columbus Municipal School District includes:[7]

  • Columbus High School
  • S.D. Lee Middle School
  • R.E. Hunt Intermediate School
  • Cook Elementary Fine Arts Magnet School
  • Fairview Elementary Aerospace & Science Magnet
  • Franklin Elementary Medical Sciences & Wellness Magnet School
  • Sale Elementary International Studies Magnet
  • Stokes-Beard Elementary Technology & Communication Magnet.

The Lowndes County School District has 3 areas, each with an elementary school, a middle school, and a high school:[8]

  • Caledonia
  • New Hope
  • West Lowndes.

Colleges and universities[edit]

Lowndes County is home of Mississippi University for Women located in Columbus.Lowndes County is within the service area of the East Mississippi Community College system.[9] The Golden Triangle Campus is located in Mayhew, an unincorporated area in Lowndes County. The system also offers classes in the Columbus Air Force Base Extension in Columbus.[10]

Communities[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 4, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "OMB Bulletin No. 13-01: Revised Delineations of Metropolitan Statistical Areas, Micropolitan Statistical Areas, and Combined Statistical Areas, and Guidance on Uses of the Delineations of These Areas". United States Office of Management and Budget. February 28, 2013. Retrieved April 3, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Census 2010 Gazetteer Files". Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved September 4, 2013. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  7. ^ School District, Columbus Municipal (2005). "Schools: Columbus Municipal School District, Columbus, Mississippi". Retrieved 2009-05-23. 
  8. ^ School District, Lowndes County (2007–2008). "The Lowndes County School District". Retrieved 2009-05-23. [dead link]
  9. ^ "CATALOG 2007-2009." East Mississippi Community College. 3 (3/147). Retrieved on March 1, 2011.
  10. ^ "CATALOG 2007-2009." East Mississippi Community College. 10 (10/147). Retrieved on March 1, 2011.

Coordinates: 33°28′N 88°26′W / 33.47°N 88.44°W / 33.47; -88.44