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Lowndes County is located in east-central Mississippi. The County Seat is Columbus and the largest city is Columbus. The Official Web Site is located at http://www.lowndescountygov.com/. The 2014 population estimate is 59,730 and the 2010 census population was 59,779. The land area is 505.51 square miles and there are 118.3 persons per square mile.
54.1% of the population is White, 43.8% is Black or African American, 1.8% is Hispanic or Latino, 0.7% is Asian, 0.2% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.1% is Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 1.1% is two or more races. 82% have a high school degree or higher, and 21.4% have a Bachelor degree or higher.
The median home value is $115,700, there are 23,178 households, an average of 2.51 persons per household. The per capita income is $20,951, the median household income is $37,868, and 25.4% of the persons in Lowndes County are considered below poverty level.
The total number of firms, at last estimate, was 5,145. Retail sales (in $1000) were $809,310, and sales per capita were $13,596. The percentage of black-owned firms is 11.3%, and the percentage of women-owned firms is 23%.
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