Columbus is a city in Lowndes County in Mississippi on the Tombigbee River. It is approximately 175 miles northeast of the city of Jackson. Columbus is located at 33° 29' 44" N, 88° 25' 38" W. It is in the Central Standard time zone. The city of Columbus has a total area of 22.3 sq mi, of which 0.9 sq mi is water. The city is hot during summer (Max. temperature in July 92.30°F) with temperatures in the vicinity of 80's and cold during winter (Min. temperature in January 32.2°F) with an average temperature of 40's. Rainfall is evenly distributed through out the year. Average annual rainfall is 55.91 inches.
The population in Columbus was 25,944 people in 2000 as per the census. The racial makeup of the city is 43.62%25 White and 54.41%25 African American. Columbus is famous for its rich heritage, classic Southern architecture, good food, and a friendly atmosphere.
The city has been the inspiration for Pulitzer Prize winners, such as Eudora Welty and Tennessee Williams. Columbus is the birthplace of Tennessee Williams. He spent his formative years in Columbus.
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