Columbus is a city located in Muscogee County, Georgia. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 186,291. The city is the county seat of Muscogee County1.
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According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 572.4 km² (221.0 mi²). 560.1 km² (216.3 mi²) of it is land and 12.3 km² (4.7 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 2.14% water.
As of the census of 2000, there are 186,291 people, 69,819 households, and 47,686 families residing in the city. The population density is 332.6/km² (861.4/mi²). There are 76,182 housing units at an average density of 136.0/km² (352.3/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 50.42% White, 43.74% African American, 0.38% Native American, 1.54% Asian, 0.14% Pacific Islander, 1.90% from other races, and 1.87% from two or more races. 4.49% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 69,819 households out of which 34.6% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.7% are married couples living together, 19.6% have a female householder with no husband present, and 31.7% are non-families. 26.7% of all households are made up of individuals and 9.4% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.54 and the average family size is 3.08.
In the city the population is spread out with 26.8% under the age of 18, 11.9% from 18 to 24, 29.8% from 25 to 44, 19.7% from 45 to 64, and 11.7% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 33 years. For every 100 females there are 94.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 91.6 males.
The median income for a household in the city is $34,798, and the median income for a family is $41,244. Males have a median income of $30,238 versus $24,336 for females. The per capita income for the city is $18,262. 15.7% of the population and 12.8% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 22.0% are under the age of 18 and 12.1% are 65 or older.