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Columbus, Mississippi

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Introduction ...

Below are places that are close (or relative) to Columbus.

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Around Columbus ...

The largest community within a 50 mile [80 km] radius is Starkville. It is located about 24 miles [38 km] to the west of Columbus. Starkville has a population of 25,600 people.<1>

The next largest community is Northport (AL). It is located about 50 miles [80 km] to the east of Columbus and has a population of 25,000 people.

For comparison, Columbus has a population of 24,600 people.

The following large communities are also in the area. Keep in mind that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance starting from Columbus and not the distance if you are driving it.<2>

Community   2016
Aliceville (AL)   [Map]   2,357   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
Fayette (AL)   [Map]   4,432   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
Guin (AL)   [Map]   2,305   NE   42 miles [67.6 km]
Hamilton (AL)   [Map]   6,739   NE   50 miles [80.5 km]
Winfield (AL)   [Map]   4,531   NE   45 miles [72.4 km]
Aberdeen   [Map]   5,391   N   23 miles [37 km]
Amory   [Map]   7,067   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
Eupora   [Map]   2,075   W   49 miles [78.9 km]
Houston   [Map]   3,524   NW   43 miles [69.2 km]
Louisville   [Map]   6,324   SW   45 miles [72.4 km]
Macon   [Map]   2,614   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
Nettleton   [Map]   1,952   N   41 miles [66 km]
Okolona   [Map]   2,618   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Verona   [Map]   3,019   N   50 miles [80.5 km]
West Point   [Map]   10,880   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]

Below is a sample of nearby communities:

Community   2016
Ethelsville (AL)   [Map]   73   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
Hightogy (AL)   [Map]   ---   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
Macedonia (AL)   [Map]   ---   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
McShan (AL)   [Map]   ---   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
Millport (AL)   [Map]   999   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
Pickensville (AL)   [Map]   574   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
Stafford (AL)   [Map]   ---   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
Artesia   [Map]   429   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
Bent Oak   [Map]   ---   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
Brooksville   [Map]   1,169   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
Caledonia   [Map]   1,050   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
Clayton Village   [Map]   ---   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
Crawford   [Map]   650   SW   18 miles [29 km]
New Hope   [Map]   ---   SE   5 miles [8 km]
Vinton   [Map]   ---   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]

For more communities neighboring Columbus, please visit our County-by-County Page for Columbus.

Lowndes County ...

Columbus is located in Lowndes County and is the County Seat.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Lowndes County: Lamar (AL), Pickens (AL), Clay, Monroe, Noxubee & Oktibbeha.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Columbus ...

As we travel, we always see a community name that gives pause. While there are names which are interesting or familiar, some catch our attention or strike our fancy. We always talk about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

Cedar View   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast of Columbus   [Map]
Forest (AL)   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the East   [Map]
Fox Run   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North   [Map]
Greenacres   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northwest   [Map]
Holly Hills   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Pinecrest   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]
Plymouth (Historic)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]
Rocky Ford   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Sleepy Hollow   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Columbus ...

Looking for more information about Columbus? A good source is the TripAdvisor website and we always start with their TripAdvisor Tourism page. The Tourism page gives you an overview and then the links that will help you to find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Columbus, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information and a map of those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Tourism Map for Columbus.

See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a new section that have been added to our Genealogy Helper Page for Columbus.

We have a list of several cemeteries that are in the area around Columbus. Our list includes the location of each cemetery, with the ability to see an overhead view of the cemetery.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Columbus. Our list includes information such as whether the community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.

Websites We Enjoy ...

When we're planning a trip, we like to check the following websites for sights to see and places to visit:

For the State of Mississippi

    Mississippi Tourism
    Parks for Mississippi

TripAdvisor Link for:

    Mississippi Statewide Tourism
    Columbus Tourism

    Additional communities can be found om the TripAdvisor Tourism Map for Columbus

National Park Service (NPS) sites in Mississippi

America's Byways - Scenic & Historic Roadways

RoadsideAmerica - Offbeat Tourist Attractions

Atlas Obscura - Curious and Wondrous Travel Destinations

The Living New Deal - Sites in Mississippi

Murals of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) - New Deal Art in Mississippi

Airports Near Columbus ...

Of the airports that we know about, these are some of the closest to Columbus.

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)<3>  NFDC<4>
Phillips Intl.   [Map]   ---   NE   Less than 2 miles
Columbus - Lowndes Co. Airport(UBS/KUBS)   [Map]   UBS   SSE   3 miles [4.8 km]
Golden Triangle Rgnl.(ICAO: KGTR)   [Map]   GTR   WSW   10 miles [16.1 km]
McCharen Fld.   [Map]   M83   WNW   15 miles [24.1 km]

When we're on the road, rather than always picking an airport that is close to our destination, we try to see if there might be another airport that would be a better fit to our travel plans.<5> To help with your planning, the following list of airports is organized by type and where they are relatively close to Columbus.

Please keep in mind that these airports where chosen based on their air-distance from Columbus. You should check the map and see how accessible they are when considering one airport over another.

Large Airports

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)  NFDC
Birmingham Intl. (BHM/KBHM)   [Map]   BHM   E   95 miles [152.9 km]
Memphis Intl. (MEM/KMEM)   [Map]   MEM   NW   138 miles [222.1 km]
Nashville Intl. (BNA/KBNA)   [Map]   BNA   NNE   205 miles [329.9 km]
Little Rock National Airport (LIT/KLIT)   [Map]   LIT   WNW   233 miles [375 km]

Smaller Airports with Scheduled Flights / Air Taxi Service

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)  NFDC
Tuscaloosa Rgnl.(TCL/KTCL)   [Map]   TCL   ESE   50 miles [80.5 km]
Northwest Alabama Rgnl. (MSL/KMSL)   [Map]   MSL   NNE   96 miles [154.5 km]

General Aviation Airports

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)  NFDC
Phillips Intl.   [Map]   ---   NE   Less than 2 miles
Columbus - Lowndes Co. Airport(UBS/KUBS)   [Map]   UBS   SSE   3 miles [4.8 km]
Golden Triangle Rgnl.(ICAO: KGTR)   [Map]   GTR   WSW   10 miles [16.1 km]
McCharen Fld.   [Map]   M83   WNW   15 miles [24.1 km]

Additional Airport Information

For each of the airports listed below, we've linked to websites where detailed information about the airport can be found.

Birmingham Intl.   (BHM/KBHM)   [Map]
        Website for Birmingham - Shuttlesworth International Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Memphis Intl.   (MEM/KMEM)   [Map]
        Website for Memphis International Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Golden Triangle Rgnl.   (ICAO: KGTR)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Nashville Intl.   (BNA/KBNA)   [Map]
        Website for Nashville International Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Little Rock National Airport   (LIT/KLIT)   [Map]
        Website for Little Rock National Airport / Adams Field
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
New Orleans Intl.   (MSY/KMSY)   [Map]
        Website for Louis Armstrong - New Orleans International Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
McGhee Tyson Airport   (TYS/KTYS)   [Map]
        Website for McGhee Tyson Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Tuscaloosa Rgnl.   (TCL/KTCL)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Northwest Alabama Rgnl.   (MSL/KMSL)   [Map]
        Website for Northwest Alabama Regional Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Columbus - Lowndes Co. Airport   (UBS/KUBS)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Mississippi

About Lowndes County

About Mississippi

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Columbus: www.columbusms.org/

The official website for State of Mississippi: www.ms.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Columbus.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance from Columbus. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Columbus) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Columbus. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Columbus

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Columbus. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.5085, Longitude: -88.4136     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Columbus have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>The IATA and ICAO are organizations that, amongst other functions, provide identifying codes for airports. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is an airline trade organization. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is an agency of the United Nations. Although the codes are similar, be careful not to confuse them.

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<4>On an airport-by-airport basis, an NFDC report typically includes a description of airport operations, contacts, the runway(s), and radio, navigation & weather frequencies. The National Flight Data Center (NFDC) is operated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) with the purpose of collecting, validating and disseminating information about airports.

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<5>When we are planning a trip (for example, to Columbus), we usually look for the obvious: the choice of airlines that fly into the airport, the number of flights, the connections we have to make, which car rentals are available, etc. We also look for sights and attractions that we might find between any given airport and our destination - we do love exploring. We're willing to fly into a more distant airport if we can get the services and amenities that we like. Even though our choice of airport might be inconvenient to others, it usually gives us a better trip.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Columbus.