Lowndes County was founded in 1830. With a population over 61,000, Columbus is the county seat and largest city of Lowndes County. As of 2000, the population was 61,586. Lowndes was named for U.S. Congressman William Jones Lowndes who once served as a lawyer, planter, and statesman. He also worked toward compromise on issues like tariffs and slavery.
The racial makeup of this county consists of 56.47% (white), 41.56% (African American), 0.17% (Native American), 0.54% (Asian), 0.03% (Pacific Islander), 1.11% (Hispanic or Latino) and 1.24% (other races).