Marion County is conveniently located in South Central Mississippi. Its largest city, Columbia, is home to roughly 7,000 people. It sits about 30 miles west of Hattiesburg and about 85 miles south of Jackson. Columbia is a short drive to several destination cities, including New Orleans, the Mississippi Gulf Coast and Mobile, Alabama. Commercial air transportation is available at the Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport, less than 40 miles from Columbia. International airports in Jackson and New Orleans are both within a short 100-mile radius of Columbia.