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  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    A
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    A-
  8. Weather
    B+
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    C
Columbia County is located in Georgia with a population of 143,723. Columbia County is one of the best places to live in Georgia. In Columbia County, most residents own their homes. Many families and young professionals live in Columbia County and residents tend to be conservative. The public schools in Columbia County are highly rated.
Population
143,723

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$183,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,117
National
$949
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    21%
  • Own
    79%
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Columbia County Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    29.6
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    11.8
    40.7
  • Robbery
    11.8
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    502.4
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,123.1
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    82.8
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    14%
  • 10-17 years
    12%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    12%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    13%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    21%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    33%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    25%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    8%
    13%

Working in Columbia County

Jobs
A-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$74,162
National
$55,322

Columbia County Reviews

2 reviews
I like that Columbia county spends the extra money to have secure events like the county fair, circus and other family events. The communities are cleaner than most surrounding counties too.
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I'm a current student here in Columbia. Overall I like it. There's plenty to do if you want to go out; whether it's the zoo or bowling or clubs and bars. The most irritating thing about living here is the road construction that lasts for extended periods.