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  1. Public Schools
    C+
  2. Crime & Safety
    A-
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    B-
  5. Good for Families
    B-
  6. Diversity
    B-
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    A
  10. Health & Fitness
    C+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    C
  12. Commute
    A-
Columbia is a town in Kentucky with a population of 4,722. Columbia is in Adair County. Living in Columbia offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. Many retirees live in Columbia and residents tend to be conservative.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$92,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$491
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    52%
  • Own
    48%
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Columbia Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
A-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    40.6
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    0
    40.7
  • Robbery
    0
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    40.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    162.4
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    60.9
    284

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    8%
  • 10-17 years
    8%
  • 18-24 years
    25%
  • 25-34 years
    9%
  • 35-44 years
    10%
  • 45-54 years
    10%
  • 55-64 years
    16%
  • 65+ years
    15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    8%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    7%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    28%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    34%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    22%
    13%

Working in Columbia

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$36,906
National
$55,322

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Columbia Reviews

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Columbia is a very small town where everyone knows everyone. that could be good or bad. I have had many experiences there good and bad. many people become farmers, cops, or teachers. many people there also get married very young and hardly ever leave the town. its not a very diverse place. if you leave the town and are able to get a job elsewhere you are successful. I wouldn't change where I come from, but id never go back and live also. I wish there was more opportunity There, especially for African Americans. if there was anything I could change it would definitely be that.
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I love my small town. We have a unique small-business downtown scene, and we are growing quick, commercially.
I was born and raised in Columbia. It's a small town of around 3,500. Everyone knows everyone and will wave when they see you. It just became wet, as in selling alcohol last year. The only negative aspects are little to do for fun and no jobs. It is also home of a private college by the name of Lindsey Wilson College.