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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
    C+
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    A-
  10. Health & Fitness
    C+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    C+
  12. Commute
    B+
Columbia is a town in Kentucky with a population of 4,852. 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
$91,300
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$455
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
    81
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    0
    40.7
  • Robbery
    0
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    60.7
    500.1
  • Theft
    141.7
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    141.7
    284

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    8%
  • 10-17 years
    8%
  • 18-24 years
    29%
  • 25-34 years
    10%
  • 35-44 years
    8%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    7%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    7%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    30%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    31%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    26%
    13%

Working in Columbia

Jobs
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$26,675
National
$55,322

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Columbia Reviews

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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.
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Sometimes it gets a little boring not having a lot to do in such a small town but you can't beat the people who live here. They are generous and kind. It is nice not having traffic bumper to bumper and you can always go to a bigger city just an hour or two away if you want to get out of the country for awhile but you always know you have that bright star, big moon, southern sky waiting on you when you get home.
This is a smaller town and I like that a lot because everyone is more close knit. Since everyone knows everyone else they're more likely to keep the peace. I would definitely choose to live here if I could do it all over, in comparison to the rest of the country I think where I live now ranks higher than average on the living system. In the future I believe this area will grow more developed.