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  1. Public Schools
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  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
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  8. Weather
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  9. Cost of Living
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  10. Health & Fitness
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  11. Outdoor Activities
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  12. Commute
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Columbia is a city in Missouri with a population of 120,248. Columbia is in Boone County and is one of the best places to live in Missouri. Living in Columbia offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Columbia there are a lot of parks. Many young professionals live in Columbia and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Columbia are highly rated.
About Columbia...
Population
120,248

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$185,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$854
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    53%
  • Own
    47%
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Columbia Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    197.6
    282.7
  • Murder
    8.8
    6.1
  • Rape
    55.2
    40.7
  • Robbery
    59.2
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    399.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,944.5
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    250.4
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    7%
  • 18-24 years
    26%
  • 25-34 years
    16%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    10%
  • 55-64 years
    9%
  • 65+ years
    10%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    25%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    27%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    25%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    18%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    5%
    13%

Working in Columbia

Jobs
A-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$49,277
National
$55,322
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Columbia Reviews

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Columbia is a good sized city. Not too big and not too small. It has that "small town" feel with all of the amenities! The downtown or the "District" is a fun place to hang out and has a lot of interesting shops and eateries. The Katy Trail is a great resource for exercise and sightseeing. The city is bike friendly, easy to walk and very easy to navigate by vehicle. It's also convenient to hop onto I-70 for a quick day trip to St. Louis or Kansas City!
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As a life long resident that attended college here before leaving, it was great to grow up in with plenty of parks and family friendly events. There's something for everyone. Super conservative? Creative liberal? In the middle? It's here and nearly every cliche is present (country, artsy hip, tha hood, brads & karens, indie, sporty, white or blue collar...) despite our small size. Downtown as an adult gets old fast, but if you like indie films, fests, and live concerts there's decent variety here, it's surprising sometimes. As you approach the city limits you essentially enter red middle-of-nowheresville; CoMo is a (light) blue dot as a whole. Couldn't imagine thriving here as a young professional unless you're in academics / healthcare / want a low key lifestyle. In an alternative ideal universe I'm in my 40s living in the Historic Old Southwest neighborhood raising a family, and being really involved with the community; life’s good.
Columbia feels like a small town, but it has many of the cultural and social advantages of a city. There are wonderful parks, trails and other opportunities for recreation. The dining opportunities here are fantastic and diverse. Columbia boasts an independent movie theater as well as a documentary film festival which energizes and enlivens the town once a year. The abundant and beautiful plant life and scenery here makes traveling from one location to the next a peaceful experience, whether the mode of transportation is driving, cycling or walking.