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A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    A-
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$178,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$803
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    53%
  • Own
    47%

Columbia Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    225
    283
  • Murder
    5
    6
  • Rape
    69
    41
  • Robbery
    105
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    437
    500
  • Theft
    2,038
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    203
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$45,221
National
$55,322
Children
16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    26%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    29%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    24%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    16%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    6%
    13%

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Columbia Reviews

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Columbia is the home of Mizzou Tigers! Everywhere you look you are welcomed to Columbia with the colors of Black and Gold! It is also a great community and has a great familly atmosphere. Columbia is known for quite a bit of trail to walk or ride which ever you prefer. They have the best resturants and if you like to play in the park with your family after a great meal, I suggest to walk at the Shelter Gardens! A very beautiful and peaceful, don't forget your camera when visit Columbia!
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Columbia Missouri is a good place for low income and struggling families to receive help through organizations such as FACE, PCHAS,IBHC, MedZou, YEZ, First Chance for Children, CARE, CACC, Central Missouri Food Bank, Salvation Army, BCFR, etc... Downtown has some quirky stores and yummy restaurants. Stevens Lake/Park, Cosmo Park, and the K.T Trail are fun places in the summer. There is a library, Sky Zone, Target, mall,lots of churches, two theaters, and approximately three health food stores. Columbia is a good city, but it's not great. If there was one word to describe Columbia Missouri it would be "boring". There are no theme parks, mega malls, museums, monuments, beaches, touristy stuff or great natural wonder that many medium and large cities enjoy. The poor and rich populations far out number the middle class, and the disconnect between them is only growing. It's easy to get stuck here and never be able to move away due to a job, family, or financial reasons.
I would like to see better roads and sidewalks, especially better paint on the roads. Parking enforcement as students often crowd the neighborhood streets and park too close to roads and driveways making it difficult to drive without hitting their cars. I would also like to see more enforcement of littering especially cigarette smokers and increase and enforce no smoking spaces. Increased patrols in the neighborhoods near downtown as in the warm months a lot of homeless and/or criminals wander the streets camp out in apartment basements. I often don’t feel safe in this city. I would like to see rebuilding of neighborhoods and businesses that are run down and attract criminals due to low costs because property is not kept up with