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
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$176,900
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$799
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    52%
  • Own
    48%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    316
    273
  • Murder
    1
    6
  • Rape
    69
    41
  • Robbery
    119
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    706
    525
  • Theft
    2,161
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    190
    263

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$44,907
National
$53,889
Children
16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    26%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    30%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    23%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    15%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    6%
    13%
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Colleges

Columbia Reviews

262 reviews
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I have been coming to Columbia, MO for years and I finally moved up here. I love that I have the option to be in the city and enjoy the shopping downtown and in the mall. I also love the diversity being that it is a college town. There are also some great parks to go to when you want to get away and enjoy what nature has to offer in here Mid-MO. There are many sports events that anybody if able to go to and concerts as well. There is something for everyone to do here in the city!
Review Columbia
City with broad range of social groups and people from all walks of life. Housing is too expensive because of 3 universities in town, and more affordable housing is found in old neighborhoods needing community outreach badly. There is a wonderful local vibe in downtown and in many of the shopping areas and parks, but it is often overcrowded with college students at peak times. Very safe and friendly in some parts and not so much in others. Needs a serious look at communities and areas that have fallen behind the higher demand central locations.
Home of the Missouri Tigers, Rock Bridge State Park, Booches, and Shakespeare’s Pizza. Columbia is a booming college town, where weekends are spent walking downtown or tailgating at Faurot Field. I enjoy the variety of activities that are offered here. It gives my friends and I options when we are planning our weekends. It is conveniently centered between the Lake of the Ozarks, St. Louis, and Kansas City. Growing up here has been a great experience for me and my family. I would not change anything about Columbia; I love Columbia for the city that it is and would not want to grow up anywhere else.