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  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Housing
    B+
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    A-
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    C+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B
Columbia is a city in Maryland with a population of 103,663. Columbia is in Howard County and is one of the best places to live in Maryland. Living in Columbia offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Columbia there are a lot of coffee shops and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Columbia and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in Columbia are highly rated.
About Columbia...
Population
103,663

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$372,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,687
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    34%
  • Own
    66%
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Columbia Rankings

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Crime & Safety

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

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    15%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    31%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    31%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    21%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    13%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%

Working in Columbia

Jobs
A-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$105,815
National
$55,322
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Columbia Reviews

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Columbia, MD is very family friendly and has the conveniences that all families needs such as supermarkets, malls, boutique shops, and restaurants. There are many places that you can enjoy outdoor leisure time and never have to worry about personal safety. The community is diverse and allows people to freely enjoy the secret treasures of this bedroom community. What takes it over the top is that there are options for all -- Walmart, Target, Sam's or Costco. A step further, there is Trader Joe's, Mom's and Whole Foods. One can enjoy reading a book at Barnes and Nobles, or having hot tea at the local IHOP. You can walk, jog or run around the lake, or just sit and enjoy the view. And, do not forget to pamper yourself at any number of the spas, nail shops and salons. And the warmer months allow you to enjoy the sounds of music at Merriweather Post Pavilion, which draws some of the hottest talent and largest crowds! Welcome to Columbia, MD - we are waiting for you...
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The resources are plentiful and well funded - from Grassroots Crisis intervention for mental health & financial help; the library system's education resources and free programs for children/teens; Howard Banes Senior Center's free recreation and lunches; wonderful parks and walking trails; etc.
The people care about Columbia as well. City council hearings are well attended by passionate people, and you'll find Board of Ed and state legislature campaign posters all over the place. Likewise, Columbia cares about its people (see above resources. They also have given out surveys at the library seeking our feedback).
Like every American city, Columbia should do more about litter.
The city is absolutely gorgeous. There is many options of places to dine at, activities to kids and parks/ paths to walk around. It is situated in the Howard County Public School System, which is the best public schools in the entire states, therefore your children will receive an excellent education. The only issue is that it is quite pricey to live her as housing prices are more expensive in this area so expect to pay more rent here. This city gives you the vibes of a city life without being overcrowded and dirty as it has a cozier feel and more plants that surround the city. Overall, Columbia is the best city to consider moving to!