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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Housing
    B+
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  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+

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$364,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,604
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    33%
  • Own
    67%

Columbia Rankings

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

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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
    283
  • Murder
    6
  • Rape
    41
  • Robbery
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    500
  • Theft
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$102,899
National
$55,322
Children
19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    32%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    32%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    20%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    12%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%

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Columbia Reviews

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Columbia is very dog-friendly! There are beautiful trails to walk your dog and lots of other dog-people around. It's easy to find an apartment that allows dogs.
Columbia can be a hard place to get to know since there is minimal signage around and some small businesses are tucked away. Once you know the area, of course, you will appreciate the lack of ugly signs. Columbia neighborhoods have a distinctly '70s look and seek to blend in with the natural surroundings (some may like this, others may not).
The schools are very diverse - I went to my nephew's elementary school and in 5 minutes I saw several male teachers, a black teacher, a Latinx teacher, a Muslim teacher, and a range of ages among others. The students are also diverse in both ethnicity and income-level.
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Growing up here allowed me to connect to a great community and participate in many outdoor events and fairs. There is always something to do on the weekends. There are also many indoor things to do to have fun like bowling, skating, laser tag, arcades and more! The only thing I didn't like is that I felt stuck. It is a bit like a small town in that people are born here, go to school and college here, get married and have kids here, and stay here for the rest of their lives. I have always have big dreams to see the world and be a singer so this city can feel limiting.
Every place starts out with an “A” – before experiences jade it. Life here began that way, and eroded from a grade “A” to “E.”
The town of 99,615 has:
• limited transportation/accessibility
• low walkability
• no culture, no history of note.
It’s only 51 years old, and is a planned community bereft of any “personality.”
Developer James Rouse put pen to paper to design a “utopia.” He envisioned a town divided into “equal” and inoffensive villages to accommodate all races.
Admirable, but not realistic.
Rouse’s plan neglected individuality, and force-fed homogeneity.
His quixotic concept of “color blindness” could never reverse prejudices prospective Columbians held. A man-made environment developed to squash bigotry sugarcoats that very poison.
Columbia’s lack of racism is illusory. Things are not equal. Columbia can’t be colorblind because the world is not colorblind.
Life in Columbia is simply inauthentic.