A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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
    A-

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$365,500
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$1,585
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    34%
  • Own
    66%

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
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    273
  • Murder
    6
  • Rape
    41
  • Robbery
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    525
  • Theft
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    263

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$100,849
National
$53,889
Children
20%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    32%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    32%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    21%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    11%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%

Columbia Reviews

208 reviews
All Categories
I love the trees. There are so many tall, well established trees here! The city itself is so close to major areas ( Baltimore, Washington DC, Annapolis, etc.) but the trees and the overall landscape make you feel like you're somewhere else, at least it does to me. There are wooded trails everywhere, even behind my house. I only have to walk out my back door. It's always bright. I also love that we have a little bit of everything here: every store, mall, and restaurant you could ever hope for and they are five minutes from my house! Yet, with all the trees and natural landscapes you would never know it. The only thing that gives it away is the sound of traffic. I love it here. I've lived here for twelve years and not regretted a single year.
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Living in Columbia is very different from the places I've lived in. It's peaceful, it's family oriented and safe. You feel completely safe in Columbia, it's just known that bad things don't happen there. I would actually love to move back because the school system is great! They do their best for the kids and I experienced that first hand and one day if I have kids, I would love for them to experience that too. It does have some nice restaurants and key places to visit but not much new besides parking lots for the Merriweather Post Pavilion. I love the greenery here and I would love for the community to stay green instead of more industrialized. I would recommend people in Maryland to live here if it's in there budget. Definitely worth it. This is still going to be a wonderful and beautiful place to live in the future.
I love Columbia! It is a great city with tons of options as far as shopping, entertainment and restaurants. The local community college here is also, by far, the best community college. The teachers are great and the campus is very nice. I feel very safe living and being in Columbia. I have no doubt that it is a very family friendly place. There is not much nightlife except a few bars.