A+
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 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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Most people in Columbia are very caring and welcoming. Because the town is situated in the woods, there are public paths and parks for kids to play on. It is really nice to go on a quiet stroll or go for a run on the paths. Also, there is a small town feel to Clarksville, you know almost everyone and whenever you go out you are likely to see a familiar face. There are tons of restaurants and it is an easy commute to the Baltimore for work. Also, being in-between Baltimore and Washington D.C., residents of Columbia can always find something to do! There is nowhere else I would rather live!
Columbia used to be all the rave! It still is very good, but the crime rates have gone up and it is very expensive to live here. The public schools are great! Very diverse, also. It is generally safe, but there are certain areas you would avoid at night. There are many restaurants and tap houses to go to, but no clubs or straight up bars. Downtown Columbia is in progress, building more apartments, offices, and restaurants. Overall, this is a good, but expensive place to raise a family.