Ranked in the 61st percentile


  • Columbia is ranked #116 in Maryland
  • Columbia is ranked #11,308 in the USA
  • Lots of Local Amenities
  • High Income per Capita
  • High Graduation Rates
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Best Neighborhoods In & Around Columbia, MD

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Cheswolde Area, Baltimore7714.612,433
Roland Parl-Homewood-Guilford, Baltimore7315.516,535
Franklintown, Baltimore6511.41,503
Glen-Fallstaff Area, Baltimore6413.915,750
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Greater Mount Washington, Baltimore64155,164
Westgate, Baltimore6310.314,467
Downtown, Baltimore6314.34,268
Hunting Ridge, Baltimore6311.211,601

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PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Occoquan, VA8641.9947
Countryside, VA8331.410,472
Fair Oaks, VA8335.433,478
Naval Academy, MD8325.16,040
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Merrifield, VA8230.617,000
Cascades, VA8230.212,205
Friendship Heights Village, MD8220.64,730
Arlington, VA8125.8226,092
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I lived in Columbia for more than 10 years. While there are many friendly, pleasant, and neighborly people in Columbia, a significant proportion, perhaps a majority, are arrogant, self righteous, narrow-minded, and entitled. Columbia was founded as an experiment in new town living in the 60s and attracted many idealists with progressive view points. There was a significant sense of community and inclusiveness. At least that's the story. When I lived there, within the last few years, that's curdled into a sense of propriety and significant separation. New comers are looked down upon and ignored. If you didn't move to Columbia in the 70s or earlier (a group that refers to itself as "pioneers") your opinion is worthless. The pioneers consider Columbia to be theirs. As one of them told me once, "you have to understand. We are always watching and we see everything". While there is a degree of diversity, classism renders that nearly valueless today.Falling home values in most of Columbia, has never recovered from the real estate crash, have added to the tension as the pioneers have seen increases in home prices dwindle,mleaving them with less to cash out. Changes to the down town area, which benefit corporations in ways in which old socialists who have worked for government all their lives cannot hope to understand, are fueling this growing sense of entitled anger. The whole community reeks of smoldering discontent. I drive to Annapolis to shop, although Columbia is much closer. I go there only when I absolutely must.
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Source: The Columbia, MD data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).