Population: 117,165Median home value: $178,600 67 Ranks better than 58% of areas

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A+ Columbia Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
C+ Columbia Cost of Living Cost of living is 6% higher than Missouri
964% less expensive than the US average
9010% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Columbia cost of living
F Columbia Crime Total crime is 2% higher than Missouri
Total crime
3,43225% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 3025% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-4%Year over year crime is down
Columbia crime
C- Columbia Employment Household income is 9% lower than Missouri
Median household income
$45,22118% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$27,4878% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
3%39% lower than the US average
Columbia employment
F Columbia Housing Home value is 26% higher than Missouri
Median home value
$178,6003% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$80315% lower than the US average
Home ownership
47%26% lower than the US average
Columbia real estate or Columbia rentals
D+ Columbia Schools HS graduation rate is 8% higher than Missouri
High school grad. rates
91%10% higher than the US average
School test scores
44%10% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
12:123% lower than the US average
Columbia K-12 schools or Columbia colleges

Living in Columbia, MO

Columbia is a moderately-sized city located in the state of Missouri. The city has a population of 117,165 residents. At 78%, the majority of the Columbia population is White; this is followed by 10% Black and 6% Asian. With an average age of 27 years old, Columbia could be a great place to live for young adults as this age is well below the national average. Columbia has a high percentage of people who are married with children when compared to the rest of the country. In total, more than 76% of the population is classified as married and 54% have kids.

Whether you’re moving to a new city to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Columbia could be a positive experience compared to other cities in Missouri if you know where to look. To help you find the best places to live in and around Columbia, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like crime, weather, employment, housing and more.

Columbia, MO receives 69/100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #410 in Missouri and #12,255 in the USA. There are seven total categories that create the livability score. Columbia ranks well for amenities (A+). There is at least one category that did not score well in Columbia. The following was graded with a less than perfect score: crime (D) and housing (F).

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Columbia, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Columbia: Rock Bridge Memorial State Park, Ragtag Cinema, and Columbia Star Dinner Train.

Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Columbia. Before you determine if any of these amenities are available in the area, you will also want to know if the real estate prices in Columbia are affordable. Median real estate prices in Columbia come in at $178,600, which is 26.5% higher than the Missouri average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Columbia, the home price to income ratio is 4, which is 37.9% higher than the Missouri average. For most people, purchasing a new home is the biggest investment they will make in their lifetime. Taking a look at overall real estate appreciation rates in Columbia will offer some insight into determining if your home purchase will be a solid investment for years to come. In Columbia, the year-over-year appreciation rates were 6.1%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 3.2%.

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Small city growing..

I've lived in South Columbia my entire life. I was born here. I still am not used to Missouri winters. It gets very cold. There are years it snows and ices a lot. Summer's here are hot and humid, but the town in beautiful. We are home of the Missouri Tigers, and Columbia is a college town. It's grown a lot over the years. Local schools get a fairly bad rating in my book. I have three children and the student/teacher ratios are horrible (sometimes 28:1). I am actually looking to move our young family at this time. Crime is high in Columbia, over recent years it's skyrocketed. By all means if your moving into the area look in Columbia's south side, north Columbia has more crimes and schools aren't the best.
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Columbia, MO - Big City Offerings With a Small Town Feel

I have lived only a few hours from Columbia, Missouri most of my life, and have the pleasure of traveling there several times a year. Columbia is the home of the University of Missouri and their Big 12 conference Missouri Tigers, as well as Columbia and Stephens Colleges. The college town feel makes this a wonderful place to visit, for games, shopping and entertainment.

Due to the presence of the colleges, hotels and restaurants are plentiful for a city of just over 100,000 residents and offer a much more cosmopolitan atmosphere than expected. All the conveniences of a city can be found in this small town.

Downtown Columbia is home to many small restaurants and specialty shops, as well as one of the mid-west's premier music venues. Well known for presenting national acts in an intimate setting, several of these clubs regularly host artists doing warm-up performances before embarking on national tours. Restaurants are enhanced by a healthy Indian community who offer authentic foods from their homeland.

Columbia, Missouri host several festivals throughout the year including, The Roots and Blues Bar-B-Que Festival and the Boone County Fair. You'll always find something to do in Columbia.
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Source: The Columbia, MO data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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