Columbia is a mid-sized city located in the state of Tennessee. The city has a population of 36,130 residents. At 76%, the majority of the Columbia population is White; this is followed by 18% Black and 1% Asian. The average American spends an average of about 26 minutes on their one way commute each day. Lower travel times to work can increase overall happiness and allow for more time to be spent with family. While living in Columbia, your commute times will be about average with a one way commute time of 26 minutes.
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 Tennessee if you know where to search. The best areas in Columbia and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from crime, education, employment, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the Tennessee and national averages.
With a livability score of 71 out of 100, Columbia is ranked #8,902 in the United States and #92 in Tennessee. If we consider each of the categories individually, we see that Columbia ranks well for amenities (A+), cost of living (B) and housing (B+). On a less positive note, Columbia does not have favorable grades for the following: crime (F), education (D-) and employment (F). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.
Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Columbia has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Columbia: James K. Polk House, Bear Glen Championship Putting Course, and Elm Springs.
For buyers, real estate will be the largest purchase they ever make and it will also be their most valuable asset. For renters, the monthly rent paid on their Columbia apartments will most likely be their largest expense. Based on tangible metrics like home and rental affordability and appreciation rates, housing in this area has received a score that is well above the average of every other US city.
Assuming that Columbia meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Columbia. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Columbia are simply unattainable. The median home price for Columbia homes is $122,200, which is 16.3% lower than the Tennessee average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Columbia, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 3.1, which is 0% lower than the Tennessee average. Knowing if your home will appreciate on a long term or even a short term basis should be factored into your decision making. An increase in your home’s value can be a good way to generate tax-free equity that can create long term financial security. In the past year, appreciation rates for homes in the Columbia area were 11.1% and 5 year appreciation rates were 10.1%.
|Average one way commute||26min||25min||26min|
|Workers who drive to work||84.2%||83.6%||76.4%|
|Workers who carpool||9.4%||9.2%||9.3%|
|Workers who take public transit||0.1%||0.8%||5.1%|
|Workers who bicycle||0.1%||0.1%||0.6%|
|Workers who walk||1.4%||1.4%||2.8%|
|Working from home||2.9%||3.9%||4.6%|
|Airports (within 30 miles of city center)||0n/a||5||354|
|Amtrak train stations (within 30 miles of city center)||0n/a||4||711|