Columbia 73 Excellent
Columbia Livability #105 ranked city in Tennessee#9,076 ranked city in the USARanks better than 69% of areas

Livability Awards

A+ Columbia Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
B+ Columbia Cost of Living Cost of living is 5% lower than Tennessee
8515% less expensive than the US average
8911% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Columbia cost of living
F Columbia Crime Total crime is 11% higher than Tennessee
Total crime
3,84549% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2749% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-7%Year over year crime is down
Columbia crime
F Columbia Employment Household income is 16% lower than Tennessee
Median household income
$38,96430% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$20,33132% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
6%19% higher than the US average
Columbia employment
B+ Columbia Housing Home value is 16% lower than Tennessee
Median home value
$122,20034% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$69327% lower than the US average
Home ownership
55%13% lower than the US average
Columbia real estate or Columbia rentals
D- Columbia Schools HS graduation rate is 2% lower than Tennessee
High school grad. rates
78%5% lower than the US average
School test scores
43%12% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
0:1100% lower than the US average
Columbia K-12 schools
B+ Columbia User Ratings There are a total of 9 ratings in Columbia
Overall user rating
74% 9 total ratings
User reviews rating
70% 2 total reviews
User surveys rating
77% 7 total surveys
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      Living in Columbia, TN

      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%.

      Columbia transportation information

      Average one way commute26min25min26min
      Workers who drive to work84.2%83.6%76.4%
      Workers who carpool9.4%9.2%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit0.1%0.8%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.1%0.1%0.6%
      Workers who walk1.4%1.4%2.8%
      Working from home2.9%3.9%4.6%
      Airports (within 30 miles of city center)0n/a5354
      Amtrak train stations (within 30 miles of city center)0n/a4711

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      Source: The Columbia, TN data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).