Columbia is a somewhat small city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 10,158 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Columbia is the 223rd largest community in Illinois.
Unlike some cities, Columbia isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Columbia are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Columbia is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Columbia who work in office and administrative support (14.54%), management occupations (13.04%), and sales jobs (11.41%).
Also of interest is that Columbia has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Columbia is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The city’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Columbia’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
The citizens of Columbia are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 37.23% of adults in Columbia have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Columbia in 2010 was $35,324, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $141,296 for a family of four. However, Columbia contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Columbia home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Columbia residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Columbia include Irish, English, French , and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Columbia is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Greek.