Columbia is a somewhat small city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 10,513 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Columbia is the 223rd largest community in Illinois.
Columbia is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 86.80% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Columbia is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Columbia who work in management occupations (12.51%), office and administrative support (11.14%), and healthcare (11.10%).
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.
In addition, Columbia is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates", which are people who are not only wealthy and employed in professional occupations, but highly educated to boot. Urban sophisticates have urbane tastes - whether they reside in a big or small city, a suburb, or a little town. Urban sophisticates support bookstores, quality clothing stores, enjoy luxury travel, and in big cities, they are truly the patrons of the arts, attending and supporting institutions such as opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre.
Because of many things, Columbia is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Columbia a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The city’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Columbia has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Columbia’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
The education level of Columbia ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Columbia, 48.54% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.
The per capita income in Columbia in 2018 was $50,788, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $203,152 for a family of four.
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 Asian. Important ancestries of people in Columbia include German, Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Columbia is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and German/Yiddish.