Columbia, IL
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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.

Columbia is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.27% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Columbia is a city of sales and office workers, managers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Columbia who work in office and administrative support (14.67%), management occupations (12.98%), and sales jobs (11.69%).

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.

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 population of Columbia is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 34.29% of adults in Columbia have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Columbia in 2010 was $35,855, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $143,420 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 Asian. Important ancestries of people in Columbia include Irish, English, French , and Italian.

The most common language spoken in Columbia is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.

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