Columbia, KY
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Columbia is a very small city located in the state of Kentucky. With a population of 4,644 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, Columbia is the 93rd largest community in Kentucky.

Columbia is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Columbia is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Columbia who work in office and administrative support (18.47%), teaching (15.61%), and sales jobs (11.27%).

Columbia is a small town with a large college student population. Because of this, there is a real youthful, hip vibe to the place, and much of the life in the town is centered on the college. This has helped Columbia to buck the trend of other small towns that have suffered declining populations over the past 20 to 30 years. Spending by students, and faculty and staff jobs, are a big part of the local economy.

Being a small city, Columbia does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.

In terms of college education, the citizens of Columbia rank slightly lower than the national average. 16.97% of adults 25 and older in Columbia have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree, while 21.84% of adults have a 4-year degree or higher in the average American community.

The per capita income in Columbia in 2010 was $15,367, which is low income relative to Kentucky and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $61,468 for a family of four.

Columbia is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. 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 German, Irish, Scots-Irish, and Scottish.

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