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.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Columbia is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-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 where college students really create the town feel and character. So many small towns have lost population over the last 20-30 years that having the local college presence in the Columbia area, with all of the energy of the students filling area dorms and apartments each fall, really helps Columbia maintain a good economy.
Columbia is a small city, and as such doesn't have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.
The percentage of adults in Columbia with college degrees is slightly lower than the national average of 21.84% for all communities. 16.97% of adults in Columbia have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
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.