Columbia, LA
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Columbia is a tiny town located in the state of Louisiana. With a population of 382 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Columbia is the 267th largest community in Louisiana.

Unlike some towns 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 town of service providers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Columbia who work in sales jobs (11.26%), law enforcement and fire fighting (10.60%), and teaching (9.93%).

It is a fairly quiet town because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Columbia has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Columbia has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Columbia than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Columbia may be for you.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Columbia spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 17.64 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the town are less than they would otherwise be.

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

The rate of college-level education in Columbia is quite a bit lower than the national average among all cities of 21.84%: just 11.84% of people here over 25 have a bachelor's degree or an advanced degree.

The per capita income in Columbia in 2010 was $22,095, which is upper middle income relative to Louisiana, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $88,380 for a family of four. However, Columbia contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Columbia is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. 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 French , English, Scots-Irish, and German.

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

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