Columbia, MD
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Columbia is a larger medium-sized town located in the state of Maryland. With a population of 107,318 people and 18 constituent neighborhoods, Columbia is the second largest community in Maryland.

Housing costs in Columbia are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in Maryland.

Columbia is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 92.01% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Columbia is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Columbia who work in management occupations (14.16%), computer science and math (10.23%), and office and administrative support (9.27%).

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.

Of important note, Columbia is also a town of artists. Columbia has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Columbia’s character.

One downside of living in Columbia, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 30.71 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the town are by private automobile, Columbia is somewhat unusual for a town of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Columbia area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Columbia. 62.87% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Columbia in 2010 was $47,232, which is wealthy relative to Maryland and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $188,928 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 Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.

Columbia also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 18.58%.

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