Columbia is a larger medium-sized town located in the state of Maryland. With a population of 104,681 people and 20 constituent neighborhoods, Columbia is the second largest community in Maryland.
Columbia is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 90.90% 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 (13.93%), computer science and math (10.42%), and office and administrative support (8.75%).
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.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 10.34% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
One thing noticeable about Columbia, although not a huge town, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Columbia is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Columbia a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.
One downside of living in Columbia, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 30.83 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.
Like elsewhere in America, most people in Columbia use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Columbia‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.
Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Columbia. 62.11% 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 2018 was $52,834, which is wealthy relative to Maryland and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $211,336 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 German, Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Columbia's cultural character, accounting for 20.82% of the town’s population.
The most common language spoken in Columbia is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.