Columbia, MD
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Living in Columbia


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 90.61% 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 (12.42%), computer science and math (11.02%), and office and administrative support (9.54%).

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 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 is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Columbia, the average commute to work is 30.81 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the town, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

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.

If knowledge is power, Columbia is a pretty powerful place. 62.25% of the adults in Columbia have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Columbia in 2010 was $49,904, which is wealthy relative to Maryland and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $199,616 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 21.14% of the town’s population.

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