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.

In Columbia, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 30.81 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.

For the size of the town, public transportation in Columbia is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Columbia, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Columbia, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Columbia is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 62.25% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Columbia in 2018 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.