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 90.78% 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 (13.13%), computer science and math (10.72%), and office and administrative support (9.22%).
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 that you will notice about Columbia is that there is a good-sized population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. Many singles consider Columbia a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.
In Columbia, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 30.51 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.
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 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 62.67% 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 $50,725, which is upper middle income relative to Maryland, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $202,900 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.
Columbia also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 20.52%.
The most common language spoken in Columbia is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.