Columbia, MO
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Columbia is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Missouri. With a population of 119,108 people and 24 constituent neighborhoods, Columbia is the fifth largest community in Missouri.

Columbia real estate is some of the most expensive in Missouri, although Columbia house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Columbia is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 90.17% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Columbia is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Columbia who work in office and administrative support (13.19%), teaching (12.27%), and sales jobs (11.42%).

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.

Columbia is made interesting by being both a reasonably big city and having a major college student population: students here will find that the city provides a lot of amenities, culture, and opportunities for them. Columbia is more than just a college town, however, though the thousands of students certainly are a major part of the character of the city, as well as a contributor to the local economy.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Columbia spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 18.32 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Columbia. 55.46% 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 $26,773, which is wealthy relative to Missouri, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $107,092 for a family of four. However, Columbia contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Columbia is a very ethnically-diverse city. 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 French .

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