Columbia is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Missouri. With a population of 123,195 people and 24 constituent neighborhoods, Columbia is the fifth largest community in Missouri.
Columbia is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 87.28% 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 (11.82%), teaching (10.83%), and sales jobs (9.24%).
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.
Combining city textures and college town sensibilities, Columbia really has a nice blend of characteristics. While not a huge city, Columbia is big enough to offer a healthy dose of diversion, opportunity, and amenity to its residents and to the thousands of college students who descend on it every fall. Its size and diversity makes Columbia more than just a college town, but removing the students from the equation would undeniably change Columbia’s character and quality of life.
Not only is Columbia a city with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, shaping the character of the city into a place that is geared toward, and considered attractive to, many single, educated people. 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.
Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 18.07 minutes getting to work every day.
Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Columbia. 52.22% 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 $30,244, which is wealthy relative to Missouri, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $120,976 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 German, Irish, English, Italian, and French.
The most common language spoken in Columbia is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.