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.

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.

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 18.32 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. 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.