Columbia, MO
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Columbia is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Missouri. With a population of 120,612 people and 24 constituent neighborhoods, Columbia is the fifth largest community in Missouri.

Columbia is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 89.46% 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 (12.57%), teaching (11.33%), and sales jobs (10.60%).

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 17.96 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

For the size of the city, 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.

If knowledge is power, Columbia is a pretty powerful place. 54.76% of the adults in Columbia have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Columbia in 2010 was $27,487, which is wealthy relative to Missouri, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $109,948 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.