Columbia, TN
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Columbia is a medium-sized city located in the state of Tennessee. With a population of 36,800 people and 11 constituent neighborhoods, Columbia is the 18th largest community in Tennessee.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Columbia is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Columbia is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Columbia who work in office and administrative support (16.52%), sales jobs (10.02%), and food service (9.23%).

In terms of college education, the citizens of Columbia rank slightly lower than the national average. 16.88% of adults 25 and older in Columbia have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree, while 21.84% of adults have a 4-year degree or higher in the average American community.

The per capita income in Columbia in 2010 was $19,012, which is middle income relative to Tennessee, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $76,048 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 English, German, Italian, and French .

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