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Overview
Population:109,008
Pop. Change:20%
State: Missouri
Metro Area: Columbia Metro Area
County: Boone County
City:Columbia
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Columbia's Real Estate Market
 • Newly Listed Homes
 • Most Expensive Listing
 • Million Dollar Houses
 • Homes from $750,001 to $1,000,000
 • Homes from $500,001 to $750,000
 • Homes from $250,000 to $500,000
 • Homes under $250,000
 • Median Priced Homes
 • Median Condominiums


Columbia Metro Area

Profile: College town

Location: North-central Missouri midway between St. Louis and Kansas City

Elevation: 887

Time zone: Central Standard Time

PROCON
College-town amenitiesIsolation
Educational attainmentHot, humid summers
Cost of livingSummer doldrums

Columbia is home to the University of Missouri and two smaller colleges. The area has a distinct college-town feel and most of the amenities that you would expect in a college town. Columbia also has an economic base in the insurance and medical technology industries. The downtown is clean and lively, the population is friendly and progressive; some say it is the Midwest with just a slight hint of the South. For a town with this profile, Columbia features a low cost of living and promising future job growth projections. There are plenty of recreational opportunities on and off campus, including a large state-of-the-art water park, but some complain things get pretty slow (and hot and sticky) in summers when the students leave town.

The area consists of gently rolling and partially wooded plains at the edge of the broad Missouri River Valley. The climate is continental with moderately cold winters and hot, often humid summers. Summer temperatures generally reach 100[dg]F. Early summer rain is frequent and sometimes heavy tapering off to warm, clear, humid days with less rain toward summer’s end. Winter temperatures and conditions are variable, with occasional cold spells alternating with mild days with temperatures rising into the 60s. Temperatures below 0[dg]F occur, but not every winter. Snow falls every winter but snow cover rarely persists more than 3 weeks. First freeze is mid-October, last is mid-April.

Interesting Facts about Columbia, Missouri

As of 2014, Columbia's population is 109,008 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 20.21 percent.

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The median home cost in Columbia is $156,900. Home appreciation the last year has been 1.20 percent.

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Compared to the rest of the country, Columbia's cost of living is 4.70% Lower than the U.S. average.

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Columbia public schools spend $10,674 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 15 students per teacher in Columbia.

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The unemployment rate in Columbia is 3.80 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Columbia jobs have Increased by 1.61 percent.


Ranked #52 America's Best and Worst Cities for Crime (Smallest Metro Areas)
Ranked #103 America's Most (and Least) Stressful Cities (117 Smallest Metro Areas)
Ranked #118 Best Green Cities
Ranked #189 2005 Best Places to Live
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Map Of Columbia

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Average Commute time is 17 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.

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Columbia's Real Estate Market (click to see properties)

 • Newly Listed Homes
 • Most Expensive Listing
 • Million Dollar Houses
 • Homes from $750,001 to $1,000,000
 • Homes from $500,001 to $750,000
 • Homes from $250,000 to $500,000
 • Homes under $250,000
 • Median Priced Homes