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Pros

-College-town amenities
-Educational attainment
-Cost of living

Cons

-Isolation
-Hot, humid summers
-Summer doldrums


What Bert Has To Say About Columbia Metro Area


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.


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Quick Facts About Columbia


    ECONOMY
    The unemployment rate in Columbia is 3.90 percent(U.S. avg. is 5.20%). Recent job growth is Positive. Columbia jobs have Increased by 3.30 percent.
    COST OF LIVING
    Compared to the rest of the country, Columbia's cost of living is 6.80% Lower than the U.S. average.
    POPULATION
    As of 2014, Columbia's population is 119,108 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 72.37 percent.
    TRANSPORTATION
    Average Commute time is 36 minutes. The National Average is 26 minutes.
    REAL ESTATE
    The median home cost in Columbia is $154,500. Home appreciation the last 10 years has been 11.69%.
    SCHOOLS
    Columbia public schools spend $12,556 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,383. There are about 13.7 students per teacher in Columbia.

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  2/29/2016
A great place to live and raise a family

We have it all, location, culture/recreation, education, cost of living and a diverse population. The only drawback is the unpredictable winter weather or occasional... (Read More)

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  6/12/2015
Came for College, Stayed 'til Retirement!

When I moved here to finish my education at the University of Missouri, it seemed a good place to remain to raise my young son as a single parent. It was very safe back... (Read More)

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  3/19/2014
Housing

Columbia MO has a housing economy that is really growing. We saw the best numbers in 2012 that we have in a long time. I sell Real Estate here and it is very affordable... (Read More)

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