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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 3.80 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Columbia jobs have Increased by 1.61 percent.
    COST OF LIVING
    Compared to the rest of the country, Columbia's cost of living is 4.70% Lower than the U.S. average.
    POPULATION
    As of 2014, Columbia's population is 109,008 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 20.21 percent.
    TRANSPORTATION
    Average Commute time is 17 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.
    REAL ESTATE
    The median home cost in Columbia is $156,900. Home appreciation the last year has been 1.20 percent.
    SCHOOLS
    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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Living in Columbia, MO
Columbia is a pleasant medium size city to live in. It is very diverse because of the three higher educational institutions located here. The University of Missouri,... (read more)
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Columbia MO is a fantastic place to live and to raise a family. There are so many fun things to do because it's a college town, yet it's still small and very friendly.... (read more)
So What Would You Like To Do Today?
On any given day in Columbia, Missouri there are more things to do than you can 'shake a stick at'! If you like sports, there is any sport in season. You... (read more)
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