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Living in Columbia

Image shows an active and colorful street scene of 9th Street in downtown Columbia.

Downtown Columbia on 9th Street.

Columbia is a vibrant college town with a culturally diverse population of about 120,000. Columbia combines the best of urban and rural life. Inexpensive housing, low cost of living, excellent childcare centers, a vibrant downtown district, farmers markets, and award-winning public schools attract many families to our peaceful town.

Columbia also boasts multiple parks, including Rock Bridge State Park and Three Creeks Conservation Area. The MKT Trail winds its way through most of Columbia before linking up to Missouri’s 225-mile long Katy Trail State Park. Columbia is an increasingly bicycle-friendly community, with a city program to encourage cycling. Canoeing and camping opportunities abound in nearby conservation areas and state parks, and the Ozarks National Scenic Riverways are only three hours away.

You can find more information about Columbia from the following websites: