About Columbia

Columbia offers small-town friendliness with big city features and a high quality of life for people of all ages and interests. Columbia is a great place to live due to a low cost of living, an excellent education system, outstanding health care facilities, abundant entertainment opportunities, beautiful parks and trails, a clean environment and much more.

There are many people ready to help you if you are interested in Columbia. Start with the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau for a list of hotels if you plan to visit and learn more about the exciting attractions and beautiful amenities. If you are looking to relocate a business, we encourage you to contact the Regional Economic Development, Inc., (REDI), who specializes in business attraction, business retention and entrepreneurism. If you are ready to make Columbia your home, contact the Columbia Chamber of Commerce for relocation information about Columbia, a great place to work, live and play!

Columbia is consistently listed among the top cities in the United States by national magazines and organizations. Its excellent public school system, access to quality health care and central location consistently earn Columbia's position as one of the top places to live and do business.

  • moveBuddha ranked Columbia as the #11 Most Popular Large Cities to Relocate. (July 2018)
  • LawnStarter listed Columbia as #11 in the 12 College Towns That Are 'Growing Like a Weed.' (March 2016)
  • Smartasset ranked Columbia at the 6th best City For Working Parents. (March 2016)
  • USA Today College named Columbia as the #11 Best Small College Town in the country. (March 2016)
  • NerdWallet named Columbia the fifth Best Midsize Cities for Women in the Workforce. (January 2016)
  • Governor Jay Nixon announced that Missouri leads the nation in new business creation. (October 2015)
  • Wallethub announced Columbia has the 32nd Fastest Growing Economy. (October 2015)
  • Livability named Columbia as the #3 Best College Town. (July 2015)
  • The Fiscal Times stated Columbia is one of the Best College Towns for Students. (April 2015)
  • Forbes named Columbia as one of the Top Places to Retire. (March 2015)
  • The American Institute for Economic Research named Columbia the #8 College Town in the nation. (Novembe 2014)
  • Livability said Columbia is the 50th Best Place to Live in the country. (September 2014)
  • Best College Reviews reported Columbia as the 29th Best College Town in America. (August 2014)
  • Forbes.com announced Columbia is the sixth Best Small Place for Business and Careers. (July 2014)
  • Movoto named Columbia as the #3 Most Exciting Place in Missouri. (May 2014)
  • Forbes.com stated Columbia as the #3 Best Small City for Job Growth. (May 2014)
  • Pro-Fascinate named Columbia and the University of Missouri as having the 8th Most Beautiful College Campus. (February 2014)
  • NerdWallet announced that Columbia is the #3 Best City for Job Seekers in Missouri. (January 2014)
  • Milken Institute named Columbia as the #1 Best-Performing Small City. (December 2013)
  • Livability said Columbia is the 46th Best Place to Live in the country. (September 2013)
  • Livability named Columbia the fourth Top College Town. (August 2013)
  • SpareFoot reported Columbia as being the #6 Fastest-Growing College Town. (August 2013)
  • Cities Journal named Columbia the #1 Small City in Missouri. (March 2013)
  • Under 30 CEO announced Columbia as being the #2 Best Small City for Young Entrepreneurs. (March 2013)
  • Forbes.com said Columbia is one of the Top 25 Places to Retire. (March 2013)
  • Milken Institute named Columbia as the 10th Best-Performing Small City. (December 2012)
  • America's Promise Allience reported Columbia as one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People. (September 2012)
  • Missouri Economic Research & Information Center said Columbia was the #1 Fastest-Growing City Over 50,000 in MO. (August 2012)
  • The Daily Beast named Columbia as the third Smartest City in America. (August 2012)
  • Southern Living announced Columbia as the 15th best South's Best College Town. (August 2012)
  • Forbes reported Columbia as the 16th City with Lowest Unemployment Rate. (August 2012)
  • Area Development Online said Columbia is the #10 city for Leading Location for Economic & Job Growth. (July 2012)
  • Multifamily Executive named Columbia as the #5 City with Youngest Population. (July 2012)
  • Milken Institute named Columbia the #4 Best City for Successful Aging with high scores in health care and a strong tax base. (July 2012)
  • Forbes announced that PARADE Magazine named Columbia the #1 Hardest Working City in America. (April 2012)
  • Area Development named Columbia the #10 Leading Location for Economic & Job Growth for 2012. (July 2012)
  • For the 5th year in a row, Columbia, Missouri was included in the Forbes Top 10 list of Best Small Places for Business and Careers. Factors included cost of doing business, job growth and educational attainment. (June 29, 2011)
  • Kansas City Star reported that Boone County, Missouri, home to Columbia and the University of Missouri, was one of the nation's top 10 counties for employment growth between September 2009 and September 2010. (March 30, 2011)
  • In 2011, NewGeography put Columbia, Missouri #20 on their list of Best Small Cities for Job Growth.
  • Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council ranked Missouri 15th in the nation for best states for small business in their "Business Tax Index 2011".
  • Southern Living magazine included Columbia, Missouri in their list of "The South's Best College Towns." They write, "Three schools border this hip downtown–Columbia College, Stephens College, and the University of Missouri, said to be home to the first homecoming celebration. Mizzou alums return each year and flock to neighborhoods like the North Village Arts District, brimming with art galleries, music venues, and indie film houses, such as Ragtag Cinema." (August 23, 2011)
  • In 2011, according to St Louis Today, Columbia has gained a reputation as being more than a college town, allowing it to appeal to recent graduates.
  • In 2010, Richard Florida adds Columbia to his Creative Class List citing Columbia as a great place for college graduates to live, work and enjoy life.
  • In 2009, Forbes ranked Columbia the 8th Best College Sports Town in America.
  • In 2009, the University of Missouri was named a Community-Engaged Campus by the Carnegie Foundation. Less than 5% of colleges and universities nationwide have been awarded this honor. The honor is based on mutually beneficial collaboration between students, faculty and the community.
  • In 2010, Forbes ranked Columbia 8th in its Best Places for Business and Careers - Columbia has been listed for the last four years in the top ten.
  • Forbes ranked Columbia 13th in its 2008 Smartest Cities in America study, based on education levels of residents in the Columbia metro area.
  • In 2008, American Institute for Economic Research named Columbia as the eighth best city for college students with a population under 250,000. The cities were judged on 12 different measures including cost of living and job opportunities.

More Info about Columbia, MO

  • Education

    Columbia is referred to as "College Town U.S.A." as it is the home to the state university and two private colleges.

  • Relocation

    Columbia is a great place to live for many reasons. We have an excellent school system, state-of-the-art healthcare facilities, entertainment opportunities galore, low cost of living, a clean environment and much, much more.

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