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Overview

Introduction to Columbia, Missouri

The Missouri city of Columbia, located in Boone County, is home to the University of Missouri as well as Columbia College and Stephens College. The city lies in the heart of the state, almost equidistant from Kansas City (127 miles to the west) and St. Louis (124 miles to the east), both of which are connected to the city by Interstate Highway 70. Columbia is also 30 miles north of Jefferson City.

Founded in 1819 and later incorporated in 1892, Columbia has an economy heavily vested in the education, health care, and insurance industries. Local manufacturers include the 3M Corporation, a major producer of optical and electronic products; Columbia Foods, a division of Oscar Mayer; and Watlow-Columbia, Inc., manufacturers of electrical heating elements.

Attractions and Events in Columbia

Columbia has an exciting mix of entertainment and culture to offer visitors and residents alike. The Twilight Festivals draw thousands to the downtown area every June and September. Art in the Park and the Fall Festival of the Arts are also big attractions, showcasing the work of local, regional and national artists. The Heritage Festival is an annual fall event featuring traditional and contemporary crafts, and the Blind Boone Ragtime & Early Jazz Festival honors one of Columbia’s most renowned citizens, John William "Blind" Boone. The Columbia Festival of the Arts is a weekend-long celebration of visual and performing arts held on the last full weekend of September. To round out the year, Columbia hosts its own First Night Celebration on New Years Eve, capped by a sensational fireworks display at midnight.

Historic and cultural sites include the Walters-Boone County Historical Museum, the Jewell Cemetery State Historic Site, and the University of Missouri Museum of Art and Archaeology. Nearby recreational areas include Finger Lakes State Park, Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge, Rock Bridge Memorial State Park, and the 225-mile long Katy Trail State Park.

Sports fans in Columbia closely follow the fortunes of the University of Missouri athletic teams. Known as the Missouri Tigers, the University's teams are members of the Big 12 Conference, to which they have belonged since 1996. Major league professional sports are two hours away in either of two opposite directions. A drive to the west brings sports fans to Kansas City, home to football's Kansas City Chiefs (NFL), baseball's Kansas City Royals (MLB), and soccer's Kansas City Wizards (MLS). The city of St. Louis is two hours east of Columbia, and teams located there are baseball's St. Louis Cardinals (MLB), football's St. Louis Rams (NFL), and hockey's St. Louis Blues (NHL).

People

Total Population 115,391
Male Share of the Population 47.8%
Female Share of the Population 52.2%
Senior Citizens 8.9%
Employed Population 16+ 60,050
Age of the Population 27

Families

% of people married 37.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 55.5%
Median Earnings25+ $37,064
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,987
Median Earnings With High School Degree $23,971

Wealth

Median Family Income $75,846
% Above Poverty Level 75.6%
% Below Poverty Level 24.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 7.1%
% Using Public Transportation 1.4%

Housing

People Living Alone 32.1%
Median Gross Rent $799
Median House Value $176,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 24%
US/American 0.1%
English 10.4%
Irish 12.8%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Columbia Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 112 miles W of St. Louis, Missouri
County Boone
Metro Area Columbia
Standard Zip Codes 65201, 65202, 65203
P.O. Box Zip Codes 65205
Company Zip Codes 65211, 65212, 65215, 65216, 65217, 65218, 65299
Phone Area Codes 573
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.951
Longitude -92.333

Columbia Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station COLUMBIA RGNL AP
Distance 11.3 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 37 F
Apr Temp 43 to 66 F
Jul Temp 66 to 89 F
Oct Temp 44 to 68 F
Annual Precip 40.2 inches
Station BOONVILLE
Distance 22.4 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 36 F
Apr Temp 44 to 66 F
Jul Temp 68 to 89 F
Oct Temp 45 to 69 F
Annual Precip 42.7 inches
Station MEXICO
Distance 29 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 35 F
Apr Temp 40 to 65 F
Jul Temp 65 to 89 F
Oct Temp 42 to 68 F
Annual Precip 39.4 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Columbia, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Browns Station (65202)

Deer Park (65201)

Easley (65203)

Elkhurst (65201)

Harg (65201)

Hinton (65202)

Huntsdale (65203)

Lindbergh (65202)

Midway (65202)

Murry (65202)

Pierpont (65201)

Sapp (65203)

Shaw (65202)

Stephens (65202)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Ashland 3,828 $77,708
Hallsville 1,593 $57,344
Harrisburg 347 $52,813
Jamestown 351 $46,719

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Columbia Public Libraries

Library
Daniel Boone Regional Library
100 WEST BROADWAY
Columbia, Missouri
(573) 443-3161
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Columbia Hospitals

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI HOSPITAL & CLINICS
(Government - State)
807 STADIUM RD
(573) 882-4141
Emergency Service: Yes

BOONE HOSPITAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
1600 E BROADWAY
(573) 815-8000
Emergency Service: Yes

COLUMBIA REGIONAL HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
404 KEENE ST
(573) 875-9200
Emergency Service: Yes

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Columbia High Schools

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COLUMBIA-HICKMAN HIGH
1104 N PROVIDENCE RD
573-214-3000
Serves 2,048 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.6

ROCK BRIDGE SR. HIGH
4303 S PROVIDENCE RD
573-214-3100
Serves 1,494 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.3

FREDERICK DOUGLASS HIGH
310 N PROVIDENCE RD
573-214-3680
Serves 187 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.3

DELMAR A COBBLE STATE SCHOOL
108 W CRAIG ST
573-344-6482
Serves 30 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 4.5

JUVENILE JUSTICE CTR.
5665 ROGER I WILSON MEM DR
573-886-4450
A Non-traditional School
Serves 23 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.2

CORNERSTONE
1250 E BROWN SCHOOL RD
573-449-3756
A Non-traditional School
Serves 10 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 4

ALPHA SCHOOL
1250 BROWN SCHOOL RD STE A
573-449-2953
A Non-traditional School
Serves 5 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5

COLUMBIA AREA CAREER CTR.
4203 S PROVIDENCE RD
573-886-2610
A Vocational School

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