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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).

Demographics

People

Total Population117,165
Male Share of the Population47.9%
Female Share of the Population52.1%
Senior Citizens9.4%
Employed Population 16+60,821
Age of the Population27

Families

% of people married37.7%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher54.8%
Median Earnings25+$36,830
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$17,196
Median Earnings With High School Degree$25,006

Wealth

Median Family Income$75,970
% Above Poverty Level76.4%
% Below Poverty Level23.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time16 minutes
% Working from Home3.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work6.7%
% Using Public Transportation1.4%

Housing

People Living Alone33.4%
Median Gross Rent$803
Median House Value$178,600

Ancestry

German26%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)24.6%
Irish12.8%
English10.4%
Italian3.4%
French Except Basque2.8%
Polish2.4%
Scottish2.1%
Swedish1.6%
African1.4%
Dutch1.3%
Norwegian1.3%
Russian0.9%
Welsh0.6%
Czech0.6%
Arab0.6%
Swiss0.5%
Ukrainian0.3%
Greek0.3%
Canadian0.3%
Iraqi0.3%
Austrian0.3%
Portuguese0.2%
West Indian0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Croatian0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
Nigerian0.2%
Danishn0.2%
Jordanian0.1%
US/American0.1%
Jamaican0.1%
Liberian0.1%
Albanian0.1%
Australian0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Kenyan0.1%
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Columbia Almanac

CategoryValue
County Boone County
Standard Zip Codes65201, 65202, 65203, 65299
P.O. Box Zip Codes65205
Company Zip Codes65211, 65212, 65215, 65216, 65217, 65218
Phone Area Codes573
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude38.95
Approximate Longitude-92.32

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)

StationCOLUMBIA RGNL AP
Distance11.3 miles
Jan Temp18 to 37 F
Apr Temp43 to 66 F
Jul Temp66 to 89 F
Oct Temp44 to 68 F
Annual Precip40.2 inches
StationBOONVILLE
Distance22.4 miles
Jan Temp18 to 36 F
Apr Temp44 to 66 F
Jul Temp68 to 89 F
Oct Temp45 to 69 F
Annual Precip42.7 inches
StationMEXICO
Distance29 miles
Jan Temp16 to 35 F
Apr Temp40 to 65 F
Jul Temp65 to 89 F
Oct Temp42 to 68 F
Annual Precip39.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Ashland3,851$64,554
Hallsville1,421$65,300
Harrisburg344$53,667
Jamestown345$49,125

Columbia Public Libraries

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

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Columbia Hospitals

University Of Missouri Health Care
(Government - State)
One Hospital Drive
(573) 882-4141
Landmark Hospital Of Columbia, Llc
(Proprietary)
604 Old Hwy 63 N
(573) 499-6600
Women's And Children's Hospital
(Government - State)
404 Keene Street Columbia
(573) 875-9200
Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans´┐Ż Hospital
(Government - District/authority)
800 Hospital Dr
(573) 814-6000
Rusk Rehab Center, A Jv Of Healthsouth & Univ.
(Proprietary)
315 Business Loop 70 West
(573) 817-2703
Boone Hospital Center
(Non-profit)
1600 East Broadway
(573) 815-8000
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Columbia Public Schools

Cornerstone
1250 East Brown School Rd
(573) 449-3756
Other
Total Enrollment 12
Derby Ridge Elem.
4000 Derby Ridge Rd
(573) 214-3270
Primary
Total Enrollment 569
Mary Paxton Keeley Elem.
201 Park Deville
(573) 214-3570
Primary
Total Enrollment 649
Columbia Area Career Ctr.
4203 South Providence Rd
(573) 214-3800
High
Rock Bridge Sr. High
4303 South Providence Rd
(573) 214-3100
Other
Total Enrollment 1817
David H. Hickman High
1104 North Providence Rd
(573) 214-3000
High
Total Enrollment 1882
Eugene Field
1010 Rangeline St
(573) 214-3620
Primary
Fairview Elem.
909 Fairview Rd
(573) 214-3590
Primary
Total Enrollment 561
Jefferson Jr. High
713 Rogers
(573) 214-3210
Other
Total Enrollment 826
John Ridgeway Elem.
107 East Sexton
(573) 214-3550
Primary
Total Enrollment 251
Robert E. Lee Elem.
1208 Locust
(573) 214-3530
Primary
Total Enrollment 297
Rock Bridge Elem.
5151 South Hwy 163
(573) 214-3290
Primary
Total Enrollment 563
Russell Blvd. Elem.
1800 West Rollins Rd
(573) 214-3650
Primary
Total Enrollment 570
Shepard Blvd. Elem.
2616 Shepard Blvd
(573) 214-3660
Primary
Total Enrollment 549
Thomas Benton Elem.
1410 Hinkson Ave
(573) 214-3610
Primary
Total Enrollment 294
Ulysses S. Grant Elem.
10 East Broadway
(573) 214-3520
Primary
Total Enrollment 315
West Blvd. Elem.
319 West Blvd North
(573) 214-3670
Primary
Total Enrollment 386
West Jr. High
401 Clinkscales Rd
(573) 214-3230
Other
Total Enrollment 936
Ann Hawkins Gentry Middle
4200 Bethel St
(573) 214-3240
Middle
Total Enrollment 776
Midway Heights Elem.
8130 West Hwy 40
(573) 214-3540
Primary
Total Enrollment 313
Smithton Middle
3600 West Worley
(573) 214-3260
Middle
Total Enrollment 932
Center For Gifted Education
918 Bernadette Dr
(573) 214-3750
Primary
Total Enrollment 32
Cedar Ridge Elem.
1100 Roseta Ave
(573) 214-3510
Primary
Total Enrollment 192
New Haven Elem.
3301 New Haven Rd
(573) 214-3640
Primary
Total Enrollment 302
Frederick Douglass High
310 North Providence Rd
(573) 214-3680
Other
Total Enrollment 218
Mill Creek Elem.
2200 Nifong Blvd
(573) 214-3280
Primary
Total Enrollment 844
Delmar A Cobble School
108 West Craig St
(573) 442-6482
Other
Total Enrollment 37
Blue Ridge Elem.
3700 Woodland Dr
(573) 214-3580
Primary
Total Enrollment 478
Parkade Elem.
111 Parkade Blvd
(573) 214-3630
Primary
Total Enrollment 463
Two Mile Prairie Elem.
5450 North Hwy Z
(573) 214-3560
Primary
Total Enrollment 366
Oakland Jr. High
3405 Oakland Place
(573) 214-3220
Other
Total Enrollment 753
John B. Lange Middle
2201 East Smiley Ln
(573) 214-3250
Middle
Total Enrollment 855
Juvenile Justice Ctr.
5665 Roger I Wilson Mem Dr
(573) 886-4450
Other
Total Enrollment 20
Alpha Hart Lewis
5801 Arbor Pointe Parkway
(573) 214-3200
Primary
Total Enrollment 700

Columbia Private Schools

College Park Christian Academy
1114 College Park Dr
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 54
Columbia Independent School
1801 N Stadium Blvd
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 339
Stephens College Childrens School
1400 Windsor St
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 46
Good Shepherd Lutheran School
2201 W Rollins Rd
Elementary
Total Enrollment 89
Christian Fellowship School
4600 Christian Fellowship Rd
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 286
Our Lady Of Lourdes Interparish School
817 Bernadette Dr
Elementary
Total Enrollment 588
Christian Chapel Academy
3300 S Providence Rd
Elementary
Total Enrollment 107
Islamic School Of Columbia-missouri
408 Locust St
Elementary
Total Enrollment 53
Heritage Academy
606 Ridgeway Ave
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 104
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