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Columbia Life

Columbia consistently rates as one on the best communities in which to live in America. It successfully blends a progressive business environment with a desirable quality of life. The community offers small-town friendliness with big-city features for people of all ages and interests. Columbia is a great place to live because it offers:

  • An excellent school system
  • Outstanding health care facilities
  • Abundant entertainment opportunities
  • A low cost of living
  • Excellent access to outdoor activities: golf, biking, hunting, fishing, and camping
  • First rate college sports venues
  • Clean, safe environment and excellent family atmosphere
  • Excellent business climate
  • Assets and resources of the University of Missouri - Columbia. When combined with the highly-educated workforce living in this area, these assets make Mid-Missouri an ideal location to develop and nurture emerging life sciences technology. Collaboration at the newly-completed $60 million Life Sciences Center, coupled with the University's business incubator and Research Park, are fueling the life sciences industry.


  • Education is one of the most important aspects of life in Columbia. Columbia has a strong tradition of education and offers one of the finest elementary and secondary school systems in the nation. Public and private schools offer a variety of educational programs. Student achievement and participation in post-secondary education consistently place Columbia in the top tier of schools systems.
  • Columbia is home to nearly 30,000 students the University of Missouri's (UMC) main campus. UMC includes multiple technical and liberal arts colleges which offer in bachelor, master and PhD degrees in over 100 areas of study as well and from the schools of law and medicine.
  • Nearby Moberly Community College and Linn State Technical College offer excellent educational resources to support local talent development.
  • Columbia is also home to Stephens and Columbia Colleges with student populations of approximately 5,000 students.


  • Columbia has abundant recreational activities ranging from biking to river floating to golf.
  • The Columbia Parks and Recreation Department oversees over 2,800 acres of park land and maintains 72 parks, green space locations, and recreation facilities. A wide array of sports, recreation activities, lessons and special events are available for citizens of all ages. Open space, parks, and trails provide many opportunities to enjoy the natural beauty of Columbia.
  • Columbia has three premiere running/walking and biking trails, the MKT Nature/Fitness Trail, Bear Creek Trail, and Hinkson Creek Trail, along with many neighborhood park trails. MKT Nature/Fitness Trail connects downtown Columbia with the 300+ mile Katy Trail State Park and provides active recreation while preserving large areas of natural beauty. In addition, hundreds of miles of trails and outdoor adventure activities exist within the Rock Bridge State Park, Three Creeks Wilderness Area and Mark Twain National Forest, all of which are adjacent to the city.
  • Columbia has three public and two private 18-hole golf courses within the city limits. In addition, many other excellent golf opportunities exist in the mid-Missouri area near Columbia.

Points of Interest

  • Health Clubs and Fitness Centers - Columbia is home to two large and multiple smaller fitness clubs. In addition, the city operates an excellent, full-service recreation center, and the university operates a fitness facility that is accessible by the public.
  • Theater and the Arts - Columbia has over 20 galleries and museums, nine live theaters with regularly schedule performances, and live music venues that attract local, regional and national artists. The annual T/F Documentary Film Festival attracts participants from around the world.


  • Columbia has a wide variety of dining options including locally owned restaurants offering unique dining experiences.

Medical Services

  • Columbia's medical network (four Hospitals, a University Medical School, multiple clinics and specialized care facilities) provides mid-Missouri and the entire state with the highest quality healthcare. The city's medical population brings positive economic influence, attracts medically related industries and provides residents with progressive medical services comparable to those offered in cities many times its size. Some of the specialized services include a children's hospital, a residential school for the mentally handicapped, comprehensive care nursing homes, fully accredited rehabilitation services, a Ronald McDonald House and visiting nursing services.

Closest Big Cities of Interest

  • St Louis , Missouri - 120 miles
  • Kansas City, Missouri - 120 miles

For more information about Columbia, please visit the Columbia Chamber of Commerce website ( or the City of Columbia, Missouri, website. (


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