Columbia is a larger medium-sized town located in the state of Maryland. With a population of 107,318 people and 18 constituent neighborhoods, Columbia is the second largest community in Maryland.
Housing costs in Columbia are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in Maryland.
Columbia is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 90.78% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Columbia is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Columbia who work in management occupations (13.13%), computer science and math (10.72%), and office and administrative support (9.22%).
Also of interest is that Columbia has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Another interesting thing about Columbia, despite not being a huge town, is that there is a relatively high proportion of people living here who are young, single, and upwardly-mobile professionals. This makes it a good choice for other relocating single professionals. Here, these young singles will find many others like themselves, with opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.
One downside of living in Columbia is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Columbia, the average commute to work is 30.51 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the town, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.
For the size of the town, public transportation in Columbia is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Columbia, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.
Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Columbia, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Columbia is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 62.67% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.
The per capita income in Columbia in 2018 was $50,725, which is upper middle income relative to Maryland, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $202,900 for a family of four. However, Columbia contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Columbia is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Columbia home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Columbia residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Columbia include German, Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.
In addition, Columbia has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (20.52%).
The most common language spoken in Columbia is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.