About Columbia, Missouri

Consistently ranked as one of the “Best Places to Live in the Nation” by Money Magazine, Columbia is known for its small town friendliness and excellent quality of life. With all the sophistication of a big city, Columbia is a vibrant, well-educated community of diverse cultures that offers outstanding recreational and cultural opportunities.

  • Art Galleries and museums
  • Musical and performing arts
  • Cultural and Historical Events
  • Excellent Restaurants and Cafes
  • Hot-Air Balloon Competitions
  • Symphonies, plays, ballets, musicals
  • Popular Musician and Concert Festivals
  • Charming Downtown Shops and Historic Buildings
  • Night Clubs offering live music and comedy
  • Award-Winning Wineries just a short drive away
  • Extensive city park system for biking, swimming, hiking, sports, skiing, fishing and climbing
  • Several State Parks, conservation areas and scenic Missouri River sites nearby
  • St. Louis and Kansas City are only two hours away.

The region's economy is anchored by the education, insurance and medical industries. Affordable Missouri boasts a low cost-of-living (7th lowest in the nation), and Boone County consistently has a lower unemployment rate than the rest of the state.

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