Photo courtesy of Rachel Grant, Columbia CVB

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How We Calculate Our Data
Civics 51
Demographics 39
Economy 57
Education 68
Health 77
Housing 67
Infrastructure 53

#46. Columbia, MO

Considered one of the Top 10 Best College Towns, Columbia attracts a diverse group of newcomers with its excellent health-care system, great schools and high-quality amenities. The University of Missouri plays a big part in Columbia’s economy and culture and is one of the reasons why Columbia has repeated appearances on the Top 100 Best Places to live. Downtown Columbia is filled with restaurants, shops and music venues, and the city’s MKT Trail has been called one of the best urban trails in the country.

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