Best Places to Live

Columbia, MO

Population: 115,391
LIV
SCORE
609
Photo courtesy of Rachel Grant, Columbia CVB

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.

Columbia, MO Ranking Data

Civic
51
Demographics
39
Economy
57
Education
68
Health
77
Housing
67
Infrastructure
53