Best Places to Live

Columbia, MO

Population: 115,391
LIV
SCORE
658
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Known as the “Athens of Missouri” for its striking style, Columbia has made repeated appearances on our Best Places to Live list due to quality-of-life features like a strong healthcare system, thriving downtown and the award-winning MKT Trail for hiking and biking.

In addition, the city is one of Livability.com’s Top 10 College Towns thanks to the University of Missouri (“Mizzou”) that plays a major role in Columbia’s economy and culture. Diverse housing options are available to students and residents, and “CoMo” lies within close proximity to Rock Bridge State Park, Mark Twain National Forest and the Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge for easily accessible outdoor adventures.

Find out more about what makes Columbia a Best Place to Live.

Columbia, MO Ranking Data

Civic
66
Demographics
42
Economy
82
Education
77
Health
67
Housing
69
Infrastructure
49