From Film, the Blues, Work, and Retirement: Columbia is More Than a Place You Call Home

In addition to being a great place to live and buy a home, Columbia offers a unique lifestyle that includes an active art scene, the world renowned True/False film festival, the Roots N Blues music festival that draws big name acts each year and was recognized by Forbes magazine in 2015 as one of the Top 25 places to retire.

Columbia is home to Missouri’s Show-Me State Games, the largest state games in the country, with more than 32,000 amateur athletes of all ages compete in Olympic-style competition.

In 2015

  • Obrella.com ranked Columbia No. 16 in the Best Commuter Cities in Missouri, citing the city’s high rate of carpoolers and mass transit users and noting 88 percent of Columbia locals get to work in 29 minutes or less, with an average commute time of 17.4 minutes.
  • Columbia was once again included in Livability.com’s Top 10 College Towns — No. 3 for 2015 — ahead of destinations such as Berkley, Calif., Cambridge, Mass. (home of Harvard University and MIT) and Gainesville, Fla. (home of the University of Florida).

2014

  • Milken Institute ranks Columbia the No. 3 Best City for Aging in its smaller metros category.

Living and thriving in Columbia is wonderful. It is a place you unexpect!