Jobs and Business

With major industries like health care, education, financial services, construction and manufacturing providing a healthy mix of large corporations and small businesses, Columbia's economy is thriving.

According to Regional Economic Development Inc., Columbia has a labor force of more than 200,000. Top employers include the University of Missouri and MU Health Care, Columbia Public Schools, Boone Hospital Center, Veterans Home Loans and Shelter Insurance. There is a strong presence from small and mid-sized, locally-owned businesses as well - Columbia and Boone County are home to more than 225 businesses with 51-500 employees.

The city is number 12 on Forbes' list of Best Small Places for Businesses and Careers, 28th in cost of doing business and 25th in job growth. Nerdwallet.com named Columbia the fifth best midsize city for women in the workforce.

Residential and commercial construction are both on the rise, there is about $73 million worth of public- and private-school construction underway or in the planning stages and local technology service providers have recently invested millions in infrastructure upgrades - all signs that Columbia only continues to grow.

Top Employers

University of Missouri

105 Jesse Hall, 573-882-2121

8,750 — this number includes MU employees as well as UM System and extension employees.

MU Health Care

1 Hospital Drive, 573-882-4141

5,757 employees

Columbia Public Schools

1818 W. Worley St., 573-214-3400

2,417 employees

Veterans United Home Loans

1400 Veterans United Drive, 573-876-2600 

2,100 employees

Boone Hospital Center

1600 E. Broadway, 573-815-8000

1,750 employees

City of Columbia

701 E. Broadway, 573-874-7111

1,416 employees

Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital

800 Hospital Drive, 573-814-6000

1,276 employees

Shelter Insurance Co.

1817 W. Broadway, 573-445-8441

1,109 employees

Joe Machens Dealerships

1911 W. Worley, 573-445-4411

1,100 employees

MBS Textbook Exchange

2711 W. Ash St., 573-445-2243

863 employees

State Farm Insurance

4700 S. Providence Road, 573-499-2000

About 850 employees

Columbia and Boone County are also home to 25 businesses that employ 251-500 employees and 207 businesses with 51-250 employees.