When you combine ‘Town and Gown’ the result is a vibrant community with plenty of educational opportunities, generally safe neighborhoods with well educated neighbors. Columbia is all that and more. Home to the University of Missouri-Columbia, Stephens College, Columbia College and several community colleges, Columbia has so many good things going on.
A relatively young town (only 8.5% are over the age of 65) due to the high student population, 54% of the adults have at least a Bachelor’s Degree. Those who do retire in Columbia, Missouri will enjoy plenty of cultural offerings, sporting events and recreation. Columbia is right between St. Louis and Kansas City on Highway 70.
Just over 100,000 people call Columbia home. The median home price is $195,000 and the average rental is just under $800 a month. This is high for Missouri but well under the national average.
This brand new house is listed at $154,000 with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. However, this is a college town and retired people may not want to live on fraternity row! Better visit before you buy!
The weather is mild with January highs in the 30’s F, and in July it gets into the 80’s.
The downtown district is just fun! There are great little restaurants, cafe’s, coffee shops, bookstores, galleries – you name it. Spend some time at the Columbia Art League where you can see local artists, take a class or attend an event. Attend a concert at the Missouri Theatre, a 1928 grand old place built as a movie palace and vaudeville stage. For a fun day, take the Columbia Star Dinner Train on a lunch or dinner excursion. The Sunday Brunch is amazing.
The Colleges have several really great museums including the Museum of Art and Archeology at the University of Missouri. Great place to spend a rainy or hot day!
So if you are looking for a college town with lots going on, try Columbia Missouri!
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