Ranked (over and over and over again) as one of the best college towns in America, Columbia is home to 36,000+ college students and 118,000 residents. Columbia has it all: big-time college sports; film, music and arts festivals; a high energy arts community; amazing recreation; and a great downtown with lots of places to eat, shop, snack and check out the latest bands. Our community offers outstanding healthcare options, as well as excellent educational opportunities for every level of student (including our own Children's School).
Downtown Columbia is called The District. Here you’ll find 20-square blocks of shopping, munching, dancing and people-watching. Here there’s something for every interest and life style. And it's all just steps from campus.
We hear it all of the time. Columbia, Missouri, is a great place to live. But you don’t have to tell us twice. We’ve been named:
And much more. From "Most Romantic" to "Least Stressed" to a "Best City for Working Women," the list goes on and on. See the complete list.
Get the whole picture. Read what Livability.com says about Columbia, Missouri: https://livability.com/mo/columbia
We’re known for our extensive system of parks and trails. Go for a hike at Rock Bridge State Park or on the award-winning MKT Trail, rent a kayak or canoe at Finger Lakes State Park, or toss a disc at Harmony Bends Disc Golf Course. Tennis courts, golf courses, lakes and pools give you lots of options for outdoor recreation.
Bringing a pet to campus? Take the pup to one of our dog parks; Twin Lakes Dog Park is a favorite.
Biking is popular here, and we offer a Bike Share program. Take advantage of Bike Boulevard, which runs through Stephens’ campus and includes nearby Stephens Lake Park and downtown access at Tenth Street.
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