This rating is a weighted average of commute time, crime rate, population, median salary, and more.
This score adds annual household income and cost of living to the city rating.
Density (Population per mile²)
Compared to New York, Columbia has a very low population density. Columbia is perfect for those who like a quiet city.
Columbia, MD is a great place to live. It has its pros and cons like any city, but with a quality of life rating of 9/10 and an overall value of 8/10, it’s no surprise why so many people choose to live here.
Population density is a way of determining how crowded an area is. Columbia has a population density of 3,324, with 91,610 current residents.
Out of the 91,610 current residents, 48% are male and 52% are female. 60% of the residents are married and 40% are single.
- 58% Sun
- 44% Rain
- 20% Snow
54°F average temperature
- 26 years Median home age
- $308,090 Median home price
- -5.74% Home appreciation rate
- 12.88% Annual property tax
As for living in Columbia, the air quality is 37% and the weather, on average, is 58% sunny, 44% rainy, and 20% snowy. The average temperature is 54°F.
Whether you’re looking to buy or rent a home in Columbia, you should know that 63.8% of homes are owned while 32.1% of homes are rented, and 4.1% of homes are vacant. The median price of a home is $308,090, the median age of homes is 26 years, the annual home appreciation is -5.74% and the annual property tax is 12.88%.
Crime rate (per 100,000)5
When looking at the community of Columbia, it’s important to determine the crime rate. Columbia’s crime rate is 5 total number of crimes reported per 100,000 total population. The average age of residents in Columbia is 39 years and the breakdown of political affiliations is 59.99% Democratic, 38.14% Republican, and 1.87% Independent.
Student teacher ratio 1:14
Management, Business, Art & Sciences
Sales & Office Occupations
Production, Transportation & Material Moving
Natural Resources, Construction & Maintenance
94%High school diploma
6%Some college or associates degree
29%Graduate or professional degree
When looking at Columbia, it’s important to understand employment statistics. 5.50% of residents are unemployed in Columbia (which does not include the percentage of residents who are no longer in the labor force). Of the employed Columbia residents: 21.6% of employed residents work in the management and business field, 41.01% are in the arts and sciences field, 8.9% are in the customer service field, 22% are in the sales field, 0.04% work in farming, fishing, and forestry, 2.9% of employed residents work in the construction field, and 3.5% work in production. When it comes to education, the ratio of teachers to students is 1:14. The percentage of residents who have graduated high school is 94.46%, 5.50% of residents have an associate’s degree, 30.45% of residents have a bachelor’s degree, and 28.99% have a master’s degree.
Average commute time
Daily breakdown: by transport type
Work at home
If you plan on commuting to work in Columbia, you should be aware that the average commute time is 33 minutes, compared to the national average commute time of 26 minutes. When it comes to commuting, residents of Columbia have a few different options. 81% of commuters use their own cars, 9% of commuters carpool, 3% of commuters use the transit system, and 5% of residents work from home.