Columbia is a larger medium-sized town located in the state of Maryland. With a population of 104,681 people and 20 constituent neighborhoods, Columbia is the second largest community in Maryland.
Columbia is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 90.90% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Columbia is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Columbia who work in management occupations (13.93%), computer science and math (10.42%), and office and administrative support (8.75%).
Also of interest is that Columbia has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
A relatively large number of people in Columbia telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 10.34% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
One thing noticeable about Columbia, although not a huge town, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Columbia is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Columbia a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.
In Columbia, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 30.83 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.
For the size of the town, public transportation in Columbia is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Columbia, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.
Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Columbia. 62.11% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.
The per capita income in Columbia in 2018 was $52,834, which is wealthy relative to Maryland and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $211,336 for a family of four. However, Columbia contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Columbia is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Columbia home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Columbia residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Columbia include German, Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Columbia's cultural character, accounting for 20.82% of the town’s population.
The most common language spoken in Columbia is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.