Columbia, TN

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What is Columbia known for?

Located in Maury County, Columbia has the unmistakable feel of an independent, distinct town that woke up one day to find itself a part of the expanding Nashville sphere. It’s authentic Main Street lifestyle, antebellum homes, and comfortable southern pace has made it a destination for Nashvilians looking to scratch that small-town itch. It may be 46 miles from downtown Nashville, but that hasn’t stopped its population from spiking, and its housing market from taking off. It’s no understatement to say that Columbia offers some of the best small-town living in the United States. Southern Living, that lifestyle Bible of the Southeast, even ranked Columbia one of the top ten small towns in the entire South for its vibrant arts and live music scene. If you came to Columbia looking for some land, you’re in luck as many affordable homes feature an uncommon amount of acreage compared to the Nashville Metro area. Look to neighborhoods like Fountain Heights and Williamsport, homes on 5-acre lots are selling in the low-to-mid 300s. It might be a good idea to get your offer in quickly, though, because Columbia is no longer a well-kept secret.

Who is Columbia a good fit for?

The small town of Columbia, Tennessee offers a wealth of history and culture. The Southern charm and sense of community are evident throughout the area. The population accounts for nearly 40,000 people, many of which are young families. The majority of the residents are in their mid-thirties, and nearly half of the population have kids under the age of 18.

Where to eat, hang out and have a good time

The town offers several outstanding barbeque and Southern-style eateries. Southern Tre Steakhouse and Abe’s BBQ Smokehouse are two leading favorites in the area. You’ll also find that the famous Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant has a location within Downtown Columbia. Another popular restaurant is River Terrace, which features Cajun and Creole seafood dishes, along with stunning riverfront views.

Columbia also has a handful of centrally located breweries, including Bad Idea Brewing, Asgard, and Taps Off Main. These three spots all lie within close proximity of one another, making it easy to plan an epic beer-drinking day. The downtown region is home to a number of bars and taverns that many frequent for nightlife entertainment. You can even show off your dancing moves at the popular Cowboys Dance Hall and Saloon.

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Mama Mila's

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Abe's BBQ Smokehouse

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Pros & Cons of living in Columbia

Pros

  • This Southern town is rich in history, showcasing many antebellum homes and even President James K. Polk’s original home.
  • The developed Downtown district offers a variety of good restaurants, bars, and breweries.
  • It is conveniently located along the Duck River, which offers a variety of scenic views and outdoor recreational activities.

Cons

  • The town of Columbia has very high crime rates.
  • Although the overall cost of living is below average, the area does have a much higher average expense rate for health care costs.
  • Columbia public schools do not reflect the highest test scores and rankings.

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How to get around in Columbia

Average one-way commute times in Columbia are in line with the U.S average of 26 minutes. Public transportation is pretty much non-existent within this small town, and the majority of the residents have their own car for transportation. You’ll find many major roadways running through Columbia, such as Hampshire Pike, Bear Creek Pike/ Route 412, Route 31, and the nearby Interstate 65.

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Things to do around Columbia

Like much of Middle Tennessee, Columbia is known for its rich history and outdoor recreational activities. For those looking to satisfy the former, Columbia is home to President James K. Polk’s Home and Museum. This quaint home located just off Garden Street and down the street from the Maury County Public Library holds artifacts and treasures of America’s 11th president. For those looking for some fresh air, head over to Maury County Park, one of Tennessee’s premier parks located just south of Columbia Central High School. This park sits on over 240 acres and has something for everyone from baseball fields and a football stadium to ⅛ scale steam engines and an equestrian center. Another one of our favorite parks is Riverwalk Park located on the Duck River where you will find walking trails, a basketball court, and a picnic area. Across the Duck River is Asgard Brewing Co., a craft microbrewery located in historic downtown Columbia.

Columbia Farmers Fresh Market

Farmers Market

Carter St, Columbia, TN

aMuseum

Children's Museum

123 W 7th St #3213, Columbia, TN 38401

Armory Recreation and Fitness Center

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503 Carter St, Columbia, TN 38401

Parks and Recreation in Columbia

The Maury County Park is a popular destination found within the center of Columbia. Amongst the 242 acres of green space, you’ll find sports fields, playgrounds, two pavilions, and a large equestrian area with 2 arenas. The park is home to a number of community events, such as Mule Day and the Maury County Fair. Located in Downtown Columbia is another popular outdoor space, Riverwalk Park. It sits alongside the Duck River, offering scenic walking trails, a basketball court, and a splash pad for kids.

Riverwalk Park

102 Riverside Dr, Columbia, TN 38401

One of the most ecologically diverse rivers in the United States. Walkers will enjoy the paved walking path that connects historic downtown Columbia to Riverwalk Park and up to the local dam, approximately one mile. Kids will enjoy the splash pad and the basketball court. Two pavilions in the park can be booked for events. It's common to see this park buzzing with activity. Events large and small are going on like the First Tennessee Muletown Barbecue Cook-off, Meriwether Lewis Arts and Crafts Fair, Farmers Market, concerts, and 'Movies in the Park'. The Farmers Market is happening May - October every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at Riverwalk Park!

Maury County Park

1018 Maury County Park Dr, Columbia, TN 38401

A 242-acre park with sports fields, equestrian facilities, 8 pavilions, trails & playgrounds.

Yanahli Park

922 Iron Bridge Rd, Columbia, TN 38401

Yanahli Park Loop is a 2.7 kilometer lightly trafficked loop trail located near Columbia, Tennessee that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and bird watching.

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Columbia School Info

The majority of the public schools in Columbia rank between Grade B and C. The two top-performing schools include J.R Baker Elementary and Columbia Central High School. Several families favor private institutions in Columbia for their children’s education. The leading private schools include Agathos, Columbia Academy, and Zion Christian Academy.

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Crime in Columbia

In the past year in Columbia there were 23% more assaults, 10% more burglaries, 34% more robberies, 9% less vehicle thefts compared to the national median.

Irrespective of the Southern hospitality, the area of Columbia is not particularly favorable when it comes to crime rates. Both violent and property crimes are well above the state and national average. The most common reported offenses are robbery and theft. Statistics note a 5% yearly decrease in crime rates, however, many sections are still in need of a greater improvement.

Cost of Living in Columbia

The overall cost of living in Columbia is slightly under the nation’s average. However, the average amount spent on health care is notably higher. This could be due to a number of reasons and can vary depending on an individual’s health conditions. Housing prices are significantly lower. The average home cost in Columbia is $281,390. Renters account for 37% of the residential population, with rent prices under $1,000 for most two-bedroom homes or apartments.

  • Education costs 2.80% less than the national average.
  • Entertainment costs 3.30% less than the national average.
  • Food costs 1.20% less than the national average.
  • In Columbia utilities costs 0.60% more than the national average.
  • Healthcare costs 5.70% less than the national average.

Overall, Columbia’s cost of living is 1.30% less expensive than the national average.

Job Market of Columbia

55,502 Total Popultation

The median household income in Columbia is $51,996 and the average household income in Columbia is $63,807. 17.26% of the population people works in Healthcare, 14.52% works in Retail, and 12.51% works in Manufacturing.

Real Estate Trends of Columbia

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New subdivisions like Harvest Point and Carver’s Station offer amenities that today’s homeowners have come to expect, such as an open floorplan, hardwood flooring, stainless appliances, and granite countertops. This affordable luxury makes the decision to relocate to Columbia that much easier for interested buyers. It’s no surprise that apartments in Muletown have followed suit, with new upscale complexes popping up right around Columbia’s iconic downtown. The rent for these units, often start above $1,000 per month which can seem a little steep for a place almost an hour outside of Nashville, but their placement next to Columbia’s iconic downtown more than justifies the cost.

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“Columbia is far from Nashville, but if you’re ok with that it’s a great place to look into!”

Columbia is far from Nashville, but if you’re ok with that it’s a great place to look into. It has an adorable downtown area, and there has been a lot of new restaurants and boutiques that have opened up. This is one of my favorite areas to go antiquing, and a lot of antique stores have relocated from more expensive Franklin. It is much more affordable, and you can really get a good home in this area. But, if you have to commute into Nashville it would not be ideal.

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FAQs

What is life in Columbia like?

When living in Columbia, you can expect a traditional southern atmosphere. It offers a predominately suburban feel but also continues to see great substantial growth. The area is ideal for many young professionals and for those looking to raise a family.

Why are homes in Columbia a good investment?

The average sale price over the last year of $267,000 is certainly reasonable for Nashville, but that’s a 17% increase over the 2019 numbers in Columbia. One explanation for this elevated market value is the recent development of high-quality new construction, especially along the Highway 31 corridor going toward Nashville. In addition to newer homes being built in Columbia, there is something to be said about the trend of city slickers moving out into the country. Generally speaking, homebuyers have an appetite for larger homes on some acreage which is exactly what you’ll find in Columbia.

How long does it take to commute to Downtown Nashville from Columbia?

Commuting from Columbia to Downtown Nashville by car will take approximately 48 minutes.

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