Columbia, TN

  Columbia has a population of 33,058. Billing itself as the Mule Capital of the World, Columbia welcomes thousands of visitors, both two-legged and four-legged, to its annual Mule Day Celebration every April.

The rest of the year, Columbia offers up small-town friendliness and an Old South charm, with its many antebellum mansions and historical districts. And, it's just 50 miles south of Nashville.

Steeped in history, Columbia is home to President James K. Polk and the celebrated Civil War foot soldier Sam Watkins, who penned his memoirs in Company Aytch.

It is also the county seat of Maury County and home to Tennessee's first community college. President and Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson came to Columbia for the dedication of Columbia State Community College on March 15, 1967. Lady Bird called Columbia State the 'new beat and rhythm of our land.'

The city is also a nature-lover's paradise, with 202 acres of recreational green space at Maury County Park, and another green oasis, Woodland Park, smack in the middle of town. Monsanto Ponds is one of the state's premier wildlife observation areas, with three viewing blinds open to the public.


  Columbia, TN 38401 National Average
Population of Columbia 54370 11535
Median Age 36.8 years 37.47 years
Median Household Income $43786 $42350.95
Percentage of Single Households 43.1% 41.53%
Percentage of Married Households 56.9% 58.46%
Percentage Families (households with children) 23.6% 24.32%
Average Household Size 2.5 people 2.57 people
Percentage College or Better 14.8% 20.14%
Percentage White Collar 48.3% 47.14%

Cost of Living

  Columbia, TN 38401 National Average
Cost of Living Index 81.7 99.52
Average Yearly Utility Cost 2999 3196.27
Average Household Total Consumer Expenditures $38634 per year $41075.28 per year
Average Household Education Expenditures $346 per year $450.93 per year
Average Household Entertainment Expenditures $2020 per year $2207.08 per year
Average Household Transportation Expenditures $1402 per year $1563.85 per year
Average Household Retail Expenditures $17109 per year $18600.46 per year
Average Household Non-RetailExpenditures $21525 per year $22474.81 per year

Quality of Life

  Columbia, TN 38401 National Average
Average Winter High Temperature 45.1 degrees 41.29 degrees
Average Winter Low Temperature 25.5 degrees 22.88 degrees
Average Summer High Temperature 88.8 degrees 86.56 degrees
Average Summer Low Temperature 65.3 degrees 62.35 degrees
Average Annual Precipitation 55.7 inches 38.69 inches
Air Quality Index 55 44.59
Total Crime Index 6 3.60
Personal Crime Index 6 3.43
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