Columbia

Welcome to Columbia

Step into the heart of tradition and small-town charm, just a short drive from Nashville
 
 
Nestled a mere 35 minutes away from the vibrant city of Nashville, Columbia stands as a beacon of rural charm and small-town allure. With its affordable living options and stunning downtown square, this city is a hidden gem for those seeking a tranquil lifestyle without straying too far from big-city amenities.
 
Columbia’s small-town vibe is palpable, with its close-knit community and picturesque surroundings creating an environment that’s both welcoming and serene. The city’s downtown square is a focal point of activity, offering a delightful mix of shops, restaurants, and cultural experiences. Columbia is a city that proudly holds onto its traditions while embracing the future, making it an ideal destination for those looking to balance the rustic with the contemporary.
 

What to Love

  • Home to a plethora of Antebellum homes, offering timeless character to the community 
  • Recognized as a Top Ten Best Small Town — a testament to its high quality of life
  • Easy access to Nashville, making commutes a breeze
 

Local Lifestyle

Life in Columbia is characterized by its laid-back rhythm and close-knit community spirit. Residents relish the small-town ambiance, with ample opportunities to connect with neighbors and partake in local traditions. The city’s rural setting provides a peaceful backdrop to daily life, while the bustling downtown square ensures there’s never a dull moment. From leisurely strolls along the Duck River to celebrating the unique Mule Day festivities, living in Columbia is all about savoring the simple pleasures and embracing the community’s rich heritage.
 

Dining and Entertainment

Columbia’s culinary scene is a delightful blend of traditional flavors and contemporary flair. Puckett's Restaurant in Downtown Columbia is a local favorite, renowned for its mouthwatering Southern cuisine and live music nights, providing a perfect spot for a night out with friends or a cozy family dinner. For those in search of a more upscale dining experience, Southern Tré Steakhouse is the place to be, offering an exquisite menu in a refined setting.
 
Barino Italian Southern Eatery brings a taste of Italy to the heart of Columbia, serving up delectable Italian dishes with a Southern twist. For a truly unique dining experience, Mama Mila's enchants visitors with its delightful dishes and warm atmosphere, ensuring a memorable meal every time.
 

Things to Do

Columbia is a treasure trove of activities and attractions, with something to suit every interest. The Duck River, one of the city’s natural jewels, provides a perfect setting for a day of fishing, kayaking, or simply basking in the beauty of nature. It's a favorite spot for locals and visitors alike looking to unwind and reconnect with the great outdoors.
 
The Mule Day Celebration and Parade is an annual event that captures the essence of Columbia’s community spirit and heritage. This unique festival brings together residents and visitors in a grand celebration of the city’s agricultural roots, with parades, live entertainment, and a whole lot of mule-related fun.
 
Riverwalk Park stands as a testament to Columbia’s commitment to providing green spaces for its residents, offering walking trails, picnic areas, and scenic views along the Duck River. It’s a popular spot for families, fitness enthusiasts, and anyone looking to enjoy a bit of fresh air and sunshine.
 
 
 
 

Overview for Columbia, TN

40,957 people live in Columbia, where the median age is 34.9 and the average individual income is $27,308. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

40,957

Total Population

34.9 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$27,308

Average individual Income

Around Columbia, TN

There's plenty to do around Columbia, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Car-Dependent
Walking Score
10
Somewhat Bikeable
Bike Score

Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Omega's Market & Diner, The Loco Lemon, and B’s Salty & Sweet.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 1.35 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 1.05 miles 10 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 0.5 miles 16 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 1.05 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 2.67 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 0.01 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Columbia, TN

Columbia has 16,215 households, with an average household size of 2.46. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Columbia do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 40,957 people call Columbia home. The population density is 1,233.14 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

40,957

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

34.9

Median Age

46.66 / 53.34%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

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0-9 Years

10-17:

10-17 Years

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18-24 Years

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25-64 Years

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65-74 Years

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75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Graduate Degree
16,215

Total Households

2.46

Average Household Size

$27,308

Average individual Income

Households with Children

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Marital Status

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Commute Time

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15 to 29 Minutes
30 to 59 Minutes
60+ Minutes

Schools in Columbia, TN

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The following schools are within or nearby Columbia. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
J E Woodard Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 4th
4/5
Riverside Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 4th
No rating available
Virtual Academy of Maury County
PUBLIC
7th - 12th
No rating available
J. R. Baker Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 4th
3/5
McDowell Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 4th
1/5
Agathos Classical School
PRIVATE
PreK - 12th
No rating available
E. A. Cox Middle School
PUBLIC
5th - 8th
1/5
J. Brown Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 4th
1/5
Columbia Central High School
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
1/5
Highland Park Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 4th
No rating available
Whitthorne Middle School
PUBLIC
5th - 8th
1/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
PRIVATE
PreK - 12th
No rating available
R Howell Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 4th
No rating available
The Kings Daughters School
PRIVATE
Undergrad - Undergrad
No rating available

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