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Columbia, MO

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Columbia, Missouri is a major college town that is also the 5th largest city in the state. The last estimate in 2012 saw the city with a population of over 113,000 residents, with the metro area having over 175,000 residents. The city is also the county seat for Boone County, and has the nickname “CoMo”, which it gets from its student body population. The town is significantly influenced by the University of Missouri, and there are apartments, hotels, and restaurants that base much of their industry around the school.

Getting Around in Columbia, MO

As a college town, Columbia needs a vibrant and easy to use transportation system. The city and the University both encourage non-motorized transportation, and have create multitudes of bike paths and walking trails for people to get around. The University also has its own bus service, which it serves to students at a low rate. The city’s own bus service is called the Columbia Transit, and it runs on six different routes. In 2008, over a million passengers used the Columbia Transit.

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The average commuter time in Columbia is:
10 to 14 minutes
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  • Time Range
  • 25 to 29 minutes
  • 30 to 34 minutes
  • 35 to 39 minutes
  • Percentage of workers
  • 2.22%
  • 5.08%
  • 1.42%

University of Missouri

<p>The University of Missouri is Colombia's flagship institution. It has both robust academics and strong athletics, with nationally prominent basketball and football teams that compete on a high level every year. The University was the first institution of higher learning founded west of the Mississippi River, and as of last year it was ranked 97th on the US News &amp; World Report for national universities. The Missouri School of Journalism was the world's first, and its scientific research is world renowned. The university owns one of the world's most powerful university research reactors.</p>

Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts

<p>The Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts is an entertainment center located in downtown Colombia. It was designed and built in the late 1920s, and is actually on the National Register of Historic Places. The theatre opened as a community hub, drawing large crowds for its events and bringing in acts such as the Missouri Symphony Society. Today, events such as the University Concert Series and the Hot Summer Nights Festival occur yearly at the Theatre Center. The building is now under a three year lease from the university as well.</p>