Thanks to its central location and status as a college town, Columbia, Missouri, is a fun, thriving place to live. Whether you are single, just starting your family, or raising your family, there’s something here for everyone to enjoy.
Fun and entertainment for everyone
Home to a long and diverse list of restaurants, shops, museums and galleries, downtown Columbia has something to offer every member of the family. We boast a particularly active local entertainment scene, with more than 45 live shows performed each week in a mix of local venues to explore. Artists from across the state showcase their art, films and music at our many festivals that take place throughout the year.
All that Mizzou has to offer
The University of Missouri, home to University of Missouri Health Care, was founded in 1839 as the first public university west of the Mississippi. Take in a play, attend a concert or cheer the Mizzou Tigers to victory in the sports event of your choice…there’s so much to discover.
Explore the great outdoors, Show-Me State style
With our beautiful lakes, towering bluffs, rolling hills and abundant wildlife, Missouri offers stimulating experiences for every outdoor enthusiast. If you want to stay a bit closer to town, you can jog, walk or bike on our many trails, including the MKT Trail, a 4.7-mile walkway through Columbia’s greenbelt. We offer 2,800 acres of park land and 72 parks within the Columbia area.