According to the most recent data on the cost of living, Columbia has an overall cost of living index of 97 which is 1.0x lower than the national index of 100.
Compared to only Missouri, Columbia has a cost of living index that's 1.1x higher than Missouri's index of 91.
The standard of living in Columbia ranks as #2,809 most affordable out of the 6,522 places we measured in Missouri. By definition, that implies Columbia ranks as the #3,597 most expensive place in the Show Me State.
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Housing swings affordability the most between places in Missouri, so we broke down the statistics around housing costs into more detail. It's also important to consider median household incomes to make apples-to-apples comparisons across locations.
Home and income come data comes from the most recent US Census ACS 2014-2018.