Top 24 Neighborhood Amenities in Columbia, MO
Columbia Missouri is an amazing city, merging the quality and diversity of a big city with the Midwest hospitality. Columbia has a lot to offer & continues to grow. In the recent years there has been a great deal of residential and commercial development. Unemployment rates have dropped enormously since 2010 due to the increasing job opportunities occurring. Columbia was named #1 in “Top 25 Hardest Working Towns in America” this year, 2015 in Forbes magazine. I have lived in Columbia all my life, so I know the area & the Columbia Public School District (CPS) very well. CPS provides a great public school system & has many schools due to the growing population. My parents & some siblings have taught for the school district, so I can attest for how well the school system is ran. Columbia provides 8 colleges and 6 hospitals conveniently located throughout the city. Other than the school system, it has many places to eat & mingle at like well know Franchises & coffee shops including Starbucks & Dunkin Donuts, as well as unique local favorites: Murry’s & Booches, which is my favorite burger joint in town. If you want to get a drink with friends or have a business meeting with co-workers there are many places throughout the District (downtown) and the city. In nearby Rocheport you can find a breath taking local winery called Les Bourgeois which has a bistro and A-Frame café that overlooks the river for a nice relaxing atmosphere. If you like to go on outdoor excursions, we have a very large National Forest surrounding Columbia; it includes hiking/biking trails, & fishing holes. One of the most popular trails that go through the town is the “Katy Trail or MKT” which once was the site of a spur line of the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad, which is where it gets its name. Golf courses can also be found around town and Columbia’s Parks & Recreation has many areas throughout the town which are used for sports & other activities. If you would rather spend your time shopping or watching movies, Columbia is also the place for you. It has a large Boone County library, mall & shopping centers that are expanding with new stores, & two well-kept movie theaters. There are lots of other stores located in the District of Columbia & spread across the city. Columbia also hosts many annual events such as The True/ False festival, Roots ‘N’ Blues ‘N’ BBQ , Art in the Park, & Parades! Columbia has so much to offer with our wide variety of culture so it will fit anyone’s needs.