Columbia has the 178th largest population in the United States. The population grew by 9.2% from 2010 to 2015, which was faster than the national average. Unemployment in the Columbia area is 2%, which is lower than the national average, and is getting better. Columbia has the 216th largest local economy in the US, and a average cost of living. The average pay for jobs in Columbia is below average at $43,530, and the median cost of a home in Columbia is $175,900, which is the same as the national average. 55% of workers in Columbia hold a bachelors degree or higher (above average), and 93% of workers have a high school degree (above average). Driving to work is especially common in Columbia. 77% of Columbia workers drive to work alone, 0% take public transit, 11% carpool, and 9% walk. People in Columbia spend an average of 16 minutes commuting to work, which is shorter than the national average of 26 minutes.