According to recent U.S. Census data, Columbia’s metropolitan area grew by 1.17 percent, or just over 2,000 people, from 2015 to 2016. As a percentage, the growth is the highest in Missouri, and ranks tenth among other metropolitan areas in the Midwest.
Bernie Andrews, vice president of Regional Economic Development, Inc., partially attributed the increase to local colleges, which often attract students who stay in town after graduating, and to a strong business community.
The growth from 2015 to 2016 is indicative of a larger trend in Columbia over the past several years. Since 2010, Columbia’s population has grown by 8.21 percent, which ranks first in Missouri and eighth in the Midwest.
Jolyn Sattizahn, the Chamber of Commerce’s vice president of community affairs, said a wide range of jobs, from manufacturing to technology, makes Columbia an attractive destination for lots of people.
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