Nestled in the heart of Missouri, Columbia is a unique town with regional charm. The city's visitors bureau describes Columbia as "The smart, innovative, artsy, eclectic, clever, savvy, brilliant, too-dynamic-to-fit-into-a-short-tagline city," which explains just how much the area has to offer. More than 110,000 people live in Columbia, filling the streets with diverse backgrounds and Midwestern hospitality. Look for Columbia apartments for rent, and find one of Missouri's most famed communities.
In the early 1800s, Columbia grew as a trading post on the Santa Fe and Oregon Trails. Since it was created, the city has always had the three important economic foundations of education, medicine and insurance. The 1840s saw the birth of the University of Missouri after Boone County residents out pledged six other counties to build the university.
Today, the university is the source of intense local pride. Columbia is a center for education, research and innovation, but still fosters a unique southern flavor. The city is very safe, has a good public school system and is also very bike friendly. With a number of public parks, interesting trails and easy access to the Ozarks, apartments in Columbia are a great home for people who love to spend time outdoors.
Columbia is home to Rock Bridge Memorial State Park, allowing visitors to experience Missouri's finest natural attractions. With some of the most popular hiking and biking trails in the state, a large cave system, sinkholes and an underground stream, the park has something to offer all nature enthusiasts. The city hosts the annual Rock N Blues N BBQ Festival, bringing distinctive southern flavor to the streets of Columbia. In addition to live music and delectable barbecue, the festival features a half marathon, storm drain art project and New Belgium Roots Ride bike parade. The Missouri Beer Festival is also here, with the best flavors from micro breweries, brew pubs, local craft beers and national brands. Attendees can sample beers, learn about beer and food pairings and enjoy live music.
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