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Columbia is consistently rated among the top cities in the nation by national magazines and organizations:


The Fastest-growing city in Missouri from MSN | April 2019

One of the Best Places to Retire in 2019 from Forbes | April 2019

opens in a new windowFeatured Destination from DatingAdvice.com: Columbia’s Urban & Rural Attractions Engage Couples on a Date | March 2018

opens in a new window20 Must-see Literary Destinations Around the World from Expedia Viewfinder | March 2018

Missouri’s opens in a new windowBest Place To Live in Every State from MSN.com | January 2018

2018 opens in a new windowTop 100 Best Places to Live from Livability.com | January 2018

Human Rights Campaign’s opens in a new windowMunicipal Equality Index gave Columbia opens in a new windowa perfect score of 100 | October 2017

opens in a new window26 Most Stylish Cities in the US Right Now, ranked from Expedia Viewfinder | August 2017

The opens in a new window20 Best College Towns in America from Business Insider | July 2017

The opens in a new window50 Best Smaller College Towns with the Best Music Scenes from Good Deed Seats | May 2017

Citizen Jane Film Festival makes MovieMaker.com’s list of opens in a new window50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee in 2017

Columbia #9 on Profascinate’s list of opens in a new windowTop 10 Best College Towns in America | March 2017

opens in a new windowAmerica’s Most Artistic Towns from Expedia Viewfinder | February 2017

opens in a new windowThe best cities to start a business in 2017 – #5 Columbia | February 2017

opens in a new windowRedbox identifies America’s most romantic cities – #6 Columbia | February 2017

Second opens in a new windowbest place for working women from CNBC and SmartAsset | November 2016

Columbia made FlipKey’s list of opens in a new window6 amazing small cities for a family vacation | November 2016

CBS News listed Columbia among the opens in a new window25 best cities to live in | 2016

Columbia is #42 on the opens in a new window50 Best Bike Cities of 2016 | September 2016

PureWow’s The 19 Best College Towns in America | August 2016

Business Insider’s The 30 Best College Towns in America – #15 Columbia | July 2016

Columbia makes SmartAssets.com’s list of opens in a new windowLeast Stressed Cities in America again | June 2016

Columbia is #6 on SmartAsset.com’s opens in a new windowTop 10 Cities for Working Parents

opens in a new windowThe 25 best small college towns from USAToday | Columbia, MO makes #11

opens in a new windowThe 10 Best Film Festivals You’ve Never Heard Of from Huffington Post | Citizen Jane Film Festival and True/False Film Fest

opens in a new window2015’s Best & Worst College Cities & Towns in America from WalletHub.com | #10 Columbia MO

True/False Film Fest – opens in a new window20 Best Under-the-Radar Film Festivals in 2016 from VacationIdea.com

opens in a new windowThe Top 10 Colleges for Dog Lovers – #1 Stephens College | CollegeMagazine.com

#1 place in the nation to opens in a new windowsurvive the zombie apocalypse from FindTheHome.com

#3 on TheStreet.com’s ‘ opens in a new window10 Best College Towns to Live in, Even If You’re Not a Student

#46 Columbia, MO in Livability.com’s opens in a new windowTop 100 Best Places to Live in the US 2016

opens in a new window25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World 2015: both Citizen Jane Film Festival and True/False Film Fest made the list (moviemaker.com)

opens in a new windowThe Least Stressed Cities in America: #5 Columbia, MO (SmartAsset.com)

opens in a new windowBest Winemaker in Kansas City and Mid-Missouri and Best Destination Winery in Mid-MO: Les Bourgeois, Rocheport (Feast Magazine)

opens in a new windowBest Burger in Mid-Missouri: Booches (Feast Magazine)

Columbia, MO is the #3 opens in a new windowBest College Town in the nation, Summer 2015 (Livability.com)

MKT Trail #2 opens in a new windowBest Urban Trail in the nation, Summer 2015 (USAToday)

Columbia Farmers Market was named one of America’s 50 Best Farmers Markets by opens in a new windowClean Eating Magazine, Summer 2015

Stephens College ranked among the opens in a new window25 Great Small Colleges for Animal Lovers from GreatValueColleges.net, Summer 2015

opens in a new windowUSA Swimming named Columbia the #1 Top Swim City in the smaller population category, Summer 2015

Columbia’s Sub Shop made the list of opens in a new window10 places in Missouri that make the best sandwiches ever, Summer 2015 (Onlyinyourstate.com)

Twin Lakes Recreation Area’s Dog Park is #7 – “Here are the opens in a new windowabsolute ultimate 16 dog parks in the US” by BarkPost.com, Summer 2015

opens in a new window10 Best Craft Breweries in Missouri – Logboat Brewery, Summer 2015 (TheCultureTrip.com)

opens in a new window25 Best Commuter Cities in Missouri – #16 Columbia, May 2015 (Obrella.com)

10 Best Small Cities for Educated Millennials – #6 Columbia, May 2015 (Business Insider)

opens in a new windowBest midsize cities for women in the workforce – #5 Columbia, Spring 2015 (NerdWallet.com)

opens in a new windowRanking the SEC College Towns, #8 Columbia, April 2015 (AthlonSports.com)

True/False Film Fest #6 on USAToday’s list of opens in a new window10 Best Film Festivals, Spring 2015

Columbia is one of Forbes’ opens in a new window25 Best Places to Retire in 2015

opens in a new window10 Best Dynamite Day Trips – #2 Columbia, January 2015 (USAToday)

opens in a new window25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World 2014 – True/False Film Fest (MovieMaker.com)

opens in a new window31 Best College Bars in the US – Harpo’s (Business Insider) 2014

opens in a new windowTop 13 Small Cities in Missouri – #1 Columbia 2014 (CitiesJournal)

opens in a new window25 Healthiest Colleges in the US – #6 University of Missouri Columbia (Greatist.com) 2014

opens in a new windowThe Best Small Cities for Jobs in 2014 – #3 Columbia (Forbes)

opens in a new window29 Amazing Places You Have to see in the Fall – Columbia (Dose.com)

opens in a new window10 Veteran-Friendly Schools to Consider in 2014 – University of Missouri (Task & Purpose)

opens in a new windowThe Best Journalism Schools in the Country – #1 University of Missouri Columbia (NewsPro Magazine) 2013

opens in a new windowAmerica’s Hardest Working Towns 2012 – #1 Columbia (Forbes)