At first glance, the economic state of Columbia may not look highly appealing. However, with the local average income per capita being lower than the national figure also comes a cost of living that is considerably lower than many other places in the country. Most of the population is employed in the sales, management and production industries. Columbia is a great place to raise or start a family as well, with plenty of grade school options as well as a chance to start pursuing higher education at Columbia State Community College.

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If a new home in the southern United States sounds appealing to you, then you need to put the city of Columbia, Tennessee, on your list of places to visit. At just under 30 square miles in size and with a population of around 40,000, the homes available in Columbia offer a large amount of land for considerably less than it would cost in many other places. The median home price for an old American style house with several bedrooms, bathrooms and a huge yard space is only in the low to mid $100,000 range.

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