Mayor Steve Benjamin delivered the news - Columbia has been named as one of America's "10 Great Places to Live" in a recent list by Kiplinger.
Kiplinger releases this ranking annually, focusing on small and mid-size cities, considering metro areas with a population of one million or less. Their main criteria for the ranking: "good jobs, reasonably priced homes, decent schools, great health care and manageable size are all essential parts of the mix."
This is just one of many recent accolades to which Columbia and the Midlands have been named. The efforts of both public officials and the Columbia business community are coming to fruition in the form of national recognition as the great place that it is.
Our partnership with the Midlands Urban Land Institute aims to continue this success with urban planning as the main plan of action. The Midlands Reality Check event in October will bring together 300 leaders in the Midlands community to map out a plan for the proposed population growth of 450,000 over the next 25 years, to continue our recent successes. All of this is done to ensure that we grow in the best way possible: by choice, not chance.
Check out Kiplinger's full ranking here.