Columbia sixth in nation for best job destination for college grads

1 year 5 months 17 hours ago Tuesday, May 17 2016 May 17, 2016 Tuesday, May 17, 2016 9:49:00 AM CDT May 17, 2016 in Continuous News
By: Hli Yang, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA – Columbia is ranked the sixth best job destination for college graduates by the American Institute for Economic Research.

The study states that cities with a “vibrant, young, well-educated population attract other young, well-educated grads”.

A recent graduate from the University of Missouri Mitch Kulczak said he plans to stay in Columbia because of a number of factors.

“There’s a lot of people my age still,” Kulczak said. “It’s a very young, and it still is, it’s a young city. And I think the affordability is a big factor.”

The rankings were based on quality of life, work opportunities and the presence of other young people.
Columbia Chamber of Commerce President Matt McCormick described Columbia as a “never aging” community.

“It’s a diverse community with a young population, yet at the same time, it’s a great place, we’re always ranked very high on, a place to retire,” McCormick said.

In addition, the study states that a strong economic climate attracts the young and well-educated.
McCormick said Columbia’s low unemployment rate and diverse job base is a big factor.

“We don’t rely on one specific industry type,” McCormick said. “Our three main drivers, of course are education, insurance, and health care, which all three tend to have very good jobs and good paying jobs. Along with that, we have a diverse make up of manufacturing to retail to services, so it has a little bit of everything.”

“Columbia is just a lot more affordable for people my age, especially for somebody starting out with a starting salary,” Kulczak said. “And there’s a lot of opportunities here too.”

McCormick said attracting young college graduates to Columbia has always been a goal for the city because it benefits the community in the long run.

“It brings new leadership,” McCormick said. “It brings in, if you look at it from a social service type side, it brings in a new folks to volunteer. It brings in new ideas. And it brings in young families to grow families.”

The study states that although a number of factors contribute to college graduates moving to certain places, the most important factor the American Institute of Economic Research found was that young college graduates move where they will find an established group of other well-educated young professionals.

The American Institute for Economic Research ranked the cities by four metro sizes. Columbia was ranked in the smallest metro.

More News

Grid
List
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A federal inmate with end-stage renal disease has been spared the death penalty for his fourth murder... More >>
1 hour ago Tuesday, October 17 2017 Oct 17, 2017 Tuesday, October 17, 2017 12:27:00 PM CDT October 17, 2017 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri appeals court has thrown out a $72 million award to a woman who claimed... More >>
1 hour ago Tuesday, October 17 2017 Oct 17, 2017 Tuesday, October 17, 2017 12:19:21 PM CDT October 17, 2017 in News
TONGANOXIE, Kan. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a man and found three sisters whose disappearance in August from their Kansas... More >>
3 hours ago Tuesday, October 17 2017 Oct 17, 2017 Tuesday, October 17, 2017 10:09:53 AM CDT October 17, 2017 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A man has been charged with shooting a St. Louis police detective in the shoulder last... More >>
3 hours ago Tuesday, October 17 2017 Oct 17, 2017 Tuesday, October 17, 2017 10:02:35 AM CDT October 17, 2017 in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Authorities say deputies have shot and wounded a man after he pointed a gun at them in... More >>
4 hours ago Tuesday, October 17 2017 Oct 17, 2017 Tuesday, October 17, 2017 9:55:26 AM CDT October 17, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA (AP) — The University of Missouri is hiring the top Missouri state senator's chief of staff to be the... More >>
4 hours ago Tuesday, October 17 2017 Oct 17, 2017 Tuesday, October 17, 2017 9:50:49 AM CDT October 17, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri House Ethics Committee is reviewing a complaint against a lawmaker who called for... More >>
4 hours ago Tuesday, October 17 2017 Oct 17, 2017 Tuesday, October 17, 2017 9:44:07 AM CDT October 17, 2017 in News
CARUTHERSVILLE (AP) — Authorities are searching for two inmates who escaped Sunday from the Pemiscot County jail. The St.... More >>
4 hours ago Tuesday, October 17 2017 Oct 17, 2017 Tuesday, October 17, 2017 9:31:27 AM CDT October 17, 2017 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Police records show there has been an unprecedented spike in gun thefts in Kansas City, Missouri.... More >>
4 hours ago Tuesday, October 17 2017 Oct 17, 2017 Tuesday, October 17, 2017 9:17:12 AM CDT October 17, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - The Boone County Sherrif's Department will conduct DWI saturation patrols from October 16 to October 23. Deputies... More >>
7 hours ago Tuesday, October 17 2017 Oct 17, 2017 Tuesday, October 17, 2017 7:00:00 AM CDT October 17, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Jefferson City inspectors have issued more than 3,000 property violations so far in 2017, and a new... More >>
10 hours ago Tuesday, October 17 2017 Oct 17, 2017 Tuesday, October 17, 2017 3:31:00 AM CDT October 17, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA- A semi truck crashed over a guard rail on U-63 by E. Friendship Church Rd. late Monday night. ... More >>
14 hours ago Monday, October 16 2017 Oct 16, 2017 Monday, October 16, 2017 11:57:00 PM CDT October 16, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - A crash on Highway 63 South left two drivers in the hospital Monday night. The crash happened... More >>
14 hours ago Monday, October 16 2017 Oct 16, 2017 Monday, October 16, 2017 11:50:00 PM CDT October 16, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA – City council members approved the construction of two new roundabouts near Mill Creek Elementary School following a public... More >>
17 hours ago Monday, October 16 2017 Oct 16, 2017 Monday, October 16, 2017 8:20:00 PM CDT October 16, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - An unnamed organization reported to the Better Business Bureau that it lost more than $3,000 from a phishing... More >>
17 hours ago Monday, October 16 2017 Oct 16, 2017 Monday, October 16, 2017 8:16:00 PM CDT October 16, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Department of Transportation and Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety are challenging drivers this week to... More >>
18 hours ago Monday, October 16 2017 Oct 16, 2017 Monday, October 16, 2017 8:00:00 PM CDT October 16, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri's U.S. senators are pitching the Kansas City and St. Louis metropolitan areas as potential sites... More >>
18 hours ago Monday, October 16 2017 Oct 16, 2017 Monday, October 16, 2017 7:32:00 PM CDT October 16, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Race Matters, Friends is currently seeking out volunteers to sit in on, take notes on and observe court... More >>
18 hours ago Monday, October 16 2017 Oct 16, 2017 Monday, October 16, 2017 7:27:00 PM CDT October 16, 2017 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 65°
2pm 70°
3pm 71°
4pm 72°
5pm 70°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

1:00p
Days of Our Lives
2:00p
The Dr. Oz Show
3:00p
Dr. Phil
1:00p
Maury
2:00p
Maury
3:00p
The Robert Irvine Show

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
The Voice
8:00p
This Is Us
9:01p
Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders
7:00p
The Flash
8:00p
DC's Legends of Tomorrow
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld