Columbia listed as fourth largest city in Missouri

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COLUMBIA - U. S. Census Bureau population data shows Columbia is the fourth largest city in Missouri.

Columbia has gained about 10,600 residents between 2010 and 2015, according to the data.

Matt McCormick, the president of Columbia Chamber of Commerce, said there are three main reasons for the population growth.

“Health care, education, insurance, those are our three big drivers in the community. All three of those continue to grow and continue to expand,“ McCormick said.

Columbia was recently ranked as the sixth top city of 250,000 or less for graduate students to find jobs.

McCormick said Columbia continues to get high ranking in different areas that make more people want to live in the area.

“Its just a great community to be a part of. Our quality of life knocks it out the park, with the trails and with our parks and everything that you have with the vibrant downtown and just the growing business community,” McCormick

McCormick said the population increase has brought in a diverse populace and the business community has grown in every industry.

He said the city will continue to see growth based on the way the housing market and businesses have been expanding.

Columbia moves Independence out of fourth place in the Census data, and St. Louis continues to lose residents.