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The Best Small Places for Business and Careers

Columbia at #6

Forbes recently published their Best Small Places for Business and Careers list. Columbia, MO comes in at #6, up from #20 the year prior.

Columbia is home to the main campus of the University of Missouri, which has helped earn the college town the nickname the “Athens of Missouri,” in reference to the politically liberal leaning students who make up a majority of the population and have significant influence over the town. The economy has historically been dominated by education, health care and the insurance industry, with the University being the city’s largest employer. The art scene within the city is showcased in several venues including the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts, the Jesse Auditorium, the University of Missouri’s Museum of Art and Archeology and the Columbia Public Library. The city hosts events throughout the year such as the “We Always Swing” Jazz Series, the Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival and the Ragtag Cinema’s popular True/False Film Festival.

See the full list at Forbes >>