As a mid-sized city located in the heart of the Midwest, Columbia offers many amenities of a big city with the charm of a small town. It was named one of the 25 Best Small College Towns (USA Today, 2016) and one of the Top 10 Cities for Working Parents (SmartAsset.com, 2016). Columbia boasts a public bus service and many bicycle trails and routes, as well as housing located near campus or on main transportation routes. There are several food stores within walking distance from campus, and a historic downtown district packed with shops and entertainment venues.
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