Business Statistics

The City of Columbia is one of the most desirable locations to start, expand or relocate a business in the St. Louis metropolitan area.

The Illinois portion of the St. Louis area has experienced strong economic growth over the past few years and continues to be a hot spot for development. Known in today's real estate circles as the Metro East, this area offers thousands of acres of prime development sites supported by one of the most cost-effective intermodal transportation systems in America, located just across the Mississippi River from the downtown skyline.

Monroe County has easy access to St. Louis via I-255 and the Jefferson Barracks Bridge. Several large firms and a host of small businesses already enjoy the benefits of Columbia's easy access to major markets coupled with small town quality of life.

Columbia Community Profile (courtesy Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs)

Location One is a web-based tool that markets available sites and buildings, including properties in Columbia (courtesy Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs)

Major Employers (courtesy City of Columbia)

Monroe County Profile (courtesy St. Louis Regional Chamber & Growth Association)


For specific information about locating or expanding a business in Columbia, please contact Paul Ellis, Director for Community & Economic Development. All inquiries will remain confidential.