Close-knit and perfect for friendly neighbors, Columbia is an exceptional place to live. We have several subdivisions—some well established and some relatively new—and plenty of farmland where you can sprawl out and raise livestock or plant crops. We’re tucked in the heart of Maury County, along the Duck River’s picturesque banks.
Outside the city’s 36,000 residents, not many people know that Columbia was home to the 11th president, James K. Polk. We’re also known as the “Mule capital of the world,” and we celebrate Mule Day each April. We have the largest concentration of pre-Civil War homes in the state, and the history here is as richly diverse as our culture.
General Motors is expanding in Columbia, bringing nearly 2,000 new employees on-board. There are several other companies also hiring, and we’re home to the award winning, state-of-the-art Maury Regional Hospital.
There is a nice mix of residential real estate in Columbia. Whether you’re looking for something small and convenient or you’d prefer a spacious home with a wide-open floor plan, you’ll find the perfect place to live in this picturesque town.
Farmland and subdivisions are both part of Columbia. Some of the most notable communities in the area include:
• Arden Village
• Carter’s Creek Station
• Cook Park
• Country Valley Estates
• Criddle Meadows
• Olivia Place
• Rolling Fields
• Sagewood Estates
• West End
• Westover Drive
• Wyndham Park
Dining, Shopping and Entertainment in Columbia
Residents love the Columbia Mall, but there’s more shopping available all over town. Historic Columbia Square, which is one of Tennessee’s oldest National Register historic districts, is filled with fabulous shops (including some of the best antique stores in the country) and boutiques. We also have Lowe’s, Ross, a Walmart Super Center and so much more.
The downtown area has plenty of cute cafés and fine dining restaurants, but you don’t have to dine in the historic district. Some of the most notable eateries in the city include River Terrace, The Square Market Cafe, Puckett’s, Christy’s 6th Street Restaurant and Marcy Jo’s Mealhouse.
Whether you’re an avid history student or you prefer catching a great movie, spending time outdoors or relaxing in a cozy book nook, Columbia has plenty for you to do and see.
The James K. Polk House, Elm Springs and St. John’s Episcopal Church, as well as the Maury County Archives, are all fantastic ways to take a step back in time.
Hunting and fishing is big in Columbia; there are plenty of waterways and ample acreage on the outskirts of the city where you can get close to nature. The Chickasaw Trace County Park is a great place for mountain biking, and there are even a handful of golf courses at varying degrees of difficulty.
Parks and Recreation
The Columbia Parks and Recreation Department takes care of the public parks in the city and manages a variety of programs and events. They offer fitness memberships, sports for children and adults, and many activities, such as Easter egg hunts, school break programs and more.
Schools in Columbia, TN
Children who live in Columbia are part of the Maury County Public School District.
• Highland Park
• J. Brown
• J.E. Woodard
• J.R. Baker
• R. Howell
• E.A. Cox
• Columbia Central
• Spring Hill
Commuting to and From Columbia
Because Columbia is close to the junction of I-65 and Highway 99. Although it’s not right on the expressway, commuting is generally very convenient.
From Columbia to:
• Spring Hill: 11.5 miles
• Thompson’s Station: 15.6 miles
• Franklin: 29.4 miles
• Brentwood: 37.2 miles