Columbia City, Indiana, may be a small town, but its list of attributes is large. Located in Northeast Indiana, Columbia City is one of the state’s safest municipalities. With warm, welcoming neighborhoods, a bustling downtown described as the city’s “heart,” and plenty of new and established businesses, Explorers will feel right at home in Columbia City.
‘Building A Future Together’
What better place for Explorers to start their careers and new life in the US than in a city whose motto is “Building A Future Together.” A low cost of living, amenities, affordable neighborhoods, and plenty of outdoor activities make Columbia City an ideal location for Explorers to kick off their American Dream. Explorers who appreciate a change of seasons will enjoy highs in the upper 30°s (2.7°C) and lows in the mid to 20°s (-4.4°C) during the winter months, and highs in the low 80°s (26.6°C) and lows in the 60°s (15.5°C) during the summer months.
Quality of Life
- Cost of Living: 16.3 percent below the national rate
- Population: 10,086 based on the 2020 Census estimate
- Median Home Sale Price: $234,000
- Average Rent: $985
- Median Household Income: $53,797
- Per Capita Income: $30,485
- Live below the poverty line: 13.2 percent
- Median Age: 39.1 years
- Average commute time: 19.0 minutes
Explorers can enroll younger family members in Whitley County Consolidated Schools.
- Overall grade: C (niche.com)
- Student-Teacher ratio: 17 to 1
- Serving: students in Pre-K, K through high school
The Central Whitley County Public Transportation (CWCPT) Explorers have local bus service throughout the city and surrounding towns in Allen and Huntington counties. Greyhound Bus service is also available for longer-distance trips. Most local residents commute by car, with only .5 percent using mass transit.
Fort Wayne International Airport Explorers don’t have to give up the convenience of non-stop flights to their favorite destinations for the serenity of small-town life. FWA offers direct flights to Las Vegas, Orlando, Atlanta, Chicago, and more.
Roberts Farms Enjoy a day of adventure on the farm. A corn maze, farm animals, a pumpkin patch, a wagon ride, and more make Roberts Farms a perfect destination for a fun Fall day.
Shopping Looking to spend a little bit of your hard-earned money? Nearby, Fort Wayne has plenty of destination malls as well as specialty shops to find that perfect item for yourself or a gift for a friend.
Johnny Appleseed Festival With more than 200 vendors, handmade crafts, mazes, farm animals, 1800-period demonstrations, and plenty of tasty food, including apples, the festival is a must-event for any Explorer on assignment in Indiana.
Chain O’ Lakes state Park Grab your bag and head out to a small boater’s paradise. Whether you prefer to paddle or start up your engine, visitors can explore nine connecting lakes and hike 23 miles of forested trails. There’s also a campground, beach, and picnic shelters.
Indiana Dunes National Park Take the 1966 hiking challenge at Indiana Dunes National Park. The challenge consists of 19 hikes covering 66 miles. Hikes range from just a mile to seven miles throughout the park. Trails will take Explorers into tranquil forests and past Lake Michigan.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Visit the racing capital of the world. Explorers can take in a race, try on some gear, and see some of the original cars at the museum.
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