recently released a report on 2017 Best Places to Buy a Forever Home. A total of 509 cities across the U.S. were evaluated on affordability, growing home values, population, low unemployment and crime rates, and educational values. Cities were ranked on six criteria: 

  • Affordability- The median selected monthly owner costs as a percentage of household income
  • Net Migration– percentage population change between 2010 and 2015
  • Unemployment- percentage of unemployed citizens
  • Home Value Recession Recovery– The change in median home value between 2009 and 2015
  • Crime Rate- The number of crime incidents per 1,000 residents 
  • Educational Values- The percentage of residents age 25 or older with a bachelor’s degree or high and/ or high school diploma or higher


We, Pate-Jones, are proud to announce that Columbia Missouri made the list! We came in at number 69! 

Columbia Missouri’s Statistics: 

  • Affordability- 17.3%
  • Home Value Growth- 7%
  • Population Growth- 9%
  • Unemployment rate- 4.8%
  • Crime Rate- 35.6
  • Education: College- 53.9%
  • Education: High School- 94.8%


Read the full report and methodology at