Jefferson City and Columbia, Missouri, were recently ranked among “the 30 best American cities to live in after the pandemic” by Business Insider. Jefferson City came in second on the list, while Columbia came in 10th.
The study highlighted Jefferson City’s low cost of living and affordable housing, and also noted Columbia’s low unemployment rates and short commute.
Business Insider conducted the study to find out which cities could be the best to live in after the COVID-19 pandemic for Americans seeking a new home and planning to continue remote work.
To do this, Business Insider used nine economic, educational, and demographic metrics from government data sources and academic research that people might consider when moving and that could help a metro area recover faster from the economic effects of the pandemic.
These measures include the pre-coronavirus unemployment rate, ability to work from home, population density, housing affordability, monthly household costs, cost of living, weekly two-way work commute, total elementary and secondary school spending per student, and share of residents age 25 and older who have at least a bachelor’s degree.