About Columbia

Map Showing Columbia's Location in TennesseeColumbia, Tennessee is centrally located just south of Nashville along the I-65 corridor. Columbia is the county seat of Maury County and regional hub for economic and business activity in the South Central Tennessee region.

Columbia was first settled in 1807 and incorporated on November 18, 1817. Located less than 40 miles south of Nashville, Columbia is one of the fastest-growing cities in the South Central and Middle Tennessee regions. The incorporated area of the City covers approximately 33.1 square miles and has an estimated population of 42,000 based on the 2020 U.S. Census Bureau's annual population statistics.

Columbia is recognized as a Top Ten 'Best Small Town' destination that offers something good around every corner starting with the popular, bustling Town Square and Main Street that's anchored by the historic Maury County courthouse. But there is also presidential history, antiques, shopping, sports, outdoor recreation, an array of community events, and so much more.

The annual Mule Day Celebration and Parade is Columbia's signature event and it attracts over 100,000 visitors each year from throughout the United States and abroad.

Outdoor recreation includes hiking, cycling, canoeing, and sports of all kinds in a wide variety of parks and wildlife areas. Columbia's natural scenic beauty is second to none. The Duck River runs along the historic downtown district and Riverwalk Park. It is the longest river that flows entirely in the state of Tennessee and is also one of the most ecologically diverse rivers in North America. The Columbia Parks and Recreation Department and the Maury County Parks and Recreation Department have developed and maintain first-rate parks systems centered in Columbia, which host events and activities, provide vital green and open space for residents and visitors, and accentuate the natural beauty in and around Columbia through recreational programming.

Columbia's natural beauty and appeal are matched by a fascinating history, a growing variety of arts and cultural activities, and historic Downtown Columbia. The ancestral home of the 11th U.S. President James K. Polk, called the James K. Polk Ancestral Home and Museum, is located just two blocks from downtown Columbia. The Polk Home is the only remaining residence of the 11th President with the exception of the White House. Polk Presidential Hall, next door to the Polk Home, hosts activities and cultural treasures that range from state and local exhibits to traveling exhibits from the Smithsonian Institute.

Columbia's historic downtown commercial district has an energy and inviting atmosphere that attracts visitors and residents alike for the best in shopping, dining, and entertainment. And don't miss out on experiencing the emerging Columbia Arts District, just a few blocks from downtown Columbia.

Something good around every corner.