I might be moving to Columbia, Missouri next year. I will be moving somewhere, but where exactly hasn’t been determined yet. Of the possible locations, the one I know the least about is Columbia.
I grew up in St. Louis, MO, but I’ve probably only spent a few hours total in Columbia. I think central Missouri is very pretty, but that’s about the extent of my knowledge of the area. My wife and I will be spending a few days in Columbia next month to take a look around.
So, my humble request: give me some ideas about where to live and where to look for work.
Some background information:
We are a childless married couple, each ~35 years old. We’re not party maniacs, and we’d prefer not being serenaded by 2:00 am parties on a regular basis. Once in a while, OK; weekly, not OK. We do like a somewhat urban atmosphere – the kind of location where you can walk a few blocks to the cool neighborhood tavern or the decent restaurant or the grocery store. Not necessarily the downtown business district, but not an anonymous suburb. I really hate driving. We’ll probably want to buy a home rather than rent. (I’m sure some of these goals are mutually exclusive – e.g., walkable to tavern but not swamped by hard-drinking students may not happen; this is just a wish list.)
Regarding the work angle: my wife’s job will be set, so I’ll be the one looking. I’m an IT guy. Aside from the usual online resources, are there particularly good local resources for job-hunting? Besides the university, what are some of the bigger employers in the area?
Lay it on me!