People from these metros are finding new jobs in Columbia, Missouri

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April 15, 2022
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People from these metros are finding new jobs in Columbia, Missouri

The COVID-19 pandemic has truly changed the way we think about the nature of work, and in particular, where we live versus where we’re employed. Pre-pandemic, telecommuting or work-from-home situations existed, but they weren’t the norm. Nearly 6 in 10 Americans rarely or never telecommuted pre-pandemic. Months later, just over half of workers who could were telecommuting. Although vaccines were on the horizon—and with that, an imminent return to office life—many still preferred this new way of working.

Employees discovered that working from home certainly had an upside. No more long, stressful commute. They were more productive. Having more flexibility with time allowed them to better manage a household. For those who live in expensive real estate markets, the pandemic has provided an opportunity to make the leap to a more affordable city without sacrificing a big-city paycheck.

While many employers want to bring workers back to the office in some capacity, the work-from-home trend is likely here to stay. With it, smaller cities may continue to boom, as people leave larger cities for a different lifestyle. So, where in your state are people coming to settle and enjoy this new work-from-anywhere style of living? To find out, Stacker compiled a list of metros where the most people are finding new jobs in Columbia, MO using data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Jobs-to-Jobs Flows. Metros are ranked by the number of people that started a new job in Columbia, MO in the first quarter of 2021.

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#12. Non-metropolitan area(s), IL

- Started a new job in Columbia from Non in Q1 2021: 10
--- #37 most common destination from Non
- Started a new job in Non from Columbia in Q1 2021: 18
--- 0.7% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 8 to Non
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#11. Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

- Started a new job in Columbia from Houston in Q1 2021: 10
--- #321 (tie) most common destination from Houston
- Started a new job in Houston from Columbia in Q1 2021: 3
--- 0.1% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 7 to Columbia
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#10. Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO

- Started a new job in Columbia from Denver in Q1 2021: 11
--- #117 (tie) most common destination from Denver
- Started a new job in Denver from Columbia in Q1 2021: 19
--- 0.8% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 8 to Denver
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#9. Non-metropolitan area(s), IA

- Started a new job in Columbia from Non in Q1 2021: 16
--- #66 (tie) most common destination from Non
- Started a new job in Non from Columbia in Q1 2021: 7
--- 0.3% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 9 to Columbia
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#8. Cape Girardeau, MO-IL

- Started a new job in Columbia from Cape Girardeau in Q1 2021: 21
--- #7 most common destination from Cape Girardeau
- Started a new job in Cape Girardeau from Columbia in Q1 2021: 18
--- 0.7% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 3 to Columbia

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#7. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

- Started a new job in Columbia from Dallas in Q1 2021: 22
--- #205 most common destination from Dallas
- Started a new job in Dallas from Columbia in Q1 2021: 20
--- 0.8% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 2 to Columbia
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#6. Joplin, MO

- Started a new job in Columbia from Joplin in Q1 2021: 33
--- #18 most common destination from Joplin
- Started a new job in Joplin from Columbia in Q1 2021: 36
--- 1.5% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 3 to Joplin
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#5. Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

- Started a new job in Columbia from Chicago in Q1 2021: 53
--- #101 most common destination from Chicago
- Started a new job in Chicago from Columbia in Q1 2021: 40
--- 1.6% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 13 to Columbia
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#4. Springfield, MO

- Started a new job in Columbia from Springfield in Q1 2021: 151
--- #5 most common destination from Springfield
- Started a new job in Springfield from Columbia in Q1 2021: 126
--- 5.1% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 25 to Columbia
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#3. Jefferson City, MO

- Started a new job in Columbia from Jefferson City in Q1 2021: 364
--- #4 most common destination from Jefferson City
- Started a new job in Jefferson City from Columbia in Q1 2021: 288
--- 11.6% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 76 to Columbia

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#2. Non-metropolitan area(s), MO

- Started a new job in Columbia from Non in Q1 2021: 592
--- #4 most common destination from Non
- Started a new job in Non from Columbia in Q1 2021: 583
--- 23.5% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 9 to Columbia
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#1. St. Louis, MO-IL

- Started a new job in Columbia from St. Louis in Q1 2021: 827
--- #6 most common destination from St. Louis
- Started a new job in St. Louis from Columbia in Q1 2021: 699
--- 28.2% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 128 to Columbia

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