You can learn a lot about your community, state and country. Open records help people keep government in check and help them better understand how government affects their lives.
Each week the Missourian will feature another open record. This week:
The records: All kinds of statistical information about Columbia
Why you'd want them: The data includes demographics about Columbia, climate patterns, a list of all the schools, famous people born in Columbia and much more.
You also can go to Columbia's Regional Economic Development Inc. website to get other statistics about business, quality of life and education.
How much will it cost: The information is free.