Columbia is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of South Carolina. With a population of 133,217 people and 80 constituent neighborhoods, Columbia is the largest community in South Carolina.
Columbia real estate is some of the most expensive in South Carolina, although Columbia house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.
12.77% of the workforce is employed in the armed forces, making the military a huge focus of life in Columbia. Even though it is a military town, the civilian sector still plays an important role in the local economy. The Education and Healthcare industries respectively employ 14.27% and 13.25% of the civilian workforce.
Also of interest is that Columbia has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
A relatively large number of people in Columbia telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 8.42% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Columbia is a nice balance between life in a moderately big city and the interesting diversions and culture that come from having a big college student population. The thousands of students who arrive on campus every fall will find that Columbia has plenty of amenities and opportunities for them, while residents of Columbia enjoy the lectures, music, art, and economic trickle-down that colleges typically provide. "Town and Gown" complement each other in Columbia.
Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 18.15 minutes getting to work every day.
The citizens of Columbia are among the most well-educated in the nation: 40.13% of adults in Columbia have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Columbia in 2010 was $24,723, which is upper middle income relative to South Carolina, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $98,892 for a family of four. However, Columbia contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Columbia is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Columbia home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Columbia residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Columbia include Irish, English, Scottish, and Scots-Irish.
The most common language spoken in Columbia is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.