Columbia, SC
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Columbia is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of South Carolina. With a population of 133,451 people and 80 constituent neighborhoods, Columbia is the largest community in South Carolina.

10.51% 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 14.21% and 12.61% 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.

Columbia is made interesting by being both a reasonably big city and having a major college student population: students here will find that the city provides a lot of amenities, culture, and opportunities for them. Columbia is more than just a college town, however, though the thousands of students certainly are a major part of the character of the city, as well as a contributor to the local economy.

Not only is Columbia a city with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, shaping the character of the city into a place that is geared toward, and considered attractive to, many single, educated people. Many singles consider Columbia a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Columbia spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 17.69 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

The education level of Columbia ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Columbia, 42.34% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in Columbia in 2010 was $27,730, which is upper middle income relative to South Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $110,920 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 German, English, Irish, Italian, and Scottish.

The most common language spoken in Columbia is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.