Columbia, SC
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Columbia is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of South Carolina. With a population of 133,217 people and 80 constituent neighborhoods, Columbia is the largest community in South Carolina.

The armed forces are a huge part of the life in Columbia, employing 11.55% of the workforce. While it is a military town, the civilian sector still plays an important role in the local economy, where the Education and Healthcare industries employ 14.34% and 12.84% of the civilian workforce, respectively.

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.

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 17.47 minutes getting to work every day.

The education level of Columbia ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Columbia, 40.58% 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 $24,667, 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 $98,668 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 Italian.

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