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.

Columbia is a military town: the armed forces employs 11.55% of the workforce, making the military a major focus of life in the city. In the civilian sector, Education and Healthcare are important in the local economy and are the city’s largest civilian employers, employing 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 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 17.47 minutes getting to work every day.

The citizens of Columbia are among the most well-educated in the nation: 40.58% 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 $24,667, 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.