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.

11.55% 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 14.34% and 12.84% 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.

One of the benefits of Columbia is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 17.47 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

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.