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Columbia, SC
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Living in Columbia


Columbia is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of South Carolina. With a population of 136,632 people and 85 constituent neighborhoods, Columbia is the second largest community in South Carolina.

Columbia is a military town: the armed forces employs 11.22% 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 13.21% and 12.34% 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.

Combining city textures and college town sensibilities, Columbia really has a nice blend of characteristics. While not a huge city, Columbia is big enough to offer a healthy dose of diversion, opportunity, and amenity to its residents and to the thousands of college students who descend on it every fall. Its size and diversity makes Columbia more than just a college town, but removing the students from the equation would undeniably change Columbia’s character and quality of life.

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 18.51 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, 43.38% 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 2018 was $30,863, which is upper middle income relative to South Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $123,452 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, African, and Italian.

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