An overview of Columbia, SC
Columbia is the state capital and South Carolina’s largest city. In 2013, our in-town population was 133,358 and the greater metropolitan area served 800,485. We have a great mix of small town feel and medium city amenities.
We are located very near to the geographical center of the state, making us an easy drive to the mountains and the beach. The cost of living here is lower than national average making Columbia a very affordable city.
Columbia is one of the earliest planned cities in the US, giving us wide streets and straight roads in the city center, making it easier to get around and helping with traffic issues.
Downtown is home to University of South Carolina, the largest university in the state and home to the Gamecock football and baseball teams. Other large employers in the city are the government, Palmetto Health, Blue Cross Blue Shield of SC, and Fort Jackson.
Famous people from around here include Aziz Ansari, Alex English, Hootie & the Blowfish, and artist Blue Sky, whose public art projects are located throughout the city.
Known for being “Famously Hot,” Columbia is in a sup-tropical and humid climate. Our summers are hot and our winters aren’t very cold. It rains a lot in the summer, occasionally in the winter, and it snows every few years.
Things to do in Columbia:
Just an introduction to the things you can do while you’re here in Columbia, focusing on my own favorites.
Mr. Friendly’s - upscale Southern
Baan Sawan - Thai
Egg Roll Chen - fast food Chinese
Harper's - American eatery
Arabesque - Mediterranean
M Vista - upscale Chinese
Cantina 76 - upscale Mexican
Southern Belly BBQ - fantastic barbecue
Groucho’s Deli - sandwiches
Blue Cactus - Korean and great vegetarian options
The Whig – dive bar with great food and cheap tacos on Tuesday
Art Bar - for the alternative crowd
River Rat Brewery - local beer
Hunter Gatherer - local beer and fantastic food
Bourbon - bourbon and Cajun food
Congaree National Park
Three Rivers Greenway
Edventure Children’s Museum
Frankie’s Fun Park
The Columbia Museum of Art
701 Center for Contemporary Art
The State House
South Carolina State Museum
The Woodrow Wilson Family Home
Learn More about Columbia, SC
City of Columbia Official Website
Columbia Convention & Visitors Bureau
The State - SC's largest newspaper
University of South Carolina