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Columbia is the largest city in South Carolina, as well as the state capital. It was recognized as one of the top 50 best places to live in the U.S. in 2016, according to U.S. News & World Report. Home to Fort Jackson — a U.S. Army installation that trains more than half of all of the soldiers entering the army annually — as well as the University of South Carolina, it offers diversity and a welcoming atmosphere.
Located in the center of South Carolina, Columbia enjoys excellent travel connections in all directions. Greenville is about 100 miles northwest of Columbia, while Charleston is around 115 miles southeast. Charlotte, N.C., is a little more than 90 miles north of Columbia.
With a humid, subtropical climate, Columbia enjoys hot weather for much of the year. Summers are hot and humid with average highs of 92°F in July, while winter lows average around 34°F in January. Spring starts early and fall stretches into November. It’s unusual, but not impossible, to see snow in winter, although extended periods of freezing temperatures are uncommon. With an average rainfall of 45 inches per year, the summer months are generally the wettest.
Columbia is home to a diverse mix of residents, from college students and young professionals to families and veterans. The city experiences good weather most of the year and enjoys a lively, friendly atmosphere that is typical of Southern hospitality. For the most part, the cost of living here is below the national average, while a thriving economy ensures a plentiful supply of jobs and an unemployment rate of less than 5%.
It’s almost essential to own a private vehicle in Columbia in all but the most central neighborhoods. In addition, despite a central location in the state, Columbia is quite far away from other major cities on the East Coast.
Public transportation in Columbia is provided by the COMET bus system, which provides services within the city and across the Midlands region of South Carolina. A one-way ticket on local transit will generally cost $2, while a monthly pass can cost anywhere between $40 and $100, depending on the services you require.
On average, you can expect to pay around $50 for a three-course meal for two in a mid-range restaurant in Columbia. Also, a regular coffee will typically be just under $4.50.
Utilities in Columbia are typically below the national average, and you can expect to pay around $140 for a 915-square-foot apartment. This includes all of the basics, such as heating, cooling, water, electricity and garbage disposal.
The average rent for an apartment in Columbia is $1,232 per month.
The average apartment size in Columbia is 1007 sq. ft.
Rent for a studio apartment in Columbia ranges between $558 and $1,299 per month.
Rent for a 1-bedroom apartment in Columbia ranges between $500 and $4,553 per month.
Rent for a 2-bedroom apartment in Columbia ranges between $826 and $4,415 per month.
Rent for a 3-bedroom apartment in Columbia ranges between $1,200 and $5,166 per month.
The most common industries in Columbia include healthcare and social assistance; manufacturing; and finance.
The top employers in Columbia include: the University of South Carolina, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Palmetto Health Hospital System and Fort Jackson. A wealth of other major companies also have their headquarters or regional facilities located in Columbia, such as Michelin, International Paper, South State Bank, Bose Technology, UPS, Colonial Life & Accident Insurance, and AgFirst Farm Credit Bank.
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Seven public school districts serve Columbia, providing education for more than 65,000 students, with 37 public schools — as well as 54 private schools — within the city. A.C. Flora High School and C.I.A. Johnson High School both rank among the top 100 high schools in the U.S., according to U.S. News & World Report.
Providing education for more than 30,000 college students across 15 facilities, the University of South Carolina is the largest university in the city. Other notable institutions include Columbia College, Benedict College, Midlands Technical College and Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary.
With more than 1 million visitors per year, Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden is among the most popular attractions in Columbia. Covering more than 170 acres on the banks of the Saluda River, the installation is home to more than 2,000 animals.
Columbia has a host of family-friendly attractions, including several museums that are aimed at children. The EdVenture Children’s Museum is a top pick, offering a wide array of hands-on exhibits. There’s also the South California State Museum, home to a 4D movie theater and a state-of-the-art planetarium. For something a little different, check out the show at the mesmerizing Columbia Marionette Theater.
Columbia is home to a wealth of parks and green spaces that are ideal for dog walking, exercising, picnics, family days out and much more. Columbia Canal and Riverfront Park has stunning scenery and a variety of facilities, from BBQ pits and sports facilities to playgrounds. Harbison State Forest and Sesquicentennial State Park are great for outdoor adventures, with hiking trails, camping spots and many more outdoor activities available.
Columbia is great for culture vultures, offering a selection of fantastic venues, including theaters, galleries, museums and concert halls. Township Auditorium is a stunning, historic concert hall and performance venue. With a capacity of 3,500 guests, it attracts a wealth of top acts. The Koger Center for the Arts is another popular destination and home to the South Carolina Philharmonic.
Renters’ rights in Columbia adhere to the South Carolina Landlord-Tenant Act, which protects both parties. It’s worth reading up on your responsibilities — as well as your rights — because, under the act, tenants are required to provide rent on time; maintain a clean and safe unit; and dispose of all waste properly. Upon moving out, tenants are also required to provide a forwarding address. Landlords must return the security deposit within 30 days of the tenant moving out. If they have made any deductions, landlords are also required to provide an itemized list of these, as well as the receipts that prove what the deductions were spent on.