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Pros

-College-town amenities
-Historic interest
-Cost of living

Cons

-Hot, humid summers
-Air service
-Crime rates


What Bert Has To Say About Columbia Metro Area


Columbia is the capital, the largest city, and the commercial, industrial and educational hub for the state. The city is laid out in a traditional grid along the Congaree River with a number of historic buildings, although many of the older ones were destroyed in Sherman’s famous march. Columbia is home to the University of South Carolina, whose attractive and historic campus is in the south part of the downtown area adds a dose of college town feel, a few amenities, and sports-related entertainment to the area. The downtown is clean and attractive, with entertainment near the campus and in a restored waterfront area. Beautiful older residential areas extend east with a clear antebellum imprint and good home values, but this isn’t the part of town with the best reputation for education and safety.



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Quick Facts About Columbia


    ECONOMY
    The unemployment rate in Columbia is 6.60 percent(U.S. avg. is 5.20%). Recent job growth is Positive. Columbia jobs have Increased by 2.17 percent.
    COST OF LIVING
    Compared to the rest of the country, Columbia's cost of living is 9.20% Lower than the U.S. average.
    POPULATION
    As of 2014, Columbia's population is 133,803 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 36.46 percent.
    TRANSPORTATION
    Average Commute time is 16 minutes. The National Average is 26 minutes.
    REAL ESTATE
    The median home cost in Columbia is $125,600. Home appreciation the last year has been -1.18 percent.
    SCHOOLS
    Columbia public schools spend $14,728 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,383. There are about 13.2 students per teacher in Columbia.

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Quality of life in Cola town
Maybe Idon't see it but the roads are third world,the culture is non-existent occassional artsy gigs at Colonial Center.If your married and settled, very settled Cola... (read more)
Just moved here in May....
I moved to Columbia five months ago, and have been entirely pleasantly suprised at what a great place Columbia is to live! There is a good bit of culture for a... (read more)
Wonderful Quality of Life
After traveling extensively for the past several years, I have recently decided to move back to Columbia, primarily for its overall quality of life. For me, it is the... (read more)
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