Columbia, South Carolina 

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+3.6% since 2020

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4.3 / 7.4

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Best Places to Live in Columbia, South Carolina

Columbia, South Carolina is the state's vibrant capital city. Nestled in the Midlands area of the state, it offers plenty of attractions and activities for visitors to enjoy. From its popular Riverbanks Zoo and Garden to its nearby lakes and rivers, there are plenty of outdoor activities available to explore. Inside the city limits, you can find museums, a bustling downtown area with restaurants and shops, great schools and universities, and more. With its colorful history and unique culture, Columbia is sure to offer something for everyone. College town/Capital city - Central South Carolina.
State: South Carolina
County: Richland County
Metro Area: Columbia Metro Area
City: Columbia
Zip Codes: 29229, 29203, 29209, 29045, 29205, 29201, 29204, 29207, 29225, 29208, 12 total
Cost of Living: -15.5% lower
Time zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Elevation: 225 ft above sea level

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Columbia, Sc Housing Market
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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.


The unemployment rate in Columbia is 5.2% (U.S. avg. is 6.0%). Recent job growth is Negative. Columbia jobs have decreased by 0.2%. More Economy

Compared to the rest of the country, Columbia's cost of living is 15.5% lower than the U.S. average. More Cost of Living or Compare Columbia's Cost of Living

October, April and May are the most pleasant months in Columbia, while July and August are the least comfortable months. Today's Weather | Climate Averages

In the last Presidential election, Richland county remained overwhelmingly Democratic, 68.4% to 30.1%. More Voting Stats

Columbia's population is 137,276 people. Since 2020, it has had a population growth of 3.6%. Learn More...

Average Commute time is 15.2 minutes. The National Average is 26.4 minutes. Learn More...

The median home cost in Columbia is Real Estate: $204,100. Home appreciation the last 10 years has been 17.5%.

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. More Education

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Housing Market in Columbia

It's a good time to buy in Columbia. Home Appreciation is up 17.5% in the last 12 months.
The median home price in Columbia is $204,100.
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Reviews for Columbia   48 Reviews
Small town advertised as a "big" city - 7/20/2021
I moved to Columbia for graduate school and although it is a giant step up from my small, out-of-state hometown, I became bored and restless here in less than a year.... Read More

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Columbia is not the jewel of the of the South - 9/18/2020
Do not be a deceived by past/current residences, CPD, city council, and local media Columbia has high crime rates-property and violent that are suppressed and not... Read More

Much to love, even if not perfect. - 9/12/2020
I've lived in metro Columbia since the 80s and have seen a lot of change here. The university has grown so much and in most ways, I would say the city is getting better.... Read More

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