Columbia, South Carolina 

45 Reviews | Review This Place | Photos and Maps

Thanks for Voting!

Reviews for Columbia  based on 45 Reviews

Get to know Columbia with the latest comments and reviews from people who live in or have visited Columbia

Good for Families - 12/4/2018
I am in high school in Columbia and I think that it is ok. I have lived in Forest Acres my whole life and I'm just ready to get out. It is not a bad city and there are many things that I like about it but I just am ready for a change. I went to Crayton Middle and go to AC Flora High School which are both good and extremely diverse. The city is mostly safe and I feel comfortable going on runs by myself. Forest Acres is a great place to raise a family and it is also close to downtown. The traffic is only bad at rush hour downtown and on I-26. The weather in the summer is pretty hot (90-100) and winter is too unpredictable. Some years we have snow and some years the temp does not go below 20 degrees. The airport is good but does not have many direct flights. My favorite part about Columbia is that it is less than two hours to the beach and mountains and is close to Charleston, Atlanta, Charlotte, Greenville, Asheville, and reasonably close to the rest of the East Coast. It is also pretty Read More

Start Your Review of Columbia

Ideal city for vegans + great outdoor lifestyle - 6/30/2018
My expectation for Columbia were low after living in Seattle, NYC, the DC area and Raleigh NC. Fast forward 6 months and I absolutely love this pretty city called "Cola" by the locals! I am an umarried professional age 40, and find a ton to do. The downtown is walkable with broad roads, historic buildings and an amazing tree canopy. There are farmers markets, hip eateries and lots of fresh produce. Did anyone know that Columbia is currently a vegan and vegetarian paradise? The food is scrumptious and I've sampled the cuisine 25+ countries! The USC campus is gorgeous and there are all kinds of places to walk. In addition, there are art museums and a beautiful river. The city is full of low hills which makes it soothing to look out into the distance. I would love to see the city attract more performing arts (there is a small scene but it could grow) and more direct, lower cost flights. That said, this is a wonderful place to live. It is not currently jammed up with random people Read More

Local street and highway roads - 12/8/2016
I've travelled out of the country and within the U.S. To me, by far, Columbia, South Carolina roads are absolutely challenging to navigate for visitors as well as residents. I drive as a defensive vehicle operator in Columbia always on the look out for horrible road dips and sink holes that can be the result of an unavoidable accident. Read More

Capital City - 8/9/2015
I have been here since July of 2000. I have enjoyed it here in every way. Job opportunities are abundant and there are so many things to do. The river, the lake, downtown and five points, shopping, food, the zoo is amazing, really nice museum. Parks, hiking, camping, sports, and so much more. Read More

Cost - 4/22/2015
Not too bad. I pay 1100 for a 1700sq Read More

South Carolina - 4/20/2015
Understand the divorce laws before you move here. Permanent Alimony is not uncommon and can make a huge difference in if you are able to ever retire. Read More

Columbia Sucks - 11/13/2014
I have visited Columbia several times, and actually lived there for almost a year. The entire time I was there, there were constant, numerous sirens going off, a house next door to where I was living got robbed, by their own son. I had to lock my car door when walking only a couple of yards, to get gas. The people are plastic and the service at retail stores was horrible. I guess it's an okay place if you're in college and like to party all the time - but definitely not a moral, safe place to raise a family. People drive as if they're blind - so many accidents on the road. And the weather - always humid, stifling heat and no pretty change of seasons. Definitely not my cup of tea. Read More

Columbia SC - Famously Hot - 8/27/2014
I have to leave Columbia in order to find work in my field. I will miss all the sunny days, mild winters. The summers are extremely hot & humid which means you can swim in a pool all summer. Just don't go out mid-day. Kind of like when I lived in Boston, we got cabin fever in February because we avoided going out. At least in Columbia summer is very nice in early morning & evening.I just love not having winter clothes. For about 4 months I don't even keep a sweater in my car. Just put on a sundress & go Read More

Thinking of relocating - 1/7/2014
I'm a 41 yr old African American female looking to leave STL. Wanting to distance myself from my family and start new. STL has more crime than most cities, so I think I can handle it. However, I don't want to move into it lol. I know what areas/zip codes to avoid here in the STL. What areas should I avoid in Columbia? How are race relations? I am experienced in social work but plan to transition into a professional sign language interpreter. Is it worth the move for someone like Read More

Culture in Columbia - 9/15/2012
"A church on every other corner, and a robbery on every corner where there isn't a church." That's my review of Columbia, South Carolina. I've had the displeasure of living in this hot, steamy mess for the past seven years. What's even more pathetic, is that I lived in one of the many small towns in proximity to Columbia before actually moving here. How I got here is a long story, but believe me, this is not a good place to live for any age group. Unless of course you're an ignorant, religious fool who knows nothing but glorified high school sports, eating, drinking, church-going, and sleeping with your neighbors spouse.
As far as the quisine goes, just about everything will fail here except all-you-can-eat buffets. Even the barbeque sucks, and this is supposed to be where you can get the best - the south!
I just hope that because of past-life Karma, I and my wife don't have to live the rest of our lives here. I shudder at the thought of dying here.
I've lived in Read More

View More Data >

Compare Columbia, South Carolina to any other place in the USA.

Check out the latest Maps in a variety of categories including cost of living, population, and commute time.Columbia,South Carolina Map
29229, 29203, 29209, 29045, 29205, 29201, 29204, 29207, 29225, 29208, ... 12 more

121 Abbeywalk Ln
Bed 5 | Bath 4

305 Ash Ridge Ct
Bed 5 | Bath 6

821 Arcadia Lakes Dr
Bed 4 | Bath 4

3012 Hope Ave
Bed 2 | Bath 2

390 Northwood St
Bed 4 | Bath 2

3301 Overcreek Rd
Bed 4 | Bath 3

528 Newburgh Dr
Bed 4 | Bath 2


Includes Cost of Living compares for child care, utilities, transportation, health, taxes, housing for home owners vs renters, weather, insurance premiums and so much more.

Try Now

Join BestPlaces