Review of Columbia, South Carolina

Small town advertised as a "big" city
Star Rating - 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. Although I do not particularly feel unsafe where I live, crime rates in and around the city are much higher than what is advertised. As a social person myself, I find the city to be very small and quite boring. There is no real nightlife scene here aside from college and dive bars, and a handful of quieter places downtown. For a city that supports small and local businesses as much as they claim, there is quite the monopoly on the service industry here as well. I do not recommend the city for young professionals or those who actually enjoy living in cities. If you prefer more of a "small town in the city" feel or don't want to let go of that high school hometown atmosphere, this is the place for you. Don't get me wrong, my experience here has been good overall and I feel comfortable here, however the pace is way too slow for me here. It is slow even for the south.
Isabella | Wise, VA
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Everything that is stated about Columbia is totally true I been down here about 2 year.i am about move charlotte. This is not a city for single people,unless you are college age
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- 11/14/2023
Love Living in Columbia!
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- 7/16/2023
Almost ideal. Could see myself moving back
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- 9/18/2020
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Alicia | Columbia, SC | 1 Reply

- 9/12/2020
Much to love, even if not perfect.
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- 3/3/2020
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