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Columbia is the capital of and largest city in the U.S. state of South Carolina. The first city, as well as the first-planned capital, in America named for Christopher Columbus was founded March 26, 1786, as the center of government, education, and commerce in the Palmetto State. Columbia is located in the center of South Carolina at the junctions of Interstates 20, 26 and 77. South Carolina is not just one of the original American Colonies with a rich history and culture shaped by European, African and Caribbean influences. It’s an adventure!!!

The Columbia area, also known as the Midlands of South Carolina, is fortunate to have three major rivers and the 50,000-acre Lake Murray available for water oriented-recreation. Columbia’s citizens are proud to live in a city brimming with quaint neighborhoods, tree-lined streets, recreational facilities, and numerous entertainment venues. The Greater Columbia area is a great place to live, work, raise a family. Its no wonder the city has been dubbed “the capital of Southern hospitality.”

Columbia was recently one of 30 communities named "America's Most Livable Communities." Columbia lifestyles are as varied as the individual families who make up the Midlands. There are plentiful options for leisure-time activities including historical museums, art galleries, sporting events, and the biggest children's museum in the South. The city of Columbia operates under the council-manager form of government. The mayor and two council members are elected at-large and four members are elected from districts.

Columbia has a temperate climate and is characterized by chilly, damp winters and hot, humid summers. The city is at its most beautiful in the spring when masses of azaleas and other spring flowers bloom. Summers can be very hot, and the city, like other cities of the southeast, is prone to Inversions, which trap ozone and other pollutants over the area. Average annual snowfall is less than 2-inches and rarely lasts a day. Autumn, winter and spring are mild, with occasional winter nights below freezing but rarely extended cold. That means there's pleasant weather year-round for enjoying the state's scenic cypress swamps, moss-hung oaks, flowering gardens, antebellum plantations and historic seaports.

Columbia offers you easy access to the beaches, mountains, excellent schools, Lake Murray, nice parks, recreational opportunities and much more…The city has many private and public schools. Columbia is home to the main campus of the state's flagship university, the University of South Carolina. The university has 350 degree programs and enrolls more than 25,500 students throughout 15 degree-granting colleges and schools. Columbia is also home to Allen University, Columbia International University, Columbia College, Benedict College, Midlands Technical college.

Commercial real estate is thriving in Columbia. The city offers you affordable rental apartments. The city offers many attractions for visitors and residents alike, including the world-famous Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden, which is often rated as one of the 10 best zoos in the nation. Columbia has great apartments to choose from in a variety of different neighborhoods. Proximity to restaurants and activities is just one of the many benefits of apartment living in Columbia.

The city and its surroundings are served by Columbia Metropolitan Airport. Columbia benefits from an excellent interstate highway system, with three interstates— I-26, I-77 and I-20 that forms an outer loop around the city. One of the best known parks in the state of South Carolina, Finlay Park has hosted just about everything from festivals and political rallies to road races and Easter Sunrise services.

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One of Columbia's greatest assets is Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. Riverbanks Zoo is a sanctuary for more than 2,000 animals housed in natural habitat exhibits along the Saluda River. The South Carolina State Fair is held annually in Columbia

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