Life in Columbia
Columbia is one of the fastest growing cities in the southeastern United States. Located at the intersection of three rivers, it is the hub of a metropolitan area of roughly 760,000 people.
As the state capitol and home to South Carolina’s flagship university, Columbia attracts a diverse population of residents. The area is often cited for its high quality of life, many cultural amenities, outdoor recreational activities, and Southern hospitality.
Life and Arts
Columbia is home to a thriving arts community showcased by museums, theaters, concert halls, and art galleries. The Congaree Vista arts and entertainment district features fine dining, a vibrant nightlife, eclectic boutiques, and lively outdoor music concerts and festivals. Columbia’s mild climate and numerous lakes, rivers, and parks provide year-round opportunities for biking, hiking, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, golf, tennis, and more. For spectator sports, students need look no further than the University of South Carolina’s Division 1-A Gamecock teams.
Near the geographic center of the “Palmetto State,” Columbia is in close proximity to South Carolina’s popular beaches and the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. It is also conveniently located less than a two-hour drive from Charlotte, North Carolina, and about three hours from Atlanta, Georgia.