Some of the best reasons to move here!
The ACCRA Cost of Living Index 3rd Quarter 2016 lists Columbia as having a composite cost of living that is 96.4% of the national average (100%). The average apartment in the region rents for $953. That makes the Columbia area particularly desirable to retirees. in fact, Forbes named Columbia as a top 25 retirement destination in 2012!
... it's sunny... it's hot...best of all - it's not cold! The average high in July is 92 degrees (our warmest month) and the average high in January is 55 degrees (our coldest month). We bask in lovely sunshine 226 days a year and we only get tiny bit of snow, and not every year... we average 2" each year It's fun!
50,000 acre Lake Murray is in our backyard, three beautiful rivers run through our communities, USC Gamecock baseball, basketball and football games are wildly popular, minor league baseball is here, a dynamic cultural arts community offers a symphony, an art museum, multiple theatrical companies and an indie movie house. Lots of great dining options, top name talent comes to Colonial Life Arena, lots of golf courses and tennis facilities. Also, hop in your car on a Saturday morning and two hours later, turn up on Isle of Palms for a picnic with the Atlantic Ocean at your feet; or head up to the mountains - two hours and you're at Caesars head or Table Rock, ready for a day spent hiking to some incredible vantage points where the view go on forever.
We love to play!
Sporting News recognized Columbia South Carolina as one of the “Best Sports Cities”. Why? We love our college teams like New Yorkers love the Yankees. The University of South Carolina is located in Columbia with its beloved Gamecocks and every home football game is sold out. The Gamecocks' arch rivals are the Clemson Tigers, from Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina, and each year the annual face-off sparks huge rallies and fanfare. The Benedict Tigers have a devoted fan base as well, and are members of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Looking for a city with sophistication and culture? Home to the Columbia Museum of Art, South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra, Columbia City Ballet and a myriad of performing art groups, Greater Columbia offers a wide array of entertainment choices throughout the year.
Get ready to catch a bass! Lake Murray is a 50,000 acre playground just outside Columbia and it's home to some mighty big fish. State record catches for the largest white bass, white crappie, white perch, white catfish and others have been caught in Lake Murray. Also, experience great fishing in the Broad River, the Saluda River, and the Congaree.
Public education in South Carolina has recently composed a state-wide goal known as the 2010 SC Performance Goal, in which all districts will strive to make South Carolina's students achievements rank in the top half of the US. Whether you are looking for a public school district or a private school, Greater Columbia is home to some of the South's best academic choices.
Parks, spaces, wonderful places! The great outdoors is celebrated throughout Greater Columbia with its extensive park systems. Beginning on the national level, Congaree National Park is home to the largest remnant of old-growth floodplain forest remaining on the continent! Experience national and state champion trees, towering to record size amidst astonishing biodiversity. Walk, paddle or just relax within this dynamic floodplain ecosystem. The Greater Columbia area is home to three state parks.
I-20, I-26 and I-77 all converge in Columbia and that means you can get around quickly, whether going across town or heading to Atlanta (3.5 hours), Charleston (2 hours), Charlotte (1.5 hours) or Myrtle Beach (2.5 hours)
Good for business!
The strengths of the Greater Columbia region are many and great, and create an environment to expand an existing business or begin one anew. With a strategic East Coast location and in an area of almost 1 million people, Greater Columbia offers business a 510,000+ member workforce, aggressive incentives, the lowest corporate income tax rate in the Southeast, the lowest industrial electric rates in the Southeast, a multitude of shovel-ready sites, abundant infrastructure, United Parcel Service Air Hub, and close proximity to the Port of Charleston. The Midlands Workforce Development Board helps companies train and retain employees.
Nice friendly folks!
Southern hospitality is in our blood. Courtesy, concern for others, forgiveness, please and thank you... don't worry - you'll feel welcome. Our Population is expanding... we have grown 4.3% in the past 4 years. There are 740,000+ of us (Fairfield, Lexington, Newberry and Richland Counties) So we're used to new folks comin' around.