Columbia is the capital, the largest city, and the business educational hub for South Carolina. The city is laid out along the Congaree River with many historic buildings. Columbia is also the home to the University of South Carolina, which adds a dose of college town feel, amenities, and sports-related entertainment.
The economy in Columbia is stable with a good future outlook. The cost of living is attractive especially for what is available, and buying power is strong. Columbia also enjoys a good central location relative to Atlanta 200 miles west, Charleston and the coast 120 miles southeast, and the mountains northwest.
The Columbia climate is humid subtropical. The Appalachian ridge prevents cold weather in the winter but doesn’t quite keep away the summer heat. Long summers with persistent warm and humid weather are most common. Typically there are about 6 days over 100 degrees and midsummer thunderstorms are frequent. Fall is a very pleasant time of year with less rainfall and plenty of sun. Winters are mild with occasional short cold outbreaks. Spring is variable, with occasional storms and cold snaps.
The unemployment rate in West Columbia is 3.90 percent and the U.S. avg. is 6.30%. Recent job growth is Positive. West Columbia jobs have increased by 0.88 percent. Compared to the rest of the country, West Columbia's cost of living is 12.40% Lower than the U.S. average.