Columbia, South Carolina:
A Capital City of Culture, Heritage and Beauty
Enjoy a slower pace of life and a lower cost of living, while living in a city rich in history, arts, academia, championship athletics, outdoor activity, and nationally-ranked hubs of culture. All of this is located within an hour from one of the country's most prestigious golf courses, as well as the mountains and the ocean for easily accessible day-trip escapes. Experience the Southern hospitality of welcome smiles from strangers and palate pleasing plates.
Find serenity on the scenic grounds of The University of South Carolina, or take advantage of the resources of one of the other twelve higher education institutions in this city.
Like college sports? In the past year, our neighbor Clemson clinched the #1 title for college football, Coastal Carolina clinched the #1 title for college baseball, and nationally-celebrated Coach Dawn Staley led the USC women's basketball team to the champion spot.
Visit the Statehouse and look for the bronze stars on the exterior brick marking where cannonballs struck during General Sherman’s occupation of Columbia in The Civil War.
The Columbia Museum of Art, awarded the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, has hosted exhibits of Salvador Dali, Georgia O'Keefe, Andy Warhol, Norman Rockwell, and more all within the past two years. The Riverbanks Zoo & Garden is known as one of America’s best zoos drawing one million visitors annually, and the city's Richland Library won the 2017 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation's highest honor of its kind.
Because Columbia is a city where snow never settles, free outdoor festivals celebrating music, agriculture, craft beers, local art, ethnicity, and many other areas of life are found in abundance year-round.
A variety of neighborhoods means you can choose the life you like, be it affluent suburb, urban high-rise, historic charm, renovated industrial, new construction, lakefront, river view, or farmland. It's all easily commutable to Providence Health, and with the limited traffic in the region you hardly sit still unless at a light or a stop sign.
There's so much to see, hear, taste, smell, and DO in this capital city, you'll have to visit to believe it.