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Columbia’s city motto is “Famously Hot”

A city with a Southern forward-thinking, dynamic pulse. But visitors and residents testify to its “surprisingly cool lifestyle and culture.”

Located in the Midlands region, Columbia is proudly positioned as the state capital and largest city in South Carolina. Columbia lies at the confluence of two rivers, the Saluda and the Broad, which merge to form the Congaree River.

Columbia metro area appeared in Forbes/Milken Institute’s list of “Best Places for Business and Careers,” ranking 96 out of 200 – criteria included salary and job growth, number of technology clusters, overall concentration of technology activity relative to national average, and technology output growth.

Business is Booming in Columbia

Columbia’s economy is diversified with major employers consisting of the South Carolina state government, the Palmetto Health hospital system, Blue Cross Blue Shield of SC, Palmetto GBA, and the University of South Carolina. The corporate headquarters of Fortune 1000 energy company, SCANA, is located in the Columbia suburb of Cayce. The Columbia Metro area was selected as one of “America’s 50 Hottest Cities” for business relocations and expansions.

Columbia was named as No. 8 on’s list of Hot Mid-Size Cities for Entrepreneurs.

World-Renowned International Business School Program

Columbia is home to the main campus of the University of South Carolina, an urban university, located in downtown. The school is ranked No. 1 in the nation for its undergraduate international business program and No. 2 for its graduate international business program in the U.S. News & World Report college and graduate school guides.

Visit Columbia, South Carolina

Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce
City Data – Columbia
South Carolina Tourism
Columbia Downtown City Center Partnership
Columbia Arts, Culture and History
Riverbanks Zoo and Garden
Colonial Life Arena
Columbia Metropolitan Airport
South Carolina Bar
Richland County Bar Association
South Carolina Lawyers Weekly
Columbia Regional Business Report
Columbia Star
Columbia Metropolitan Magazine
WISTV-Channel 10, NBC
South Carolina NPR - ETV
University of South Carolina
University of South Carolina Gamecocks Athletics
Midlands Technical College
Benedict College
Allen University
Columbia College