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Strategically located in the heart of South Carolina, Columbia is a bustling capital city with a distinctly Southern flavor. We invite you to pull up a rocking chair, sample some local cuisine, and find a great place to launch your life's next adventure. Although the city of Columbia is only about 120,000 people, the two counties that make up the metro area - Lexington and Richland - total about 600,000 individuals.
Columbia is a family-friendly city. The cost of living is affordable, and the weather is great. The average high temperature in January is 58 degrees! There are five public school districts in the Columbia area. Visit the Columbia School District Links for details. Ben Lippen School, a ministry of Columbia International University, is a Christian, college preparatory school offering instruction for pre-K through 12th grade.
Riverbanks Zoo & Botanical Garden features animals from elephants to koalas, from penguins to sharks, from formal gardens to natural woodlands.
The South Carolina State House still has the scars left behind when Union forces under General Sherman occupied the city in 1865, and cannonballs struck the structure.
The Columbia Museum of Art has an extraordinary collection of European and American fine and decorative art that spans centuries.
The EdVenture Children's Museum features EDDIE, the world's largest child. Forty-feet tall sitting down, your journey through EDDIE leads you inside his brain, heart, and stomach.
The South Carolina State Museum is housed in a four-story former textile mill built in 1893.
Congaree National Park features the largest remaining tract of old growth bottom land in North America.
Lake Murray has 650 miles of shoreline touching four counties. Boating, swimming, and fishing!
Historic Columbia Foundation offers tours of some of the oldest dwellings in South Carolina, including the Robert Mills House where CIU was once located.
Collegiate and professional sports are on the schedule year round in Columbia. And if that's not enough, Columbia is only about two hours from the beach and two hours from the mountains. For more information on Columbia, visit the website of the Columbia Visitor's Bureau.