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Columbia is a city in Richland County. (The community straddles Richland and Lexington counties; ePodunk links to the county with the greater share of population.)

It is the state capital and the county seat.

The community was named after Christopher Columbus.

The latitude of Columbia is 34.000N. The longitude is -81.035W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 292 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 117,357.


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Median household income
Local
$31,141
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Columbia demographic reports
Columbia is on the Congaree River.
The city was chosen as the capital as a compromise between up-country and low-country residents.

Sherman's troops captured the city in 1865; most buildings were burned.

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 1,342. The number of murders and homicides was 15. The violent crime rate was 11.3 per 1,000 people.
Ranked No. 1 among medium-sized cities in the ePodunk College Town Index, 2002
Well-known residents have included:
· President Woodrow Wilson
· Terrence Trammell, Olympic medallist
· James William "Bill" Anderson, country music performer
Local bands (past and present) have included Hootie & the Blowfish
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Panera Bread, Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • South Carolina State Fair - Oct. 10-21, 2007
  • Rosewood Crawfish Festival - May 5, 2007
  • International Festival - March 31-April 1, 2007
  • South Carolina Book Festival - Feb. 23-25, 2007
  • South Carolina Pride Festival - Sept. 22, 2007
Dates often change. Check Columbia web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Columbia City Ballet, South Carolina Philharmonic
Nearby parks & recreation: Sesquicentennial State Park
Columbia attractions: Riverbanks Zoo & Garden
Sports teams: Inferno (ECHL hockey)
Historic sites and museums: South Carolina State Museum, Columbia Museum of Art, McKissick Museum, South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Museum, Woodrow Wilson Boyhood Home, EdVenture, Fort Jackson Museum
Colleges and universities: University of South Carolina, South University - Columbia, Columbia College, Benedict College, Allen University, Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
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National index: 100
Local index: 108

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Neighborhoods in Columbia include Rosewood ... More neighborhood info

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Columbia demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Richland County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Columbia area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 29207 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

9% of Columbia residents report German ancestry, and 7% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Columbia ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Columbia was $18,853, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

36% of Columbia residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Historic districts in Columbia include Benedict College Historic District, Columbia Historic District I, Columbia Historic District II, Elmwood Park Historic District, Old Campus District, University of South Carolina, Waverly Historic District, West Gervais Street Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Columbia, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $438.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $957.


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Libraries in Columbia include Irmo Branch Library, John Hughes Cooper Branch Library, North Main Branch Library, Northeast Regional Library, Richland County Public Library, Saint Andrews Regional Library, Sandhill Branch Library, South Carolina State Library, South Caroliniana Library, Southeast Regional Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Columbia include Columbia Star, Columbia State

TV stations in Columbia include WACH, WIS, WLTX, WOLO, WRLK.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WLTR.

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Richland County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Columbia political report.

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The average commute time for Columbia workers is 18 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 12 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Columbia between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 1.0 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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