Office of Economic Development logoWhy not Columbia? Our city is the real Southern hotspot and growing by the day. From lively entertainment and recreation to education and booming business, there’s a lot going on here.

We’re a much different city than the one you visited or heard about years ago. Columbia is a “city on the move,” and people are excited about all the growth and development taking place here. With over $1.4B in investment in Columbia over the past five years, the word is out: our community is moving forward and great things are happening here.
We’re a ‘work hard, play hard’ kind of city, and we think you’ll see the quality of life is exceptional here. Take a look around and dig in to find out more about:

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Did you know?

  • Gamecocks logoColumbia is home to a National Championship team, the South Carolina Gamecocks!
  • Columbia was named after explorer Christopher Columbus. Our name was almost “Washington” but that name was voted down in favor of Columbia.
  • Columbia is home to the oldest community theater in continuous use in the United States. Town Theater is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Additionally, the City of Columbia features 60 city parks and greenspaces, that are open year round from dusk till dawn.
  • There are 10 buildings on the University of South Carolina campus listed on the National Register of Historic Places, some predating the Civil War.
  • World Beer Festival logoThe World Beer Festival is held in Columbia each year, sponsored by “All About Beer Magazine.”
  • Columbia wasn’t always the state capital. Charleston was originally the capital city, but it moved to Columbia in 1790.
  • Fort Jackson, the largest military basic training installation in the country, is located in Columbia.
  • A 12-mile park called Three River Greenway is centered around the rivers in Columbia, with three riverwalks, trails, boardwalks and overlooks.
  • Columbia was named one of the “10 Great Cities to Live In” by Kiplinger Magazine.
  • Hootie and the Blowfish logoHootie and the Blowfish, who had several top 40 hits in the late 90s and early 2000s, got their start in Columbia. All of the band members met when they were freshmen at the University of South Carolina. Lead singer Darius Rucker continues to have a successful career today as a county music singer.
  • Five Points logoFive Points, Columbia’s original village neighborhood, has been a shopping and commercial district for more than 100 years now, so many businesses there are now serving their third generation of customers.