Welcome to Columbia, the capital of South Carolina and home to a diverse array of neighborhoods, heritages and historic districts.
Founded in 1786, Columbia is known for the three rivers that converge in its midst – the Saluda, the Broad and the Congaree. The city’s metropolitan area includes both Lexington and Richland counties, and is home to Fort Jackson – the largest and most active Initial Entry Training Center in the U.S. Columbia’s multiple colleges and universities, including the University of South Carolina, present a robust environment of learning and culture for the region.
Columbia is centrally located in the state and offers residents and visitors a plethora of recreational activities. Hiking, kayaking, swimming, running and cycling can be enjoyed at a number of area parks. The University of South Carolina offers a vibrant college athletics scene for sports enthusiasts. The Koger Center for the Arts keeps a busy calendar of shows and activities throughout the year. And beach excursions and mountain retreats are just a day trip away.