"Everywhere you go, you get the sense the city is enjoying itself."
-Atlanta Magazine, "48 Hours in Cola"
Urban amenities in a city that’s just the right size. A low cost of living and family-friendly neighborhoods with room to roam. Arts, entertainment, sports and outdoor activities - and weather that makes it easy to enjoy living here year round.
Cost of Living
With a median home cost of $142,700, Columbia’s overall cost of living is less than the average for South Carolina and the U.S., with especially affordable housing and lower grocery bills.
Ease of Access
We’re in the heart of the state, a short drive to the coast or mountains. Charlotte is within 90 minutes, Atlanta just over 3 hours away. With a network of interstates and the Columbia Metropolitan Airport at your service, you’ll find it easy to get wherever you care to go for work or for fun.
Sunny days, mild winters—here’s where you can still enjoy four seasons but not have to suffer long cold winters, snow and icy roads. Our average annual high is 76 degrees with an average low of 54.