Columbia is both the capital city of and the largest city within its home state of South Carolina. Located in the heart of the state and the soul of the south, Columbia offers its home buyers a little bit of everything, from sleek town homes in the downtown district, to private, wooded cottages in quiet neighborhoods, to decadent estates in classically southern subdivisions. Modern styled homes are quite common, though historically influenced architecture still has a significant stronghold in many neighborhoods.
Columbia’s massive metropolitan area includes eight counties and more than a dozen nearby suburbs. There are over 60 distinctive neighborhoods that divide the city itself into smaller districts and enclaves. These include Allen Benedict Court, Hastings Pointe, Magnolia Hall, Ashley Hall, Colonial Park, Gable Oaks, Rosewood, Winslow, and Wales Garden. Arsenal Hill was one of the very first residential neighborhoods in the city, containing buildings that date back to the Civil War, and has experienced a recent revitalization of its community and structures. For those who love retail and nightlife, Five Points is a neighborhood famous for its shopping opportunities, fine restaurants, and famous St. Patrick’s Day Festival. The enclaves of Elmwood Park and Hampton are on the National Register of Historic Places and are home to many beautiful mansions heralding back to the old south.
Economically, Columbia is highly diversified, enjoying major employment sources from health and education services, business and professional services, government, manufacturing, industry, and more. The top employers in Columbia are the Palmetto Health hospital system, Palmetto GBA, Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, and the University of South Carolina. The United States Army’s biggest initial entry training program is headquartered in Columbia, called the Computer Sciences Corporation, Fort Jackson. A number of massive manufacturing headquarters lie within the city, including Square D, CMC Steel, Michelin, and Trane. Colonial Life and Accident Insurance Corporation, the Ritedose Corporation, and AgFirst Farm Credit Bank are all based in Columbia.