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The Greater Columbia area is one of the great future growth areas of America, combining traditional Southern hospitality with cosmopolitan flair. Greater Columbia offers the excellent lifestyle you desire. Our moderate climate offers a taste of all four seasons. Our location between the sea and the mountains allows for unlimited recreational opportunities. Conscientious growth and development provides well planned highways, scenic parks, an innovative public school system, and cultural opportunities that include music, theater, art and dance. With several colleges and universities located within our bounds, including the Columbia campus of the University of South Carolina, we also offer vast opportunities for higher education.

Located in central South Carolina, Columbia is a versatile metropolis that combines tradition and change in an exciting fashion. A medium-sized city, Columbia is a wonderful place for your family to spend time together. The five counties of Greater Columbia - Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, Newberry and Richland - are the center of a progressive area that combines the old fashioned charm of the South with a bustling city life in a way that few communities can.

One of the most difficult tasks in moving to a new community is finding the right schools, the right neighborhood, and the right amenities. Sometimes an even greater challenge is finding things to do once you get here. Columbia is experiencing a renaissance in the downtown area, where the arts, shopping and dining are flourishing. New development is taking place in the outlying areas, providing an array of communities and conveniences to choose from. Find out more about why the Columbia area is truly a "Capital Place To Be."

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State Flower Yellow Jessamine
State Bird Carolina Wren
State Songs "Carolina" and "South Carolina On My Mind"
State Fruit Peach
State Tree Palmetto
State Stone Blue Granite
State Gemstone Amethyst
State Dance The Shag
State Animal White-tail Deer
State Fish Striped Bass
State Beverage Milk


Average Monthly Temperatures (Fahrenheit)


January 32.1 - 55.2
February 34.4 - 59.2
March 42.1 - 68.1
April 49.5 - 76.6
May 58.3 - 83.5
June 66.1 - 89.0
July 70.1 - 918
August 69.4 - 90.2
September 63.3 - 85.3
October 50.1 - 76.5
November 41.5 - 67.7
December 35.0 - 58.8

Average Annual Precipitation: 50.14 inches
Average Annual Snowfall: 1.89 inches
Average Chance of Precipitation: 29.5%
Average Percent of Sunny Days: 63.6%

Data from the National Weather Service