About Columbia SC

    The heart of Columbia is the original city, built at the confluence of the Broad and Saluda Rivers, near the geographic center of South Carolina. This is where the oldest neighborhoods are found. Many of the state's banking headquarters, corporate and legal offices and major medical facilities are located in Central Columbia. State government offices, the University of South Carolina and other major employers are situated downtown. The convenience of living nearby one's workplace makes Central Columbia a desirable area of town. There are new homes and new apartment communities being built in town.

Columbia was settled by Europeans in the early 1700s and chosen to be the site of South Carolina's new state capital in 1786. It was chartered as a town in 1805 and as a city in 1854. Columbia was named for Christopher Columbus, and it was South Carolina's first planned city and the second planned city in the United States (Savannah was the first). Despite this, Columbia did not have a single paved street until Main Street was surfaced in 1908.

The 1990s and early 2000s also saw revitalization in the downtown area. The Congaree Vista district along Gervais Street, once known as a warehouse district, became a exciting center for art galleries, shops, and restaurants. The Colonial Life Arena opened in 2002, and brought several big-named concerts and shows to Columbia. The Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center opened in 2004, and a new convention center hotel opened in September 2007. Several residential developments are also in the works for the Vista

The new developments in the Vista, the Congaree River, the Riverwalk, Convention Centers, Childrens Museums, Downtown development, along with Main Street redevelopment are all qualities that make Columbia SC attractive.  The established areas of Shandon, Devine Street, Forest Acres, Five Points, and Rosewood are all factors that will keep Columbia, South Carolina on the move upward for the years to come. 


 

Columbia SC Higher Educatation

  • Allen University - Allen University was founded in 1870. It has a distinguished history and is widely recognized for its development of African-Americans who have made great achievements and contributions in different areas of specialization, nationally and internationally.
  • Benedict College -Benedict College was founded in 1870, Benedict is an independent co-educational college. Benedict is one of the fastest growing of the 39 United Negro College Fundschools. In addition to an increase in enrollment, Benedict has also seen an increase in average SAT scores, Honors College enrollee rates, capital giving dollars, and the number of research grants awarded. Recently, Benedict has been subject to a series of recent controversies, including basing up to 60% of grades solely on effort,which have nearly resulted in its losing its accreditation. However, in recent months the college has improved its financial standing and is seeking to boost its enrollment.
  • Columbia College - Columbia College was founded in 1854, Columbia College is a private, four-year, liberal arts college for women with a coeducational Evening College and Graduate School. The College has been ranked since 1994 by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top ten regional liberal arts colleges in the South.
  • Columbia International University- Columbia International University is a biblically-based, private Christian institution committed to "preparing men and women to know Christ and to make Him known". Founded in 1923, CIU is recognized as having an outstanding ministry training program and is world renown.
  • Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary - This institution, founded in 1830, is a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. It is one of the oldest Lutheran seminaries in North America, Southern is a fully accredited graduate school of theology preparing women and men for the ordained and lay ministries of the church. The wooded 17-acre campus is situated atop Seminary Ridge in Columbia, the highest point in the Midlands area, near the geographic center of the city.
  • Midlands Technical College - Midlands Tech is part of the South Carolina Technical College System. Midlands Tech is a two-year, comprehensive, public, community college, offering a wide variety of programs in career education, four-year college-transfer options, and continuing education. You will find small classes, individualized instruction, and student support services are provided at the school. Most of the faculty holds master's or doctoral degrees.

Columbia is also the site of several extension campuses, including those for South University and University of Phoenix.

Columbia Neighborhoods

  • Alexander Pointe
  • Allen Benedict Court
  • Amenity Island
  • Anden Hall
  • Arborgate
  • Arcadia Cove
  • Archers Court
  • Arthurtown
  • Ashewood Lakes
  • Ashford
  • Ashley Hall
  • Ashley Place
  • Ashley Ridge
  • Atrium Park
  • Avebury
  • Barhamville Estates
  • Barony
  • Belleclave
  • Belleview
  • Belmont
  • Belmont Estates
  • Belvedere
  • Bendemere
  • Booker Washington Heights
  • Boyden Arbor
  • Bradford Park
  • Bradley
  • Brandon Acres
  • Brandon Hills
  • Briarcliffe Estates
  • Briargate
  • Briarwood
  • Brickyard Village
  • Brighton Hill
  • Britney Park
  • Broad River Township
  • Brook Haven
  • Brookstone
  • Burnside East
  • Cabb Island
  • Canal Place
  • Candlewood
  • Capitol Places
  • Carnaby Square
  • Carolina Walk
  • Carriage Oaks
  • Caughman Ridge
  • Cedar Terrace
  • Chandler Hall
  • Charbonneau
  • Charles Towne
  • Charleston Estates
  • Charleswood
  • Chestnut Hill Plantation
  • Chimney Ridge
  • Clearsprings
  • Clearview Terrace
  • Clearwater
  • Cobblestone
  • Cobblestone Park
  • College Place
  • Colleton Street
  • Colonial Commons
  • Colonial Heights
  • Commons at Winchester
  • Communities of Ridgeview at Summit Ridge
  • Cottontown
  • Crane Creek Estates
  • Creekside at Huntington
  • Crossbow
  • Cutler's Station
  • Dalevie
  • Deaswood
  • Deer Creek
  • Deer Lake
  • Deerwood Knoll
  • Denby Place
  • Denny Terrace
  • Devon Green
  • Dove Park
  • Downtown
  • Druid Hills
  • Dutch Creek
  • Dutch Village
  • Earlewood
  • East Lake
  • East Pines
  • Eastmont Annex
  • Eastview
  • Eastway Park
  • Eau Claire
  • Eau Claire Place
  • Edgewood
  • Elders Pond
  • Elmwood
  • Fairfield Arms
  • Fairwold Acres
  • Falls Mill
  • Farrow Hills
  • Farrowood Estates
  • Fawnridge
  • Five Points
  • Flora Springs
  • Folkstone
  • Forest Acres
  • Forest Hills
  • Forest Lake
  • Founders Ridge Subdivision
  • Fox Chase
  • Fox Run
  • Foxboro
  • Foxhall
  • Fyllingsdalen
  • Galaxy
  • Garners Ferry
  • Gates of Wildewood
  • Gatewood
  • Governor's Hil
  • Greek Village
  • Green Valley Park
  • Greengate
  • GreenHill Parish
  • Greenlakes Estates
  • Greensprings
  • Greenview
  • Gregg Park
  • Hallbrook
  • Hampton Crest Estates
  • Hampton Crest
  • Hampton Forest
  • Hampton Leas
  • Hampton Place
  • Hampton Ridge
  • Hampton Trace
  • Hampton Woods
  • Hamptons Grant
  • Harbison
  • Harlem Heights
  • Harrington
  • Haskell Heights
  • Hazelwood Acres
  • Heather Springs
  • Heathwood
  • Heritage Village
  • Hickory
  • Hidden Pines
  • High Hampton
  • Highland Forest
  • Highland Park
  • Holly Ridge
  • Hollywood
  • Hollywood Hills
  • Homes of Polo
  • Hopkins
  • Horseshoe Acres
  • Hunt Club
  • Hyatts
  • Indigo Springs
  • Ivy Hall
  • Jacobs Creek - Chestnut
  • Keenan Terrace
  • Kilbourne Heights
  • Kilbourne Park
  • Killian Green
  • Killian Station
  • King's Grant
  • Kingston Forest
  • Kingswood
  • Knollwood
  • Lake Carolina
  • Lake Elizabeth
  • Lake Katharine
  • Lake Katherine
  • Lake Pointe East
  • Lakeshore
  • Lamplighter Village
  • Lansdowne
  • Latimer Manor
  • Laurel Hill
  • Laurel Wood
  • Leesburg
  • Legend Oaks
  • Legion Lakes
  • Lexington Green
  • Lincoln Park
  • Lincolnshire
  • Linnfield Place
  • Lionsgat
  • Longcreek
  • Lost Creek
  • Magnolia Hall
  • Mandel Park
  • Mason Ridge
  • Maywood Place
  • Meadowfield
  • Meadowlakes
  • Melrose Heights
  • Millbank
  • Millwood
  • Mossley Hills
  • Mountianbrook Subdivision
  • Murraywood
  • Myers Creek
  • Newcastle West
  • North Springs
  • Northeast Columbia
  • Northwood Hills
  • Oak Haven Pointe
  • Oakbrook Village
  • Oakhurst
  • Old Shandon
  • Old Woodlands
  • Oxford Commons
  • Palmetto Place
  • Palms of Wildewood
  • Park Circle
  • Park Ridge at Polo
  • Parsons Mill
  • Pavilion Tower
  • Pennington Square
  • Pennington Place
  • Pennington Acres
  • Pine Brook at The Summit
  • Pine Knoll
  • Pine Valley
  • Pinehurst
  • Prescott Terrac
  • Providence Crossing
  • Providence Plantation
  • Quail Creek
  • Rainsborough
  • Reflections
  • Rennasiance Plaza
  • Rice Creek
  • Ridgewood
  • Rivendale
  • River Creek
  • Riverhill Condos
  • Riverside Forest
  • Riverwalk
  • Rose Creek
  • Rosewood
  • Saint John's Place
  • Saint Marks Wood
  • Sandhurst
  • Sandwood Hills
  • Sassafras Springs
  • Saxton Homes
  • Shandon  Homes in Shandon-Columbia SC
  • Shandon Square
  • Silver Lake
  • Sims
  • Skyland Estates
  • Southeast Columbia
  • Spears Creek Village
  • Spring Valley West
  • Spring Valley
  • Springhaven
  • Springwood Lakes
  • St Andrews Woods
  • St. Andrews Place
  • Stadium Village Lofts
  • Steeplechase
  • Sterling Hills
  • Strathaven Forest
  • Stucawa
  • Summer Pines
  • Summer Valley
  • Summerhil
  • Summit Townes
  • Sunset Place
  • Swandale Estates
  • The Avenues
  • The Bluff at Chestnut Hill Plantation
  • The Courtyard -St. Andrews
  • The Crestmont
  • The Forest
  • The Gates of Wildewood
  • The Grove At Wildwood
  • The Heritage
  • The Highlands
  • The Homestead
  • The Preserve
  • The Rapids
  • The Summit-Whitney Falls
  • The Summit-Waverly Place
  • The Summit-Chaplewood
  • The Summit-Summit Hills
  • The Summit-Founders Ridge
  • The Summit
  • The Summit-Abington
  • The Summit-Autumn Hill
  • The Summit-Fawnbridge
  • The Summit-Stone Chapel
  • The Summit-Summer Chase
  • The Summit-Ridgecrest
  • The Summit-Summit Townes
  • The Summit-Pineclave
  • The Summit-Kingston Trace
  • The Villages at Lakeshore
  • The Vista
  • Timbervale
  • Traditions
  • Trotwood
  • Turtlecreek
  • Twin Eagles
  • University of South Carolina
  • University Hill
  • Valencia Heights
  • Veterans Point
  • Vineyards Crossing
  • Wales Garden
  • Waterbury
  • Waterford
  • Waverly
  • Wellington
  • Wheeler Hill
  • Whitehall
  • Wild Azalea
  • Wildewood Glen
  • Wildewood
  • Williamsburg East
  • Willow Commons
  • Willow Lake
  • Willow Tree
  • Willowbrook
  • Winchester
  • Windermere
  • Windsor Lake
  • Windsor Village
  • Windstone
  • Winrose
  • Winslow
  • Woodcreek Farms
  • Woodhaven
  • Woodhill
  • Woodhill Crest
  • Woodlake
  • Woodland green
  • Woodland Terrace
  • Woodlands
  • Woodleigh Park
  • Yorkshire

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