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Columbia is the state capital and largest city South Carolina. Columbia is the county seat of Richland County, but a portion of the city extends into neighboring Lexington County, which is home to one of its most vibrant suburbs, Lexington.
Like many other significant early settlements in colonial America, Columbia, established in the mid 1700s, is on the fall line from the Piedmont region. The fall line is the spot where you can no longer navigate up river and where there won’t be enough falling water downstream to properly power a mill. The city lies at the confluence of two rivers, the Saluda and the Broad, which merge at Columbia to form the Congaree River, a popular destination for paddlers and kayakers in the area.
The state’s largest university, the University of South Carolina, is located in Columbia. In 1801, South Carolina College (now the University of South Carolina) was founded in Columbia where the original building survives.
The 1990s and early 2000s saw revitalization in the downtown area. The Congaree Vista district along Gervais Street, once known as a warehouse district, became a thriving district of art galleries, shops, and restaurants. The Colonial Life Arena opened in 2002, the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center opened in 2004 and a new convention center hotel opened in September 2007 making a Columbia an entertainment and business destination for the entire state. A public-private City Center Partnership has been formed to implement the downtown revitalization and further boost downtown growth.
With its proximity in the middle of the state, Columbia is a short drive to either the mountains or the coast and being the state Capital and the home of USC means that Columbia is a wonderful place to live with much to offer the active family