Columbia is the inspiring capital of South Carolina. It is the county seat of Richland County. Its location includes three rivers: Congaree River, Broad River, and Saluda River. It is, also, halfway between the Atlantic Ocean and the Blue Ridge Mountains.
The native people living in the area when Europeans first arrived were the Congaree. In 1540, Hernando de Soto’s expedition recorded traveling the area. The South Carolina General Assembly created Columbia in 1786. The legislature approved the creation of Columbia as the planned state capital.
Columbia has a humid subtropical climate. Summers are very hot and humid. Precipitation falls the most in the summer. Spring and fall are transitional. Winters are mild and extended periods of freezing temperatures are rare.
Columbia has a diversified economy. Government, healthcare, and education are major employers. Other major employers include Computer Sciences Corporation, the U.S. Army’s Fort Jackson, Richland School District One, Humana/TriCare, and the United Parcel Service. Major manufacturers have facilities in the area as well. Restaurants, businesses, and other service industries employ many residents.
Performing arts are a major aspect of Columbia’s culture. Town Theatre in Columbia is the country’s oldest community theatre. The Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, multiple museums and libraries, Kroger Center for the Arts, Carolina Coliseum, Township Auditorium, sports, parks, and recreation add to the culture.
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