The Columbia, SC Metro Area is an area consisting of six counties in central South Carolina anchored by the city of Columbia.
Columbia bills itself as being "famously hot," and the humid, sub-tropical climate is well known for its hot and humid summers and mild winters. Columbia is also known for the scenic rivers cutting through the city and Lake Murray, both of which provide a wealth of opportunities for water-sports enthusiasts.
It is a central location for state and federal government institutions as well as current and retired military personnel due to the presence of the Fort Jackson Army installation. Eighteen colleges and universities attract a wealth of international students from around the world. A large yearly International Festival highlights and celebrates the growing ethnic diversity of the city.
Total Population: 810,068
(An increase of 5.53 % in the past 5 years.)
- Foreign Born - 37,807
- Language Spoken at Home - 49,586
[ Source: American Community Survey (ACS) 5-Year Foreign Born and Language Spoken at Home]