Columbia, SC is the capital and largest city in South Carolina. It's is a vibrant state capital and county seat. Renowned for its high quality of life, low cost of living and mild climate, the city offers excellent cultural events; a lively arts community; a full range of parks and recreational opportunities; excellent special event and sports facilities, and a rich history. A strong economy and easy accessibility are combined with gracious Southern hospitality.
Home to state government offices, University of South Carolina, Ft Jackson, SCANA, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of SC, Columbia has weathered the current economic storm quite well. In 2009 MSN Real Estate ranked Columbia one of the top 10 most livable real estate markets in the US!
Columbia, with its three rivers and nearby Lake Murray, is one of the best destinations in the country for water sports. Lake Murray is a 50,000-acre water playground located just 15 minutes from the city where you can enjoy all types of boating pleasures; sailboats, kayaks, canoes, motorboats, fishing boats, and jet-skiing. Fishing is also popular in the area. Large Mouth Bass, Striped Bass, Catfish, or Crappie can be found in Lake Murray.
For spectator sports, Columbia has several top-notch facilities. The Colonial Center is the largest arena in the state and the tenth largest on-campus basketball facility in the nation. It is the home of the men and women's USC Gamecocks basketball teams. The Williams-Brice Stadium, located just south of downtown Columbia, is the home of the USC Gamecocks football team and is one of the largest college football stadiums in the nation. Two and a half hours northwest you will find Clemson University. Clemson has a proud tradition of academic and athletic excellence. The Clemson Tigers football team is the state's only school to win a 1-A National Title. Every year the Clemson vs. Carolina football game draws a packed house and is always a thrill.