Columbia

South Carolina

Columbia, SC

Located in central South Carolina, Columbia is the state capital and home to the University of South Carolina. The city is located along the Congaree River, which is formed by the confluence of the Broad and Saluda Rivers. The city’s location allowed it to become a textile hub in the early 20th century, leveraging power from the river and regional trade networks.

In recent years, downtown redevelopments have brought new life to the Congaree Vista district. Columbia is now home a wide range of industries, ranging from advanced manufacturing, healthcare, education, and insurance services to technology and logistics. The primary city of the Midlands region of the state features a combination of high quality of life and talented workforce, making it an ideal location for businesses and families alike.

Businesses in Columbia have 24-hour ground access to more than 66% of the United States market. It is home of the UPS Southeast Regional air hub and is the only Southeastern city that has direct access to three interstates and indirect access to two additional interstates within 100 miles. Columbia also has access to the 10th largest port in the country and more than 2,500 miles of active rail service in the region. More than 40 Fortune 500 companies, such as KraftHeinz, Amazon, BlueCross BlueShield, Bomag, Milliken, Starbucks, Meritor, GE, Koyo, Husqvarna, and Michelin have located offices or offices in Central South Carolina.

Information compiled from census.gov, centralsc.org, and columbiasc.net.

Fast Facts


  • Population: 132,236 (city), 851,711 (MSA)
  • Median Age: 37.3
  • Median Household Income: $54,518
  • Employment: 403,400
  • MSA GDP: $40.1 Billion

Major Employers


Company Estimated Employment
State of South Carolina 32,000
Prisma Health Midlands 15,000
BlueCross BlueShield of SC 9,900
University of South Carolina 8,500
Lexington Medical Center 6,700
Walmart 5,800
Dominion Energy 3,100
Kraft-Heinz 2,700
Amazon 2,400
AT&T 2,100