City of Columbia

As the heartbeat of the Palmetto State, the capital city of Columbia is the economic and educational hub of South Carolina. Columbia was formed by the state’s General Assembly in 1786 as the first planned city in the state and second in the U.S., making it one of Colonial America’s most significant early settlements. Over the years, the city, named after the great explorer Christopher Columbus, has transformed from its deep roots in textile manufacturing, to a bustling metropolis with a diverse economy composed of advanced manufacturing, healthcare, technology, shared services, logistics, and energy. Access to more than 1.5 million people within 60 miles makes finding employees for its varied industries an easy task. To view the City of Columbia's Economic Development website, click here.