Distinctively Diverse

Richland County

The most populous county in the Central SC region and the second most populous in the state, Richland County is a melting pot of industry and of people. Made up of global brands, government, students and educators, a growing entrepreneurial crowd, and a strong military presence, the county offers employers a large pool of workers and resources. Some of the best-known names in business like Blue Cross Blue Shield, AT&T, Westinghouse Electric, FN Manufacturing, and The Ritedose Corporation have made Richland County their home. Home to the state’s capital city of Columbia, three major interstates, and mere miles from the region’s main commercial airport, Richland County is centered for success. To view Richland County's Economic Development website, click here.



Employment Line Graph

Population Drive Time Map

Quality of Life

In Richland County, things are “Uniquely Urban… Uniquely Rural”. With hundreds of entertainment venues, there’s nothing like a night on the town in Richland County. The Koger Center for the Arts has been a staple for nearly three decades, providing a stage to famous acts like the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Blue Man Group, and The Illusionists, as well as local acts from the Columbia City Ballet to the University of South Carolina. Music lovers and sports fans can take to the stands at the Colonial Life Arena and Williams-Brice Stadium to see the University of South Carolina Gamecocks play or see musical artists like Janet Jackson and Paul McCartney perform. Museum connoisseurs will be wowed by the Columbia Museum of Art, the South Carolina State Museum, and the EdVenture Children’s Museum. Anyone interested in the outdoors will enjoy catching the sites at one of the nation’s top-ranked zoos, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, or at one of the county’s many rivers, parks, and golf courses.

Transportation

Interstates

I-26 located within the county
(runs Charleston, SC to Kingsport, TN)

I-20 located within the county
(runs Florence, SC to Kent, TX)

I-77 located within the county
(runs Columbia, SC to Cleveland, OH)

I-95 accessible 60 miles E
(runs Houlton, ME to Miami, FL)

Airports

Columbia Metropolitan Airport

  • Accessible in as little as a 10 minute drive
  • Main commercial airport for the Central SC
    region and Midlands of South Carolina
  • Sole Southeast Regional UPS air hub and
    features Foreign Trade Zone 127

Charlotte-Douglas International Airport

  • Accessible to within a 90 minute drive
  • Located in Charlotte, NC just over the SC border
  • Closest international airport with flights to
    159 destinations

Ports

Port of Charleston

  • Accessible to Richland County within a two
    hour drive
  • Located midway along South Carolina’s
    coastal shore in Charleston
  • Deepest port in the Southeast and fastest
    growing in the US

Port of Georgetown

  • Accessible in as little as a two and a half
    hour drive
  • Located along the upper portion of South
    Carolina’s coast shore in Georgetown
  • Provides nearly 28 acres of open storage
    and over 100,000 SF of warehouse space

FTZ

Foreign Trade Zones 127 and 21

  • FTZ 127 is located within the region at the
    Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE)
  • FTZ 21 covers the Port of Charleston
  • South Carolina ranks second in the nation
    for exports from FTZs

Rail

Norfolk Southern

  • Rail yard and rail-to-truck transload
    terminal located in Columbia
  • 762 miles of track statewide
  • Intermodal facility located at the Port
    of Charleston

CSX

  • Automotive distribution center located
    in West Columbia
  • 1,800 miles of track in SC and more
    than 325 miles in Central SC region
  • Intermodal facility located at the Port
    of Charleston

Utilities

Electricity

  • SCE&G
  • Fairfield Electric Cooperative
  • Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative
  • Tri-County Electric Cooperative

Gas

  • SCE&G
  • Dominion Resources

Water & Wastewater

  • City of Columbia
  • Palmetto Utilities

Telecom

  • Time Warner Cable
  • AT&T
  • Spirit Communications
  • TruVista Communications




Existing Industry

Industry Description NAICS Employing Units Employed AVG Weekly Wage
Total All Industries 10 10,976 223,063 $910
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting 11 33 895 $698
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction 21 7 142 $1,296
Utilities 22 19 556 $1,449
Construction 23 689 7,285 $1,092
Manufacturing 31-33 301 10,382 $1,246
Wholesale Trade 42 493 6,587 $1,377
Retail Trade 44-45 1,381 21,126 $560
Transportation and Warehousing 48-49 263 3,815 $949
Information 51 248 3,639 $1,221
Finance and Insurance 52 784 19,267 $1,374
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing 53 538 3,755 $852
Professional and Technical Services 54 1,724 11,415 $1,415
Mgmt. of Companies and Enterprises 55 73 1,804 $1,074
Administrative and Waste Services 56 671 18,982 $602
Educational Services 61 308 20,493 $995
Health Care and Social Assistance 62 1,021 33,181 $1,027
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation 71 156 3,609 $361
Accommodation and Food Services 72 989 22,122 $321
Other Services, Ex. Public Admin. 81 1,137 6,913 $648
Public Administration 92 134 27,096 $920
Source: BLS, QCEW 2018

Major Employers

Labor, Employment & Population

Employment Line Graph

Population Drive Time Map

Quality of Life

Quality of Life

In Richland County, things are “Uniquely Urban… Uniquely Rural”. With hundreds of entertainment venues, there’s nothing like a night on the town in Richland County. The Koger Center for the Arts has been a staple for nearly three decades, providing a stage to famous acts like the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Blue Man Group, and The Illusionists, as well as local acts from the Columbia City Ballet to the University of South Carolina. Music lovers and sports fans can take to the stands at the Colonial Life Arena and Williams-Brice Stadium to see the University of South Carolina Gamecocks play or see musical artists like Janet Jackson and Paul McCartney perform. Museum connoisseurs will be wowed by the Columbia Museum of Art, the South Carolina State Museum, and the EdVenture Children’s Museum. Anyone interested in the outdoors will enjoy catching the sites at one of the nation’s top-ranked zoos, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, or at one of the county’s many rivers, parks, and golf courses.

Transportation & Utilities

Transportation

Interstates

I-26 located within the county
(runs Charleston, SC to Kingsport, TN)

I-20 located within the county
(runs Florence, SC to Kent, TX)

I-77 located within the county
(runs Columbia, SC to Cleveland, OH)

I-95 accessible 60 miles E
(runs Houlton, ME to Miami, FL)

Airports

Columbia Metropolitan Airport

  • Accessible in as little as a 10 minute drive
  • Main commercial airport for the Central SC
    region and Midlands of South Carolina
  • Sole Southeast Regional UPS air hub and
    features Foreign Trade Zone 127

Charlotte-Douglas International Airport

  • Accessible to within a 90 minute drive
  • Located in Charlotte, NC just over the SC border
  • Closest international airport with flights to
    159 destinations

Ports

Port of Charleston

  • Accessible to Richland County within a two
    hour drive
  • Located midway along South Carolina’s
    coastal shore in Charleston
  • Deepest port in the Southeast and fastest
    growing in the US

Port of Georgetown

  • Accessible in as little as a two and a half
    hour drive
  • Located along the upper portion of South
    Carolina’s coast shore in Georgetown
  • Provides nearly 28 acres of open storage
    and over 100,000 SF of warehouse space

FTZ

Foreign Trade Zones 127 and 21

  • FTZ 127 is located within the region at the
    Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE)
  • FTZ 21 covers the Port of Charleston
  • South Carolina ranks second in the nation
    for exports from FTZs

Rail

Norfolk Southern

  • Rail yard and rail-to-truck transload
    terminal located in Columbia
  • 762 miles of track statewide
  • Intermodal facility located at the Port
    of Charleston

CSX

  • Automotive distribution center located
    in West Columbia
  • 1,800 miles of track in SC and more
    than 325 miles in Central SC region
  • Intermodal facility located at the Port
    of Charleston

Utilities

Electricity

  • SCE&G
  • Fairfield Electric Cooperative
  • Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative
  • Tri-County Electric Cooperative

Gas

  • SCE&G
  • Dominion Resources

Water & Wastewater

  • City of Columbia
  • Palmetto Utilities

Telecom

  • Time Warner Cable
  • AT&T
  • Spirit Communications
  • TruVista Communications

Existing Industry



Existing Industry

Industry Description NAICS Employing Units Employed AVG Weekly Wage
Total All Industries 10 10,976 223,063 $910
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting 11 33 895 $698
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction 21 7 142 $1,296
Utilities 22 19 556 $1,449
Construction 23 689 7,285 $1,092
Manufacturing 31-33 301 10,382 $1,246
Wholesale Trade 42 493 6,587 $1,377
Retail Trade 44-45 1,381 21,126 $560
Transportation and Warehousing 48-49 263 3,815 $949
Information 51 248 3,639 $1,221
Finance and Insurance 52 784 19,267 $1,374
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing 53 538 3,755 $852
Professional and Technical Services 54 1,724 11,415 $1,415
Mgmt. of Companies and Enterprises 55 73 1,804 $1,074
Administrative and Waste Services 56 671 18,982 $602
Educational Services 61 308 20,493 $995
Health Care and Social Assistance 62 1,021 33,181 $1,027
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation 71 156 3,609 $361
Accommodation and Food Services 72 989 22,122 $321
Other Services, Ex. Public Admin. 81 1,137 6,913 $648
Public Administration 92 134 27,096 $920
Source: BLS, QCEW Q3 2014.

Distinctively Diverse

Orangeburg County

Orangeburg County has a lot to offer businesses seeking a location edge. Sandwiched between three major interstates, it’s the largest of the counties in Central SC by landmass. It’s also the southernmost county in the region, putting it less than an hour’s drive from the Port of Charleston. Companies like GKN Aerospace, Koyo Corp of USA, and Zeus Industrial Products have been long-time staples to the county, and are steadily being joined by new businesses such as Sigmatex, Inbra Indústrias Químicas, Ltda., and Walker Industries USA, Inc. To view Orangeburg County's Economic Development website, click here.



Employment Line Graph

Population Drive Time Map

Quality of Life

Orangeburg County is steeped in a rich history as one of the oldest established counties in the Palmetto State. More than three dozen listings dot the National Registry of Historic Places. The county seat of Orangeburg, also called the “The Garden City”, is brought to life by the Edisto Memorial Gardens with its showcase of 175 acres of azaleas, roses, and other floral fares, along with the annual Orangeburg Festival of Roses. The Grand American Coon Hunt, the largest field trail for coon dogs in the U.S. and qualifying event for the World Coon Hunt, has been rounding up dogs for competition for over 50 years. Santee Cooper Lakes and Edisto River provide opportunities for fishing, boating and other waterfront activities. And with the warm summer days that our state provides, you can cool off at the Orangeburg County Aquatic Park. Check out more of what makes Orangeburg County a great place to be by clicking here.

Transportation

Interstates

I-26 located within the county

(runs Charleston, SC to Kingsport, TN)

 

I-95 located within the county
(runs Houlton, ME to Miami, FL)

 

I-77 accessible 25 miles N
(runs Columbia, SC to Cleveland, OH)

 

I-20 accessible 41 miles W
(runs Florence, SC to Kent, TX)

Airports

Columbia Metropolitan Airport

  • Accessible in as little as a 40 minute drive
  • Main commercial airport for the Central SC
    region and Midlands of South Carolina
  • Sole Southeast Regional UPS air hub and
    features Foreign Trade Zone 127

Charlotte-Douglas International Airport

  • Accessible to within a 2 hour drive
  • Located in Charlotte, NC just over the SC border
  • Closest international airport with flights to
    159 destinations

Ports

Port of Charleston

  • Accessible in as little as an hour drive
  • Located midway along South Carolina’s
    coastal shore in Charleston
  • Deepest port in the Southeast and fastest
    growing in the US

Port of Georgetown

  • Accessible in as little as a two hour drive
  • Located along the upper portion of South
    Carolina’s coast shore in Georgetown
  • Provides nearly 28 acres of open storage
    and over 100,000 SF of warehouse space

FTZ

Foreign Trade Zones 127 and 21

  • FTZ 127 is located within the region at the
    Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE)
  • FTZ 21 covers the Port of Charleston
  • South Carolina ranks second in the nation
    for exports from FTZs

Rail

Norfolk Southern

  • Rail yard and rail-to-truck transload
    terminal located in Columbia
  • 762 miles of track statewide
  • Intermodal facility located at the Port
    of Charleston

CSX

  • Automotive distribution center located
    in West Columbia
  • 1,800 miles of track in SC and more
    than 325 miles in Central SC region
  • Intermodal facility located at the Port
    of Charleston

Utilities

Electricity

  • Orangeburg DPU
  • Edisto Electric Cooperative
  • SCE&G
  • Tri-County Electric Cooperative

Gas

  • Orangeburg DPU
  • SCE&G
  • Dominion Resources

Water & Wastewater

  • Orangeburg DPU
  • Town of Holly Hill
  • Town of Santee

Telecom

  • Time Warner Cable
  • AT&T




Existing Industry

Industry Description NAICS Employing Units Employed AVG Weekly Wage
Total All Industries 10 1,751 28,472 $751
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting 11 68 586 $750
Utilities 22 4 314 $1,324
Construction 23 111 826 $949
Manufacturing 31-33 84 5,419 $1,026
Wholesale Trade 42 52 640 $854
Retail Trade 44-45 373 3,980 $471
Transportation and Warehousing 48-49 91 1,246 $827
Information 51 13 128 $907
Finance and Insurance 52 84 555 $916
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing 53 50 174 $726
Professional and Technical Services 54 104 473 $1,153
Mgmt. of Companies and Enterprises 55 4 21 $1,327
Administrative and Waste Services 56 63 812 $507
Educational Services 61 38 3,716 $826
Health Care and Social Assistance 62 200 4,034 $899
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation 71 19 278 $337
Accommodation and Food Services 72 181 3,173 $278
Other Services, Ex. Public Admin. 81 165 467 $480
Public Administration 92 45 1,602 $662
Source: BLS, QCEW 2018

Major Employers

Labor, Employment & Population

Employment Line Graph

Population Drive Time Map

Quality of Life

Quality of Life

Orangeburg County is steeped in a rich history as one of the oldest established counties in the Palmetto State. More than three dozen listings dot the National Registry of Historic Places. The county seat of Orangeburg, also called the “The Garden City”, is brought to life by the Edisto Memorial Gardens with its showcase of 175 acres of azaleas, roses, and other floral fares, along with the annual Orangeburg Festival of Roses. The Grand American Coon Hunt, the largest field trail for coon dogs in the U.S. and qualifying event for the World Coon Hunt, has been rounding up dogs for competition for over 50 years. Santee Cooper Lakes and Edisto River provide opportunities for fishing, boating and other waterfront activities. And with the warm summer days that our state provides, you can cool off at the Orangeburg County Aquatic Park. Check out more of what makes Orangeburg County a great place to be by clicking here.

Transportation & Utilities

Transportation

Interstates

I-26 located within the county

(runs Charleston, SC to Kingsport, TN)

 

I-95 located within the county
(runs Houlton, ME to Miami, FL)

 

I-77 accessible 25 miles N
(runs Columbia, SC to Cleveland, OH)

 

I-20 accessible 41 miles W
(runs Florence, SC to Kent, TX)

Airports

Columbia Metropolitan Airport

  • Accessible in as little as a 40 minute drive
  • Main commercial airport for the Central SC
    region and Midlands of South Carolina
  • Sole Southeast Regional UPS air hub and
    features Foreign Trade Zone 127

Charlotte-Douglas International Airport

  • Accessible to within a 2 hour drive
  • Located in Charlotte, NC just over the SC border
  • Closest international airport with flights to
    159 destinations

Ports

Port of Charleston

  • Accessible in as little as an hour drive
  • Located midway along South Carolina’s
    coastal shore in Charleston
  • Deepest port in the Southeast and fastest
    growing in the US

Port of Georgetown

  • Accessible in as little as a two hour drive
  • Located along the upper portion of South
    Carolina’s coast shore in Georgetown
  • Provides nearly 28 acres of open storage
    and over 100,000 SF of warehouse space

FTZ

Foreign Trade Zones 127 and 21

  • FTZ 127 is located within the region at the
    Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE)
  • FTZ 21 covers the Port of Charleston
  • South Carolina ranks second in the nation
    for exports from FTZs

Rail

Norfolk Southern

  • Rail yard and rail-to-truck transload
    terminal located in Columbia
  • 762 miles of track statewide
  • Intermodal facility located at the Port
    of Charleston

CSX

  • Automotive distribution center located
    in West Columbia
  • 1,800 miles of track in SC and more
    than 325 miles in Central SC region
  • Intermodal facility located at the Port
    of Charleston

Utilities

Electricity

  • Orangeburg DPU
  • Edisto Electric Cooperative
  • SCE&G
  • Tri-County Electric Cooperative

Gas

  • Orangeburg DPU
  • SCE&G
  • Dominion Resources

Water & Wastewater

  • Orangeburg DPU
  • Town of Holly Hill
  • Town of Santee

Telecom

  • Time Warner Cable
  • AT&T

Existing Industry



Existing Industry

Industry Description NAICS Employing Units Employed AVG Weekly Wage
Total All Industries 10 1,751 28,472 $751
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting 11 68 586 $750
Utilities 22 4 314 $1,324
Construction 23 111 826 $949
Manufacturing 31-33 84 5,419 $1,026
Wholesale Trade 42 52 640 $854
Retail Trade 44-45 373 3,980 $471
Transportation and Warehousing 48-49 91 1,246 $827
Information 51 13 128 $907
Finance and Insurance 52 84 555 $916
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing 53 50 174 $726
Professional and Technical Services 54 104 473 $1,153
Mgmt. of Companies and Enterprises 55 4 21 $1,327
Administrative and Waste Services 56 63 812 $507
Educational Services 61 38 3,716 $826
Health Care and Social Assistance 62 200 4,034 $899
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation 71 19 278 $337
Accommodation and Food Services 72 181 3,173 $278
Other Services, Ex. Public Admin. 81 165 467 $480
Public Administration 92 45 1,602 $662
Source: BLS, QCEW Q3 2014.

Distinctively Diverse

Newberry County

In Newberry County, you’ll find a little bit of everything. Local businesses range from steel product manufacturer Kiswire, Inc. to machinery producers Caterpillar and Komatsu, and even Kraft Foods’ facility where 100% of its branded turkey bacon is made. With such big names and variety, it’s no wonder that Newberry is the fourth fastest growing county in the Central SC. With access to municipal, commercial, and international airports within short drive, and close proximity to major SC cities like Columbia and Greenville, as well as Charlotte, NC and Augusta, GA helps Newberry continue to build its business-ready reputation. To view Newberry County's Economic Development website, click here.



Employment Line Graph

Population Drive Time Map

Quality of Life

Newberry County’s friendly nature and penchant for nostalgia has earned it an award-winning character. Otherwise known as “The City of Friendly Folks,” the county seat of Newberry was recognized as one of “The 100 Best Small Towns in America.” One of its most iconic buildings, the Opera House was built in 1882 for entertainment and governmental services, and today is used solely as a performing arts center. Not far from downtown, the Enoree River Vineyards is brewing its own Muscadine, fruit and Vinifera wines; and the Carter and Holmes Orchids greenhouse continues to grow and sell award-winning orchids and educate visitors. Outdoors activities are also prized in the county – two championship golf courses, one of two national forests in SC, and access to two large lakes provide plenty of opportunities for sunshine. And what day would be complete without a great meal from Gasthaus Zur Elli in Prosperity, a repeat top 5 ranked German restaurant in the nation. Check out more of Newberry County’s lifestyle by clicking here.

Transportation

Interstates

I-26 located within the county
(runs Charleston, SC to Kingsport, TN)
 

I-20 accessible 22 miles SE
(runs Florence, SC to Kent, TX)
 

I-77 accessible 31 miles E
(runs Columbia, SC to Cleveland, OH)
 

I-95 accessible 85 miles E
(runs Houlton, ME to Miami, FL)

Airports

Columbia Metropolitan Airport

  • Accessible in just over a 60 minute drive
  • Main commercial airport for the Central SC
    region and Midlands of South Carolina
  • Sole Southeast Regional UPS air hub and
    features Foreign Trade Zone 127

Charlotte-Douglas International Airport

  • Accessible in less than a two hour drive
  • Located in Charlotte, NC just over the SC border
  • Closest international airport with flights to
    159 destinations

Ports

Port of Charleston

  • Accessible in as little as a two and a half
    hour drive
  • Located midway along South Carolina’s
    coastal shore in Charleston
  • Deepest port in the Southeast and fastest
    growing in the US

Port of Georgetown

  • Accessible in a three hour drive
  • Located along the upper portion of South
    Carolina’s coast shore in Georgetown
  • Provides nearly 28 acres of open storage
    and over 100,000 SF of warehouse space

FTZ

Foreign Trade Zones 127 and 21

  • FTZ 127 is located within the region at the
    Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE)
  • FTZ 21 covers the Port of Charleston
  • South Carolina ranks second in the nation
    for exports from FTZs

Rail

Norfolk Southern

  • Rail yard and rail-to-truck transload
    terminal located in Columbia
  • 762 miles of track statewide
  • Intermodal facility located at the Port
    of Charleston

CSX

  • Automotive distribution center available
    in West Columbia
  • More than 1,800 miles of track in SC and
    325 miles within the Central SC region
  • Intermodal facility located at the Port
    of Charleston

Utilities

Electricity

  • Broad River Electric Cooperative
  • Newberry Electric Cooperative
  • Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative
  • Laurens Electric Cooperative
  • Duke Energy Progress
  • SCE&G

Gas

  • SCE&G
  • Clinton-Newberry Natural Gas Authority
  • Dominion Resources

Water & Wastewater

  • Newberry County Water & Sewer Authority
  • City of Newberry
  • Town of Whitmire

Telecom

  • AT&T
  • Time Warner




Existing Industry

Industry Description NAICS Employing Units Employed AVG Weekly Wage
Total All Industries 10 826 14,552 $720
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting 11 32 569 $688
Utilities 22 5 69 $1,036
Construction 23 80 665 $879
Manufacturing 31-33 54 5,350 $898
Wholesale Trade 42 35 372 $992
Retail Trade 44-45 135 1,429 $458
Transportation and Warehousing 48-49 27 210 $882
Information 51 9 34 $446
Finance and Insurance 52 51 190 $678
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing 53 22 93 $852
Professional and Technical Services 54 55 148 $832
Administrative and Waste Services 56 40 434 $475
Educational Services 61 28 1,203 $714
Health Care and Social Assistance 62 66 1,540 $637
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation 71 7 152 $176
Accommodation and Food Services 72 65 1,117 $277
Other Services, Ex. Public Admin. 81 76 230 $572
Public Administration 92 35 734 $740
Source: BLS, QCEW 2018

Major Employers

Labor, Employment & Population

Employment Line Graph

Population Drive Time Map

Quality of Life

Quality of Life

Newberry County’s friendly nature and penchant for nostalgia has earned it an award-winning character. Otherwise known as “The City of Friendly Folks,” the county seat of Newberry was recognized as one of “The 100 Best Small Towns in America.” One of its most iconic buildings, the Opera House was built in 1882 for entertainment and governmental services, and today is used solely as a performing arts center. Not far from downtown, the Enoree River Vineyards is brewing its own Muscadine, fruit and Vinifera wines; and the Carter and Holmes Orchids greenhouse continues to grow and sell award-winning orchids and educate visitors. Outdoors activities are also prized in the county – two championship golf courses, one of two national forests in SC, and access to two large lakes provide plenty of opportunities for sunshine. And what day would be complete without a great meal from Gasthaus Zur Elli in Prosperity, a repeat top 5 ranked German restaurant in the nation. Check out more of Newberry County’s lifestyle by clicking here.

Transportation & Utilities

Transportation

Interstates

I-26 located within the county
(runs Charleston, SC to Kingsport, TN)
 

I-20 accessible 22 miles SE
(runs Florence, SC to Kent, TX)
 

I-77 accessible 31 miles E
(runs Columbia, SC to Cleveland, OH)
 

I-95 accessible 85 miles E
(runs Houlton, ME to Miami, FL)

Airports

Columbia Metropolitan Airport

  • Accessible in just over a 60 minute drive
  • Main commercial airport for the Central SC
    region and Midlands of South Carolina
  • Sole Southeast Regional UPS air hub and
    features Foreign Trade Zone 127

Charlotte-Douglas International Airport

  • Accessible in less than a two hour drive
  • Located in Charlotte, NC just over the SC border
  • Closest international airport with flights to
    159 destinations

Ports

Port of Charleston

  • Accessible in as little as a two and a half
    hour drive
  • Located midway along South Carolina’s
    coastal shore in Charleston
  • Deepest port in the Southeast and fastest
    growing in the US

Port of Georgetown

  • Accessible in a three hour drive
  • Located along the upper portion of South
    Carolina’s coast shore in Georgetown
  • Provides nearly 28 acres of open storage
    and over 100,000 SF of warehouse space

FTZ

Foreign Trade Zones 127 and 21

  • FTZ 127 is located within the region at the
    Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE)
  • FTZ 21 covers the Port of Charleston
  • South Carolina ranks second in the nation
    for exports from FTZs

Rail

Norfolk Southern

  • Rail yard and rail-to-truck transload
    terminal located in Columbia
  • 762 miles of track statewide
  • Intermodal facility located at the Port
    of Charleston

CSX

  • Automotive distribution center available
    in West Columbia
  • More than 1,800 miles of track in SC and
    325 miles within the Central SC region
  • Intermodal facility located at the Port
    of Charleston

Utilities

Electricity

  • Broad River Electric Cooperative
  • Newberry Electric Cooperative
  • Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative
  • Laurens Electric Cooperative
  • Duke Energy Progress
  • SCE&G

Gas

  • SCE&G
  • Clinton-Newberry Natural Gas Authority
  • Dominion Resources

Water & Wastewater

  • Newberry County Water & Sewer Authority
  • City of Newberry
  • Town of Whitmire

Telecom

  • AT&T
  • Time Warner

Existing Industry



Existing Industry

Industry Description NAICS Employing Units Employed AVG Weekly Wage
Total All Industries 10 826 14,552 $720
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting 11 32 569 $688
Utilities 22 5 69 $1,036
Construction 23 80 665 $879
Manufacturing 31-33 54 5,350 $898
Wholesale Trade 42 35 372 $992
Retail Trade 44-45 135 1,429 $458
Transportation and Warehousing 48-49 27 210 $882
Information 51 9 34 $446
Finance and Insurance 52 51 190 $678
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing 53 22 93 $852
Professional and Technical Services 54 55 148 $832
Administrative and Waste Services 56 40 434 $475
Educational Services 61 28 1,203 $714
Health Care and Social Assistance 62 66 1,540 $637
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation 71 7 152 $176
Accommodation and Food Services 72 65 1,117 $277
Other Services, Ex. Public Admin. 81 76 230 $572
Public Administration 92 35 734 $740
Source: BLS, QCEW Q3 2014.

Distinctively Diverse

Lexington County

Just a stone’s throw from our state capital and situated in the center of the state, Lexington County is ripe for businesses looking for convenience and a bustling business environment. Key transportation assets like the Columbia Metropolitan Airport, the Charlotte Douglas International Airport, and the Port of Charleston are located within a 2-hour drive of the county. These resources, combined with the presence of leading local educational institutions and one of the highest population growth rates in the state, have contributed to landing some of the world’s most recognizable brands like Amazon, Michelin North America, and Home Depot. To view Lexington County's Economic Development site, click here.



Employment Line Graph

Population Drive Time Map

Quality of Life

Recognized as one of the best cities in South Carolina, Lexington County doesn’t disappoint when it comes to making residents feel right at home. Lake Murray, the “Jewel of South Carolina”, is one of the most well recognized lakes in SC and an iconic recreational spot. With more than 500 miles of shoreline and 50,000 acres of waters, it’s a boater’s and a fisher’s paradise. The State Farmers Market, also a local icon, supplies residents and restaurants with “Certified SC Grown” products. And in Lexington, we love to celebrate, especially when it comes to food. From the Lexington County Peach Festival where you can get your peaches in a pie, in ice cream or straight from the tree, to the Lexington Wine Walk and the Irmo Okra Strut, our plates are never left empty. Check out more of what makes Lexington County great by clicking here.

Transportation

Interstates

I-20 located within the county
(runs Florence, SC to Kent, TX)
 

I-26 located within the county
(runs Charleston, SC to Kingsport, TN)
 

I-77 located within the county
(runs Columbia, SC to Cleveland, OH)
 

I-95 accessible 42 miles SE
(runs Houlton, ME to Miami, FL)

Airports

Columbia Metropolitan Airport

  • Located within the county in West Columbia
  • Main commercial airport for the Central SC
    region and Midlands of South Carolina
  • Sole Southeast Regional UPS air hub and
    features Foreign Trade Zone 127

Charlotte-Douglas International Airport

  • Accessible in as little as a 90 minute drive
  • Located in Charlotte, NC just over the SC border
  • Closest international airport with flights to
    159 destinations

Ports

Port of Charleston

  • Accessible in less than a two hour drive
  • Located midway along South Carolina’s
    coastal shore in Charleston
  • Deepest port in the Southeast and fastest
    growing in the US

Port of Georgetown

  • Accessible in just over a two and a half
    hour drive
  • Located along the upper portion of South
    Carolina’s coast shore in Georgetown
  • Provides nearly 28 acres of open storage
    and over 100,000 SF of warehouse space

FTZ

Foreign Trade Zones 127 and 21

  • FTZ 127 is located within the region at the
    Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE)
  • FTZ 21 covers the Port of Charleston
  • South Carolina ranks second in the nation
    for exports from FTZs

Rail

Norfolk Southern

  • Rail yard and rail-to-truck transload
    terminal located in Columbia
  • 762 miles of track statewide
  • Intermodal facility located at the Port
    of Charleston

CSX

  • Automotive distribution center available
    in West Columbia
  • More than 1,800 miles of track in SC and
    325 miles within the Central SC region
  • Intermodal facility located at the Port
    of Charleston

Utilities

Electricity

  • SCE&G
  • Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative
  • Tri-County Electric Cooperative
  • Aiken Electric Cooperative
  • Newberry Electric Cooperative

Gas

  • SCE&G
  • Dominion Resources

Water & Wastewater

  • Town of Lexington
  • City of Cayce
  • City of West Columbia
  • Town of Chapin
  • Town of Batesburg-Leesville

Telecom

  • AT&T
  • Time Warner




Existing Industry

Industry Description NAICS Employing Units Employed AVG Weekly Wage
Total All Industries 10 7,195 119,871 $804
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting 11 37 979 $546
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction 21 12 101 $1,159
Utilities 22 20 2,290 $1,588
Construction 23 776 6,804 $944
Manufacturing 31-33 267 11,701 $1,110
Wholesale Trade 42 402 5,876 $1,188
Retail Trade 44-45 1,093 16,779 $520
Transportation and Warehousing 48-49 208 8,641 $782
Information 51 110 1,981 $974
Finance and Insurance 52 447 2,891 $1,166
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing 53 300 1,821 $850
Professional and Technical Services 54 817 3,720 $1,056
Mgmt. of Companies and Enterprises 55 43 1,166 $1,317
Administrative and Waste Services 56 416 6,926 $588
Educational Services 61 156 10,071 $795
Health Care and Social Assistance 62 587 16,751 $927
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation 71 98 901 $349
Accommodation and Food Services 72 640 12,218 $285
Other Services, Ex. Public Admin. 81 687 3,412 $702
Public Administration 92 71 4,789 $850
Source: BLS, QCEW 2018

Major Employers

Labor, Employment & Population

Employment Line Graph

Population Drive Time Map

Quality of Life

Quality of Life

Recognized as one of the best cities in South Carolina, Lexington County doesn’t disappoint when it comes to making residents feel right at home. Lake Murray, the “Jewel of South Carolina”, is one of the most well recognized lakes in SC and an iconic recreational spot. With more than 500 miles of shoreline and 50,000 acres of waters, it’s a boater’s and a fisher’s paradise. The State Farmers Market, also a local icon, supplies residents and restaurants with “Certified SC Grown” products. And in Lexington, we love to celebrate, especially when it comes to food. From the Lexington County Peach Festival where you can get your peaches in a pie, in ice cream or straight from the tree, to the Lexington Wine Walk and the Irmo Okra Strut, our plates are never left empty. Check out more of what makes Lexington County great by clicking here.

Transportation & Utilities

Transportation

Interstates

I-20 located within the county
(runs Florence, SC to Kent, TX)
 

I-26 located within the county
(runs Charleston, SC to Kingsport, TN)
 

I-77 located within the county
(runs Columbia, SC to Cleveland, OH)
 

I-95 accessible 42 miles SE
(runs Houlton, ME to Miami, FL)

Airports

Columbia Metropolitan Airport

  • Located within the county in West Columbia
  • Main commercial airport for the Central SC
    region and Midlands of South Carolina
  • Sole Southeast Regional UPS air hub and
    features Foreign Trade Zone 127

Charlotte-Douglas International Airport

  • Accessible in as little as a 90 minute drive
  • Located in Charlotte, NC just over the SC border
  • Closest international airport with flights to
    159 destinations

Ports

Port of Charleston

  • Accessible in less than a two hour drive
  • Located midway along South Carolina’s
    coastal shore in Charleston
  • Deepest port in the Southeast and fastest
    growing in the US

Port of Georgetown

  • Accessible in just over a two and a half
    hour drive
  • Located along the upper portion of South
    Carolina’s coast shore in Georgetown
  • Provides nearly 28 acres of open storage
    and over 100,000 SF of warehouse space

FTZ

Foreign Trade Zones 127 and 21

  • FTZ 127 is located within the region at the
    Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE)
  • FTZ 21 covers the Port of Charleston
  • South Carolina ranks second in the nation
    for exports from FTZs

Rail

Norfolk Southern

  • Rail yard and rail-to-truck transload
    terminal located in Columbia
  • 762 miles of track statewide
  • Intermodal facility located at the Port
    of Charleston

CSX

  • Automotive distribution center available
    in West Columbia
  • More than 1,800 miles of track in SC and
    325 miles within the Central SC region
  • Intermodal facility located at the Port
    of Charleston

Utilities

Electricity

  • SCE&G
  • Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative
  • Tri-County Electric Cooperative
  • Aiken Electric Cooperative
  • Newberry Electric Cooperative

Gas

  • SCE&G
  • Dominion Resources

Water & Wastewater

  • Town of Lexington
  • City of Cayce
  • City of West Columbia
  • Town of Chapin
  • Town of Batesburg-Leesville

Telecom

  • AT&T
  • Time Warner

Existing Industry



Existing Industry

Industry Description NAICS Employing Units Employed AVG Weekly Wage
Total All Industries 10 7,195 119,871 $804
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting 11 37 979 $546
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction 21 12 101 $1,159
Utilities 22 20 2,290 $1,588
Construction 23 776 6,804 $944
Manufacturing 31-33 267 11,701 $1,110
Wholesale Trade 42 402 5,876 $1,188
Retail Trade 44-45 1,093 16,779 $520
Transportation and Warehousing 48-49 208 8,641 $782
Information 51 110 1,981 $974
Finance and Insurance 52 447 2,891 $1,166
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing 53 300 1,821 $850
Professional and Technical Services 54 817 3,720 $1,056
Mgmt. of Companies and Enterprises 55 43 1,166 $1,317
Administrative and Waste Services 56 416 6,926 $588
Educational Services 61 156 10,071 $795
Health Care and Social Assistance 62 587 16,751 $927
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation 71 98 901 $349
Accommodation and Food Services 72 640 12,218 $285
Other Services, Ex. Public Admin. 81 687 3,412 $702
Public Administration 92 71 4,789 $850
Source: BLS, QCEW Q3 2014.

Distinctively Diverse

Fairfield County

When location is what matters, it’s easy to see why Fairfield County consistently attracts companies looking to expand or relocate. Interstate 77 runs through the center of the county providing direct North and South access to major domestic and international air transport in Columbia, SC and Charlotte, NC. Coupled with a skilled and trainable workforce, Fairfield is quickly becoming an employer’s paradise, appealing to the likes of Element Electronics, Hidral USA, Inc. and Bomag Americas in recent years. To view Fairfield County's Economic Development website, click here.



Employment Line Graph

Population Drive Time Map

Quality of Life

Historical rumor claims that Fairfield got its name in the late 1700’s after General Charles Cornwallis declared “How Fair These Fields” during occupation by the British. The county has maintained such mystique, investing in its rich history and celebrating its roots. History buffs should take note of the county’s Town Clock – recognized by residents as the longest running clock in America – and the South Carolina Railroad Museum, in addition to the more than 100 historical buildings, churches and homes. Outdoor recreation lovers can enjoy fishing, picnicking and swimming year round at Lake Monticello, while music and dance fans can get their fill at the Rock Around The Clock Festival held annually in October for nearly two decades.

Transportation

Interstates

I-77 located within the county
(runs Columbia, SC to Cleveland, OH)
 

I-20 accessible 20 miles S
(runs Florence, SC to Kent, TX)
 

I-26 located 28 miles E
(runs Charleston, SC to Kingsport, TN)
 

I-95 accessible 87 miles E
(runs Houlton, ME to Miami, FL)

Airports

Columbia Metropolitan Airport

  • Accessible in as little as a 30 minute drive
  • Main commercial airport for the Central SC
    region and Midlands of South Carolina
  • Sole Southeast Regional UPS air hub and
    features Foreign Trade Zone 127


Charlotte-Douglas International Airport

  • Accessible in under a 60 minute drive
  • Located in Charlotte, NC just over the SC border
  • Closest international airport with flights to
    159 destinations

Ports

Port of Charleston

  • Accessible within a two hour drive
  • Located midway along South Carolina’s
    coastal shore in Charleston
  • Deepest port in the Southeast and fastest
    growing in the US

 

Port of Georgetown

  • Accessible in under a three hour drive
  • Located along the upper portion of South
    Carolina’s coast shore in Georgetown
  • Provides nearly 28 acres of open storage
    and over 100,000 SF of warehouse space

FTZ

Foreign Trade Zones 127 and 21

  • FTZ 127 is located within the region at the
    Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE)
  • FTZ 21 covers the Port of Charleston
  • South Carolina ranks second in the nation
    for exports from FTZs

Rail

Norfolk Southern

  • Rail yard and rail-to-truck transload
    terminal located in Columbia
  • 762 miles of track statewide
  • Intermodal facility located at the Port
    of Charleston

Utilities

Electricity

  • Fairfield Electric Cooperative
  • Newberry Electric Cooperative
  • Town of Winnsboro
  • SCE&G

Gas

  • Town of Winnsboro

Water & Wastewater

  • Town of Winnsboro
  • Town of Ridgeway

Telecom

  • AT&T
  • Time Warner
  • TruVista




Existing Industry

Industry Description NAICS Employing Units Employed AVG Weekly Wage
Total All Industries 10 369 5,902 $952
Agriculture, Forestry. Fishing & Hunting 11 9 32 $1,037
Construction 23 27 160 $882
Manufacturing 31-33 16 658 $855
Wholesale Trade 42 19 471 $1,191
Retail Trade 44-45 62 835 $588
Transportation and Warehousing 48-49 22 99 $819
Information 51 9 78 $456
Finance and Insurance 52 18 57 $696
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing 53 5 9 $509
Administrative and Waste Services 56 20 311 $979
Health Care and Social Assistance 62 27 630 $588
Accommodation and Food Services 72 21 295 $272
Other Services, Ex. Public Admin. 81 31 54 $522
Public Administration 92 21 590 $694
Source: BLS, QCEW 2018

Major Employers

Labor, Employment & Population

Employment Line Graph

Population Drive Time Map

Quality of Life

Quality of Life

Historical rumor claims that Fairfield got its name in the late 1700’s after General Charles Cornwallis declared “How Fair These Fields” during occupation by the British. The county has maintained such mystique, investing in its rich history and celebrating its roots. History buffs should take note of the county’s Town Clock – recognized by residents as the longest running clock in America – and the South Carolina Railroad Museum, in addition to the more than 100 historical buildings, churches and homes. Outdoor recreation lovers can enjoy fishing, picnicking and swimming year round at Lake Monticello, while music and dance fans can get their fill at the Rock Around The Clock Festival held annually in October for nearly two decades.

Transportation & Utilities

Transportation

Interstates

I-77 located within the county
(runs Columbia, SC to Cleveland, OH)
 

I-20 accessible 20 miles S
(runs Florence, SC to Kent, TX)
 

I-26 located 28 miles E
(runs Charleston, SC to Kingsport, TN)
 

I-95 accessible 87 miles E
(runs Houlton, ME to Miami, FL)

Airports

Columbia Metropolitan Airport

  • Accessible in as little as a 30 minute drive
  • Main commercial airport for the Central SC
    region and Midlands of South Carolina
  • Sole Southeast Regional UPS air hub and
    features Foreign Trade Zone 127


Charlotte-Douglas International Airport

  • Accessible in under a 60 minute drive
  • Located in Charlotte, NC just over the SC border
  • Closest international airport with flights to
    159 destinations

Ports

Port of Charleston

  • Accessible within a two hour drive
  • Located midway along South Carolina’s
    coastal shore in Charleston
  • Deepest port in the Southeast and fastest
    growing in the US

 

Port of Georgetown

  • Accessible in under a three hour drive
  • Located along the upper portion of South
    Carolina’s coast shore in Georgetown
  • Provides nearly 28 acres of open storage
    and over 100,000 SF of warehouse space

FTZ

Foreign Trade Zones 127 and 21

  • FTZ 127 is located within the region at the
    Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE)
  • FTZ 21 covers the Port of Charleston
  • South Carolina ranks second in the nation
    for exports from FTZs

Rail

Norfolk Southern

  • Rail yard and rail-to-truck transload
    terminal located in Columbia
  • 762 miles of track statewide
  • Intermodal facility located at the Port
    of Charleston

Utilities

Electricity

  • Fairfield Electric Cooperative
  • Newberry Electric Cooperative
  • Town of Winnsboro
  • SCE&G

Gas

  • Town of Winnsboro

Water & Wastewater

  • Town of Winnsboro
  • Town of Ridgeway

Telecom

  • AT&T
  • Time Warner
  • TruVista

Existing Industry



Existing Industry

Industry Description NAICS Employing Units Employed AVG Weekly Wage
Total All Industries 10 369 5,902 $952
Agriculture, Forestry. Fishing & Hunting 11 9 32 $1,037
Construction 23 27 160 $882
Manufacturing 31-33 16 658 $855
Wholesale Trade 42 19 471 $1,191
Retail Trade 44-45 62 835 $588
Transportation and Warehousing 48-49 22 99 $819
Information 51 9 78 $456
Finance and Insurance 52 18 57 $696
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing 53 5 9 $509
Administrative and Waste Services 56 20 311 $979
Health Care and Social Assistance 62 27 630 $588
Accommodation and Food Services 72 21 295 $272
Other Services, Ex. Public Admin. 81 31 54 $522
Public Administration 92 21 590 $694
Source: BLS, QCEW Q3 2014.

Distinctively Diverse

Clarendon County

Clarendon County is setting the standard for keeping things moving. Companies like Meritor Automotive and Peak Corporation are producing automotive parts to fulfill global need, while Kent International, Inc. is building the first mass-produced American-made bicycles in nearly two decades. Located in the southern portion of the Central SC region, it’s one of the closest counties in the region to the Port of Charleston; and with I-95 running through the middle of the county, there’s direct North and South access along the length of the East Coast. To view Clarendon County's Economic Development website, click here.



Employment Line Graph

Population Drive Time Map

Quality of Life

From fishing and boating to hunting and golfing, Clarendon County is an outdoorsman’s paradise. It’s bordered on its Southern end by Lake Marion. This gorgeous 110,600 acre lake is the largest lake in SC and one of the 50 largest in the nation, and is part of a water body chain that leads boaters out to Charleston on our state’s Eastern seaboard. Such a grand body of water means fishing competitions and festivals are a must! Clarendon County has been the site of the Walmart Bass Fishing League Tournament and Santee Cooper Lake Stren Series Tournament, as well as the Striped Bass Festival. If you prefer to keep your soles on terra firma, the county is home to five golf courses and within a 25-mile radius of more than twenty 18-hole championship courses. Hundreds of thousands of acres of wooded land and access to the Santee National Wildlife Refuge and Francis Marion National Forest provide hunters an ideal spot for sport. Check out more of Clarendon County’s livability by clicking here.

Transportation

Interstates

I-95 located within the county
(runs Houlton, ME to Miami, FL)
 

I-20 accessible 43 miles N
(runs Florence, SC to Kent, TX)
 

I-26 accessible 35 miles N
(runs Charleston, SC to Kingsport, TN)
 

I-77 accessible 58 miles W
(runs Columbia, SC to Cleveland, OH)

Airports

Columbia Metropolitan Airport

  • Accessible in as little as a 60 minute drive
  • Main commercial airport for the Central SC
    region and Midlands of South Carolina
  • Sole Southeast Regional UPS air hub and
    features Foreign Trade Zone 127

 

Charlotte-Douglas International Airport

  • Accessible in a two and a half hour drive
  • Located in Charlotte, NC just over the SC border
  • Closest international airport with flights to
    159 destinations

Ports

Port of Charleston

  • Accessible in less than a 90 minute drive
  • Located midway along South Carolina’s
    coastal shore in Charleston
  • Deepest port in the Southeast and fastest
    growing in the US
     

Port of Georgetown

  • Accessible in just over a 60 minute drive
  • Located along the upper portion of South
    Carolina’s coast shore in Georgetown
  • Provides nearly 28 acres of open storage
    and over 100,000 SF of warehouse space

FTZ

Foreign Trade Zones 127 and 21

  • FTZ 127 is located within the region at the
    Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE)
  • FTZ 21 covers the Port of Charleston
  • South Carolina ranks second in the nation
    for exports from FTZs

Rail

Norfolk Southern

  • Rail yard and rail-to-truck transload
    terminal located in Columbia
  • 762 miles of track statewide
  • Intermodal facility located at the Port
    of Charleston

Utilities

Electricity

  • Santee Electric Cooperative
  • Black River Electric Cooperative
  • Duke Energy Progress

Gas

  • SCE&G

Water & Wastewater

  • Clarendon County
  • City of Manning
  • Town of Summerton
  • Town of Turbeville

Telecom

  • AT&T




Existing Industry

Industry Description NAICS Employing Units Employed AVG Weekly Wage
Total All Industries 10 619 6,879 $569
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting 11 41 327 $625
Construction 23 37 133 $514
Manufacturing 31-33 22 469 $593
Wholesale Trade 42 16 52 $713
Retail Trade 44-45 114 1,204 $490
Transportation and Warehousing 48-49 22 136 $829
Information 51 4 22 $635
Finance and Insurance 52 37 177 $782
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing 53 8 14 $563
Professional and Technical Services 54 26 94 $1,022
Administrative and Waste Services 56 21 153 $765
Educational Services 61 29 798 $734
Health Care and Social Assistance 62 42 1,429 $563
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation 71 11 75 $330
Accommodation and Food Services 72 60 758 $244
Other Services, Ex. Public Admin. 81 101 244 $363
Public Administration 92 26 794 $705
Source: BLS, QCEW 2018

Major Employers

Labor, Employment & Population

Employment Line Graph

Population Drive Time Map

Quality of Life

Quality of Life

From fishing and boating to hunting and golfing, Clarendon County is an outdoorsman’s paradise. It’s bordered on its Southern end by Lake Marion. This gorgeous 110,600 acre lake is the largest lake in SC and one of the 50 largest in the nation, and is part of a water body chain that leads boaters out to Charleston on our state’s Eastern seaboard. Such a grand body of water means fishing competitions and festivals are a must! Clarendon County has been the site of the Walmart Bass Fishing League Tournament and Santee Cooper Lake Stren Series Tournament, as well as the Striped Bass Festival. If you prefer to keep your soles on terra firma, the county is home to five golf courses and within a 25-mile radius of more than twenty 18-hole championship courses. Hundreds of thousands of acres of wooded land and access to the Santee National Wildlife Refuge and Francis Marion National Forest provide hunters an ideal spot for sport. Check out more of Clarendon County’s livability by clicking here.

Transportation & Utilities

Transportation

Interstates

I-95 located within the county
(runs Houlton, ME to Miami, FL)
 

I-20 accessible 43 miles N
(runs Florence, SC to Kent, TX)
 

I-26 accessible 35 miles N
(runs Charleston, SC to Kingsport, TN)
 

I-77 accessible 58 miles W
(runs Columbia, SC to Cleveland, OH)

Airports

Columbia Metropolitan Airport

  • Accessible in as little as a 60 minute drive
  • Main commercial airport for the Central SC
    region and Midlands of South Carolina
  • Sole Southeast Regional UPS air hub and
    features Foreign Trade Zone 127

 

Charlotte-Douglas International Airport

  • Accessible in a two and a half hour drive
  • Located in Charlotte, NC just over the SC border
  • Closest international airport with flights to
    159 destinations

Ports

Port of Charleston

  • Accessible in less than a 90 minute drive
  • Located midway along South Carolina’s
    coastal shore in Charleston
  • Deepest port in the Southeast and fastest
    growing in the US
     

Port of Georgetown

  • Accessible in just over a 60 minute drive
  • Located along the upper portion of South
    Carolina’s coast shore in Georgetown
  • Provides nearly 28 acres of open storage
    and over 100,000 SF of warehouse space

FTZ

Foreign Trade Zones 127 and 21

  • FTZ 127 is located within the region at the
    Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE)
  • FTZ 21 covers the Port of Charleston
  • South Carolina ranks second in the nation
    for exports from FTZs

Rail

Norfolk Southern

  • Rail yard and rail-to-truck transload
    terminal located in Columbia
  • 762 miles of track statewide
  • Intermodal facility located at the Port
    of Charleston

Utilities

Electricity

  • Santee Electric Cooperative
  • Black River Electric Cooperative
  • Duke Energy Progress

Gas

  • SCE&G

Water & Wastewater

  • Clarendon County
  • City of Manning
  • Town of Summerton
  • Town of Turbeville

Telecom

  • AT&T

Existing Industry



Existing Industry

Industry Description NAICS Employing Units Employed AVG Weekly Wage
Total All Industries 10 619 6,879 $569
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting 11 41 327 $625
Construction 23 37 133 $514
Manufacturing 31-33 22 469 $593
Wholesale Trade 42 16 52 $713
Retail Trade 44-45 114 1,204 $490
Transportation and Warehousing 48-49 22 136 $829
Information 51 4 22 $635
Finance and Insurance 52 37 177 $782
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing 53 8 14 $563
Professional and Technical Services 54 26 94 $1,022
Administrative and Waste Services 56 21 153 $765
Educational Services 61 29 798 $734
Health Care and Social Assistance 62 42 1,429 $563
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation 71 11 75 $330
Accommodation and Food Services 72 60 758 $244
Other Services, Ex. Public Admin. 81 101 244 $363
Public Administration 92 26 794 $705
Source: BLS, QCEW Q3 2014.

Distinctively Diverse

Calhoun County

When Henry Ford was producing the first Model T in 1908, South Carolina was creating a history if its own with the formation of Calhoun County, named after former US Vice President John C. Calhoun. Small but mighty, Calhoun County boasts globally-recognized businesses like Starbucks, one of only a half dozen roasting plants found worldwide, and Devro Inc., one of the world’s leading manufacturers of casings. Its convenient location between the state capital of Columbia and the Port of Charleston, as well as ease of interstate travel make it a formidable competitor when it comes to attracting big business.



Employment Line Graph

Population Drive Time Map

Quality of Life

As one of the youngest counties in the state, Calhoun County is building its repertoire of amenities and recreational opportunities. The Calhoun Hills Golf Complex and nearby Santee Cooper Lakes offer the outdoor enthusiast year-round opportunities thanks to warm summers and mild winters. And being just a short drive away from the state’s capital city, Calhoun residents can find even more activities in Columbia.

Transportation

Interstates

I-26 located within the county
(runs Charleston, SC to Kingsport, TN)

I-20 accessible 37 miles NW
(runs Florence, SC to Kent, TX)

I-77 accessible 33 miles NW
(runs Columbia, SC to Cleveland, OH)

I-95 accessible 32 miles SW
(runs Houlton, ME to Miami, FL)

Airports

Columbia Metropolitan Airport

  • Accessible in as little as a 20 minute drive
  • Main commercial airport for the Central SC region and Midlands of South Carolina
  • Sole Southeast Regional UPS air hub and features Foreign Trade Zone 127


Charlotte-Douglas International Airport

  • Accessible to Calhoun County within a two hour drive
  • Located in Charlotte, NC just over the SC border
  • ​Closest international airport with flights to 159 destinations

Ports

Port of Charleston

  • Accessible in as little as a 90 minute drive
  • Located midway along South Carolina’s coastal shore in Charleston
  • Deepest port in the Southeast and fastest growing in the US

Port of Georgetown

  • Accessible in as little as a two hour drive
  • Located along the upper portion of South Carolina’s coast shore in Georgetown
  • Provides nearly 28 acres of open storage and over 100,000 SF of warehouse space

FTZ

Foreign Trade Zones 127 and 21

  • FTZ 127 is located within the region at the Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE)
  • FTZ 21 covers the Port of Charleston
  • South Carolina ranks second in the nation for exports from FTZs

Rail

Norfolk Southern

  • Rail yard and rail-to-truck transload terminal located in Columbia
  • 762 miles of track statewide
  • Intermodal facility located at the Port of Charleston

Utilities

Electricity

  • Tri-County Electric Cooperative
  • Aiken Electric Cooperative
  • SCE&G

Gas

  • SCE&G

Water & Wastewater

  • Calhoun County

Telecom

  • Windstream
  • AT&T
  • Time Warner




Existing Industry

Industry Description NAICS Employing Units Employed AVG Weekly Wage
Total All Industries 10 266 4,616 $832
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting 11 17 190 $671
Utilities 22 4 87 $1,399
Construction 23 42 654 $872
Manufacturing 31-33 23 1,452 $1,097
Wholesale Trade 42 8 78 $1,188
Retail Trade 44-45 27 200 $341
Transportation and Warehousing 48-49 18 341 $792
Finance and Insurance 52 12 31 $768
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing 53 5 16 $652
Professional and Technical Services 54 15 107 $737
Administrative and Waste Services 56 11 201 $865
Health Care and Social Assistance 62 14 225 $458
Accommodation and Food Services 72 9 126 $426
Other Services, Ex. Public Admin. 81 27 120 $636
Public Administration 92 19 450 $540
Source: BLS, QCEW 2018

Major Employers

Labor, Employment & Population

Employment Line Graph

Population Drive Time Map

Quality of Life

Quality of Life

As one of the youngest counties in the state, Calhoun County is building its repertoire of amenities and recreational opportunities. The Calhoun Hills Golf Complex and nearby Santee Cooper Lakes offer the outdoor enthusiast year-round opportunities thanks to warm summers and mild winters. And being just a short drive away from the state’s capital city, Calhoun residents can find even more activities in Columbia.

Transportation & Utilities

Transportation

Interstates

I-26 located within the county
(runs Charleston, SC to Kingsport, TN)

I-20 accessible 37 miles NW
(runs Florence, SC to Kent, TX)

I-77 accessible 33 miles NW
(runs Columbia, SC to Cleveland, OH)

I-95 accessible 32 miles SW
(runs Houlton, ME to Miami, FL)

Airports

Columbia Metropolitan Airport

  • Accessible in as little as a 20 minute drive
  • Main commercial airport for the Central SC region and Midlands of South Carolina
  • Sole Southeast Regional UPS air hub and features Foreign Trade Zone 127


Charlotte-Douglas International Airport

  • Accessible to Calhoun County within a two hour drive
  • Located in Charlotte, NC just over the SC border
  • ​Closest international airport with flights to 159 destinations

Ports

Port of Charleston

  • Accessible in as little as a 90 minute drive
  • Located midway along South Carolina’s coastal shore in Charleston
  • Deepest port in the Southeast and fastest growing in the US

Port of Georgetown

  • Accessible in as little as a two hour drive
  • Located along the upper portion of South Carolina’s coast shore in Georgetown
  • Provides nearly 28 acres of open storage and over 100,000 SF of warehouse space

FTZ

Foreign Trade Zones 127 and 21

  • FTZ 127 is located within the region at the Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE)
  • FTZ 21 covers the Port of Charleston
  • South Carolina ranks second in the nation for exports from FTZs

Rail

Norfolk Southern

  • Rail yard and rail-to-truck transload terminal located in Columbia
  • 762 miles of track statewide
  • Intermodal facility located at the Port of Charleston

Utilities

Electricity

  • Tri-County Electric Cooperative
  • Aiken Electric Cooperative
  • SCE&G

Gas

  • SCE&G

Water & Wastewater

  • Calhoun County

Telecom

  • Windstream
  • AT&T
  • Time Warner

Existing Industry



Existing Industry

Industry Description NAICS Employing Units Employed AVG Weekly Wage
Total All Industries 10 266 4,616 $832
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting 11 17 190 $671
Utilities 22 4 87 $1,399
Construction 23 42 654 $872
Manufacturing 31-33 23 1,452 $1,097
Wholesale Trade 42 8 78 $1,188
Retail Trade 44-45 27 200 $341
Transportation and Warehousing 48-49 18 341 $792
Finance and Insurance 52 12 31 $768
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing 53 5 16 $652
Professional and Technical Services 54 15 107 $737
Administrative and Waste Services 56 11 201 $865
Health Care and Social Assistance 62 14 225 $458
Accommodation and Food Services 72 9 126 $426
Other Services, Ex. Public Admin. 81 27 120 $636
Public Administration 92 19 450 $540
Source: BLS, QCEW Q3 2014.

Distinctively Diverse

Kershaw County

In its more than 200 years, Kershaw County has been making history in the Central SC region, South Carolina, and the United States, and it’s not hard to understand why. The county boasts direct access to a major interstate (I-20), is a convenient half hour drive from Columbia, SC and 90 minute drive from Charlotte, NC, and has a workforce primed for employers. Businesses have not only expanded and relocated to Kershaw County, but have found long-term value in the county for continued growth: Haier America, established in 1999, was the first Chinese-based company to establish a location in the U.S. and has expanded numerous times; Target announced a new distribution center location in 2001, just one of 38 currently found in the nation, that has grown to 1.8 million square feet; and Hengst North America brought its headquarters to the county in 2005 and continues to use the location as its sole North American production location. To view Kershaw County's Economic Development website, click here.



Employment Line Graph

Population Drive Time Map

Quality of Life

One thing’s for sure about Kershaw County – folks who like the outdoors and historical character are sure to be pleased. The county’s seat of Camden is the state’s oldest inland city. Since its pronouncement in 1732 after the first settlers moved inland from along the coast, Camden has maintained its antebellum charm and today showcases numerous historic homes and landmarks. The city is also widely renowned for its equestrian tradition and annual races. The Carolina Cup, a major recognized steeplechase, attracts thousands of visitors every year. Competitive sport in Kershaw county courses even deeper. Lake Wateree, one of the oldest man-made lakes in SC, boasts more than 13,000 acres and has been a repeat fishing tournament site for Bassmasters, Walmart and the Crappie Society. Check out more of Kershaw County’s active outdoor lifestyle by clicking here.

Transportation

Interstates

I-20 located within the county
(runs Florence, SC to Kent, TX)
 

I-26 accessible 36 miles W
(runs Charleston, SC to Kingsport, TN)
 

I-77 accessible 26 miles W
(runs Columbia, SC to Cleveland, OH)
 

I-95 accessible 45 miles E
(runs Houlton, ME to Miami, FL)

Airports

Columbia Metropolitan Airport

  • Accessible in as little as a 45 minute drive
  • Main commercial airport for the Central SC
    region and Midlands of South Carolina
  • Sole Southeast Regional UPS air hub and
    features Foreign Trade Zone 127

Charlotte-Douglas International Airport

  • Accessible in a 90 minute drive
  • Located in Charlotte, NC just over the SC border
  • Closest international airport with flights to
    159 destinations

Ports

Port of Charleston

  • Accessible in as little as a two hour drive
  • Located midway along South Carolina’s
    coastal shore in Charleston
  • Deepest port in the Southeast and fastest
    growing in the US

Port of Georgetown

  • Accessible in as little as a two hour drive
  • Located along the upper portion of South
    Carolina’s coast shore in Georgetown
  • Provides nearly 28 acres of open storage
    and over 100,000 SF of warehouse space

FTZ

Foreign Trade Zones 127 and 21

  • FTZ 127 is located within the region at the
    Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE)
  • FTZ 21 covers the Port of Charleston
  • South Carolina ranks second in the nation
    for exports from FTZs

Rail

CSX

  • Automotive distribution center
    available in West Columbia
  • More than 1,800 miles of track in SC and
    325 miles within the Central SC region
  • Intermodal facility located at the Port
    of Charleston

Utilities

Electricity

  • City of Camden
  • Black River Electric Cooperative
  • Fairfield Electric Cooperative
  • Tri-County Electric Cooperative
  • Duke Energy Progress
  • Lynches River Electric Cooperative

Gas

  • SCE&G

Water & Wastewater

  • City of Camden
  • Kershaw County
  • Lugoff-Elgin Water Authority
  • Cassatt Water Company

Telecom

  • AT&T




Existing Industry

Industry Description NAICS Employing Units Employed AVG Weekly Wage
Total All Industries 10 1,314 17,391 $725
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting 11 41 400 $769
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction 21 4 47 $1,199
Utilities 22 9 126 $1,014
Construction 23 152 962 $755
Manufacturing 31-33 60 3,315 $1,067
Wholesale Trade 42 36 163 $803
Retail Trade 44-45 201 2,821 $553
Transportation and Warehousing 48-49 38 577 $717
Information 51 13 97 $784
Finance and Insurance 52 92 413 $872
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing 53 29 68 $566
Professional and Technical Services 54 115 481 $861
Mgmt. of Companies and Enterprises 55 3 22 $1,702
Administrative and Waste Services 56 76 689 $708
Health Care and Social Assistance 62 104 2,351 $760
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation 71 28 220 $528
Accommodation and Food Services 72 102 1,600 $254
Other Services, Ex. Public Admin. 81 154 404 $454
Public Administration 92 34 997 $629
Source: BLS, QCEW 2018

Major Employers

Labor, Employment & Population

Employment Line Graph

Population Drive Time Map

Quality of Life

Quality of Life

One thing’s for sure about Kershaw County – folks who like the outdoors and historical character are sure to be pleased. The county’s seat of Camden is the state’s oldest inland city. Since its pronouncement in 1732 after the first settlers moved inland from along the coast, Camden has maintained its antebellum charm and today showcases numerous historic homes and landmarks. The city is also widely renowned for its equestrian tradition and annual races. The Carolina Cup, a major recognized steeplechase, attracts thousands of visitors every year. Competitive sport in Kershaw county courses even deeper. Lake Wateree, one of the oldest man-made lakes in SC, boasts more than 13,000 acres and has been a repeat fishing tournament site for Bassmasters, Walmart and the Crappie Society. Check out more of Kershaw County’s active outdoor lifestyle by clicking here.

Transportation & Utilities

Transportation

Interstates

I-20 located within the county
(runs Florence, SC to Kent, TX)
 

I-26 accessible 36 miles W
(runs Charleston, SC to Kingsport, TN)
 

I-77 accessible 26 miles W
(runs Columbia, SC to Cleveland, OH)
 

I-95 accessible 45 miles E
(runs Houlton, ME to Miami, FL)

Airports

Columbia Metropolitan Airport

  • Accessible in as little as a 45 minute drive
  • Main commercial airport for the Central SC
    region and Midlands of South Carolina
  • Sole Southeast Regional UPS air hub and
    features Foreign Trade Zone 127

Charlotte-Douglas International Airport

  • Accessible in a 90 minute drive
  • Located in Charlotte, NC just over the SC border
  • Closest international airport with flights to
    159 destinations

Ports

Port of Charleston

  • Accessible in as little as a two hour drive
  • Located midway along South Carolina’s
    coastal shore in Charleston
  • Deepest port in the Southeast and fastest
    growing in the US

Port of Georgetown

  • Accessible in as little as a two hour drive
  • Located along the upper portion of South
    Carolina’s coast shore in Georgetown
  • Provides nearly 28 acres of open storage
    and over 100,000 SF of warehouse space

FTZ

Foreign Trade Zones 127 and 21

  • FTZ 127 is located within the region at the
    Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE)
  • FTZ 21 covers the Port of Charleston
  • South Carolina ranks second in the nation
    for exports from FTZs

Rail

CSX

  • Automotive distribution center
    available in West Columbia
  • More than 1,800 miles of track in SC and
    325 miles within the Central SC region
  • Intermodal facility located at the Port
    of Charleston

Utilities

Electricity

  • City of Camden
  • Black River Electric Cooperative
  • Fairfield Electric Cooperative
  • Tri-County Electric Cooperative
  • Duke Energy Progress
  • Lynches River Electric Cooperative

Gas

  • SCE&G

Water & Wastewater

  • City of Camden
  • Kershaw County
  • Lugoff-Elgin Water Authority
  • Cassatt Water Company

Telecom

  • AT&T

Existing Industry



Existing Industry

Industry Description NAICS Employing Units Employed AVG Weekly Wage
Total All Industries 10 1,314 17,391 $725
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting 11 41 400 $769
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction 21 4 47 $1,199
Utilities 22 9 126 $1,014
Construction 23 152 962 $755
Manufacturing 31-33 60 3,315 $1,067
Wholesale Trade 42 36 163 $803
Retail Trade 44-45 201 2,821 $553
Transportation and Warehousing 48-49 38 577 $717
Information 51 13 97 $784
Finance and Insurance 52 92 413 $872
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing 53 29 68 $566
Professional and Technical Services 54 115 481 $861
Mgmt. of Companies and Enterprises 55 3 22 $1,702
Administrative and Waste Services 56 76 689 $708
Health Care and Social Assistance 62 104 2,351 $760
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation 71 28 220 $528
Accommodation and Food Services 72 102 1,600 $254
Other Services, Ex. Public Admin. 81 154 404 $454
Public Administration 92 34 997 $629
Source: BLS, QCEW Q3 2014.

Distinctively Diverse

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.



Employment Line Graph

Population Drive Time Map

Quality of Life

As South Carolina’s capital and largest city, Columbia is the premier location for commerce, entertainment, lifestyle, culture and recreation. Some of the city’s many attractions include the South Carolina State House, Riverfront Park and Canal, Koger Center for the Arts, Colonial Life Arena, Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, the downtown Vista, Columbia Museum of Art, Lake Murray, and the Sesquicentennial State Park. Home to Fort Jackson, the main campus of the state’s flagship university – the University of South Carolina, and the Innovation District, it’s no wonder Columbia has been recognized by fDi Magazine as one of “American Cities of the Future” and recognized in the top 100 of “The Best Places for Business and Careers” by Forbes. With southern hospitality and charm, Columbia is the definition of great living. Check out more of the City of Columbia’s lifestyle by clicking here.

Transportation

Interstates

I-20 accessible within the city
(runs Florence, SC to Kent, TX)
 

I-26 located within the city
(runs Charleston, SC to Kingsport, TN)
 

I-77 accessible within the city
(runs Columbia, SC to Cleveland, OH)
 

I-95 accessible 80 miles E
(runs Houlton, ME to Miami, FL)

Airports

Columbia Metropolitan Airport

  • Accessible in as little as a 15 minute drive
  • Main commercial airport for the Central SC
    region and Midlands of South Carolina
  • Sole Southeast Regional UPS air hub and
    features Foreign Trade Zone 127


Charlotte-Douglas International Airport

  • Accessible in less than a 90 minute drive
  • Located in Charlotte, NC just over the SC border
  • Closest international airport with flights to
    159 destinations

Ports

Port of Charleston

  • Accessible in under a two hour drive
  • Located midway along South Carolina’s
    coastal shore in Charleston
  • Deepest port in the Southeast and fastest
    growing in the US


Port of Georgetown

  • Accessible in as little as a two and a half
    hour drive
  • Located along the upper portion of South
    Carolina’s coast shore in Georgetown
  • Provides nearly 28 acres of open storage
    and over 100,000 SF of warehouse space

FTZ

Foreign Trade Zones 127 and 21

  • FTZ 127 is located within the region at the
    Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE)
  • FTZ 21 covers the Port of Charleston
  • South Carolina ranks second in the nation
    for exports from FTZs

Rail

Norfolk Southern

  • Rail yard and rail-to-truck transload
    terminal located in Columbia
  • 762 miles of track statewide
  • Intermodal facility located at the Port
    of Charleston


CSX

  • Automotive distribution center
    available in West Columbia
  • 325 miles of track within the Central
    SC region
  • Intermodal facility located at the Port
    of Charleston

Utilities

Electricity

  • SCE&G

Gas

  • SCE&G

Water & Wastewater

  • City of Columbia
  • Palmetto Utilities

Telecom

  • Time Warner Cable
  • AT&T
  • Spirit Communications




Existing Industry

Industry Description NAICS Employing Units Employed AVG Weekly Wage
Total All Industries 10 20,146 375,440 $864
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting 11 164 2,914 $659
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction 21 25 301 $1,231
Utilities 22 63 3,890 $1,657
Construction 23 1,693 15,974 $994
Manufacturing 31-33 672 29,576 $1,112
Wholesale Trade 42 968 13,263 $1,273
Retail Trade 44-45 2,760 42,067 $543
Transportation and Warehousing 48-49 561 13,556 $828
Information 51 381 5,810 $1,118
Finance and Insurance 52 1,354 22,700 $13,358
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing 53 863 5,672 $847
Professional and Technical Services 54 2,677 15,907 $1,306
Mgmt. of Companies and Enterprises 55 120 3,019 $1,180
Administrative and Waste Services 56 1,191 27,151 $607
Educational Services 61 521 33,518 $912
Health Care and Social Assistance 62 1,760 53,591 $974
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation 71 283 4,805 $367
Accommodation and Food Services 72 1,754 36,506 $306
Other Services, Ex. Public Admin. 81 2,024 10,958 $656
Public Administration 92 298 34,259 $890
Source: BLS, QCEW 2018

Major Employers

Labor, Employment & Population

Employment Line Graph

Population Drive Time Map

Quality of Life

Quality of Life

As South Carolina’s capital and largest city, Columbia is the premier location for commerce, entertainment, lifestyle, culture and recreation. Some of the city’s many attractions include the South Carolina State House, Riverfront Park and Canal, Koger Center for the Arts, Colonial Life Arena, Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, the downtown Vista, Columbia Museum of Art, Lake Murray, and the Sesquicentennial State Park. Home to Fort Jackson, the main campus of the state’s flagship university – the University of South Carolina, and the Innovation District, it’s no wonder Columbia has been recognized by fDi Magazine as one of “American Cities of the Future” and recognized in the top 100 of “The Best Places for Business and Careers” by Forbes. With southern hospitality and charm, Columbia is the definition of great living. Check out more of the City of Columbia’s lifestyle by clicking here.

Transportation & Utilities

Transportation

Interstates

I-20 accessible within the city
(runs Florence, SC to Kent, TX)
 

I-26 located within the city
(runs Charleston, SC to Kingsport, TN)
 

I-77 accessible within the city
(runs Columbia, SC to Cleveland, OH)
 

I-95 accessible 80 miles E
(runs Houlton, ME to Miami, FL)

Airports

Columbia Metropolitan Airport

  • Accessible in as little as a 15 minute drive
  • Main commercial airport for the Central SC
    region and Midlands of South Carolina
  • Sole Southeast Regional UPS air hub and
    features Foreign Trade Zone 127


Charlotte-Douglas International Airport

  • Accessible in less than a 90 minute drive
  • Located in Charlotte, NC just over the SC border
  • Closest international airport with flights to
    159 destinations

Ports

Port of Charleston

  • Accessible in under a two hour drive
  • Located midway along South Carolina’s
    coastal shore in Charleston
  • Deepest port in the Southeast and fastest
    growing in the US


Port of Georgetown

  • Accessible in as little as a two and a half
    hour drive
  • Located along the upper portion of South
    Carolina’s coast shore in Georgetown
  • Provides nearly 28 acres of open storage
    and over 100,000 SF of warehouse space

FTZ

Foreign Trade Zones 127 and 21

  • FTZ 127 is located within the region at the
    Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE)
  • FTZ 21 covers the Port of Charleston
  • South Carolina ranks second in the nation
    for exports from FTZs

Rail

Norfolk Southern

  • Rail yard and rail-to-truck transload
    terminal located in Columbia
  • 762 miles of track statewide
  • Intermodal facility located at the Port
    of Charleston


CSX

  • Automotive distribution center
    available in West Columbia
  • 325 miles of track within the Central
    SC region
  • Intermodal facility located at the Port
    of Charleston

Utilities

Electricity

  • SCE&G

Gas

  • SCE&G

Water & Wastewater

  • City of Columbia
  • Palmetto Utilities

Telecom

  • Time Warner Cable
  • AT&T
  • Spirit Communications

Existing Industry



Existing Industry

Industry Description NAICS Employing Units Employed AVG Weekly Wage
Total All Industries 10 20,146 375,440 $864
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting 11 164 2,914 $659
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction 21 25 301 $1,231
Utilities 22 63 3,890 $1,657
Construction 23 1,693 15,974 $994
Manufacturing 31-33 672 29,576 $1,112
Wholesale Trade 42 968 13,263 $1,273
Retail Trade 44-45 2,760 42,067 $543
Transportation and Warehousing 48-49 561 13,556 $828
Information 51 381 5,810 $1,118
Finance and Insurance 52 1,354 22,700 $13,358
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing 53 863 5,672 $847
Professional and Technical Services 54 2,677 15,907 $1,306
Mgmt. of Companies and Enterprises 55 120 3,019 $1,180
Administrative and Waste Services 56 1,191 27,151 $607
Educational Services 61 521 33,518 $912
Health Care and Social Assistance 62 1,760 53,591 $974
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation 71 283 4,805 $367
Accommodation and Food Services 72 1,754 36,506 $306
Other Services, Ex. Public Admin. 81 2,024 10,958 $656
Public Administration 92 298 34,259 $890
Source: BLS, QCEW Q3 2014.