The Heart of Everything

Living in Central SC

An undeniable energy, can-do spirit, and genuine warmth.

Just a few of the reasons job creators and innovators love to call Central SC home

From rural fields to front porches, bustling city streets to serene forest trails, Central SC is a one-of-a-kind place where people, communities, and businesses flourish. Abundant natural beauty, history, and a rich culture inspire everything from art, theater, dance, and music to food, drink, and independent shops and artisans. Vibrant, charming neighborhoods. Weekends on local lakes and rivers, along the back nine or at the ballet. Big-city amenities and small-town hospitality. Come see for yourself why so many businesses, job creators, and doers are flocking to the heart of South Carolina.

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Cost of Living

Central SC residents can live well, thanks to a cost of living below the national average and many nearby major metropolitan areas.


Homebuyers have the freedom to choose from a variety of moderately priced housing options, and with metropolitan home pricing 30% below the national average, ownership is an affordable opportunity for more residents.


With mild winters and warm, sultry summers, Central South Carolina’s temperate climate is just one of the reasons residents and visitors love making it their home. On average, the region enjoys 235 days of sunshine each year. Summer Averages: 93 high 72 low; Winter Averages: 56 high 34 low.

Columbia MSA vs. National

Columbia National
Overall 94.4 100
Gasoline $2.263 $3.861
Doctor $124.17 $124.91
Sugar $2.55 $2.82
Milk (1/2 Gallon) $2.36 $2.43
Prescription $426.90 $460.23

Columbia MSA vs. National

Columbia National
$269,900 $392,800
Summer Averages Winter Averages
High 93° High 56°
Low 72° Low 34°

The Education to Excel

Education advances economies. That’s why Central SC is committed to lifelong learning – from pre-kindergarten to PhD, from internships to continuing education, Central SC is home to some of the state’s top performing schools and higher-education institutions.

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A Diverse Mix of Employers

From multinational corporations to fast-growing startups, employers from all industries are putting our skilled workforce, infrastructure, and globally competitive business environment to work for their business.

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