The People That Power Prosperity


We’re a region of nearly one million entrepreneurs, educators, and legislators, skilled workers and craftspeople, farmers, and scientists driven by curiosity, courage, and a can-do spirit.

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Top 5city for millennial migration

37.8 yrs old regional median age



Columbia, Sc Has 184,350 Millennials (ages 20-34).the National Average For An Area This Size Is 170,875



Columbia, Sc Has 63,594 Veterans.the National Average For An Area This Size Is 47,972

Area Stats

Average Hourly Wages
All Occupations
Architecture & Engineering Workers
Computer & Mathematical Workers
Production Workers
Population Drive Time
Drive Time Labor Force
30min 304,523
45min 397,542
60min 499,742

Most educated MSA in the state

Wallet Hub, 2017

Nearly 70K enrolled in higher education

13,000+post-secondary completions annually

31.7% of population 25+ has a Bachelor’s Degree or Higher

Colleges and universities in CSCA award 2X as many Science & Engineering degree’s relative to US average

Region produces 20% more Software & Computer Science degrees relative to the national average



International Business program & ranked among the best for engineering, first-year experience, & veterans

U.S. News & World Report, 2022

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