The People That Power Prosperity
We are a region of nearly 1 million people in the heart of South Carolina
among Growth States
Top 5city for Millennial & Gen Z migration
38.3 yrs oldmedian age
Central SC Region
private and total unionization rates in the U.S.
concentration of military Veterans in S.C.
Racial diversity is high in Columbia, SC. The national average for an area this size is 341,116 racialy diverse people, while there are 378,619 here.
Columbia, Sc Has 62,185 Veterans. The National Average For An Area This Size Is 45,871
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Prosperity powered by education
Central SC is home to more than 12 colleges and universities and anchored by the University of South Carolina’s main campus. Our international business program is the highest ranked in the nation, and more than 80 manufacturing and manufacturing-related degree programs are offered at our four technical colleges. All are committed to educating, enlightening, and training our regional workforce, propeling technological innovation, driving next-gen research, and strengthening our global competitiveness.
Most educated MSA in the state
Wallet Hub, 2017
Nearly 70K enrolled in higher education
13,000+post-secondary completions annually
34.4% of population 25+ has a Bachelor’s Degree or Higher
Colleges & 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
Prosperity Powered by EducationCentral SC Region Home to 12 Regional Institutions
Training & Resources
Start Central SC
Start Central is a comprehensive website where job seekers from inside and outside the Central SC Region can search for career opportunities, access resources on training programs to boost their skills, and learn about the benefits of living in the Region. A project by the Central SC Alliance.
Part of the SC Technical College System, readySC™ focuses on the recruiting and training needs of new and expanding organizations in South Carolina.
Apprenticeship Carolina works to ensure all employers in South Carolina have free access to the information and technical assistance they need to create demand-driven registered apprenticeship programs.