Nicknamed the Capital of Southern Hospitality and Paradise City, Columbia is the state capital for South Carolina and is America’s 27th-most highly populated state capital city.
Guinness World Records points to Columbia, South Carolina as being home to Kenneth Huggins as owning 1,284 toasters–the world’s largest collection as of July 31, 2012.
Columbia serves as headquarters for many large corporations. Examples are Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Company, pharmaceutical services provider Ritedose Corporation, AgFirst Farm Credit Bank, South State Bank, multi-specialty law firm Nexsen Pruet, LLC and global medical software company Spectrum Medical.
South Carolina shipped U$30.161 billion worth of goods around the globe during 2016. Highest-value South Carolinian exports are civilian aircraft, antisera and blood products, miscellaneous medications, helicopter or airplane parts, tobacco, chemical woodpulp, semi-trailer road tractors and cotton yarn according to United States Census Bureau data.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Columbia was 4% as of May 3, 2017.
Capital Facts for Columbia, United States: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Colonial Life Arena, Founders Park, Governor’s Mansion, Robert Mills House & Gardens, South Carolina State House, Williams-Brice Stadium and Woodrow Wilson Family Home
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Columbia, United States:
- Jermaine O’Neil, professional NBA basketball all-star (born Oct. 13, 1978)
- Monique Hennagan, Olympic relay race gold medalist (born May 26, 1976)
- Dustin Johnson, professional golfer & U.S. Open winner (born Jun. 22, 1984)
- Courtney Shealy, Olympic swimming gold medalist (born Dec. 12, 1977)
- Leon Wood, Olympic basketball gold medalist (born Mar. 25, 1962)
- Coco Jones, actress (born Jan. 4, 1998)
- Angie Stone, soul singer (born Dec. 8, 1961)
- Mike Kohn, Olympic bobsled bronze medalist (born May 26, 1972)
- Andre Roberts, professional NFL football player (born Jan. 9, 1988)
- Eugena Washington, model (born Oct. 8, 1984)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches of published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a South Carolina resident: South Carolinian
Population: 134,306 (Columbia city limits)
Density: 1,016 people per square mile (393 per square kilometer)
Population: 817,488 (Columbia metropolitan area)
Density: 561 people per square mile (217 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$38.37 billion as of March 2015 (Columbia metropolitan area)
GDP per person: $46,936
Note: The above GDP metrics are on a current basis and are in U.S. dollars.
Official currency used in Columbia: U.S. dollars
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on June 12, 2017
Dilemma X, U.S. Census Bureau metropolitan population estimates July 1, 2016. Accessed on June 12, 2017
Forbes Global 2000, The World’s Biggest Public Companies. Accessed on June 12, 2017
Guinness World Records, Largest collection of toasters. Accessed on June 12, 2017
Nations Online, Capital Cities of the USA. Accessed on June 12, 2017
Official Government Website, City of Columbia official website. Accessed on June 12, 2017
United States Census Bureau, Foreign Trade: State by 6-Digit HS Code and Top Countries. Accessed on June 12, 2017
United States Census Bureau, State Population Totals Tables: 2010-2016. Accessed on June 12, 2017
United States Census Bureau, Table 2. Land Area, Population, and Density for Metropolitan Areas. Accessed on June 12, 2017
United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Local Area Unemployment Statistics: Seasonally Adjusted Metropolitan Area Estimates. Accessed on June 12, 2017
U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Gross Domestic Product by Metropolitan Area, 2015 (Tables Only). Accessed on June 12, 2017
Wikimedia Commons, Columbia city flag. Accessed on June 12, 2017
Wikipedia, List of Metropolitan Statistical Areas. Accessed on June 12, 2017
Wikipedia, Columbia, South Carolina. Accessed on June 12, 2017
Wikipedia, Columbia metropolitan area (South Carolina). Accessed on June 12, 2017
Wikipedia, South Carolina. Accessed on June 12, 2017
Within city limits, Columbia occupies 132.2 square miles (342 square kilometers). The state capital’s population was 134,306 people in 2016.
Formally called the Columbia, SC Metropolitan Statistical Area, the Columbia metropolitan area has a land area of 1,457.4 square miles (3,774.5 square kilometers) with a metropolitan area population of 817,488 inhabitants.
At the city level, Columbia’s population density is 1,016 residents per square mile (393 per square kilometer).
Population density dilutes within the larger Columbia metropolitan area with an average 561 inhabitants per square mile (217 per square kilometer).
Residents of Columbia, South Carolina celebrate Independence Day as a national holiday each July 4.