If you are thinking about making South Carolina’s capital your home, you’re making the right choice. Columbia is thriving and is a great place for individuals and families to make a life. With beautiful neighborhoods and affordable housing – as well as some great education options – Columbia is a wonderful place to call home.
The housing cost is lower here, and the overall cost of living is below both the national and state averages. US News & World Report ranked Columbia at 7.2 out of 10 on their value index, meaning our city offers a better value than similarly-size metro areas when comparing costs to income. Median home price is about $140,000, significantly lower than the national average of about $212,000.
With a population around 134,000 in Columbia and more than one million people within a 60-minute drive, we have multiple housing options ranging from vibrant urban hotspots to quiet suburban streets. The city works closely with neighborhood organizations to continually strengthen our housing options.