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COLUMBIA, South Carolina A Friendly Southern City
State capital and largest city in South Carolina... located in geographic center of the state... city population approximately 129,000... metropolitan area population approximately 768,000... selected as the new state capital in 1786 and center of government moved here from Charleston... weather is humid subtropical climate with mild winters (snow is rare), warm springs and autumns, and hot and humid summers.
The Universtiy of South Carolina | Many government offices including city, county, state and federal | Five major hospitals | Three interstates into and around Columbia (20, 26, 77) | Lake Murray | Fort Jackson | numerous parks | Columbia Metropolitan Airport | South Carolina State Museum | EdVenture Children's Museum | Congaree National Park | Riverbanks Zoo & Botanical Gardens | Gamecock Athletics | Colonial Life Arena | South Carolina State Fair | South Carolina Farmer's Market
State government offices, county government offices (Richland and Lexington counties), Palmetto Health hospital system, Providence Hospital, Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, University of South Carolina, SCANA Corporation, Fort Jackson, United Parcel Service, Square D, Spirax Sarco, Michelin, International Paper, V.C. Summer Nuclear Station, Westinghouse Electric, Solectron, Bose, Colonial Life & Accident, Pirelli Cables, Honeywell, and many more diversified employers.
Named by a leading magazine as one of the Top Ten Places To Live and Boat in the United States! Lake Murray is located just Northwest of Columbia. It's a big lake with over 600 miles of shoreline and a length of 41 miles. When completed in 1930, Lake Murray was the largest man-made lake in the world for power production purposes and the largest earthen dam. The lake is a very popular residential living area with waterfront homes and homes near the lake for easy lake access (Lexington, Irmo, Chapin, Prosperity). The lake is popular for boating, sailing, watersports and fishing. Lake Murray hosts numerous fishing tournaments (both local and large national). The Dreher Shoals Dam on Lake Murray (between Irmo and Lexington) is one of Columbia's most popular places to walk - each way is a distance of 1.6 miles for a roundtrip of just over 3 miles.
Lake Murray is a great place to live! Average waterfront home price (single family, 3 BR minimum, 100 feet waterfront): $ ; Average waterfront lot price (max 1 acre; minimum 100 feet waterfront) $ ; Average homeprice non-waterfront near Lake Murray (single family, 3 BR minimum, MLS areas 1,14,11) $
*as of February 2012
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