Columbia is the largest city in South Carolina. Columbia serves as the capital city and most populous city of South Carolina. Columbia's area occupies 133.8 square miles. Columbia was one of the first planned cities in the United States. Columbia was named one of “America’s Most Livable Communities.”
At the 2000 census, Columbia’s population was 116,278 people. Columbia’ population density is 928.6 people per square mile. Columbia has a racial makeup that is 49.22% white, 0.25% American Indians, 1.73% Asian American, 45.98% African Americans, 3.03% are Hispanic, 0.09% Pacific Islanders, 1.36% are from other ethnic backgrounds, while 1.36% are made up of two or more racial groups.
Columbia’s median income for a household is $31,141, and the median income for a family is $39,589. Columbia’s per capita income is $18,853. In Columbia, 17% of families and 22.1% of the population live below the poverty line.
Columbia boasts a diversified economy, offering most jobs through the South Carolina state government, the Palmetto Health hospital system, Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, Palmetto GBA, the University of South Carolina, and SCANA, a Fortune 500 energy provider.
Columbia health insurance and Columbia life insurance depend on the medical care Columbia citizens receive. The Sisters of Charity Providence Hospitals consist of Providence Hospital, Providence Heart Institute, Providence Hospital Northeast and Providence Orthopedic and NeuroSpine Institute. Palmetto Health provides health care for nearly 70% of Richland County and nearly 55% of both Richland and Lexington counties.
Columbia auto insurance and Columbia home insurance depend on Columbia’s crime rates. Columbia’s violent crime rate is 1,342, and the property crime rate is 8,127.
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