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Columbia, located in central South Carolina at the forming of the Congaree river, is the state's capital city and home of the University of South Carolina.

Academic, artistic and sporting activities associated with the university, abundant river water adventures and the city's rich cultural history make Columbia ideal for the active individual.

Columbia, South Carolina
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Among GreatPlacesToRetire.com cities, Columbia ranks as one of the top retirement cities in the country, ranking high in demographic diversity, taxes and medical care. Columbia ranks low in man-made and natural hazards risk.

For more detailed city facts -- including data on home prices, population demographics, medical care, air quality, water quality and more -- click on the City Report graphic below:

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