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About Columbia

131,686 in city
783,493 in metro
330 km² (127 mi²)
89.0026822726 m
Located on the banks of the Congaree River in the central potion of the Palmetto State, Columbia is the capital and largest city of South Carolina. The city was both created and established by a 1786 act of the South Carolina state legislature as being the new state capitol upon relocating from Charleston to the southeast. By 1801, the University of South Carolina had been chartered within the city. The institution has seen dramatic growth since its inception and continues to play a major role both economically and as one of the city's most visible civic symbols. The sprawling university campus can be found just to the southeast of downtown. The city has come a long way since being nearly obliterated by General William Tecumseh Sherman and his Union Army during the American Civil War. On February 17, 1865, he would ignite a fire which would destroy nearly three-fourths of the city. Only the South Carolina Statehouse, university, and other public buildings were spared. From its ashes, the city has risen once more to become one of the cultural centers of the state, whilst retaining its traditional southern charm.

No. of Buildings

No. Current status
187 All Buildings
under construction

Tallest Buildings

# Building Height Year
1 Capitol Center 349 ft 1987
2 The Hub at Columbia 325 ft 1983
3 Tower at 1301 Gervais 278 ft 1973
4 Sheraton Columbia Downtown Hotel 215 ft 1913
5 1200 Main Street 169 ft 1911