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Columbia is the capital and largest city of the U.S. state of South Carolina, with a population of 133,803 as of 2015. The city serves as the county seat of Richland County, and a portion of the city extends into neighboring Lexington County. It is the center of the Columbia metropolitan statistical area, which had a population of 767,598 as of the 2010 United States Census, growing to 810,068 by July 1, 2015, according to 2015 U.S. Census estimates. The name Columbia was a poetic term used for the United States, originating from the name of Christopher Columbus.

The city is located approximately 13 miles (21 km) northwest of the geographic center of South Carolina, and is the primary city of the Midlands region of the state. It lies at the confluence of the Saluda River and the Broad River, which merge at Columbia to form the Congaree River. Columbia is home to the University of South Carolina, the state’s flagship and largest university, and is also the site of Fort Jackson, the largest United States Army installation for Basic Combat Training.

Learn more about Columbia: http://www.columbiasc.net/



GOAL AREA Points Achieved
Built Environment 59.0/100
Climate & Energy 50.4/100
Economy & Jobs 70.4/100
Education, Arts & Community 68.5/100
Equity & Empowerment 39.4/100
Health & Safety 45.8/100
Natural Systems 43.9/100
Innovation & Process 32.5/50
Total 409.9/750


Objective Points Achieved
BE-1: Ambient Noise & Light 4.0/10
BE-2: Community Water Systems 14.1/15
BE-3: Compact & Complete Communities 11.2/20
BE-4: Housing Affordability 3.7/15
BE-5: Infill & Redevelopment 5.9/10
BE-6: Public Parkland 13.6/15
BE-7: Transportation Choices 6.4/15


Objective Points Achieved
CE-1: Climate Adaptation 4.8/15
CE-2: Greenhouse Gas Mitigation 10.0/15
CE-3: Greening the Energy Supply 10.9/15
CE-4: Energy Efficiency 5.4/15
CE-5: Water Efficiency 1.2/10
CE-6: Local Govt. GHG & Resource Footprint 6.1/15
CE-7: Waste Minimization 12.0/15


Objective Points Achieved
EJ-1: Business Retention & Development 20.0/20
EJ-2: Green Market Development 4.3/15
EJ-3: Local Economy 12.4/15
EJ-4: Quality Jobs & Living Wages 15.5/20
EJ-5: Targeted Industry Development 11.3/15
EJ-6: Workforce Readiness 6.8/15


Objective Points Achieved
EAC-1: Arts & Culture 14.2/15
EAC-2: Community Cohesion 17.5/20
EAC-3: Educational Opportunity & Attainment 14.4/20
EAC-4: Historic Preservation 11.1/15
EAC-5: Social & Cultural Diversity 8.3/15
EAC-6: Aging in the Community 3.0/15


Objective Points Achieved
EE-1: Civic Engagement 5.7/15
EE-2: Civil & Human Rights 4.5/10
EE-3: Environmental Justice 0.0/15
EE-4: Equitable Services & Access 3.2/20
EE-5: Human Services 13.2/20
EE-6: Poverty Prevention & Alleviation 12.8/20


Objective Points Achieved
HS-1: Active Living 5.0/15
HS-2: Community Health 3.4/15
HS-3: Emergency Management & Response 10.4/15
HS-4: Food Access & Nutrition 7.6/15
HS-5: Health Systems 7.9/10
HS-6: Hazard Mitigation 3.2/15
HS-7: Safe Communities 8.3/15


Objective Points Achieved
NS-1: Green Infrastructure 10.4/20
NS-2: Biodiversity & Invasive Species 2.9/10
NS-3: Natural Resource Protection 3.2/20
NS-4: Outdoor Air Quality 13.8/15
NS-5: Water in the Environment 11.5/20
NS-6: Working Lands 2.3/15


Objective Points Achieved
IP-1: Best Practices & Processes 5.0/10
IP-2: Exemplary Performance 5.5/10
IP-3: Local Innovation 12.0/20
IP-4: Good Governance 10.0/10