Columbia, S.C. is located in the county of Richland, although a small part of it extends into Lexington County. Columbia's location is in the central region of South Carolina. This city is the capital of South Carolina and also serves as the county seat.
Columbia, which is named after Christopher Columbus, became the state capital in 1786. The population of Columbia's metropolitan area is approximately 716,000.
Some important institutions found in Columbia are the University of South Carolina and Fort Jackson, a U.S. Army training base. The city is also a tourist attraction because of its national park and Lake Murray, which are popular recreation sites. However, Congaree National Park is situated outside this city.