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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Columbia, SC The State Capital

The Market: Geographically, Columbia -- the state capital -- is in the center of the state, with a two-hour drive from either the Atlantic coast or the Blue Ridge Mountains, and about halfway between New York City and Miami, with easy access to interstate highways. Not just the center of state government, Columbia also is home to the main campus of the University of South Carolina (with 27,000 students) and its developing research park, Innovista, and to Fort Jackson, the largest Army training base in the country.

Area Population: 576,557
Area Households: 223,500
Household Growth Rate: 7.45% (projected 2006-20011)
Households with Children: (Younger than age 18) 36.8%

Households Owned: 69.1%
Median Value of Owned Homes: $121,762
Average Household Income: $62,501
Median Household Income: $47,821

Education: (Columbia Metro, which includes Richland and Lexington counties)25.6% have high school degrees21.7% have some college education27.2% have associate or bachelor's degrees10.2% have advanced degrees

Ethnic Makeup: 61.9% white; 33.3% African American; 0.3% American Indian and Alaska Nat.; 1.6% Asian; 0.1% Nat. Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander; 1.3% other; 1.6% two or more races
Median Age: 35.3 years
Average Rent: $826

Climate: A temperate climate year-round, averaging 82 degrees in summer, 53 degrees in
winter; average annual rainfall 50 inches

Major Employers/Industries: Palmetto Health, 7,500 employees; Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, 5,100 employees; University of South Carolina, 1,621 employees; Richland School District #1, 5,000 employees; SCE&G, 4,000 employees; UPS, 3,528 employees; Wachovia Bank, N.A., 3,422 employees; Richland School District #2, 2,500 employees; Fort Jackson, 4,200 employees; South Carolina State Government, 30,753 employees

Culture: Koger Center for the Arts, a $15 million complex; The Columbia Museum of Art; South Carolina State Museum; Carolina Coliseum; the new Colonial Center; 11 theater groups including professional theater; professional ballet troupe and numerous other dance companies; opera; symphony; The Township, which has hosted cultural events in Columbia since 1929.

Major Community Events: First Ladies' Walk for Life: Steps Against Breast Cancer; Summer Concert Series; Central Carolina Community Foundation's International Festival of Food and Wine; South Carolina State Fair; Palmetto Health Children's Hospital's Festival of Trees; Junior League of Columbia's Clean Sweep Sale; Columbia Festival of the Arts; Home Builders Association of Greater Columbia's Home and Garden Show; Black Expo
Famous Citizens: Coach Steve Spurrier; anchor Rita Cosby; Leeza Gibbons; astronaut Charles Bolden; the late novelist and poet James Dickey; novelist William Price Fox; the late Republican National Committee Chairman Lee Atwater; Miss America Kimberly Aiken; Hootie and the Blowfish; actress Kristen Davis; Strom Thurmond; Jesse Jackson; the late James Brown; comedian Steven Colbert

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Edwin Gerace is Realtor with Holiday Builders in Lexington South Carolina. Edwin specializes in New Construction and 1st Time Home Buyers. Edwin is very active in Lexington South Carolina and is knowledgeable about the surroundings. Edwin is very active in his profession and community such as: On active committees with the Columbia Home Builders, active and on committees with Lexington Chamber of Commerce, Town of Lexington Performing Arts Center, Green Building Council of HBA, LORADAC, State Association of Realtors on State and Local Level, and many other community oriented service groups.

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