With roots that are unmistakably Southern and a forward-thinking and dynamic pulse, there are a multitude of reasons why Columbia, SC is known to be "Famously Hot." Easy to access by three major interstates (I-77, I-26, and I-20), Columbia is situated in the center of the state of South Carolina at the convergence of three rippling rivers lined by a shady riverwalk perfect for jogging and walking. The area's population is over 700,000, with thriving colleges and universities
, award-winning hospital systems and diverse and charming neighborhoods to suit any lifestyle. Several entertainment districts
with outdoor cafes, coffee shops, art galleries and shops
present year-round opportunities for socializing and enjoying the outdoors
. Historic homes and antebellum mansions nod to a bygone era while high-tech start-up companies and arts enthusiasts thrive in the urban revitalization occurring in the downtown area. Columbia may be known for its "hot spots", but opens the eyes of visitors and residents daily to a "surprisingly cool" lifestyle and culture.