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Columbia has the 154th largest population in the United States. The population grew by 2.8% from 2010 to 2015, which was faster than the national average. Unemployment in the Columbia area is 4%, which is the same as the national average, and is getting better. Columbia has the 72nd largest local economy in the US, and a low cost of living. The average pay for jobs in Columbia is below average at $42,200, and the median cost of a home in Columbia is $159,600, which is below the national average. 40% of workers in Columbia hold a bachelors degree or higher (above average), and 86% of workers have a high school degree (above average). Driving to work is especially common in Columbia. 79% of Columbia workers drive to work alone, 1% take public transit, 7% carpool, and 12% walk. People in Columbia spend an average of 16 minutes commuting to work, which is shorter than the national average of 26 minutes.

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      Midlands Workforce Center (Columbia)

      700 Taylor St
      PO Box 748
      Columbia, SC 29202