Columbia’s family-friendly attractions, government jobs and low cost of living make it one of the Top 10 most desirable mid-size cities to live in the United States, according to a new ranking by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.
The city ranked No. 5 on the “10 Great Places to Live” list, which examined cities with populations of 1 million or less. Little Rock, Ark., topped the list.
“Surrounded by towering pines and bursting with hospitality, Columbia is as sweet as the area’s ever-present tea,” the magazine wrote.
It also mentioned the city’s central location in the state and attractions such as Riverbanks Zoo and EdVenture, as well as downtown’s three rivers and Lake Murray.
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The magazine also gave a nod to downtown redevelopment – which has been fervent in recent years – saying it “combines historic facades with hip boutiques and eateries.”
The September issue of the magazine featuring the list will be available on newsstands Aug. 6 and is online now.