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The city serves as the county seat of Richland County, and a portion of the city extends into neighboring Lexington County. The name Columbia is a poetic term used for the United States, originating from the name of Christopher Columbus.
It is the center of the Columbia metropolitan statistical area, which had a population of 767,598 as of the 2010 United States Census, growing to 817,488 by July 1, 2016, according to 2015 U. The city is located approximately 13 miles (21 km) northwest of the geographic center of South Carolina, and is the primary city of the Midlands region of the state.
Three main issues occupied most of their time: public drunkenness, gambling, and poor sanitation.
As one of the first planned cities in the United States, Columbia began to grow rapidly.
It was first chartered in 1786 and completed in 1800, making it one of the earliest canals in the United States.
With increased railroad traffic, it ceased operation around 1850.
At the time, South Carolina sent more young men to England than did any other state.
The leaders of South Carolina wished to monitor the progress and development of the school; for many years after the founding of the university, commencement exercises were held in December while the state legislature was in session.
The Congarees, a frontier fort on the west bank of the Congaree River, was the head of navigation in the Santee River system.The remaining squares were divided by thoroughfares 100 feet (30 m) wide.The width was determined by the belief that dangerous and pesky mosquitoes could not fly more than 60 feet (18 m) without dying of starvation along the way.The commissioners designed a town of 400 blocks in a 2-mile (3 km) square along the river.
The blocks were divided into lots of 0.5 acres (2,000 m) and sold to speculators and prospective residents.Columbia is also the location of the South Carolina State House, which is the center of government for the state.