Columbia is South Carolina’s capital and largest city. It is located roughly in the center of the state within Richland County, and it also expands into a small portion of Lexington County. Columbia sits at the crossroads of Interstates 20, 26, and 77. It serves as the economic center of the state’s Midlands Region and is also home to the University of South Carolina.


Columbia’s location along the Congarees river made it an important strategic location from the late 1600s. In 1786, state legislators decided to expand the fort into the state capital because of its central location and access to river transportation. They laid out a 400-block grid and sold off space in the new town in half-acre lots. For the next 100 years, the town remained small with all citizens required to either participate directly in its maintenance or to pay increased property taxes. In the early 1900s, the city’s infrastructure grew with paved streets, an official fire department, and federal courthouse. Over the next century, the city gradually expanded to its current size.

Things to Do

  • Riverbanks Zoo has been a Columbia destination for over 40 years. Its exhibits cover animals from every continent.
  • South Carolina State Museum covers everything from the state’s history to dinosaurs and outer space. Its four floors are open daily throughout the year.
  • Congaree National Park contains over 25 miles of trails along with access points for canoes and kayaks. It also offers camping every day of the year.
  • Williams-Brice Stadium is home to the University of South Carolina Gamecocks football team. It opened in 1934 and seats over 80,000 people.


Columbia has a population of just over 133,000. About 17 percent of its residents are children under the age of 18, and nine percent are senior citizens over the age of 65. The median household income is about $40,000, and the median value of a home is $161,100. The homeownership rate is 47 percent, and 65 percent of households have lived in the same home for one year or longer.


Columbia has a moderate climate but still experiences four distinct seasons with summer heat waves and winter freezes. The average July high is 92 degrees, and the average January low is 37 degrees. There is about one inch of snow and about 45 inches of rain each year for about 111 total days with precipitation. There are about 217 sunny days per year, and the average UV index is 4.9.

Air Conditioning Repair, Maintenance, and Installation

Columbia’s residents are lucky to avoid high heating and cooling bills for most of the year, but the energy needed to stay comfortable during the worst of winter and summer can put a strain on any budget. Scheduling regular preventive maintenance is a great way to keep those bills as low as possible. The mild weather during spring and fall when HVAC contractors aren’t as busy is the perfect time to schedule maintenance.

At Cool Care Heating & Air, we offer preventive maintenance throughout the year. Our Energy Savings Agreement provides you with a semi-annual tuneup, priority service, and discounts on parts and labor. We also perform emergency repairs, and stock a wide range of top-brand heating and cooling systems for when you’re ready to switch to a quieter, more efficient system. Contact us today to learn about how you can make your home more comfortable.