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Columbia
Columbia
South Carolina
19 reviews
4 out of 5 stars based on 22 ratings
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Member of the World Health Organization Global Network of Age Friendly Cities and Communities

Columbia is the capital and second largest city of the U.S. state of South Carolina, with a population estimate of 134,309 as of 2016. The city serves as the county seat of Richland County, and a portion of the city extends into neighboring Lexington County. 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.S. Census estimates. The name Columbia is a poetic term used for the United States, originating from the name of Christopher Columbus. 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. It lies at the confluence of the Saluda River and the Broad River, which merge at Columbia to form the Congaree River. Columbia is home to the University of South Carolina, the state's flagship university and the largest in the state, and is also the site of Fort Jackson, the largest United States Army installation for Basic Combat Training. Columbia is also located 20 miles west of the site of McEntire Joint National Guard Base, which is operated by the U.S. Air Force and is used as a training base for the 169th Fighter Wing of The South Carolina Air National Guard. Columbia is also the location of the South Carolina State House, which is the center of government for the state. In 1860, the city was the location of the South Carolina Secession Convention, which marked the departure of the first state from the Union in the events leading up to the Civil War.

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When my job was eliminated in 2010, I applied to over 1000 jobs, all of which asked for date of birth or if I was born before 1955 - I was unable to find any employment; and to my amazement programs to assist anyone out of work and over age 55 were non-existent or could provide no direction or resources. Public transportation in this area is very limited.
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When my job was eliminated in 2010, I applied to over 1000 jobs, all of which asked for date of birth or if I was born before 1955 - I was unable to find any employment; and to my amazement programs to assist anyone out of work and over age 55 were non-existent or could provide no direction or resources. Public transportation in this area is very limited.
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Columbia, SC is not only the home of the University of a South Carolina but also has many other age groups that reside here. It is within an hour and a half from the beach as well as the mountains.
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This is a small area with young professional families and senior citizens. This is a municipality that is well governed. Forest Acres is ideally situated between major interstates and easy access to downtown government and university. Since it is an area that is highly regarded, real estate values reflect this.
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A mixture of older residents and middle age and younger residents.

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How did South Carolina earn the grade of B? We examined the state taxes based on how age friendly they are. South Carolina has a state sales tax of 6.00%. Of particular interest is that South Carolina does not have taxes on social security. There are no estate taxes. There are no taxes imposed on inheritance. South Carolina has an effective property tax rate of 0.57%. Weighing these taxes and other taxes most likely to impact the aging population is how South Carolina earned its state tax grade of B.

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