Richland County is located at the geographic center of South Carolina. The County is a unique community that has established an impeccable reputation of excellence, a high quality of life, a vibrant business environment, the heart of the state government, innovative municipal services, and comprehensive accessibility opportunities for its citizens. A short drive (2-3 hours) east to the Atlantic ocean, west to Atlanta, or west to the Appalachian Mountains, the community has developed into a diverse blend of businesses and industries, state government activity, arts and entertainment, and vast educational opportunities to match its diverse citizenry.
Richland County has long been recognized as one of the best counties in the nation and was honored with the All-American County award in 2006. Known as "Uniquely Rural, Uniquely Urban, The Best of Both Worlds," the County combines the advantages of an attractive suburban residential setting, a very diverse population, metropolitan cultural and educational opportunities, military bases, an intellectual spirit, and a highly technical industrial foundation.
As a great crossroads between commerce and culture, Richland County brings together many attributes that make the region shine. Museums, libraries, national parks, and other recreation facilities; colleges and universities; and shopping venues unite to make the County a distinctly diverse place to live and work. We exhibit a strong sense of community in our expansive network of hospitals, places of worship, and citizen support services through state and county government.