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Area Police Stations

Columbia Police Department, Richland
Randy Scott(Chief of Police)
#1 Justice Square,
Columbia, SC, 29201

SC Dept of Mental Health Public Safety
Elizabeth T Hall(Chief of Public Safety)
PO Box 485, 7901 Farrow Road, Bldg 17
Columbia, SC, 29203

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The city of Columbia, also called "The Capital of Southern Hospitality (official)", "Cola, The City of Dreams, Paradise City, Soda City" encompasses the following counties: Richland County and Lexington County. Columbia's government is comprised of the Mayor, who is currently Steve Benjamin, (D).

Columbia encompasses land area: 132.2 sq mi (342.4 km2), water area: 2.7 sq mi (7.0 km2). The elevation is 292 ft (89 m) above sea level. This equates to a population density of 929/sq mi (358.5/km2). The local time zone is EST (UTC-5).

Local area codes are 803. The Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) code for the city is 45-16000, which is used in computer filings when non-government agencies and contractors fulfill government contracts. Additional information and the official website of the city is found at www.columbiasc.net.

Columbia is the state capital and largest city in the U.S. state of South Carolina. The population was 129,272 according to the 2010 census. The 2011 United States census estimates put the city at 130,591. Columbia is the county seat of Richland County, but a portion of the city extends into neighboring Lexington County. The city is the center of a metropolitan statistical area of 794,491, the largest within the state. The name 'Columbia' was a poetic term for the Americas derived from Christopher Columbus.

Located 13 miles (21 km) northwest of South Carolina's geographic center, Columbia is the primary city of the Midlands region of South Carolina, which comprises several counties in the central portion of the state. The city lies at the confluence of two rivers, the Saluda and the Broad, which merge at Columbia to form the Congaree River, which is popular with paddlers and kayakers in the area. The state's flagship and largest university, the University of South Carolina, is located in Columbia. Historically, 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.

From the creation of Columbia by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1786, the site of Columbia was important to the overall development of the state. The Congarees, a frontier fort on the west bank of the Congaree River, was the head of navigation in the Santee River system. A ferry was established by the colonial government in 1754 to connect the fort with the growing settlements on the higher ground on the east bank.