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Retire To Columbia, SC

Air Quality, Hazards, Climate, Recreation, etc.


Columbia
Air Quality
Lexington/Richland Counties
. Good Days Moderate Days Unhealthy for Sensitive Persons Days Unhealthy Days Very Unhealthy Days
2017 270 93 2 0 0
2016 254 107 3 2 0
2015 262 103 0 0 0
2014 243 119 3 0 0
2013 254 111 0 0 0




Columbia
Water Quality
Congaree Watershed
. % Good % Threatened % Impaired
2014 na na na
2012 46 0 54
2010 44 0 56
2008 76 0 24
2006 22 0 78
2004 na na na
2002 37 0 63




Columbia
Recreation
. # of Parks # of Parks
(99 City Avg)
National Parks, Historic Sites, etc.
(managed by National Park Service)
Congaree National Park, Cowpens National Battlefield plus 3 more 7
National Campgrounds, Lodges, etc.
(other federal agency-managed sites)
21 26
State Parks, Sites, etc. 7 11



Columbia Climate
(1971-2000)
. . 99 City Avg
January - Avg Low Temp 37 F 27 F
January - Avg Daily Temp 47 F 37 F
July - Avg Daily Temp 84 F 74 F
July - Avg High Temp 95 F 86 F
Avg Annual Precipitation 47 in 35 in



Columbia Elevation
242 feet GPTR 99 City Average
1,652 feet



Columbia
Natural Hazards
. Risk Level 99 City Average
Total Hazard Risk Higher Moderate
Earthquake 1% 10.9%
Tsunami No Risk No Risk
Hurricane 20-40 10
Flood High Very High
Tornado Low Low
Volcano No Risk No Risk
Wildfire High Low



Columbia
Man-Made Hazards (Nuclear)
Nuclear Power Stations
(# Reactors)
Distance from City GPTR 99 City
Average
Summer (1) 25 miles 50% of cities are within 100 miles of at least one nuclear station
Catawba (2) 50 miles
Robinson (1) 60 miles
Vogtle (2) 60 miles
McGuire (2) 100 miles



Columbia
Heating and Cooling Degree Days
(avg annual)
. . 99 City Avg
Total Degree Days 4,519 5,915
HDD 2,044 4,662
CDD 2,475 1,253



EPA Hazardous Material Cleanup Sites
(Columbia Area)
Columbia Area EPA Cleanup Sites


Legend:
Small green circles (older style maps) or multi-colored circles (newer style maps: click here for legend) indicate 1)Superfund Sites 2)Federal Facilities 3)RCRA Corrective Action Sites and 4)Brownfields Properties (EPA hazardous material cleanup sites defined at Environment link)

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