Columbia is not only South Carolina‘s capital, but also the state’s largest city! With a population of over 130,000 and growing, the city has all the amenities of a larger city, without the traffic! Many residents are employed by one of the area’s many colleges and universities, or the military (Fort Jackson and the National Guard’s McEntire station are both nearby). Because of Columbia’s location, it tends to be a shipping and transportation crossroads. This is part of the reason for the city’s rising auto insurance costs. If you are moving to Columbia, or are a lifelong resident, take a few minutes to compare auto quotes. With our online tools, it’s easier than ever to compare all the options for cheap insurance Columbia companies will offer.