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Fort Jackson Army Base

Chaplain Center and School, Soldier Support Institute, Drill Sergeant School, U.S. Army Basic Training Center of Excellence
9810 Lee Road, Fort Jackson, SC 29207

In Columbia, the summers are hot and muggy, the winters are cold, and it is wet and partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 36°F to 92°F and is rarely below 23°F or above 98°F.


The hot season lasts for 3.7 months, from May 24 to September 15, with an average daily high temperature above 85°F. The hottest day of the year is July 20, with an average high of 92°F and low of 73°F. The cool season lasts for 3.0 months, from November 28 to February 26, with an average daily high temperature below 63°F. The coldest day of the year is January 17, with an average low of 36°F and high of 56°F.


The wetter season lasts 3.0 months, from May 28 to August 29, with a greater than 33% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 48% on July 28. The drier season lasts 9.0 months, from August 29 to May 28. The smallest chance of a wet day is 19% on October 31.

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Columbia, SC

Cost of Living
The overall cost of living in Columbia, SC is 5% higher than the South Carolina average and 1% higher than the U.S. average. The following categories are used to calculate the overall cost of living index: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%) and health care (5%). From the list, it is clear that the categories of goods/services and housing are responsible for the largest portions of the overall cost of living index. As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of Columbia, SC, the city’s goods and services are equal to the South Carolina average and 6% higher than the U.S. average.

Getting to Know the Area
Fort Jackson is located in the city of Columbia, the capital of South Carolina. The city 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.  Columbia offers fun for all ages with a variety of things to do.  Take the kids to a puppet show at the Columbia Marionette Theatre or let them feel the sensation of flight at the EdVenture Children’s Museum where they can sit in the cockpit of a Boeing 757. Sports fans can enjoy college events, minor league baseball games, and participate in marathons. Outdoor enthusiasts can go hiking, boating, fishing, camping, or explore the many parks and gardens in Columbia. In addition, the area has several shopping districts, restaurants, fine dining, and a vibrant night life.


Some points of interest include Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, Columbia Museum of Art, South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum, City Center/Main Street, The Vista, Lake Murray, and Congaree National Park.


Check out these websites for a list of all of the great events going on in the area.  

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