With 333,497 people, Columbia, South Carolina is a fairly large metropolitan area. Surprisingly, there are just 5 nursing homes there, which is fewer than we expected in a city of this size. The limited supply of nursing homes here received a good city grade of B. We also wanted to point out that this city's city grade even surpassed the city grade of nursing homes in the nearby city of Orangeburg. Perhaps most importantly, Columbia ended up having 6 nursing homes that were awarded elite grades. This gives you even more first-class facilities than many higher rated cities can offer.
In addition to receiving a strong overall grade, most of the nursing homes in Columbia performed remarkably well in our inspection category. In fact, we awarded its facilities an A- for this category, which is one of our best scores. Our inspection scores account for a host of factors found on a facility's inspection report. One key criteria we look at is the number and severity of deficiencies. Nursing homes with higher grades in this category generally have very few severe deficiencies. The city earned a B+ for its. Wrapping up its impressive report card, Columbia received a B for its short-term care rating and a B in long-term care. We truly found Columbia to be very competent in every category.