Quality of Life

Stop for a minute and think about having a great quality of life. What does it mean to you? A big home on several acres, with room to grow your own food? A bright and airy loft just steps from coffee shops and craft beer? Maybe it’s somewhere in between, where you can access urban amenities without sacrificing access to quality healthcare, education, or a place for the kids to run and play.

Diverse Living Options

The communities in our region run the gamut from city life to country living. And the best part is that those in the city can be in the country in a matter of minutes—and vice versa. So no matter where you live, you’re never far way from the many things that make this region so great.


Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill has been serving York County residents for more than 30 years. Piedmont is a comprehensive medical center, offering patients everything from advanced heart and stroke care to specialized women and children’s services.

Chester Regional Medical Center in Chester, SC is an 82-bed hospital, which recently underwent a $15 million expansion. The site also includes 100 nursing home beds, four medical office buildings and four ancillary buildings.

Located in Winnsboro, SC, Fairfield Memorial Hospital has been serving residents of Fairfield County for more than 50 years. This full-service, county-owned hospital is nationally accredited by The Joint Commission.

Palmetto Health, located in Richland County, is the area's largest, most comprehensive, locally owned, not-for-profit health care resource. The 1,138-bed system in Columbia, a JCAHO-accredited institution, has more than 8,400 employees and 1,000 physicians.

Also located in Richland County, Providence Hospital is a 314-bed facility located in downtown Columbia. While it’s best known for the expertise in cardiac care it provides through Providence Heart Institute, the physicians and staff at Providence also provide extraordinary care in the fields of general surgery, orthopedics, internal medicine, ophthalmology, emergency medicine, nuclear medicine and related diagnostic services, rehabilitation services, and occupational medicine.


K-12 Schools

Each County in the South Carolina I-77 Alliance region offers access to a range of quality public and private educational opportunities. From large districts to small, and rural districts to urban, finding the right fit for you and your family is just a click away. Please visit the following pages for a quick overview of education in each of our four counties.

Higher Education

The SC I-77 Alliance region is home to numerous colleges and universities. The following institutions of higher learning operate in one or more of our counties. Please note this is a partial list, focused on traditional, non-profit colleges and universities. Please click on the map to view a more complete list with enrollment figures.