Columbia is the capital of South Carolina and the second largest city in the state with an estimated population of 134,000. The city lies at the confluence of the Saluda River and the Broad River, which merge at Columbia to form the Congaree River. The city is home to the University of South Carolina, the state’s flagship university and the largest in the state with approximately 34,000 students. Seven other institutions of secondary learning are also located within the city. Starting in the 1990s, the city’s municipal and state leadership emphasized walkability and the revitalization of the many old textile buildings situated in the area. Tourist destinations include: Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, Horseshoe (historic center of the University of South Carolina), South Carolina State House and Museum, Saluda Shoals Park and the Columbia Museum of Art. With its rivers, students and forward thinking urban planning, Columbia has a well established reputation for being one of the most attractive locations in the Southeast.