Living in Columbia, SC

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Updated: 2020-03-10

Columbia SnackAbility

4
Overall SnackAbility
Jobs
6/10
Housing
8
Affordability
5
Diversity
9
Safety
3
Amenities
8.5
Education
8
Commute
9.5

Columbia, SC Crime Report

7,739
Total Crimes
5,795.3
Total Crimes / 100k People
125.64%
Above National Average

Columbia, SC Cost Of Living

96
Columbia's Overall Cost Of Living
1.0x
Lower Than The National Average

Columbia, South Carolina Info Snack

Columbia is the capital and second largest city of the U.S. state of South Carolina, with a population estimate of 134,309 as of 2016. The city serves as the county seat of Richland County, and a portion of the city extends into neighboring Lexington County. It is the center of the Columbia metropolitan statistical area, which had a population of 767,598 as of the 2010 United States Census, growing to 817,488 by July 1, 2016, according to 2015 U.S. Census estimates. The name Columbia is a poetic term used for the United States, originating from the name of Christopher Columbus.
Population
133,352
Unemployment
7.4%
Poverty
22.5%
Median Home
$173,400
Median Income
$45,663
Median Rent
$910

Columbia, SC Photos

Rankings for Columbia in South Carolina

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Map Of Columbia, SC

Population over time in Columbia

Year Population % Change
2017 133,352 0.8%
2016 132,236 -0.2%
2015 132,537 0.4%
2014 131,958 0.5%
2013 131,331 0.2%
2012 131,004 1.0%
2011 129,757 0.8%
2010 128,777 0.9%
2009 127,605 -
Crime/100k Columbia SC USA
Violent Crime 738.4 488.3 368.9
Murder 12.0 7.7 5.0
Robbery 167.7 69.9 86.2
Aggravated Assault 491.2 362.8 246.8
Property Crime 5056.9 3017.6 2199.5
Burglary 753.3 579.7 376.0
Larceny 3728.5 2156.0 1594.6
Car Theft 575.1 281.9 228.9

Race / Ethnicity in Columbia

White
48.8% (65,050)
African American
40.2% (53,567)
American Indian
0.1% (129)
Asian
2.7% (3,554)
Hawaiian
0.2% (275)
Other
0.3% (385)
Two Or More
2.4% (3,247)
Hispanic
5.4% (7,145)
Race Columbia SC USA
White 48.8% 63.7% 61.1%
African American 40.2% 26.8% 12.3%
American Indian 0.1% 0.3% 0.7%
Asian 2.7% 1.5% 5.4%
Hawaiian 0.2% 0.1% 0.2%
Other 0.3% 0.2% 0.2%
Two Or More 2.4% 1.9% 2.4%
Hispanic 5.4% 5.6% 17.8%

Household Income For Columbia, South Carolina

Less than $10,000
11.9% (1,591,212)
$10,000 to $14,999
6.0% (799,736)
$15,000 to $24,999
11.6% (1,548,491)
$25,000 to $34,999
11.1% (1,483,555)
$35,000 to $49,999
12.3% (1,633,648)
$50,000 to $74,999
16.6% (2,215,792)
$75,000 to $99,999
10.4% (1,387,861)
$100,000 to $149,999
9.7% (1,291,311)
$150,000 to $199,999
4.4% (582,713)
$200,000 or more
6.0% (800,875)
Income Columbia SC USA
Less than $10,000 11.9% 7.7% 6.3%
$10,000 to $14,999 6.0% 5.5% 4.6%
$15,000 to $24,999 11.6% 10.9% 9.3%
$25,000 to $34,999 11.1% 11.0% 9.3%
$35,000 to $49,999 12.3% 14.0% 12.6%
$50,000 to $74,999 16.6% 18.4% 17.5%
$75,000 to $99,999 10.4% 12.1% 12.5%
$100,000 to $149,999 9.7% 12.1% 14.6%
$150,000 to $199,999 4.4% 4.3% 6.3%
$200,000 or more 6.0% 4.0% 7.0%

Gender in Columbia

Female
49.1% (65,540)
Male
50.9% (67,812)
Gender Columbia SC USA
Female 49.1% 51.5% 50.8%
Male 50.9% 48.5% 49.2%

Highest level of educational attainment in Columbia for adults over 25

< 9th Grade
3.0% (4,000)
9-12th Grade
8.0% (10,668)
High School / GED
20.0% (26,670)
Some College
19.0% (25,336)
Associate's Degree
7.0% (9,334)
Bachelor's Degree
24.0% (32,004)
Master's Degree
13.0% (17,335)
Professional Degree
4.0% (5,334)
Doctorate Degree
2.0% (2,667)
Education Columbia SC USA
< 9th Grade 3.0% 4.0% 6.0%
9-12th Grade 8.0% 9.0% 7.0%
High School / GED 20.0% 29.0% 27.0%
Some College 19.0% 21.0% 21.0%
Associate's Degree 7.0% 10.0% 8.0%
Bachelor's Degree 24.0% 17.0% 19.0%
Master's Degree 13.0% 7.0% 9.0%
Professional Degree 4.0% 2.0% 2.0%
Doctorate Degree 2.0% 1.0% 1.0%

2 Reviews & Comments About Columbia

Overall User Rating
3.0
/5

HomeSnacks User

It's not much to do in the area, most stores are being and/or have been relocated, Not much of a place i'd consider sociable.

There are some mines and things For sight seeing and collecting. The city is somewhat busy but the people are easy to get along with sometimes. The stores and products in them are pretty rare depending on what store you're visiting, and it's a lot of jobs there.


HomeSnacks User

Columbia is an affordable city to live, but as it is the capital of the state, it does lack in tourist aspects. Columbia has a growing art and and music life, but it is a bit disconnected between different areas of the downtown region. Crime happens in all areas of the city.

Riverbanks Zoo is one of the best zoos in the country, so it is our tourism claim to fame. I am also quite proud of our library system.

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