Columbia, South Carolina 

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Population

132,130

+3.6% since 2020

Unemployment Rate

5.2%

Median Income

$41,454

Median Home Price

$170,300

Median Age

28.3

Comfort Index (Climate)

4.3 / 7.4

summer / winter

SC Gifts

Best Places to Live in Columbia, South Carolina

College town/Capital city - Central South Carolina. October, April and May are the most pleasant months in Columbia, while July and August are the least comfortable months.

Columbia, SC Housing Market
Lowest Priced HomesHOMES UNDER $250,000
Most Expensive ListingsHOMES $250,001 to $500,000
Largest HomesHOMES $500,001 to $750,000
Median Priced HomesHOMES $750,001 to $1,000,000
Pros
College-town amenities
Historic interest
Cost of living
Cons
Hot, humid summers
Air service
Crime rates


What Bert Has To Say About Columbia Metro Area

Columbia is the capital, the largest city, and the commercial, industrial and educational hub for the state. The city is laid out in a traditional grid along the Congaree River with a number of historic buildings, although many of the older ones were destroyed in Sherman’s famous march. Columbia is home to the University of South Carolina, whose attractive and historic campus is in the south part of the downtown area adds a dose of college town feel, a few amenities, and sports-related entertainment to the area. The downtown is clean and attractive, with entertainment near the campus and in a restored waterfront area. Beautiful older residential areas extend east with a clear antebellum imprint and good home values, but this isn’t the part of town with the best reputation for education and safety.


QUICK FACTS

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Country: United States
State: South Carolina
County: Richland County
Metro Area: Columbia Metro Area
Political Ideology: Strongly liberal
City: Columbia
Zip Codes: 29229, 29203, 29209, 29045, 29205, 29201, 29204, 29207, 29225, 29208, 12 total
Time zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Elevation: 225 ft above sea level

Highlights

ECONOMY
The unemployment rate in Columbia is 5.2% (U.S. avg. is 6.0%). Recent job growth is Negative. Columbia jobs have decreased by 0.2%. More Economy

COST OF LIVING
Compared to the rest of the country, Columbia's cost of living is 15.7% lower than the U.S. average. More Cost of Living or Compare Columbia's Cost of Living

WEATHER & CLIMATE
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VOTING
In the last Presidential election, Richland county remained overwhelmingly Democratic, 68.4% to 30.1%. More Voting Stats

POPULATION
Columbia's population is 132,130 people. Since 2020, it has had a population growth of 3.6%. Learn More...

TRANSPORTATION
Average Commute time is 15.2 minutes. The National Average is 26.4 minutes. Learn More...

REAL ESTATE
The median home cost in Columbia is Real Estate: $170,300. Home appreciation the last 10 years has been 4.8%.

SCHOOLS
Columbia public schools spend $14,728 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,383. There are about 13.2 students per teacher in Columbia. More Education



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Housing Market in Columbia

It's a good time to buy in Columbia. Home Appreciation is up 14.5% in the last 12 months.
The median home price in Columbia is $170,300.

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Reviews for Columbia   49 Reviews
Small town advertised as a "big" city - 7/20/2021
I moved to Columbia for graduate school and although it is a giant step up from my small, out-of-state hometown, I became bored and restless here in less than a year.... Read More

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Columbia is not the jewel of the of the South - 9/18/2020
Do not be a deceived by past/current residences, CPD, city council, and local media Columbia has high crime rates-property and violent that are suppressed and not... Read More

Much to love, even if not perfect. - 9/12/2020
I've lived in metro Columbia since the 80s and have seen a lot of change here. The university has grown so much and in most ways, I would say the city is getting better.... Read More


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ZIP CODES IN COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA
29229, 29203, 29209, 29045, 29205, 29201, 29204, 29207, 29225, 29208, 12 total

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