Introduction to Cayce, South Carolina

Cayce, South Carolina, in Lexington county, is 3 miles SW of Columbia, South Carolina (center to center) and 88 miles S of Charlotte, North Carolina. The city is located in the Columbia metropolitan area and has a population of 12,150.

Cayce History

Europeans settled in the 1700s when the area was part of the town of Granby. Several Revolutionary War skirmishes were fought in the region now known as Cayce. The community, which was named after John Cayce, a local businessman, was officially incorporated in 1914. Located strategically across the Congaree River, the city’s economy and development have benefited greatly from this river.

Cayce and Nearby Attractions

  • Cayce Historical Museum
  • Green-Meldrim House
  • Dreher Island State Recreation Area
  • Sesquicentennial State Park
  • Riverbanks Zoo & Garden
  • Edventure Children's Museum

Things To Do In Cayce

Cayce Historical Museum showcases interesting exhibits about the local history and culture. Among the notable historical sites near Cayce are the Governor's Mansion, Green-Meldrim House, State Capitol, Woodrow Wilson Boyhood Home, and Mann-Simon Cottage. There are several parks around the city offering provisions for recreation. Some of the notable ones include Aiken State Park, Congaree National Park, and Sesquicentennial State Park. Dreher Island State Recreation Area has camping grounds, play areas, picnic spots, and facilities for boating, fishing, and hiking.

Cayce Transportation

Columbia Metropolitan Airport is nearby.

Cayce Higher Education

Colleges near Cayce include University of South Carolina at Columbia, Midlands Technical College, and Benedict College.


Total Population 13,554
Male Share of the Population 50.5%
Female Share of the Population 49.5%
Senior Citizens 13.9%
Employed Population 16+ 6,708
Age of the Population 32


% of people married 35%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 28.7%
Median Earnings25+ $32,098
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $13,750
Median Earnings With High School Degree $29,375


Median Family Income $54,913
% Above Poverty Level 76.7%
% Below Poverty Level 23.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 2.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.3%
% Using Public Transportation 0.3%


People Living Alone 33.4%
Median Gross Rent $858
Median House Value $116,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 30.2%
US/American 0.1%
English 10.6%
Irish 10.4%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Cayce Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 3 miles SW of Columbia, South Carolina (center to center)
Nearest Large City 88 miles S of Charlotte, North Carolina
County Lexington
Metro Area Columbia
Standard Zip Codes 29033
Phone Area Codes 803
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.965
Longitude -81.074

Cayce Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 2.7 miles
Jan Temp 34 to 55 F
Apr Temp 51 to 76 F
Jul Temp 72 to 92 F
Oct Temp 52 to 76 F
Annual Precip 48.2 inches
Distance 3.5 miles
Jan Temp 37 to 58 F
Apr Temp 53 to 80 F
Jul Temp 72 to 95 F
Oct Temp 54 to 79 F
Annual Precip 47.1 inches
Station PELION 4 NW
Distance 20.5 miles
Jan Temp 34 to 56 F
Apr Temp 49 to 77 F
Jul Temp 70 to 91 F
Oct Temp 50 to 76 F
Annual Precip 51 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Columbia 131,958 $55,852
Forest Acres 10,545 $83,750
Gaston 1,466 $45,341
South Congaree 2,246 $42,829
Springdale 2,727 $64,483
West Columbia 15,757 $50,714

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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Student/teacher ratio: 13

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