Introduction to Irmo, South Carolina

Irmo, South Carolina, in Richland county, is 12 miles NW of Columbia, South Carolina (center to center) and 79 miles S of Charlotte, North Carolina. The town is included in the Columbia metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 11,039 people lived in Irmo.

Irmo History

The Cherokee Indians were the first inhabitants of the area now known as Irmo. German and Swiss immigrants settled here in the mid 18th century. In spite of the region's rocky red clay, self-sufficient farms were set up in the area. The town of Irmo was officially incorporated in 1890. The community was named after two railroad men, C.J. Iredell and H.C. Moseley. The town's name is a combination of the first two letters of both men's names.

Irmo and nearby Attractions

  • Governor's Mansion
  • Columbia Museum of Art
  • Union Church
  • State Capitol
  • Lake Murray
  • Friarsgate Plaza Shopping Center

Things To Do In Irmo

The town of Irmo provides easy access to a number of nearby historical sites and museums. The State Capitol, Governor's Mansion, Green-Meldrim House, and Woodrow Wilson Boyhood Home are worth visiting. The Columbia Museum of Art, Edventure Children's Museum, McKissick Museum, South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Museum, and South Carolina State Museum are also nearby. Enthusiastic shoppers will enjoy the facilities offered by the Friarsgate Plaza Shopping Center. The town also celebrates the Irmo Okra Strut Festival every year.

Irmo Transportation

Columbia Metropolitan Airport is nearby.

Irmo Higher Education

Higher educational opportunities are offered by Midlands Technical College, University of South Carolina at Columbia, and Benedict College.


Total Population 11,704
Male Share of the Population 49.1%
Female Share of the Population 50.9%
Senior Citizens 12%
Employed Population 16+ 6,128
Age of the Population 37


% of people married 48%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 34.5%
Median Earnings25+ $33,902
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $11,483
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,335


Median Family Income $65,770
% Above Poverty Level 83.6%
% Below Poverty Level 16.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.5%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 27.7%
Median Gross Rent $1,049
Median House Value $124,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 45.2%
US/American 0%
English 10.3%
Irish 10.5%

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

Irmo Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 12 miles NW of Columbia, South Carolina (center to center)
Nearest Large City 79 miles S of Charlotte, North Carolina
County Richland
Metro Area Columbia
Standard Zip Codes 29063
Phone Area Codes 803
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.12
Longitude -81.19

Irmo Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 12.5 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 13.7 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 PARR
Distance 14.4 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 54 F
Apr Temp 46 to 75 F
Jul Temp 69 to 93 F
Oct Temp 48 to 76 F
Annual Precip 45.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Cayce 13,554 $54,913
Chapin 1,605 $60,069
Columbia 131,958 $55,852
Lexington 19,447 $76,653
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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Serves 1,934 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.3

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