Introduction to West Columbia, South Carolina

West Columbia, South Carolina, in Lexington county, is 2 miles W of Columbia, South Carolina (center to center) and 86 miles S ofCharlotte, North Carolina. The city benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the Columbia metropolitan area. West Columbia contains a population of approximately 13,064.

West Columbia History

The city was originally incorporated in the year 1894 as Brookland; however, since there was another town by that name, the United States Postal Service decided to rename it New Brookland. In 1936, the name was again changed to West Columbia because of the region’s close proximity to Columbia. There are still many businesses, churches, and a high school that retain the Brookland and New Brookland names.

West Columbia and nearby Attractions

  • Southland Memorial Gardens?
  • Krantz Fence & Recreation
  • Riverbanks Zoo
  • Butler Community Park
  • TriCity Leisure Center
  • Fowler Community Park

Things To Do In West Columbia

West Columbia presents its visitors with a wide variety of things to do. You can visit the Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Gardens at your leisure or hangout in the city parks. If you enjoy sports, you can ski, sail, boat, fish, and swim in Lake Murray.

West Columbia Transportation

Air transportation in the city can be availed from Columbia Metropolitan.

West Columbia Higher Education

Those who want to pursue higher education can enroll at the University Of South Carolina At Columbia and Midlands Technical College.


Total Population 15,757
Male Share of the Population 49.9%
Female Share of the Population 50.1%
Senior Citizens 18.7%
Employed Population 16+ 7,707
Age of the Population 39


% of people married 37.5%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 32.6%
Median Earnings25+ $30,322
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,166
Median Earnings With High School Degree $22,480


Median Family Income $50,714
% Above Poverty Level 80.8%
% Below Poverty Level 19.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 2.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.3%
% Using Public Transportation 0.1%


People Living Alone 42.8%
Median Gross Rent $850
Median House Value $130,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 41.2%
US/American 0%
English 6.7%
Irish 7%

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

West Columbia Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 2 miles W of Columbia, South Carolina (center to center)
Nearest Large City 86 miles S of Charlotte, North Carolina
County Lexington
Metro Area Columbia
Standard Zip Codes 29033, 29169, 29170, 29172
P.O. Box Zip Codes 29171
Phone Area Codes 803
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.993
Longitude -81.074

West Columbia Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 3.4 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 22.1 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
Station PARR
Distance 25.4 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, West Columbia, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Dixiana (29169)

Kathwood (29169)

Pineridge (29169)

Saluda Gardens (29169)

Saluda Terrace (29169)

Westover Acres (29169)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Cayce 13,554 $54,913
Columbia 131,958 $55,852
Forest Acres 10,545 $83,750
Irmo 11,704 $65,770
South Congaree 2,246 $42,829
Springdale 2,727 $64,483

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

West Columbia Hospitals

(Government - Local)
(803) 791-2000
Emergency Service: Yes

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West Columbia High Schools

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Student/teacher ratio: 16.1

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