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Overview

Introduction to Columbia

Columbia, South Carolina provides residents and visitors with an array of activities and benefits. The capital city is alive with culture and history, with many things to see and do with the entire family throughout the city. There are festivals to attend, arts performances to enjoy, sports to watch, and outdoor sports to participate in. The arts community is active and the cultural community is sophisticated. It is a college town and along with that comes a certain degree of aliveness. Its name comes from a poetic name for America.

Columbia Culture

The arts have a supportive community in Columbia. Many theaters, galleries, dance companies, orchestras, arts schools, and outdoor murals call this place home. Galleries, museums, and festivals all exhibit the work of the city’s many artists. The Colonial Center, Carolina Museum, and the Township Auditorium all provide high quality entertainment from around the world. The South Carolina State Museum has exhibits in science, history, and the arts, and it is the largest museum in the state of South Carolina. EdVenture is the largest children’s museum in the South, with a lively and fun atmosphere that encourages children to explore and learn. The Lexington County Museum gives visitors guided tours of 19th century farm houses and depicts life in pre-Civil War times.

Columbia Sports and Leisure

Columbia has everything from Little League baseball all the way up to Southeastern Conference sports events. The University of South Carolina Fighting Gamecocks compete in a wide variety of sporting events. The Columbia city Inferno is a professional hockey team belonging to the East Coast Hockey League. Atlanta and Charlotte are within easy driving distance for Major League Baseball, NFL, and NBA games. Columbia has many beautiful city parks that provide a home for the city’s baseball and softball players, tennis players, and swimmers. Golf enthusiasts will find a variety of low-cost courses throughout the city and the surrounding metro area.

Columbia Outdoors

There are many lakes and rivers in the nearby area, offering those interested in boating, fishing, canoeing, and kayaking the chance to participate in these activities. The weather in the fall, winter, and spring is mild, and the spring features huge quantities of blooming azaleas and other flowers. Summers are hot, but Lake Murray has 78 square miles of refreshing water in which to enjoy many activities like boating, camping, and swimming. Visitors can canoe through calm waters, sail under high winds, or cruise in motor or fishing boats. Many other parks are located throughout the city as well.

Columbia at Night

Nightlife is abundant in Columbia, and there’s something for everyone. Fine dining, local eateries, national franchises, and interesting cafes are all good choices for eating out. There is live music, comedy acts, theater, dance clubs, and many outdoor concerts and other events. The Columbia City Ballet is an internationally renowned ballet specializing in top quality productions. And the Columbia City Jazz Company is a well-known local and regional company that puts on productions, competitions, and community events.

People

Total Population 131,958
Male Share of the Population 51.5%
Female Share of the Population 48.5%
Senior Citizens 9.3%
Employed Population 16+ 63,760
Age of the Population 28

Families

% of people married 28.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 40.6%
Median Earnings25+ $31,297
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $14,410
Median Earnings With High School Degree $19,061

Wealth

Median Family Income $55,852
% Above Poverty Level 75.8%
% Below Poverty Level 24.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 15 minutes
% Working from Home 3.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 22%
% Using Public Transportation 1.8%

Housing

People Living Alone 39%
Median Gross Rent $836
Median House Value $162,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 50.9%
US/American 0%
English 8.7%
Irish 8.8%

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

Columbia Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 85 miles S of Charlotte, North Carolina
County Richland
Metro Area Columbia
Standard Zip Codes 29201, 29203, 29204, 29205, 29206, 29209, 29210, 29212, 29222, 29223, 29229
P.O. Box Zip Codes 29202, 29207, 29211, 29221, 29224, 29228, 29230, 29240, 29250, 29260, 29290, 29292
Company Zip Codes 29208, 29214, 29215, 29216, 29217, 29218, 29219, 29220, 29225, 29226, 29227
Phone Area Codes 803
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.
Longitude -81.035

Columbia Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station COLUMBIA UNIV OF SC
Distance 1.6 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 23.7 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 26.2 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, Columbia, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Bayview (29204)

Bendale (29203)

Bluff Estates (29209)

Capitol (29211)

Capitol View (29209)

Cedar Terrace (29209)

Columbia Amf (29228)

Crafts Farrow (29203)

Crane Forest (29203)

Denny Terrace (29203)

Dutch Fork (29210)

Eastmont (29209)

Eau Claire (29203)

Edgewood (29204)

Fairfield Terrace (29203)

Farrow Terrace (29203)

Five Points (29205)

Forest Lake (29206)

Fort Jackson (29207)

Galaxy (29209)

Greenview (29203)

Harbison (29212)

Haskell Heights (29203)

Hazelwood Acres (29209)

Hollywood Hills (29203)

Killian (29203)

Leesburg (29209)

Lincolnshire (29203)

Market Center (29201)

Mountain Brook (29209)

North Pointe (29223)

Northeast (29223)

Olympia (29201)

Ravenwood (29206)

Ridgewood (29203)

Sandwood (29206)

Stark Terrace (29203)

State Hospital (29201)

Twin Lake Hill (29209)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Arcadia Lakes 956 $103,125
Cayce 13,554 $54,913
Forest Acres 10,545 $83,750
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/.

Columbia Public Libraries

Library
Richland County Public Library
1431 ASSEMBLY STREET
Columbia, South Carolina
(803) 799-9084
Library Web Site

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Columbia Hospitals

PALMETTO HEALTH RICHLAND
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
5 RICHLAND MEDICAL PARK
(803) 296-5678
Emergency Service: Yes

SISTERS OF CHARITY PROVIDENCE HOSPITALS
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
2435 FOREST DR
(803) 256-5300
Emergency Service: Yes

PALMETTO HEALTH BAPTIST
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
TAYLOR AT MARION
(803) 296-5678
Emergency Service: Yes

Wm. Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center
(VA)
6439 Garners Ferry Road
(803) 776-4000
Emergency Service:

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Columbia High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

RIDGE VIEW HIGH SCHOOL
4801 HARD SCRABBLE ROAD
803-699-2999
Serves 2,339 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.1

SPRING VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL
120 SPARKLEBERRY LN
803-699-3500
A Magnet School.
Serves 1,910 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.4

IRMO HIGH SCHOOL
6671 ST ANDREWS RD
803-732-8100
Serves 1,829 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.3

RICHLAND NORTHEAST HIGH SCHOOL
7500 BROOKFIELD
803-699-2800
A Magnet School.
Serves 1,673 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.7

A C FLORA HIGH
1 FALCON DRIVE
803-738-7300
A Magnet School.
Serves 1,384 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.6

DREHER HIGH SCHOOL
701 ADGER ROAD
803-253-7000
Serves 1,301 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.6

EAU CLAIRE HIGH SCHOOL
4800 MONTICELLO ROAD
803-735-7605
A Magnet School.
Serves 993 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.9

W J KEENAN HIGH SCHOOL
3455 PINE BELT ROAD
803-738-7232
A Magnet School.
Serves 912 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16

COLUMBIA HIGH SCHOOL
1701 WESTCHESTER DRIVE
803-798-1750
Serves 879 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.6

C A JOHNSON HIGH
2219 BARHAMVILLE RD
803-253-7092
A Magnet School.
Serves 524 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.5

EDUCATIONAL ASSESSMENT CENTER
3200 BROAD RIVER ROAD
803-737-9111
A Non-traditional School
Serves 438 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.6

WILLOW LANE SCHOOL
4650 BROAD RIVER RD
803-737-9112
A Non-traditional School
Serves 408 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.1

BIRCHWOOD HIGH SCHOOL
5000 BROAD RIVER ROAD
803-737-9114
A Non-traditional School
Serves 403 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.9

STEVENSON CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION
4546 BROAD RIVER ROAD
803-896-8575
A Non-traditional School
Serves 59 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 118

GRAHAM CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION
4450 BROAD RIVER ROAD
803-737-9695
A Non-traditional School
Serves 27 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 30

SAMUEL A. HEYWARD CAREER/TEC.
3560 LYNHAVEN DRIVE
803-735-3325
A Vocational School

RICHLAND ONE MIDDLE COLLEGE AT MIDLANDS TECHNICAL
316 SOUTH BOULEVARD
803-738-7114

BROAD RIVER ROAD CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIO
4460 BROAD RIVER ROAD
803-737-2853
A Non-traditional School

MANNING CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION
502 BECKMAN DRIVE
803-935-7248
A Non-traditional School

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