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Overview

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 of Charlotte, North Carolina. The city benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the Columbia metropolitan area.

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population15,947
Male Share of the Population51%
Female Share of the Population49%
Senior Citizens18.3%
Employed Population 16+7,794
Age of the Population38

Families

% of people married34.1%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher30.7%
Median Earnings25+$29,162
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$21,071
Median Earnings With High School Degree$21,371

Wealth

Median Family Income$50,206
% Above Poverty Level78.4%
% Below Poverty Level21.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time20 minutes
% Working from Home3.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.6%
% Using Public Transportation0.4%

Housing

People Living Alone43.9%
Median Gross Rent$869
Median House Value$131,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)40.3%
German11.4%
English7.3%
Irish7.1%
Scottish3.8%
Italian3.1%
French Except Basque2.1%
African1.6%
Polish1.3%
Dutch1.1%
Greek0.6%
Swedish0.4%
Welsh0.4%
Norwegian0.3%
Canadian0.3%
Austrian0.2%
Croatian0.2%
Arab0.2%
Slovak0.2%
Sierra Leone0.1%
Turkish0.1%
Ukrainian0.1%
Swiss0.1%
Russian0.1%
Czech0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Jordanian0.1%
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West Columbia Almanac

CategoryValue
County Lexington County
Standard Zip Codes29169, 29170, 29172, 29033
P.O. Box Zip Codes29171
Phone Area Codes803
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude33.99
Approximate Longitude-81.08

West 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)

StationCOLUMBIA UNIV OF SC
Distance3.4 miles
Jan Temp37 to 58 F
Apr Temp53 to 80 F
Jul Temp72 to 95 F
Oct Temp54 to 79 F
Annual Precip47.1 inches
StationPELION 4 NW
Distance22.1 miles
Jan Temp34 to 56 F
Apr Temp49 to 77 F
Jul Temp70 to 91 F
Oct Temp50 to 76 F
Annual Precip51 inches
StationPARR
Distance25.4 miles
Jan Temp31 to 54 F
Apr Temp46 to 75 F
Jul Temp69 to 93 F
Oct Temp48 to 76 F
Annual Precip45.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Cayce13,684$55,941
Columbia132,537$59,324
Forest Acres10,571$88,750
Irmo11,851$66,762
South Congaree2,272$45,781
Springdale2,740$65,850

West Columbia Hospitals

Lexington Medical Center
(Government - District/authority)
2720 Sunset Blvd
(803) 791-2115
South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Evaluation Center
(Government - State)
1400 Boston Ave
(803) 896-6040
Three Rivers Behavioral Health
(Proprietary)
2900 Sunset Blvd
(803) 796-9911

West Columbia Public Schools

Brookland Cayce Grammar School No. 1
114 Hook Avenue
ZIP: 29169
(803) 739-4075
Primary
Total Enrollment 430
Gray Collegiate Academy
3833 Leaphart Road
ZIP: 29169
(803) 951-3321
High
Total Enrollment 375
Northside Middle
157 Cougar Drive
ZIP: 29169
(803) 739-4190
Middle
Total Enrollment 551
Pineview Elementary
3035 Leaphart Road
ZIP: 29169
(803) 739-4090
Primary
Total Enrollment 699
Saluda River Academy For The Arts
1520 Duke Avenue
ZIP: 29169
(803) 739-4095
Primary
Total Enrollment 390
Airport High
1315 Boston Avenue
ZIP: 29170
(803) 822-5600
High
Total Enrollment 1358
Midlands Middle College
120 Congaree Hall, 1260 Lexington Drive
ZIP: 29170
(803) 822-3333
High
Total Enrollment 91
R. H. Fulmer Middle
1614 Walterboro Street
ZIP: 29170
(803) 822-5660
Middle
Total Enrollment 619
Springdale Elementary
361 Wattling Road
ZIP: 29170
(803) 739-4175
Primary
Total Enrollment 569
White Knoll Elementary
132 White Knoll Way
ZIP: 29170
(803) 821-4500
Primary
Total Enrollment 739
White Knoll Middle
116 White Knoll Way
ZIP: 29170
(803) 821-4300
Middle
Total Enrollment 750
Congaree Elementary
1221 Ramblin' Road
ZIP: 29172
(803) 755-7430
Primary
Total Enrollment 420
Congaree/wood Early Childhood Center
737 Pine Ridge Drive
ZIP: 29172
(803) 755-7474
Primary
Total Enrollment 633
Herbert A. Wood Elementary
737 Pine Ridge Drive
ZIP: 29172
(803) 755-7420
Primary
Total Enrollment 466
Pine Ridge Middle
735 Pine Ridge Drive
ZIP: 29172
(803) 755-7400
Middle
Total Enrollment 460

West Columbia Private Schools

Colonial Christian Academy
1110 Meeting St
ZIP: 29169
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 12
Glenforest School
1041 Harbor Dr
ZIP: 29169
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 62
Grace Christian School
416 Denham Ave
ZIP: 29169
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 217
Covenant Christian Academy
3222 Platt Springs Rd
ZIP: 29170
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 81
Holy Trinity Lutheran School
2930 Pella Ave
ZIP: 29170
Elementary
Total Enrollment 15
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