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Columbia
  • City in South Carolina

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grade A
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Public Schools
    grade B
  2. Crime & Safety
    grade C minus
  3. Housing
    grade B minus
  4. Nightlife
    grade A
  5. Good for Families
    grade B+
  6. Diversity
    grade A
  7. Jobs
    grade B minus
  8. Weather
    grade B+
  9. Cost of Living
    grade B
  10. Health & Fitness
    grade B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    grade A minus
  12. Commute
    grade A

editorial

Columbia is a city in South Carolina with a population of 134,057. Columbia is in Richland County and is one of the best places to live in South Carolina. Living in Columbia offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents rent their homes. In Columbia there are a lot of parks. Many young professionals live in Columbia and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in Columbia are above average.

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About Columbia...
Population
134,057

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$186,000
National
$229,800
Median Rent
$956
National
$1,096
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    53%
  • Own
    47%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
grade C minus
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
  • Assault
    516
    national  282.7
  • Murder
    14.4
    national  6.1
  • Rape
    65.3
    national  40.7
  • Robbery
    156.3
    national  135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
  • Burglary
    552.4
    national  500.1
  • Theft
    3,442.2
    national  2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    481.1
    national  284

Residents

Diversity
grade A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    9%
  • 10-17 years
    7%
  • 18-24 years
    27%
  • 25-34 years
    17%
  • 35-44 years
    10%
  • 45-54 years
    10%
  • 55-64 years
    9%
  • 65+ years
    10%
Education Levels
  • Master's degree or higher
    20%
    national  13%
  • Bachelor's degree
    24%
    national  20%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    27%
    national  29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    20%
    national  27%
  • Less than high school diploma
    10%
    national  11%

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