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  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    A-
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B+
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    B-
Irmo is a suburb of Columbia with a population of 11,950. Irmo is in Richland County and is one of the best places to live in South Carolina. Living in Irmo offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Irmo there are a lot of restaurants and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Irmo and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in Irmo are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$126,300
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,079
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    24%
  • Own
    76%
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Irmo Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    348.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    48.6
    40.7
  • Robbery
    48.6
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    833.8
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,663.3
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    121.4
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    12%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    13%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    12%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    14%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    25%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    32%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    22%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    7%
    13%

Working in Irmo

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$59,470
National
$55,322

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Irmo Reviews

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Irmo is a seemingly pleasant town on the outskirts of Columbia, defining the suburbs to the T! The schools in Irmo are a part of Lexington/Richland District 5 which is one of the most distinguished in the state of SC; competitive in rigorous academics, sports, and the arts. Lake Murray is a huge part of Irmo's culture always circling with charity's, water sports, & an up and coming music scene! Irmo's small town charm appeals to many while also having it's own nightlife with a major mall, multitude of dive bars/billiards hall, and growing shopping centers. Irmo PD is always roaming town to keep this beautiful town safe in comparison to other parts of SC. The close proximity of the downtown area, as well as other neighboring cities with no more than a 45 minute commute max. Irmo is n ideal place to live to be close to the city and a skip away to the country, lake, and Georgia & North Carolina making it a more desirable upper-class section of Columbia.
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Living in Irmo, SC for the past 4 years has been a nice experience. It's a nice suburb area with many great eats and just an overall great place to raise your children. What I like most about Irmo are the many festivals that are done throughout the year. Definitely check out the surrounding parks if you have children or if you just want to have an awesome barbecue!
I was born and raised here in Irmo. It's alright, nothing really special about it, but it's mostly filled with kind people and a lot of families. and everyone is connected somehow. There's not a lot of things to do, but an all-around favorite is Lake Murray. We're about 20 minutes from Columbia, the state capital, and there's a lot to do there so that's cool. We're about 2.5 hours from the beach and mountains the same. The public schools are great and I love Dutch Fork High school a lot. The only downsides are the terrible roads and sucky drivers.