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

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$136,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$860
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    40%
  • Own
    60%

Seven Oaks 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
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    283
  • Murder
    6
  • Rape
    41
  • Robbery
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    500
  • Theft
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$52,599
National
$55,322
Children
18%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    17%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    23%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    32%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    20%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    7%
    13%
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Seven Oaks Reviews

19 reviews
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Overall, Columbia is a decent place to live. It is located within an hour to two and half of tourist cities such as Myrtle Beach, Charleston and Charlotte. The city has many things to offer such as Lake Murray, the Riverbanks Zoo and the State House. The community is diverse and has a variety of cultural events and restaurants. I currently attend the University of South Carolina and have thoroughly enjoyed my experience thus far. I moved to Columbia from Myrtle Beach, SC and find myself missing the beach. My dream is to move to Seattle, Washington because I prefer bigger cities.
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Only complaints are that everything is spaced out just far enough so that you can't walk/bike everywhere, and that quality of living isn't consistent across the area--there are very poor places, average places, and very rich places.
Overall, Columbia is a relatively safe city. There are some areas of town that should be avoided but for the most part safety is not an issue. Police are responsive and are always nearby.