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  2. Crime & Safety
    grade C
  3. Housing
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  4. Nightlife
    grade B+
  5. Good for Families
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  6. Diversity
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  7. Jobs
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  8. Weather
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West Columbia is a suburb of Columbia with a population of 17,641. West Columbia is in Lexington County and is one of the best places to live in South Carolina. Living in West Columbia offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In West Columbia there are a lot of parks. Many young professionals and retirees live in West Columbia and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in West Columbia are above average.

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About West Columbia...
Population
17,641

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$142,800
National
$217,500
Median Rent
$865
National
$1,062
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    45%
  • Own
    55%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
grade C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
  • Assault
    422.6
    national  282.7
  • Murder
    0
    national  6.1
  • Rape
    127.9
    national  40.7
  • Robbery
    155.7
    national  135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
  • Burglary
    822.9
    national  500.1
  • Theft
    5,248.5
    national  2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    594.9
    national  284

Residents

Diversity
grade A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    9%
  • 10-17 years
    5%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    18%
  • 35-44 years
    10%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    21%
Education Levels
  • Master's degree or higher
    12%
    national  12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    20%
    national  20%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    30%
    national  29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    27%
    national  27%
  • Less than high school diploma
    11%
    national  12%

Working in West Columbia

Jobs
grade B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$46,623
National
$62,843

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