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

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$130,000
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$850
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    46%
  • Own
    54%

West Columbia 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
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    477
    273
  • Murder
    6
    6
  • Rape
    41
  • Robbery
    146
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    675
    525
  • Theft
    3,977
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    255
    263

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$41,230
National
$53,889
Children
14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    11%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    21%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    29%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    23%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    15%
    13%
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West Columbia is a very dated area. Many businesses come and go in shopping centers and residents of this area are generally of low income. Despite poor area conditions, I like the proximity to Lexington, where many businesses flourish and the area is much nicer. West Columbia is comfortably close to both downtown Columbia as well as other lively destinations, such as Lake Murray. I would love to see reconstruction in the West Columbia area to make the atmosphere more lively. West Columbia could become more economically stable in the event new and booming businesses swoop in and spice things up.
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All of my life that I can remember I've been here in Columbia sc, we have rude and nice people just like everywhere else. We have litter in our streets, junk in our yards.. Rotten cars.. Burnt down homes and businesses. But we also have parks, clean water to drink, beautiful scenery including the riverwalk, downtown Columbia (five points) we have a great museum, plenty of nightlife and moat important to me.. Family. #blessed
West Columbia is a quiet city outside the state capital of Columbia. The neighborhoods are well kept. City services are handled efficiently for its residents. There are several activities within the city; ie. softball, baseball, basketball, soccer, football, etc. for anyone who wants to participate. There are also services for the elderly.
West Columbia is a well rounded community that anyone would love to live or work here.