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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  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
$131,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$869
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    49%
  • Own
    51%

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
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    477
    283
  • Murder
    6
    6
  • Rape
    41
  • Robbery
    146
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    675
    500
  • Theft
    3,977
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    255
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$38,964
National
$55,322
Children
14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    11%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    20%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    30%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    24%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    16%
    13%
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Living in West Columbia is the best. I was born here and having been living here my whole life and I am 18 now. The education I have received from elementary to high school has been excellent and exceptional and if I ever needed tutoring or help with work I usually received it. One of my other favorite things is the accessibility of restaurants. I love that I am near my two favorite restaurants, Chick-fil-a and Texas Roadhouse. Lastly, I truly love living in West Columbia because of how close I am to all my family members and all the friends I have made. West Columbia is truly the place everyone needs to live.
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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.
The community is fairly conservative, but there are enclaves of progressive spaces and folks in very close vacinity. The area offers a nationally recognized zoo -Riverbanks Zoo- as well as water front parks, and many cultural activities. The schools are very good and offer many extra activities. The beach is only about an hour and a half away to the south of us and mountains a similar distance to the north of us.