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    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
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  12. Commute
    A-
West Columbia is a suburb of Columbia with a population of 15,947. 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 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.
About West Columbia...
Population
15,947

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%
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West Columbia Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    651
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    183
    41
  • Robbery
    244
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    871
    500
  • Theft
    4,974
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    925
    284
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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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I've been living here since I was little. The one thing I can say about West Columbia, are the people, they can be friendly and welcoming. That's just about anywhere but here in the South, South Carolina people are not as bad as people who've never been or lived here would think. Southern people are polite. Racism? That's just about anywhere in the world. You look for it you'll find it but if not then you have nothing to worry about. I'm a person with a multiracial background. My family is British so living here is an eye opener but also you learn about the history of the South. The older generation are sometimes friendly but it all depends on who you meet and talk to. I've met and been blessed to meet some of the nicest people whilst living in South Carolina.
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My family has lived in West Columbia for twenty-three years. It has been a good experience for us. It is convenient to get to various towns in the Columbia area. Lexington and Irmo, SC are approximately 15-20 minutes away. Downtown Columbia is approximately 10 minutes away. It is nice to be close to the city, but not have to deal with all the traffic. It is pretty quiet at night.There are a lot of families in the area. There has been some robberies, but it is not too often. Overall, it is a low key place. I have enjoyed the proximity of Midlands Technical College being a five minute drive for me. There are some beautiful neighborhoods in the area, overall, I'd say it is an average place to live.
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.