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West Columbia, South Carolina - Basic Facts

The City of West Columbia had a population of 16,129 as of July 1, 2016. West Columbia ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in South Carolina. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for West Columbia is located at latitude 33.9905 and longitude -81.0951 in Lexington County. The formal boundaries for the City of West Columbia (see map below) encompass a land area of 7.18 sq. miles and a water area of 0.21 sq. miles. Lexington County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 282 feet.

The City of West Columbia (GNIS ID: 2405706) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

South Carolina is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of West Columbia is located within West Columbia-Cayce Division of Lexington County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with West Columbia population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for West Columbia: Aretasville, Brookland, Green Hill, New Brookland.

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West Columbia, SC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 16,129
Population in Households 15,789
Population in Familes 10,482
Population in Group Qrtrs 340
Population Density1 2,247
Diversity Index2 66


Total Households 7,037
Average Household Size 2.24
Family Households 3,584
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 8,270 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,379 (40.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 3,657 (44.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,233 (14.9%)
Median Home Value $134,016
Average Home Value $155,371


Median Household Income $40,989
Average Household Income $55,461
Per Capita Income $24,474
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.13% 1.07%
Households 0.86% 0.94%
Families 0.34% 0.74%
Median Household Income   1.09%
Per Capita Income   1.28%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

West Columbia, SC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares West Columbia to the other 396 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in South Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 32 92nd
Population Density1 # 17 96th
Diversity Index2 # 25 94th
Median Household Income # 148 63rd
Per Capita Income # 85 79th

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