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Columbia, South Carolina - Basic Facts

The City of Columbia is the largest city in South Carolina with a population of 134,874 as of July 1, 2016. Columbia ranks in the upper quartile for 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 Columbia is located at latitude 34.0298 and longitude -80.8966 in Richland County. The formal boundaries for the City of Columbia (see map below) encompass a land area of 133.06 sq. miles and a water area of 2.72 sq. miles. Richland County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 302 feet.

While the primary coordinates for City of Columbia are located in Richland County, it should be noted that the formal boundaries for this community also extend into and Lexington County.

The City of Columbia (GNIS ID: 2404107) 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 Columbia is located within Fort Jackson Division of Richland County.

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

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


Total Population 134,874
Population in Households 106,953
Population in Familes 70,652
Population in Group Qrtrs 27,921
Population Density1 1,014
Diversity Index2 61


Total Households 48,560
Average Household Size 2.2
Family Households 23,513
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 55,988 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 21,316 (38.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 27,243 (48.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 7,428 (13.3%)
Median Home Value $172,410
Average Home Value $241,258


Median Household Income $39,712
Average Household Income $63,793
Per Capita Income $25,379
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.6% 0.9%
Households 0.89% 1.02%
Families 0.5% 0.73%
Median Household Income   1.72%
Per Capita Income   1.48%
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.

Columbia, SC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares 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 # 1 100th
Population Density1 # 123 69th
Diversity Index2 # 43 90th
Median Household Income # 168 58th
Per Capita Income # 77 81st

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE South Carolina Census Data Comparison Tool.