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.
|Population in Households||106,953|
|Population in Familes||70,652|
|Population in Group Qrtrs||27,921|
|Average Household Size||2.2|
|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)|
|Median Household Income||1.72%|
|Per Capita Income||1.48%|
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.
|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.