The City of West Columbia had a population of 18,424 as of July 1, 2019. 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 33.9935 and longitude -81.074 in Lexington County. The formal boundaries for the City of West Columbia 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.
Alternate Unofficial Names for West Columbia: Aretasville, Brookland, Green Hill, New Brookland.
HOUSING AFFORDABILITY INDEX
|West Columbia, SC Housing Affordability Index is 172 |
State of South Carolina Housing Affordability Index is 149
|The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.|
|West Columbia, SC Wealth Index is 59 |
State of South Carolina Wealth Index is 81
|The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.|
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|Total Population||18,424 (100%)|
|Population in Households||18,069 (98.1%)|
|Population in Families||12,094 (65.6%)|
|Population in Group Quarters1||355 ( 1.9%)|
|Median Household Income||$46,904|
|Average Household Income||$60,910|
|Per Capita Income||$26,416|
|Total Housing Units||9,185 (100%)|
|Owner Occupied HU||4,158 (45.3%)|
|Renter Occupied HU||3,890 (42.4%)|
|Vacant Housing Units||1,137 (12.4%)|
|Median Home Value||$145,013|
|Housing Affordability Index3||172|
|Average Household Size||2.25|
|Average Family Size||3|
GROWTH RATE / YEAR
|Median Household Income||2.29%|
|Per Capita Income||2.56%|
The table below compares West Columbia to the other 397 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in South Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2019 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||# 32||92nd|
|Population Density||# 22||95th|
|Diversity Index||# 32||92nd|
|Median Household Income||# 137||66th|
|Per Capita Income||# 101||75th|
Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE South Carolina Census Data Comparison Tool.