The City of Columbia is the 2nd largest city in South Carolina with a population of 140,541 as of July 1, 2019. 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 34.0007 and longitude -81.0348 in Richland County. The formal boundaries for the City of Columbia 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 Columbia Division of Richland County.
HOUSING AFFORDABILITY INDEX
|Columbia, SC Housing Affordability Index is 112
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.|
|Columbia, SC Wealth Index is 74
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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|Population in Households||111,445|
|Population in Familes||72,553|
|Population in Group Qrtrs||29,096|
|Median Household Income||$41,385|
|Average Household Income||$70,723|
|Per Capita Income||$27,318|
|Total Housing Units||58,173 (100%)|
|Owner Occupied HU||22,058 (37.9%)|
|Renter Occupied HU||28,627 (49.2%)|
|Vacant Housing Units||7,488 (12.9%)|
|Median Home Value||$194,849|
|Housing Affordability Index2||112|
|Average Household Size||2.2|
|Average Family Size||3|
GROWTH RATE / YEAR
|Median Household Income||3.89%|
|Per Capita Income||2.79%|
The table below compares 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||# 2||100th|
|Population Density||# 127||68th|
|Diversity Index||# 47||88th|
|Median Household Income||# 190||52nd|
|Per Capita Income||# 88||78th|
Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE South Carolina Census Data Comparison Tool.