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Columbia, SC

Columbia leans liberal and has a Democratic representative in Congress. However, the city is politically segregated with clear Democratic and Republican enclaves, which commonly can be attributed to racial divides
133,352
Columbia Population7
$
40,707
Median Income6
18.4
%
Unemployment Rate16
 

City Score

 

Population

Unlike most cities in the United States where the median age increased by an average of 1.0 years since 2010, the median age of Columbia decreased by 0.4 years even though the fastest growing segment, 65- to 74-year olds, grew by 38%

Age

28.3
Median Age7
4.5
%
Population Growth Since 20107

Proportion of Population by Age Group vs. United States average7

 

Race and Ethnicity

Columbia residents are predominantly white; however, the city is slowly becoming more diverse as the white community has shrunk by 3.0% since 2010, while the Black community, 2nd largest in the city, has shrunk by 0.3%

Race

63.7
%
South Carolina Population, White7
61.1
%
United States population, White7

Population Distribution by Race/Ethnicity7

 

Climate

Columbia has warm summers and mild winters. The temperature drops to 32°F or below 54 days per year with an average temperature in July of 82°F

Weather

30
%
Chance of Rain10
64
%
Chance of Sunshine3

Average Temperature38

 

Housing

The average home value in Columbia increased by 7% since 2010 which is 36% lower than the national average and 20% lower than the state average

Rent

$
1,150
Monthly Average11
55
%
Renters39

Average Home Value5

 

Taxes

Columbia is an average tax location with property tax 49% lower than the national average, but income tax 20% higher than the national average and sales tax 17% higher than the national average.

Other

0.57
%
Property Tax20
8.0
%
Sales Tax18
2.4
%
Vehicle Tax20

Effective Income Tax Rate at Various Income Levels (Married, Filing Jointly)40

 

Employment

Columbia has a very low employment rate of 82% which is 13% lower than the national average. The largest employers are BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina and Prisma Health

Income

22.9
%
<$25,0006
11.7
%
$100,000+6

Distribution by Industry16

 

Politics

Columbia leans liberal and has a Democratic representative in Congress. However, the city is politically segregated with clear Democratic and Republican enclaves, which commonly can be attributed to racial divides

2016 Presidential Election Results42

Representatives

Mayor26 Stephen K. Benjamin
Democratic
House of Representative26 James Clyburn
Democratic
 

Healthcare

The nearest 5-star hospital, Prisma Health Baptist Parkridge, is 10.3 miles from the center of Columbia, the nearest Veterans Affairs medical center, Columbia VA Health Care System - Wm. Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center, is 12.0 miles away, and the nearest top-rated hospital for cancer care, Augusta University Medical Center, is 66.0 miles away

Medicare-Rated Hospitals (<50 Miles)2

Is Marijuana Legal?

Medical27 No
Decriminalized27 No
 

Safety

In South Carolina, 45.0% of adults live in a household with at least one gun, which is a marginal decrease from 2000 when 49.2% of adults lived in households with guns

Gun Laws

No
Universal Background Checks28
No
Permit to Purchase Law28

Property Crimes and Violent Crimes per 100,000 Residents

 

Recognition

#48 2020 Best Cities to Live by Niche29
#98 2020 Best Cities to Retire by Niche30
#75 2020 Best Cities for Families by Niche31
#67 2019 Best Cities to Live by U.S. News & World Report32
#29 2019 Best Cities to Retire by WalletHub33
#87 2019 Best Cities for Healthcare by healthgrades34
 

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