Columbia, SC Population

By | June 28, 2019

Population: 116,278. Estimated population in 2021: 117,088 (+0.7% change)
Males: 56,999 (49.0%), Females: 59,279 (51.0%)

Richland County

Zip codes: 29201, 29202, 29203, 29204, 29205, 29206, 29207, 29209, 29210, 29212, 29223, 29229.

Median resident age: 28.6 years
Median household income: $31,141
Median house value: $98,500

Races in Columbia:

  • White Non-Hispanic (48.2%)
  • Black (46.0%)
  • Hispanic (3.0%)
  • Two or more races (1.4%)
  • Other race (1.4%)
  • American Indian (0.6%)

Ancestries: German (8.3%), English (7.7%), Irish (6.2%), United States (5.2%), Scotch-Irish (3.3%), Scottish (2.2%).

Elevation: 314 feet

Land area: 125.2 square miles

Population

For population 25 years and over in Columbia

  • High school or higher: 82.3%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 35.7%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 14.3%
  • Unemployed: 10.2%
  • Mean travel time to work: 18.1 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Columbia city

  • Never married: 41.6%
  • Now married: 40.5%
  • Separated: 3.3%
  • Widowed: 6.5%
  • Divorced: 8.2%

4.1% Foreign born (1.5% Asia, 1.3% Latin America, 0.9% Europe).

Population change in the 1990s: +1,503 (+1.3%).

Hospitals

Hospitals/medical centers in Columbia:

  • G WERBER BRYAN PSYCH HOSP (220 FAISON DR)
  • HEALTHSOUTH REHAB HOSP OF COLUMBIA (2935 COLONIAL DR)
  • INTERMEDICAL HOSPITAL OF SC (TAYLOR AT MARION STREET)
  • PALMETTO HEALTH BAPTIST (TAYLOR AT MARION)
  • PALMETTO HEALTH RICHLAND (5 RICHLAND MEDICAL PARK)
  • PROVIDENCE HOSPITAL (2435 FOREST DR)
  • WILLIAM S HALL PSYCHIATRIC INSTITUTE (1800 COLONIAL DRIVE)

Airports

Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Columbia:

  • COLUMBIA METROPOLITAN (about 10 miles; COLUMBIA, SC; Abbreviation: CAE)
  • MC ENTIRE ANGS (about 18 miles; EASTOVER, SC; Abbreviation: MMT)
  • SHAW AFB (about 38 miles; SUMTER, SC; Abbreviation: SSC)
Other public-use airports nearest to Columbia:

  • COLUMBIA OWENS DOWNTOWN (about 4 miles; COLUMBIA, SC; Abbreviation: CUB)
  • LEXINGTON COUNTY (about 17 miles; GASTON, SC; Abbreviation: 7J1)
  • FAIRFIELD COUNTY (about 21 miles; WINNSBORO, SC; Abbreviation: FDW)
Amtrak station:
COLUMBIA (850 PULASKI ST.). Services: ticket office, fully wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, vending machines, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for car rental service, taxi stand.

Colleges and Universities

Colleges/Universities in Columbia:

  • UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA AT COLUMBIA (Full-time enrollment: 19,682; Public; Website: www.sc.edu; Offers Doctor’s degree)
  • MIDLANDS TECHNICAL COLLEGE (Full-time enrollment: 5,958; Location: PO BOX 2408; Public; Website: www.midlandstech.com)
  • BENEDICT COLLEGE (Full-time enrollment: 2,880; Location: 1600 HARDEN ST; Private, not-for-profit; Website: www.benedict.edu)
  • COLUMBIA COLLEGE (Full-time enrollment: 1,272; Location: 1301 COLUMBIA COLLEGE DR; Private, not-for-profit; Website: www.columbiacollegesc.edu; Offers Master’s degree)
  • COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY (Full-time enrollment: 888; Location: 7435 MONTICELLO RD; Private, not-for-profit; Website: www.ciu.edu; Offers Doctor’s degree)
  • ALLEN UNIVERSITY (Full-time enrollment: 169; Location: 1530 HARDEN ST; Private, not-for-profit)
  • COLUMBIA JUNIOR COLLEGE (Full-time enrollment: 150; Location: 3810 MAIN ST; Private, for-profit)
  • LUTHERAN THEOLOGICAL SOUTHERN SEMINARY (Full-time enrollment: 128; Location: 4201 N MAIN ST; Private, not-for-profit; Offers Master’s degree)
  • KENNETH SHULER SCHOOL OF COSMETOLOGY & NAIL DESIGN (Full-time enrollment: 99; Location: 449 ST ANDREWS RD; Private, for-profit; Website: [email protected])
  • PALMETTO BAPTIST MEDICAL CENTER SCHOOL OF MED TECH (Location: TAYLOR AT MARION ST; Private, not-for-profit)
  • PAL TRAVEL SCHOOL (Location: 2301 BELTLINE BLVD; Private, for-profit)
  • SOUTH CAROLINA INSTITUTE OF REAL ESTATE (Location: 10 DIAMOND LN; Private, for-profit)
Other colleges/universities with over 2000 students near Columbia:

  • SOUTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY (about 43 miles; ORANGEBURG, SC; Full-time enrollment: 3,971)
  • UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA AT AIKEN (about 58 miles; AIKEN, SC; Full-time enrollment: 2,636)
  • YORK TECHNICAL COLLEGE (about 62 miles; ROCK HILL, SC; Full-time enrollment: 2,221)
  • WINTHROP UNIVERSITY (about 69 miles; ROCK HILL, SC; Full-time enrollment: 4,976)
  • AUGUSTA STATE UNIVERSITY (about 79 miles; AUGUSTA, GA; Full-time enrollment: 3,778)
  • PIEDMONT TECHNICAL COLLEGE (about 80 miles; GREENWOOD, SC; Full-time enrollment: 2,406)
  • LANDER UNIVERSITY (about 81 miles; Greenwood, SC; Full-time enrollment: 2,429)
Biggest public high schools in Columbia:

  • RIDGE VIEW HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 2,339; Location: 4801 HARD SCRABBLE ROAD; Grades: 09 – 12)
  • SPRING VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 1,910; Location: 120 SPARKLEBERRY LN; Grades: 09 – 12)
  • IRMO HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 1,829; Location: 6671 ST ANDREWS RD; Grades: 09 – 12)
  • RICHLAND NORTHEAST HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 1,673; Location: 7500 BROOKFIELD; Grades: 09 – 12)
  • A C FLORA HIGH (Students: 1,384; Location: 1 FALCON DRIVE; Grades: 09 – 12)
  • DREHER HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 1,301; Location: 701 ADGER ROAD; Grades: 09 – 12)
  • EAU CLAIRE HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 993; Location: 4800 MONTICELLO ROAD; Grades: 09 – 12)
  • W J KEENAN HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 912; Location: 3455 PINE BELT ROAD; Grades: 09 – 12)
  • COLUMBIA HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 879; Location: 1701 WESTCHESTER DRIVE; Grades: 09 – 12)
  • C A JOHNSON HIGH (Students: 524; Location: 2219 BARHAMVILLE RD; Grades: 09 – 12)
Private high schools in Columbia:

  • BEN LIPPEN SCHOOLS (Students: 815; Location: PO BOX 3999; Grades: PK – 12)
  • HEATHWOOD HALL EPISCOPAL SCH (Students: 765; Location: 3000 SOUTH BELTLINE BLVD; Grades: PK – 12)
  • HAMMOND SCHOOL (Students: 725; Location: 854 GALWAY LANE; Grades: PK – 12)
  • CARDINAL NEWMAN SCHOOL (Students: 432; Location: 4701 FOREST DRIVE; Grades: 7 – 12)
  • CENTRAL CAROLINA CHRISTIAN ACD (Students: 82; Location: 2739 COVENANT RD; Grades: PK – 12)
  • PALMETTO BAPTIST ACADEMY (Students: 49; Location: 1510 S BELTLINE BLVD; Grades: PK – 12)
Biggest public primary/middle schools in Columbia:

  • SUMMIT PARKWAY MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 1,501; Location: 200 SUMMIT PARKWAY; Grades: KG – 08)
  • EDWARD L WRIGHT MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 1,431; Location: 2740 ALPINE RD; Grades: KG – 08)
  • DENT MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 1,123; Location: 2719 DECKER BLVD; Grades: 06 – 08)
  • CRAYTON MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 1,108; Location: 5000 CLEMSON AVE; Grades: 06 – 08)
  • CROSS ROADS MIDDLE (Students: 1,040; Location: 6949 ST ANDREWS RD; Grades: 06 – 06)
  • IRMO MIDDLE (Students: 1,036; Location: 6051 WESCOTT RD; Grades: 06 – 08)
  • HAND MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 969; Location: 2600 WHEAT ST; Grades: 06 – 08)
  • WINDSOR ELEMENTARY (Students: 890; Location: 9800 DUNBARTON DRIVE; Grades: PK – 05)
  • ST ANDREWS MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 870; Location: 1231 BLUEFIELD RD; Grades: 06 – 08)
  • RICE CREEK ELEMENTARY (Students: 817; Location: 4751 HARDSCRABBLE ROAD; Grades: PK – 05)
Biggest private primary/middle schools in Columbia:

  • ST. JOHN NEUMANN CATHOLIC ELEMENTARY SCH (Students: 349; Location: 721 POLO ROAD; Grades: PK – 6)
  • ST JOSEPH CATHOLIC SCHOOL (Students: 348; Location: 3700 DEVINE ST; Grades: PK – 6)
  • EASTMINSTER DAY SCHOOL (Students: 198; Location: 3200 TRENHOLM RD; Grades: PK – KG)
  • ST PETERS CATHOLIC SCHOOL (Students: 194; Location: 1035 HAMPTON ST; Grades: PK – 6)
  • SHANDON UNITED METHODIST PRESC (Students: 178; Location: 3407 DEVINE ST; Grades: PK – KG)
  • SHANDON PRESBYTERIAN CDC (Students: 170; Location: 4215 MIMOSA RD; Grades: PK – KG)
  • BEN LIPPEN ELEMENTARY (Students: 167; Location: 6952 ST ANDREWS RD; Grades: PK – 5)
  • ST MARTIN DE PORRES SCHOOL (Students: 149; Location: 2229 HAMPTON ST; Grades: PK – 6)
  • V V REID ELEMENTARY NURSERY (Students: 117; Location: 612 GABRIEL STREET; Grades: 1 – 5)
  • RIVERLAND HILLS BAPTIST CHURCH (Students: 107; Location: 500 ST ANDREWS RD; Grades: PK – KG)

Libraries

Library in Columbia:

  • RICHLAND COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $12,813,651; Location: 1431 ASSEMBLY STREET; 1,134,803 books; 45,554 audio materials; 30,630 video materials; 2,840 serial subscriptions)

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