Columbia, South Carolina

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Population in 2013: 133,358 (100% urban, 0% rural). Population change since 2000: +14.7%
 
Males: 68,850  (51.6%)
Females: 64,508  (48.4%)
Median resident age:  28.5 years
South Carolina median age:  38.0 years

Zip codes: 29044, 29045, 29061, 29063, 29147, 29202, 29203, 29204, 29205, 29207, 29208, 29210, 29212, 29225, 29229.

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Estimated median household income in 2012: $41,837 (it was $31,141 in 2000)
Columbia:

$41,837
SC:

$43,107
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $22,621 (it was $18,853 in 2000)

Columbia city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $162,900 (it was $96,800 in 2000)
Columbia:

$162,900
SC:

$135,500
Mean prices in 2012: All housing units: $216,925; Detached houses: $225,324; Townhouses or other attached units: $154,306; In 2-unit structures: $206,757; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $132,311; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $187,828; Mobile homes: $14,255

Median gross rent in 2012: $787.

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  • White alone - 63,208 (48.7%)
  • Black alone - 54,583 (42.1%)
  • Hispanic - 6,228 (4.8%)
  • Asian alone - 2,705 (2.1%)
  • Two or more races - 2,514 (1.9%)
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone - 204 (0.2%)
  • American Indian alone - 167 (0.1%)
  • Other race alone - 148 (0.1%)

Races in Columbia detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Columbia: 89.2 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: German (8.4%), English (8.2%), Irish (8.2%), United States (6.5%), Scotch-Irish (2.6%), Scottish (2.5%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Incorporated in 1805

Elevation: 314 feet

Land area: 125.2 square miles.

Population density: 1,065 people per square mile   (low).

Columbia,SC real estate house value index trend

Columbia, South Carolina map

For population 25 years and over in Columbia:

  • High school or higher: 87.3%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 42.0%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 17.5%
  • Unemployed: 8.9%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 14.6 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Columbia city:

  • Never married: 52.4%
  • Now married: 31.3%
  • Separated: 2.7%
  • Widowed: 4.1%
  • Divorced: 9.5%

6,327 residents are foreign born (1.3% Asia, 0.8% Europe).

This city:  4.8%
South Carolina:  4.7%



According to our research of South Carolina and other state lists there were 608 registered sex offenders living in Columbia, South Carolina as of May 04, 2015.
The ratio of number of residents in Columbia to the number of sex offenders is 217 to 1.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $1,314 (0.8%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $996 (0.7%)

Columbia satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Charlotte, NC (83.0 miles , pop. 540,828).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Philadelphia, PA (525.2 miles , pop. 1,517,550).

Nearest cities: Forest Acres, SC (1.7 miles ), Arcadia Lakes, SC (1.9 miles ), West Columbia, SC (2.1 miles ), Cayce, SC (2.2 miles ), Dentsville, SC (2.3 miles ), Woodfield, SC (2.3 miles ), St. Andrews, SC (2.3 miles ), Springdale, SC (2.6 miles ).

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 285 buildings, average cost: $115,000
  • 1998: 397 buildings, average cost: $125,800
  • 1999: 385 buildings, average cost: $148,100
  • 2000: 416 buildings, average cost: $131,100
  • 2001: 443 buildings, average cost: $134,500
  • 2002: 398 buildings, average cost: $130,200
  • 2003: 372 buildings, average cost: $149,500
  • 2004: 523 buildings, average cost: $146,900
  • 2005: 597 buildings, average cost: $143,700
  • 2006: 667 buildings, average cost: $148,700
  • 2007: 700 buildings, average cost: $132,600
  • 2008: 434 buildings, average cost: $142,700
  • 2009: 265 buildings, average cost: $112,900
  • 2010: 203 buildings, average cost: $128,700
  • 2011: 199 buildings, average cost: $191,200
  • 2012: 198 buildings, average cost: $141,400

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Latitude: 34.02 N, Longitude: 81.01 W

Nickname or alias (official or unofficial): The Capital of Southern Hospitality

Daytime population change due to commuting: +85,392 (+65.0%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 39,253 (65.0%)

Area code: 803

Columbia household income distribution Columbia home values distribution

Property values in Columbia, SC


Crime rates in Columbia by Year
Type 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Murders 121510151815716131316
per 100,000 10.712.78.412.715.212.75.913.310.410.212.3
Rapes 4062835874565667566874
per 100,000 35.552.769.748.962.347.547.155.644.653.256.7
Robberies 493442497461464381375345334379345
per 100,000 438.1375.4417.5388.9390.6323.1315.4286.2266.2296.4264.4
Assaults 9557819498089618598521,114676878871
per 100,000 848.6663.2797.2681.6808.9728.5716.5924.1538.7686.6667.4
Burglaries 1,2091,4261,6391,3951,7031,3321,2541,2671,1821,6781,699
per 100,000 1074.31211.01376.91176.91433.51129.71054.61051.0941.91312.11301.9
Thefts 6,5086,8636,2135,9076,7505,5135,0865,0664,9985,3215,528
per 100,000 5782.95828.25219.44983.35681.94675.64277.24202.43982.94160.84236.1
Auto thefts 750985916825819837654630645690671
per 100,000 666.4836.5769.5696.0689.4709.9550.0522.6514.0539.6514.2
Arson 4729N/A1527262724251111
per 100,000 41.824.6N/A12.722.722.122.719.919.98.68.4
City-data.com crime rate (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 308.9) 670.6658.3683.1617.9700.0593.5543.7589.9481.6557.2551.4

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City-data.com crime rate counts serious crimes more heavily. It adjusts for the number of visitors and daily workers commuting into cities.

Crime rate in Columbia detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson
Full-time law enforcement employees in 2012, including police officers: 450 (389 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.95
South Carolina average:

2.36

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    Unemployment in June 2014:
    Here:

    7.0%
    South Carolina:

    5.7%

    Unemployment by year (%)

    Historical population

    Historical housing units


    Population change in the 1990s: +1,503 (+1.3%).
    Most common industries (%)
    Males Females
    • Educational services (12%)
    • Public administration (8%)
    • Accommodation and food services (8%)
    • Professional, scientific, and technical services (8%)
    • Construction (8%)
    • Health care (6%)
    • Finance and insurance (5%)
    • Educational services (18%)
    • Health care (14%)
    • Public administration (11%)
    • Accommodation and food services (9%)
    • Finance and insurance (6%)
    • Professional, scientific, and technical services (5%)
    • Social assistance (4%)
    Most common occupations (%)
    Males Females
    • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (5%)
    • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4%)
    • Postsecondary teachers (4%)
    • Computer specialists (4%)
    • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (4%)
    • Lawyers (3%)
    • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (3%)
    • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (6%)
    • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (5%)
    • Cashiers (5%)
    • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (4%)
    • Secretaries and administrative assistants (4%)
    • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4%)
    • Retail sales workers except cashiers (4%)

    Work and jobs in Columbia: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

    Average climate in Columbia, South Carolina

    Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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    Tornado activity:

    Columbia-area historical tornado activity is slightly above South Carolina state average. It is 32% greater than the overall U.S. average.

    On 3/28/1984, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 28.3 miles away from the Columbia city center killed 5 people and injured 49 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

    On 8/16/1994, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 13.9 miles away from the city center injured 40 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

    Earthquake activity:

    Columbia-area historical earthquake activity is near South Carolina state average. It is 85% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

    On 8/2/1974 at 08:52:09, a magnitude 4.9 (4.3 MB, 4.9 LG, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 85.4 miles away from the city center
    On 11/22/1974 at 05:25:55, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB) earthquake occurred 92.0 miles away from Columbia center
    On 8/21/1992 at 16:31:55, a magnitude 4.4 (4.1 MB, 4.1 LG, 4.4 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 84.5 miles away from the city center
    On 11/11/2002 at 23:39:29, a magnitude 4.4 (4.0 MB, 4.4 LG, Depth: 1.5 mi) earthquake occurred 127.7 miles away from the city center
    On 11/30/1973 at 07:48:41, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB, 4.6 ML) earthquake occurred 207.9 miles away from Columbia center
    On 4/13/1998 at 09:56:11, a magnitude 3.9 (3.5 MB, 3.9 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 51.5 miles away from the city center
    Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML)

    Natural disasters:

    The number of natural disasters in Richland County (8) is smaller than the US average (12).
    Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 5
    Emergencies Declared: 3

    Causes of natural disasters: Hurricanes: 4, Drought: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Tropical Storm: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
    Columbia topographic map

    Birthplace of: Danny Wofford - Boxer, Billy Laval - College baseball coach, Young Jeezy - Rapper, Dooley Womack - Baseball player, Joseph Bernardin - Catholic cardinal, Randall Kennedy - Rhodes scholar, Charles F. Bolden, Jr. - Astronaut, William O. Brice - Marine Corps general, Bobby Johnson - Football player and coach, Stanley Donen - (born 1924), director.

    Main business address for: FIRST CITIZENS BANCORPORATION INC (STATE COMMERCIAL BANKS), AFFINITY TECHNOLOGY GROUP INC (PATENT OWNERS & LESSORS), SCANA CORP (ELECTRIC & OTHER SERVICES COMBINED), UCI MEDICAL AFFILIATES INC (SERVICES-SPECIALTY OUTPATIENT FACILITIES, NEC), SCBT FINANCIAL CORP (STATE COMMERCIAL BANKS), SOUTH CAROLINA ELECTRIC & GAS CO (ELECTRIC & OTHER SERVICES COMBINED).

    Hospitals in Columbia:

    • ARCHIE DR. COMM. RES. (33 ARCHIE DR.)
    • COLUMBIA SC VA MEDICAL CENTER (Government Federal, provides emergency services, 6439 GARNERS FERRY ROAD)
    • DYNAMIC HOSPICE (510 HEYWARD STREET)
    • G WERBER BRYAN PSYCH HOSP (provides emergency services, 220 FAISON DR)
    • HENDRIX STREET COMMUNITY RESID (425 HENDRIX STREET)
    • JAMES F BYRNES CENTER (provides emergency services, 2100 BULL ST BOX 119)
    • ODYSSEY HEALTHCARE OF COLUMBIA, LP (200 CENTER POINT CIRCLE, SUITE170)
    • PALMETTO HOSPICE (9 RICHLAND MEDICAL PARK SUITE 350)
    • SOUTH CAROLINA STATE HOSP- (2100 BULL ST)
    • UNITED HOSPICE INC (6300 ST ANDREWS RD P O BOX 212294)

    Airports and heliports located in Columbia:

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    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/Universities in Columbia:

    • University of South Carolina-Columbia (Full-time enrollment: 27,789; Location: Columbia-Campus; Public; Website: www.sc.edu/; Offers Doctor's degree)
    • Benedict College (FT enrollment: 3,039; Location: 1600 Harden Street; Private, not-for-profit; Website: www.benedict.edu)
    • South University-Columbia (FT enrollment: 1,230; Location: 9 Science Court; Private, for-profit; Website: www.southuniversity.edu; Offers Doctor's degree)
    • Columbia College (FT enrollment: 1,221; Location: 1301 Columbia College Dr; Private, not-for-profit; Website: www.columbiasc.edu/; Offers Master's degree)
    • Columbia International University (FT enrollment: 968; Location: 7435 Monticello Rd; Private, not-for-profit; Website: www.ciu.edu; Offers Doctor's degree)
    • Fortis College-Columbia (FT enrollment: 735; Location: 246 Stoneridge Dr Ste 101; Private, for-profit; Website: www.fortis.edu/)
    • Allen University (FT enrollment: 681; Location: 1530 Harden Street; Private, not-for-profit; Website: allenuniversity.edu)
    • University of Phoenix-Columbia Campus (FT enrollment: 676; Location: 1001 Pinnacle Point Dr; Private, for-profit; Website: www.phoenix.edu; Offers Master's degree)
    • Remington College-Columbia Campus (FT enrollment: 497; Location: 607 Bush River Rd; Private, not-for-profit; Website: www.remingtoncollege.edu/columbia-south-carolina-technical-college)
    • ITT Technical Institute-Columbia (FT enrollment: 377; Location: 1628 Browning Road, Suite 180; Private, for-profit; Website: www.itt-tech.edu)
    • Virginia College-Columbia (FT enrollment: 375; Location: 7201 Two Notch Rd; Private, for-profit; Website: www.vc.edu)
    • Paul Mitchell The School-Columbia (FT enrollment: 242; Location: 700 Gervais Street Suite D; Private, for-profit; Website: columbia.paulmitchell.edu)
    • Centura College-Columbia (FT enrollment: 226; Location: 7500 Two Notch Road; Private, for-profit; Website: www.centuracollege.edu)
    • Southeastern Institute-Columbia (FT enrollment: 208; Location: 1420 Colonial Life Blvd, Suite 80; Private, for-profit; Website: www.southeasterninstitute.com)
    • Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology-Columbia (FT enrollment: 151; Location: 7474 Garners Ferry Road; Private, for-profit; Website: www.kennethshuler.com)
    • Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology and Nails-Columbia (FT enrollment: 111; Location: 449 Saint Andrews Rd; Private, for-profit; Website: www.kennethshuler.com)
    • Lenoir-Rhyne University-Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (FT enrollment: 85; Location: 4201 Main St; Private, not-for-profit; Website: ltss.lr.edu; Offers Master's degree)
    • Regency Beauty Institute-Columbia (FT enrollment: 44; Location: 260T Harbison Blvd, Unit 20; Private, for-profit; Website: www.regency.edu)
    • W L Bonner College (FT enrollment: 22; Location: 4430 Argent Ct; Private, not-for-profit; Website: www.wlbc.edu)

    Other colleges/universities with over 2000 students near Columbia:

    • Midlands Technical College (about 8 miles; West Columbia, SC; Full-time enrollment: 8,916)
    • Orangeburg Calhoun Technical College (about 35 miles; Orangeburg, SC; FT enrollment: 2,113)
    • South Carolina State University (about 38 miles; Orangeburg, SC; FT enrollment: 3,481)
    • Central Carolina Technical College (about 38 miles; Sumter, SC; FT enrollment: 3,108)
    • Denmark Technical College (about 50 miles; Denmark, SC; FT enrollment: 2,050)
    • University of South Carolina-Aiken (about 54 miles; Aiken, SC; FT enrollment: 2,815)
    • Aiken Technical College (about 59 miles; Graniteville, SC; FT enrollment: 2,107)

    Public high schools in Columbia:

    Private high schools in Columbia:

    • HAMMOND SCHOOL (Students: 994; Location: 854 GALWAY LN; Grades: PK - 12)
    • HEATHWOOD HALL EPISCOPAL SCHOOL (Students: 890; Location: 3000 S BELTLINE BLVD; Grades: PK - 12)
    • BEN LIPPEN SCHOOL (Students: 777; Location: 7401 MONTICELLO RD; Grades: PK - 12)
    • CARDINAL NEWMAN SCHOOL (Students: 447; Location: 4701 FOREST DR; Grades: 7 - 12)
    • COVENANT CLASSICAL CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (Students: 140; Location: 2801 STEPP DR; Grades: PK - 12)
    • SLOAN'S SCHOOL (Students: 101; Location: 171 STARLIGHT DR; Grades: 6 - 12)

    Biggest public elementary/middle schools in Columbia:

    Biggest private elementary/middle schools in Columbia:

    • VV REID SCHOOL (Students: 428; Location: 6005 DAVID ST; Grades: PK - 5)
    • ST JOHN NEUMANN CATHOLIC ELEM (Students: 378; Location: 721 POLO RD; Grades: PK - 6)
    • BETHEL LEARNING CENTER (Students: 300; Location: 819 WOODROW ST; Grades: PK - 4)
    • ST JOSEPH SCHOOL (Students: 299; Location: 3700 DEVINE ST; Grades: PK - 6)
    • EASTMINSTER DAY SCHOOL (Students: 214; Location: 3200 TRENHOLM RD; Grades: PK - KG)
    • SHANDON UNITED METHODIST PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN (Students: 208; Location: 3407 DEVINE ST; Grades: PK - KG)
    • CHESTERBROOK ACADEMY (Students: 189; Location: 1050 WILDWOOD CENTRE DR; Grades: PK - 1)
    • KILBOURNE PARK BAPTIST CHURCH WEEKDAY PRESCHOOL (Students: 161; Location: 4205 KILBOURNE RD; Grades: PK - KG)
    • MC GREGOR PRESBYTERIAN PRESCHOOL AND KINDERGARTEN (Students: 158; Location: 6505 SAINT ANDREWS RD; Grades: PK - KG)
    • ST PETERS CATHOLIC SCHOOL (Students: 150; Location: 1035 HAMPTON ST; Grades: PK - 6)
    See full list of schools located in Columbia

    Library in Columbia:

    • RICHLAND COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $19,161,807; Location: 1431 ASSEMBLY STREET; 1,259,404 books; 2,172 e-books; 52,485 audio materials; 45,721 video materials; 46 local licensed databases; 35 state licensed databases; 2,763 print serial subscriptions)

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    Notable locations in Columbia: Bells Camp (A), Weir Tower (B), Walden Correctional Institution (C), Waverly Sanitarium (D), Old Observatory (E), Melton Observatory (F), South Carolina Governors Mansion (G), Columbia - Richland Fire Station Atlas Road (H), Fort Jackson Fire Department (I), Columbia - Richland Fire Department Greenview (J), Columbia - Richland Fire Department Gills Creek (K), Columbia - Richland Fire Department Belvedere (L), Columbia - Richland Fire Department Shandon (M), Epworth Childrens Home (N), Carolina Childrens Home (O), World War Memorial (P), Woodrow College (Q), Welsh Humanities Building (R), Wardlaw College (S), Thornwell College (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

    Shopping Centers: Woodhill Mall Shopping Center (1), Sunset Shopping Center (2), Rosewood Shopping Center (3), Northway Plaza Shopping Center (4), Midland Shopping Center (5), Market Place Shopping Center (6), Landmark Square Shopping Center (7), Gonzales Gardens Shopping Center (8), Five Points Shopping Center (9). Display/hide their locations on the map

    Main business address in Columbia include: FIRST CITIZENS BANCORPORATION INC (A), SCANA CORP (B), UCI MEDICAL AFFILIATES INC (C), SCBT FINANCIAL CORP (D), SOUTH CAROLINA ELECTRIC & GAS CO (E). Display/hide their locations on the map

    Churches in Columbia include: Sweet Home Church (A), Trinity Church (B), Eastminster Church (C), Zion Baptist Church (D), Westminster Fellowship (E), Wesley United Methodist Church (F), Washington Street United Methodist Church (G), Trinity Episcopal Cathedral (H), Taylor Methodist Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

    Cemeteries: Salem Cemetery (1), Leevy Cemetery (2), Beulah Cemetery (3), Elmwood Cemetery (4), Macedonia Cemetery (5), Randolph Cemetery (6), Green Lawn Memorial Park (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

    Lakes, reservoirs, and swamps: Old Barstow Pond (A), Lake in the Woods (B), Chaver Pond (C), Weston Lake (D), Lower Twin Lake (E), Bells Pond (F), Boyden Arbor Pond (G), Clark Pond (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

    Streams, rivers, and creeks: Wildcat Creek (A), Smith Branch (B), Mack Creek (C), Rowell Creek (D), Rose Creek (E), Pen Branch (F), Nicholas Creek (G), Saluda River (H), Broad River (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

    Parks in Columbia include: Hollywood Park (1), Maxcy Gregg Park (2), Martin Luther King Jr. Park (3), Woodland Park (4), Williams-Brice Stadium (5), West Gervais Street Historic District (6), Waverly Historic District (7), Sims Park (8), Seaboard Park (9). Display/hide their locations on the map

    Tourist attractions: Edventure (Museums; 211 Gervais Street) (1), Columbia Museum of Art - Tours (1515 Main Street) (2), Columbia Museum of Art - Information (1515 Main Street) (3), Columbia Museum of Art - Gift Shop (1515 Main Street) (4), S C State Museum (301 Gervais Street) (5), Historic Columbia (Museums; 1601 Richland Street) (6), University of South Carolina - Prevention Center- South Caroliniana Lib (Cultural Attractions- Events- & Facilities; 700 Pickens Street) (7), University of South Carolina - Newsfilm Resource- Libraries of the University- Thomas Cooper Lib (Cultural Attractions- Events- & Facilities; Neutron Generator Bu) (8), The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints - Family History Lib (Cultural Attractions- Events- & Facilities; 4440 Fort Jackson Boulevard) (9). Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

    Hotels: Marriott Columbia (1200 Hampton Street) (1), Hampton Inn Columbia-SE-Fort Jackson (7333 Garners Ferry Road) (2), Embassy Suites Hotel (200 Stoneridge Drive) (3), Days Inn (911 Bush River Road) (4), Extended Stay America - Columbia- Sc (450 Gracern Rd) (5), American Inn (1337 Garner Lane) (6), Fairview Inn (499 Piney Grove Road) (7), Econo Lodge (4488 Fort Jackson Boulevard) (8), Claussen's Inn at Five Points (2003 Greene Street) (9). Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

    Courts: S C State GOVT - Judicial Department- Commission On Judicial Conduct (1015 Sumter Street) (1), S C State GOVT - Judicial Department- Commission On Lawyer Conduct (1015 Sumter Street) (2), U S Government - U S District Courts- Clerk Of Court- Courtroom Deputies Criminal Doc (901 Richland Street) (3), S C State GOVT - Judicial Department- Division of Finance and Perso (1015 Sumter Street) (4), Courts - Federal - Bankruptcy Court- Clerk's Office Information (1100 Laurel Street) (5), S C State Govt - Juvenile Probation & Intake- Family Court Richland County-Juvenile Justice D (1701 Main Street) (6), S C State Govt - Judicial Department- Supreme Court (1231 Gervais Street) (7), S C State Govt - Judicial Department- Court Of Appeals (1015 Sumter Street) (8), S C State Govt - Division Of Court Administration- Judicial Department- Court Administra (1015 Sumter Street) (9). Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

    Richland County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential

    Air pollution and air quality trends
    (lower is better)

    Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2012 was 62.4. This is about average.

    City:

    62.4
    U.S.:

    74.2

    Carbon Monoxide (CO) [ppm] level in 2012 was 0.143. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 1.5 miles away from the city center.

    City:

    0.143
    U.S.:

    0.303

    Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) [ppb] level in 2012 was 4.15. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 1.0 miles away from the city center.

    City:

    4.15
    U.S.:

    6.58

    Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2012 was 0.201. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 1.0 miles away from the city center.

    City:

    0.201
    U.S.:

    1.929

    Ozone [ppb] level in 2012 was 21.0. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 1.5 miles away from the city center.

    City:

    21.0
    U.S.:

    32.0

    Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2012 was 16.1. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 1.5 miles away from the city center.

    City:

    16.1
    U.S.:

    20.2

    Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2012 was 9.77. This is about average. Closest monitor was 1.9 miles away from the city center.

    City:

    9.77
    U.S.:

    9.14

    Lead (Pb) [µg/m3] level in 2012 was 0.00322. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 1.0 miles away from the city center.

    City:

    0.00322
    U.S.:

    0.01468

    Drinking water stations with addresses in Columbia and their reported violations in the past:

    COLUMBIA CITY OF (4010001) (Population served: 285,774, Surface water):
    Past monitoring violations:
    • Notification, State - In MAR-2013, Contaminant: E. COLI. Follow-up actions: St Formal NOV issued (APR-10-2013), St Show-cause Hearing (APR-22-2013), St Compliance achieved (APR-22-2013), St Public Notif requested (APR-22-2013), St Violation/Reminder Notice (APR-22-2013), St Admin Penalty assessed (JUL-09-2013), St AO (w/penalty) issued (JUL-09-2013), St Public Notif received (JUL-09-2013)
    • Single Turbidity Exceed (Enhanced SWTR) - In OCT-2009, Contaminant: IESWTR. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (DEC-01-2009), St Public Notif requested (DEC-01-2009), St Public Notif received (DEC-15-2009), St Formal NOV issued (JAN-12-2010), St Show-cause Hearing (FEB-26-2010), St AO (w/penalty) issued (MAR-01-2010), St Admin Penalty assessed (MAR-01-2010), St Compliance achieved (JUL-01-2010)
    • Single Turbidity Exceed (Enhanced SWTR) - In APR-2009, Contaminant: IESWTR. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (APR-01-2009), St Public Notif requested (APR-01-2009), St Public Notif received (APR-01-2009), St Formal NOV issued (JAN-12-2010), St Show-cause Hearing (FEB-26-2010), St AO (w/penalty) issued (MAR-01-2010), St Admin Penalty assessed (MAR-01-2010), St Compliance achieved (JUL-01-2010)
    • Single Turbidity Exceed (Enhanced SWTR) - In MAY-2007, Contaminant: IESWTR. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (JUN-19-2007), St Violation/Reminder Notice (JUN-19-2007), St Public Notif received (JUN-28-2007), St Compliance achieved (DEC-01-2007)
    • Single Turbidity Exceed (Enhanced SWTR) - In AUG-2005, Contaminant: IESWTR. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif received (OCT-01-2005), St Public Notif requested (NOV-17-2005), St Violation/Reminder Notice (NOV-17-2005), St Public Notif received (DEC-19-2005), St Compliance achieved (FEB-24-2006)
    LIEBER CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTE (1870050) (Address: SCDC-DIVISION OF FACILITIES MAINTENANCE , Population served: 1,750, Groundwater):
    Past monitoring violations:
    • One minor monitoring violation
    MACDOUGALL CORRECTIONAL INST (0870050) (Address: SCDC-DIVISION OF FACILITIES MAINTENANCE , Population served: 700, Groundwater):
    Past health violations:
    • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In SEP-2007, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif received (JUL-23-2007), St Public Notif requested (OCT-25-2007), St Violation/Reminder Notice (OCT-25-2007), St Public Notif received (JAN-08-2008), St Compliance achieved (DEC-11-2009)
    Past monitoring violations:
    • One minor monitoring violation
    LAKEWOOD MHP (4060032) (Population served: 147, Groundwater):
    Past health violations:
    • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In SEP-2008, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (NOV-13-2008), St Compliance achieved (OCT-01-2010)
    • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In AUG-2008, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (SEP-22-2008), St Violation/Reminder Notice (SEP-22-2008), St Public Notif received (NOV-01-2008), St Compliance achieved (OCT-01-2010)
    Past monitoring violations:
    • Monitoring, Source Water (GWR) - In JUL-01-2011, Contaminant: E. COLI. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (JUL-31-2011), St Public Notif requested (AUG-30-2011), St Violation/Reminder Notice (AUG-30-2011), St Compliance achieved (SEP-19-2011), St Public Notif received (JUN-28-2012)
    • Monitoring, Repeat Major (TCR) - In JUL-2011, Contaminant: Coliform (TCR). Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (AUG-30-2011), St Violation/Reminder Notice (AUG-30-2011), St Compliance achieved (SEP-19-2011), St Public Notif received (JUN-28-2012)
    • Follow-up Or Routine LCR Tap M/R - In OCT-01-2010, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (APR-18-2011), St Violation/Reminder Notice (APR-18-2011), St Public Notif received (MAY-11-2011), St Compliance achieved (AUG-19-2011)
    • Monitoring, Source Water (GWR) - In MAY-01-2010, Contaminant: E. COLI. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (JUL-01-2010), St Violation/Reminder Notice (JUL-01-2010), St Compliance achieved (JUL-01-2010), St Public Notif received (JUL-01-2011)
    • Follow-up Or Routine LCR Tap M/R - In OCT-01-2007, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (DEC-04-2007), St Compliance achieved (OCT-01-2010)
    • 3 routine major monitoring violations
    PINE RIDGE MHP (3260157) (Address: 2927 DEVINE ST - SUITE 230 , Population served: 100, Groundwater):
    Past monitoring violations:
    • Follow-up Or Routine LCR Tap M/R - In OCT-01-2005, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (DEC-12-2007), St Compliance achieved (DEC-31-2012)
    • 7 routine major monitoring violations
    ASHLEY ACRES INC (4060038) (Population served: 96, Groundwater):
    Past monitoring violations:
    • 2 routine major monitoring violations
    SANDY HILL MHP (4060064) (Population served: 81, Groundwater):
    Past health violations:
    • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In APR-2010, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (JUN-03-2010), St Violation/Reminder Notice (JUN-03-2010), St Public Notif received (JUN-29-2010), St Compliance achieved (JUL-01-2010)
    Past monitoring violations:
    • Monitoring, Source Water (GWR) - In OCT-01-2013, Contaminant: E. COLI. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (OCT-23-2013), St Violation/Reminder Notice (OCT-23-2013), St Compliance achieved (NOV-01-2013), St Public Notif received (NOV-18-2013)
    • Monitoring, Repeat Major (TCR) - In NOV-2006, Contaminant: Coliform (TCR). Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (DEC-28-2006), St Violation/Reminder Notice (DEC-28-2006), St Public Notif received (JAN-22-2007), St Compliance achieved (OCT-01-2010)
    • 7 routine major monitoring violations
    PALMETTO PARK (4060006) (Population served: 80, Groundwater):
    Past monitoring violations:
    • Follow-up Or Routine LCR Tap M/R - In JAN-01-2005, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (JAN-04-2005), St Violation/Reminder Notice (JAN-04-2005), St Compliance achieved (OCT-17-2005)

    Drinking water stations with addresses in Columbia that have no violations reported:

    • BAY CAPITAL WATER WORKS (4050031) (Population served: 493, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
    • BOARDWALK VILLA (3270304) (Address: ATTN: GAIL ARMSTRONG , Population served: 104, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
    • MCDONALDS MHP (4060010) (Population served: 36, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
    • WEBB WILDLIFE CENTER (2570677) (Population served: 30, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
    Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 22.3%
    (11.5% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 31.9% for Black residents)
    Average household size:
    This city:  2.2 people
    South Carolina:  2.5 people

    Percentage of family households:
    This city:  49.6%
    Whole state:  67.5%

    Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
    This city:  6.4%
    Whole state:  6.0%

    Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
    • Lesbian couples: 0.4% of all households
    • Gay men: 0.4% of all households

    People in group quarters in Columbia in 2010:

    • 11,567 people in military barracks and dormitories (nondisciplinary)
    • 9,787 people in college/university student housing
    • 6,028 people in state prisons
    • 920 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
    • 379 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
    • 255 people in correctional residential facilities
    • 223 people in other noninstitutional facilities
    • 211 people in correctional facilities intended for juveniles
    • 205 people in hospitals with patients who have no usual home elsewhere
    • 116 people in residential treatment centers for adults
    • 91 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
    • 61 people in group homes intended for adults
    • 48 people in residential treatment centers for juveniles (non-correctional)
    • 12 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals and psychiatric units in other hospitals
    • 9 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
    • 7 people in in-patient hospice facilities

    People in group quarters in Columbia in 2000:

    • 8,768 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
    • 7,074 people in military barracks, etc.
    • 4,031 people in state prisons
    • 745 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
    • 709 people in training schools for juvenile delinquents
    • 597 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals or wards
    • 578 people in nursing homes
    • 236 people in homes for the mentally ill
    • 96 people in homes for abused, dependent, and neglected children
    • 93 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
    • 33 people in halfway houses
    • 16 people in homes for the mentally retarded
    • 9 people in orthopedic wards and institutions for the physically handicapped
    • 5 people in military transient quarters for temporary residents

    Columbia, South Carolina environmental map by EPA

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    Columbia compared to South Carolina state average:

    • Black race population percentage above state average.
    • Median age significantly below state average.
    • Renting percentage above state average.
    • House age above state average.
    • Institutionalized population percentage significantly above state average.
    • Number of college students above state average.
    • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher significantly above state average.

    Arenas or stadiums:

    • Williams-Brice Stadium. Capacity: 80,250. South Carolina Gamecocks.
    • Carolina Coliseum. University of South Carolina.
    • Colonial Center. University of South Carolina.

    Banks with most branches in Columbia (2011 data):

    • Wells Fargo Bank, National Association: 21 branches. Info updated 2011/04/05: Bank assets: $1,161,490.0 mil, Deposits: $905,653.0 mil, headquarters in Sioux Falls, SD, positive income, 6395 total offices, Holding Company: Wells Fargo & Company
    • First Citizens Bank and Trust Company, Inc.: 15 branches. Info updated 2011/08/24: Bank assets: $8,104.0 mil, Deposits: $6,880.8 mil, local headquarters, positive income, 197 total offices, Holding Company: First Citizens Bancorporation, Inc.
    • Bank of America, National Association: 15 branches. Info updated 2009/11/18: Bank assets: $1,451,969.3 mil, Deposits: $1,077,176.8 mil, headquarters in Charlotte, NC, positive income, 5782 total offices, Holding Company: Bank Of America Corporation
    • Branch Banking and Trust Company: 9 branches. Info updated 2010/03/29: Bank assets: $168,867.6 mil, Deposits: $127,549.5 mil, headquarters in Winston Salem, NC, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 1793 total offices, Holding Company: Bb&T Corporation
    • Synovus Bank: 8 branches. Info updated 2011/01/25: Bank assets: $26,863.3 mil, Deposits: $22,415.0 mil, headquarters in Columbus, GA, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 296 total offices, Holding Company: Synovus Financial Corp.
    • TD Bank, National Association: 7 branches. Info updated 2010/10/04: Bank assets: $188,912.6 mil, Deposits: $153,149.8 mil, headquarters in Wilmington, DE, positive income, 1314 total offices, Holding Company: Toronto-Dominion Bank, The
    • Capital Bank, National Association: Messenger Service Branch, Garners Ferry Branch, Trenholm Branch, Northeast Branch, Columbia Main Branch. Info updated 2011/09/21: Bank assets: $6,448.0 mil, Deposits: $5,135.4 mil, headquarters in Miami, FL, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 152 total offices, Holding Company: North American Financial Holdings, Inc.
    • SCBT National Association: Forest Drive Branch, Gervais Street Branch, Columbia Northeast Branch, Messenger Service Branch, Irmo Branch. Info updated 2011/08/01: Bank assets: $3,893.8 mil, Deposits: $3,257.7 mil, headquarters in Orangeburg, SC, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 79 total offices, Holding Company: Scbt Financial Corporation
    • Woodforest National Bank: Harbison Blvd Branch, Columbia - Forest Drive Branch, Sc Columbia Branch, Columbia Branch. Info updated 2011/05/10: Bank assets: $3,488.9 mil, Deposits: $3,097.6 mil, headquarters in Houston, TX, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 766 total offices, Holding Company: Woodforest Financial Group Employee Stock Ownership Plan (With 401(K) Provisions) (Amended And
    • 11 other banks with 20 local branches

    Fire-safe hotels and motels in Columbia, South Carolina:

    • Best Western Plus, 7525 Two Notch Rd, Columbia, SC 29223 , Phone: (803) 736-6666, Fax: (803) 788-6011
    • Comfort Inn, 911 Bush River Rd, Columbia, SC 29210 , Phone: (803) 798-5101, Fax: (803) 798-5103
    • Days Inn, 827 Busch Riv Rd, Columbia, SC 29210 , Phone: (803) 772-9672, Fax: (803) 772-9672
    • Econo Lodge Inn & Suites, 7700 Two Notch Rd, Columbia, SC 29223 , Phone: (803) 788-5544, Fax: (803) 217-3941
    • Fairground Plaza Hotel, 621 S Assembly St, Columbia, SC 29201 , Phone: (803) 252-2000
    • Ramada, 7510 Two Notch Rd, Columbia, SC 29223 , Phone: (803) 736-3000, Fax: (803) 736-6399
    • Super 8 Motel, 5321 Forest Dr, Columbia, SC 29206 , Phone: (803) 790-1133, Fax: (803) 787-0560
    • Hotel Zimalcrest, 347 Zimalcrest Dr, Columbia, SC 29210 , Phone: (803) 731-2300, Fax: (803) 772-6965
    • 81 other hotels and motels
    All 89 fire-safe hotels and motels in Columbia, South Carolina

    Educational Attainment (%) in 2012

    School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012

    Columbia travel time to work - commute Columbia mode of transportation to work chart

    Most commonly used house heating fuel:

    • Electricity (56%)
    • Utility gas (43%)
    • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (1%)

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    Neighborhoods in Columbia:

    (Columbia, South Carolina Neighborhood Map)

    Religion statistics for Columbia city (based on Richland County data)

    Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 41.60%
    Here: 41.6%
    USA: 50.2%

    Adherents


    Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

    NameSouthern Baptist ConventionUnited Methodist ChurchCatholic ChurchPresbyterian Church (USA)Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
    Adherents32.5%16.8%9.5%7.4%6.5%
    Congregations24.4%15.0%2.8%5.5%8.3%
    NameEpiscopal ChurchAssociation Reformed Presbyterian ChurchPresbyterian Church in AmericaJewishOther
    Adherents5.8%3.2%3.0%2.1%13.3%
    Congregations4.7%3.1%2.8%0.8%32.7%
    Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
    Tables represent county-level data.

    Food Environment Statistics:

    Number of grocery stores: 53
    Richland County:

    1.48 / 10,000 pop.
    South Carolina:

    1.99 / 10,000 pop.
    Number of supercenters and club stores: 3
    This county:

    0.08 / 10,000 pop.
    State:

    0.15 / 10,000 pop.
    Number of convenience stores (no gas): 14
    Richland County:

    0.39 / 10,000 pop.
    South Carolina:

    0.85 / 10,000 pop.
    Number of convenience stores (with gas): 145
    Richland County:

    4.05 / 10,000 pop.
    State:

    5.38 / 10,000 pop.
    Number of full-service restaurants: 252
    Here:

    7.04 / 10,000 pop.
    State:

    7.75 / 10,000 pop.
    Adult diabetes rate:
    This county:

    10.1%
    South Carolina:

    10.6%
    Adult obesity rate:
    Richland County:

    30.0%
    South Carolina:

    29.4%
    Low-income preschool obesity rate:
    This county:

    9.3%
    State:

    13.4%
    Local government employment and payroll (March 2013)
    Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
    Financial Administration 52$222,521$51,3511$2,034
    Other Government Administration 83$301,914$43,6500$0
    Judicial and Legal 53$186,777$42,2890$0
    Police Protection - Officers 375$1,258,196$40,2620$0
    Police - Other 72$192,947$32,15828$34,014
    Firefighters 337$1,180,525$42,0363$3,363
    Fire - Other 156$709,689$54,5910$0
    Streets and Highways 165$550,642$40,0472$2,122
    Health 23$62,002$32,3490$0
    Solid Waste Management 102$252,127$29,6620$0
    Sewerage 159$455,315$34,3630$0
    Parks and Recreation 174$534,194$36,84144$40,257
    Housing and Community Development(Local) 34$151,951$53,6301$1,366
    Natural Resources 28$72,150$30,9210$0
    Water Supply 214$634,672$35,5891$530
    Other and Unallocable 83$255,153$36,8900$0
    Totals for Government 2,110$7,020,775$39,92980$83,686

    Columbia government finances - Expenditure in 2002 (per resident):

    • Construction - General: $10,639,000 ($79.78)
      Parks & Recreation: $2,430,000 ($18.22)
      Regular Highways: $1,216,000 ($9.12)
    • Current Operations - Water Utilities: $20,172,000 ($151.26)
      Police Protection: $20,160,000 ($151.17)
      General - Other: $14,142,000 ($106.05)
      Fire Protection: $12,542,000 ($94.05)
      Sewerage: $9,903,000 ($74.26)
      Solid Waste Management: $6,521,000 ($48.90)
      Parks & Recreation: $6,372,000 ($47.78)
      Central Staff Services: $2,878,000 ($21.58)
      Judicial and Legal Services: $2,774,000 ($20.80)
      Financial Administration: $2,559,000 ($19.19)
      Regular Highways: $2,367,000 ($17.75)
      Housing & Community Development: $1,909,000 ($14.31)
      Parking Facilities: $1,555,000 ($11.66)
      Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $1,468,000 ($11.01)
      Natural Resources - Other: $1,257,000 ($9.43)
      Health Services - Other: $859,000 ($6.44)
      General Public Buildings: $821,000 ($6.16)
      Transit Utilities: $550,000 ($4.12)
    • General - Interest on Debt: $1,346,000 ($10.09)
    • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - Fire Protection: $13,759,000 ($103.17)
    • Other Capital Outlay - Water Utilities: $16,526,000 ($123.92)
      Sewerage: $8,140,000 ($61.04)
      Police Protection: $5,160,000 ($38.69)
      Parking Facilities: $716,000 ($5.37)
      General - Other: $464,000 ($3.48)
      Solid Waste Management: $155,000 ($1.16)
      Parks & Recreation: $148,000 ($1.11)
      Natural Resource - Other: $123,000 ($0.92)
      Fire Protection: $120,000 ($0.90)
      Central Staff: $75,000 ($0.56)
      Financial Administration: $66,000 ($0.49)
      Regular Highways: $29,000 ($0.22)
      Judicial: $23,000 ($0.17)
      Health - Other: $15,000 ($0.11)
      Protective Inspection & Regulation, NEC: $4,000 ($0.03)
      General Public Building: $1,000 ($0.01)
    • Total Salaries & Wages: $64,183,000 ($481.28)
    • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $8,364,000 ($62.72)

    Columbia government finances - Revenue in 2002 (per resident):

    • Charges - Sewerage: $33,660,000 ($252.40)
      All Other: $5,289,000 ($39.66)
      Parking Facilities: $4,900,000 ($36.74)
      Parks & Recreation: $4,276,000 ($32.06)
      Solid Waste Management: $992,000 ($7.44)
    • Local Intergovernmental - All Other: $15,953,000 ($119.63)
      General Support: $1,290,000 ($9.67)
    • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $10,890,000 ($81.66)
      General Revenue, NEC: $7,011,000 ($52.57)
      Rents: $535,000 ($4.01)
    • Revenue - Water Utilities: $37,956,000 ($284.62)
      Transit Utilities: $413,000 ($3.10)
    • State Intergovernmental - General Support: $5,790,000 ($43.42)
      All Other: $1,810,000 ($13.57)
      Highways: $333,000 ($2.50)
    • Tax - Property: $31,732,000 ($237.95)
      NEC: $16,816,000 ($126.10)
      Public Utilities: $5,761,000 ($43.20)
      Other Selective Sales: $1,455,000 ($10.91)

    Columbia government finances - Debt in 2002 (per resident):

    • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding - Water Utilities: $159,520,000 ($1196.18)
    • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding, NEC: $22,440,000 ($168.27)
    • Long Term Debt Issue, Unspecified - Water Utilities: $41,500,000 ($311.19)
      Other NEC: $27,690,000 ($207.64)
    • Long Term Debt Outstanding - Full Faith & Credit - Other, NEC: $8,521,000 ($63.90)
    • Long Term Debt Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Water Utilities: $146,581,000 ($1099.15)
      Other, NEC: $38,681,000 ($290.05)
    • Long Term Debt Retired Unspecified - Water Utilities: $54,439,000 ($408.22)
      Other, NEC: $2,928,000 ($21.96)

    Columbia government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002 (per resident):

    • Bond Fund - Cash & Deposits: $51,286,000 ($384.57)
    • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $144,811,000 ($1085.88)
    • Sinking Fund - Cash & Deposits: $67,060,000 ($502.86)

    8.35% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($37,450 average adjusted gross income)

    Here:

    8.35%
    South Carolina average:

    6.90%

    0.18% of residents moved from foreign countries ($970 average AGI)
    Richland County:

    0.18%
    South Carolina average:

    0.07%

    Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
    from Lexington County, SC  1.66% ($33,189 average AGI)
    from Kershaw County, SC  0.26% ($32,331)
    from Sumter County, SC  0.24% ($28,245)


    8.29% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($37,861 average adjusted gross income)

    Here:

    8.29%
    South Carolina average:

    6.53%

    0.19% of residents moved to foreign countries ($934 average AGI)
    Richland County:

    0.19%
    South Carolina average:

    0.09%

    Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
    to Lexington County, SC  1.81% ($38,948 average AGI)
    to Charleston County, SC  0.29% ($41,580)
    to Kershaw County, SC  0.27% ($36,220)

    Strongest AM radio stations in Columbia:

    • WBAJ (890 AM; daytime; 50 kW; BLYTHEWOOD, SC; Owner: FAMILY FIRST)
    • WCOS (1400 AM; 1 kW; COLUMBIA, SC; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
    • WQXL (1470 AM; 5 kW; COLUMBIA, SC; Owner: METRO COMMUNICATIONS, INCORP.)
    • WISW (1320 AM; 5 kW; COLUMBIA, SC; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
    • WCEO (840 AM; daytime; 50 kW; COLUMBIA, SC; Owner: EASTERN BROADCASTING GROUP, INC.)
    • WVOC (560 AM; 5 kW; COLUMBIA, SC; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
    • WOIC (1230 AM; 1 kW; COLUMBIA, SC; Owner: URBAN RADIO OF SOUTH CAROLINA, LLC)
    • WGCV (620 AM; 1 kW; CAYCE, SC; Owner: GLORY COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
    • WLGO (1170 AM; daytime; 10 kW; LEXINGTON, SC; Owner: LEVAS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
    • WAGL (1560 AM; daytime; 50 kW; LANCASTER, SC; Owner: PALMETTO BROADCASTING SYSTEM, INC.)
    • WBCU (1460 AM; 50 kW; UNION, SC)
    • WBT (1110 AM; 50 kW; CHARLOTTE, NC; Owner: JEFFERSON-PILOT COMMUNICATNS CO. OF NORTH CAROLINA)
    • WLFJ (660 AM; daytime; 50 kW; GREENVILLE, SC; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)

    Strongest FM radio stations in Columbia:

    • WLTY (96.7 FM; CAYCE, SC; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
    • WARQ (93.5 FM; COLUMBIA, SC; Owner: URBAN RADIO OF SOUTH CAROLINA, LLC)
    • WUSC-FM (90.5 FM; COLUMBIA, SC; Owner: THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA)
    • WMHK (89.7 FM; COLUMBIA, SC; Owner: COLUMBIA BIBLE COLLEGE B/CING CO.)
    • WOMG (103.1 FM; COLUMBIA, SC; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
    • W240AX (95.9 FM; COLUMBIA, SC; Owner: BIBLE BROADCASTING NETWORK, INC.)
    • WCOS-FM (97.5 FM; COLUMBIA, SC; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
    • WLTR (91.3 FM; COLUMBIA, SC; Owner: SOUTH CAROLINA EDUCATIONAL TV COMMISSION)
    • WNOK (104.7 FM; COLUMBIA, SC; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
    • WXBT (100.1 FM; WEST COLUMBIA, SC; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
    • WWDM (101.3 FM; SUMTER, SC; Owner: URBAN RADIO OF SOUTH CAROLINA, LLC)
    • WMFX (102.3 FM; ST. ANDREWS, SC; Owner: URBAN RADIO OF SOUTH CAROLINA, LLC)
    • WTCB (106.7 FM; ORANGEBURG, SC; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
    • W207BQ (89.3 FM; COLUMBIA, SC; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.)
    • WYFV (88.7 FM; CAYCE, SC; Owner: BIBLE BROADCASTING NETWORK, INC.)
    • WFMV (95.3 FM; SOUTH CONGAREE, SC; Owner: GLORY COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
    • WLXC (98.5 FM; LEXINGTON, SC; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
    • WZMJ (93.1 FM; BATESBURG, SC; Owner: URBAN RADIO OF SOUTH CAROLINA, LLC)
    • WHXT (103.9 FM; ORANGEBURG, SC; Owner: URBAN RADIO OF SOUTH CAROLINA, LLC)
    • WRJA-FM (88.1 FM; SUMTER, SC; Owner: SOUTH CAROLINA EDUCATIONAL TV COMMISSION)

    TV broadcast stations around Columbia:

    • W21CA (Channel 21; COLUMBIA, SC; Owner: DOVE BROADCASTING, INC.)
    • WRLK-TV (Channel 35; COLUMBIA, SC; Owner: SOUTH CAROLINA EDUCATIONAL TV COMMISSION)
    • WLTX (Channel 19; COLUMBIA, SC; Owner: PACIFIC AND SOUTHERN COMPANY, INC.)
    • WOLO-TV (Channel 25; COLUMBIA, SC; Owner: SOUTH CAROLINA BROADCASTING PARTNERS)
    • WACH (Channel 57; COLUMBIA, SC; Owner: RAYCOM AMERICA, INC.)
    • WIS (Channel 10; COLUMBIA, SC; Owner: LIBCO, INC.)
    • W39CL (Channel 39; COLUMBIA, SC; Owner: NATIONAL MINORITY T.V., INC.)
    • WBHQ (Channel 63; SUMTER, SC; Owner: COLUMBIA BROADCASTING, INC.)
    • W31BS (Channel 31; ORANGEBURG, SC; Owner: DOVE BROADCASTING INC.)
    • W67DP (Channel 67; COLUMBIA, SC; Owner: DOVE BROADCASTING, INC.)
    • WRJA-TV (Channel 27; SUMTER, SC; Owner: SOUTH CAROLINA EDUCATIONAL TV COMMISSION)

    Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

    See more detailed statistics of Columbia fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2011 here
    National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
    Number of bridges: 82
    Total length: 709 meters (2,326ft)
    Total costs: $7,028,000
    Total average daily traffic: 1,613,452
    Total average daily truck traffic: 137,928

    New bridges - Historical Statistics

    • 1900-1909: 2
    • 1910-1919: 1
    • 1920-1929: 1
    • 1930-1939: 2
    • 1940-1949: 2
    • 1950-1959: 11
    • 1960-1969: 10
    • 1970-1979: 13
    • 1980-1989: 8
    • 1990-1999: 31
    • 2000-2009: 1
    See Full National Bridge Inventory Statistics for Columbia, SC
    FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers: 5 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Columbia)
    FCC Registered Antenna Towers: 893 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)
    FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers: 37 (See the full list of FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers in Columbia, SC)
    FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers: 110 (See the full list of FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers)
    FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers: 21 (See the full list of FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers)
    FCC Registered Microwave Towers: 253 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)
    FCC Registered Paging Towers: 33 (See the full list of FCC Registered Paging Towers)
    FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers: 17 (See the full list of FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers)
    FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses: 704 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Columbia)

    FAA Registered Aircraft Manufacturers and Dealers: 4 (See the full list of FAA Registered Manufacturers and Dealers in Columbia)
    FAA Registered Aircraft: 130 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft)
    Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
    (Based on 27 full and 24 partial tracts)
    A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
    Home Purchase Loans
    B) Conventional
    Home Purchase Loans
    C) Refinancings
    D) Home Improvement Loans
    E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
    F) Non-occupant Loans on
    < 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
    G) Loans On Manufactured
    Home Dwelling (A B C & D)
    NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
    LOANS ORIGINATED436$145,455536$180,4831,868$202,59065$155,07216$882,359244$145,4742$74,200
    APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED11$163,76734$194,924172$160,54513$63,5300$019$117,6360$0
    APPLICATIONS DENIED73$128,754106$127,528616$154,26450$63,8010$090$104,5989$68,016
    APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN54$134,77168$174,085394$164,09116$95,5111$14,573,40036$82,5711$127,330
    FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS23$107,86918$191,060109$191,3912$97,4050$09$138,9180$0

    Detailed mortgage data for all 49 tracts in Columbia, SC

    Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
    (Based on 18 full and 23 partial tracts)
    A) Conventional
    Home Purchase Loans
    B) Refinancings
    C) Non-occupant Loans on
    < 5 Family Dwellings (A & B)
    NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
    LOANS ORIGINATED83$186,86258$210,8481$134,640
    APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED19$191,51624$187,0366$151,708
    APPLICATIONS DENIED4$136,8758$180,9262$67,760
    APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN5$97,98010$214,5810$0
    FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS2$197,7703$179,9431$101,970

    Conventional Home Purchase Loans

    Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value

    2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

    • Fire: 151
    • Hazardous Condition: 88
    • Service Call: 22
    • Good Intent Call: 2

    Incident types - Columbia

    See full 2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Columbia, SC
    Most common first names in Columbia, SC among deceased individuals
    NameCountLived (average)
    James2,02870.2 years
    John1,74571.9 years
    Mary1,69077.0 years
    William1,61072.1 years
    Robert1,16269.7 years
    Willie84170.5 years
    George77771.4 years
    Charles74671.0 years
    Thomas66071.0 years
    Annie63578.9 years
    Most common last names in Columbia, SC among deceased individuals
    Last nameCountLived (average)
    Smith82773.1 years
    Williams80770.7 years
    Brown80671.6 years
    Johnson68971.3 years
    Davis65272.6 years
    Jones57171.3 years
    Taylor40671.9 years
    Martin37973.7 years
    Jackson37570.2 years
    Wilson36072.0 years
    Businesses in Columbia, SC
    NameCountNameCount
    ALDI2Knights Inn1
    AMF Bowling1Kohl's2
    AT&T7Kroger3
    Abercrombie & Fitch1La Quinta2
    Abercrombie Kids1La-Z-Boy1
    Academy Sports + Outdoors1Lane Bryant3
    Ace Hardware1Lane Furniture3
    Advance Auto Parts5LensCrafters3
    Aeropostale2Little Caesars Pizza6
    American Eagle Outfitters2Lowe's4
    Ann Taylor2Macy's1
    Applebee's5Marriott9
    Arby's4Marshalls2
    Ashley Furniture1MasterBrand Cabinets10
    Audi1McDonald's14
    AutoZone7Men's Wearhouse4
    Avenue2Microtel3
    BMW1Motel 62
    Bakers1Motherhood Maternity4
    Banana Republic1New Balance5
    Barnes & Noble2New York & Co2
    Baskin-Robbins3Nike31
    Bath & Body Works4Nissan1
    Bebe1Office Depot4
    Bed Bath & Beyond3Old Navy2
    Best Western2Olive Garden2
    Blockbuster5Outback2
    Buffalo Wild Wings2Outback Steakhouse2
    Burger King11Pac Sun1
    Burlington Coat Factory2Panera Bread3
    Buybuy BABY1Papa John's Pizza4
    CVS15Payless4
    Cache1Penske4
    CarMax1PetSmart2
    Casual Male XL1Pier 1 Imports3
    Catherines2Pizza Hut8
    Charlotte Russe2Plato's Closet1
    Chevrolet2Popeyes1
    Chick-Fil-A12Publix Super Markets7
    Chico's1Qdoba Mexican Grill2
    Chuck E. Cheese's1Quality4
    Church's Chicken5Quiznos4
    Circle K10RadioShack7
    Clarion1Ramada1
    Cold Stone Creamery1Red Lobster1
    Coldwater Creek2Red Robin1
    Comfort Inn2Red Roof Inn2
    Comfort Suites2Rite Aid11
    Cracker Barrel3Rodeway Inn1
    Curves2Rooms To Go4
    DHL1Ruby Tuesday4
    Dairy Queen1Rue211
    Days Inn3Ryan's Grill2
    Decora Cabinetry4Ryder Rental & Truck Leasing1
    Dennys2SAS Shoes3
    Domino's Pizza7SONIC Drive-In8
    DressBarn2Sam's Club2
    Dressbarn1Sears6
    Dunkin Donuts6Sheraton1
    Econo Lodge3Shoe Carnival2
    Express2Sleep Inn2
    Extended Stay America2Spencer Gifts1
    FedEx66Sprint Nextel7
    Finish Line1Staples2
    Firestone Complete Auto Care8Starbucks10
    Foot Locker5Studio Plus Deluxe Studios1
    Ford2Subaru1
    Forever 211Subway30
    GNC8Super 82
    GameStop13T-Mobile16
    Gap1T.G.I. Driday's1
    Goodwill1T.J.Maxx2
    Gymboree3Taco Bell4
    H&R Block15Talbots2
    Hardee's8Target3
    Havertys Furniture2The Limited1
    Haworth1The Room Place2
    Hilton7Tire Kingdom5
    Hobby Lobby1Toyota1
    Holiday Inn7Toys"R"Us2
    Hollister Co.1Travelodge1
    Home Depot3True Value2
    Honda1U-Haul19
    Hot Topic1UPS98
    Hyatt1Urban Outfitters1
    Hyundai2Value City Furniture1
    IHOP3Vans7
    InTown Suites3Verizon Wireless3
    JCPenney2Victoria's Secret3
    Jimmy Jazz1Volkswagen2
    Jimmy John's1Waffle House13
    JoS. A. Bank3Walgreens10
    Jones New York7Walmart6
    Journeys3Wendy's13
    Just Tires5Wet Seal1
    Justice2Wingate2
    KFC5YMCA3
    Kmart3

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    • #39 on the list of "Top 100 cities with highest percentage of college students (pop. 50,000+)"
    • #49 on the list of "Top 100 cities with largest land areas (pop. 50,000+)"
    • #59 on the list of "Top 100 cities with youngest residents (pop. 50,000+)"
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    • #80 on the list of "Top 100 cities with strongest arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation and food services industries (pop. 50,000+)"
    • #84 on the list of "Top 100 most racially diverse cities (pop. 50,000+)"
    • #89 on the list of "Top 100 cities with highest percentage of renters (pop. 50,000+)"
    • #100 on the list of "Top 100 cities with shortest commuting times (pop. 50,000+)"
    • #3 (29202) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the largest percentage of Unclassified or not reported first ancestries"
    • #72 (29207) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the largest percentage of returns reporting salary or wage in 2004 (pop 5,000+)"
    • #83 (29210) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the most hotels or motels in 2005"
    • #93 (29210) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the largest percentage of Bahamian first ancestries"
    • #95 (29203) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the largest percentage of Bermudan first ancestries (pop 5,000+)"
    • #42 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest lead air pollution readings in 2005 (µg/m3)"
    • #51 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents that keep firearms around their homes"
    • #51 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest average weight of females"
    • #56 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents that exercised in the past month"
    • #78 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents relocating to foreign countries in 2006 (pop. 50,000+)"
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