This rating is a weighted average of commute time, crime rate, population, median salary, and more.
This score adds annual household income and cost of living to the city rating.
Density (Population per mile²)
Compared to New York, Columbia has a very low population density. Columbia is perfect for those who like a quiet city.
With a quality of life rating of 7/10 and an overall value of 6/10, there are many things to love about Columbia, SC, but there are also a few factors that may not be the best fit for everyone. Most homeowners will be happy in Columbia, but be sure to visit first to make sure it’s the best place for you.
Population density is a way of determining how crowded an area is. Columbia has a population density of 982, with 122,927 current residents.
Out of the 122,927 current residents, 49% are male and 50% are female. 44% of the residents are married and 55% are single.
- 59% Sun
- 45% Rain
- 1% Snow
64°F average temperature
- 40 years Median home age
- $145,530 Median home price
- -3.39% Home appreciation rate
- 7.43% Annual property tax
As for living in Columbia, the air quality is 14% and the weather, on average, is 59% sunny, 45% rainy, and 1% snowy. The average temperature is 64°F.
Whether you’re looking to buy or rent a home in Columbia, you should know that 41.5% of homes are owned while 47.8% of homes are rented, and 10.8% of homes are vacant. The median price of a home is $145,530, the median age of homes is 40 years, the annual home appreciation is -3.39% and the annual property tax is 7.43%.
Crime rate (per 100,000)6
When looking at the community of Columbia, it’s important to determine the crime rate. Columbia’s crime rate is 6 total number of crimes reported per 100,000 total population. The average age of residents in Columbia is 30 years and the breakdown of political affiliations is 64.02% Democratic, 35.11% Republican, and 0.87% Independent.
Student teacher ratio 1:11
Management, Business, Art & Sciences
Sales & Office Occupations
Production, Transportation & Material Moving
Natural Resources, Construction & Maintenance
83%High school diploma
6%Some college or associates degree
15%Graduate or professional degree
When looking at Columbia, it’s important to understand employment statistics. 16.10% of residents are unemployed in Columbia (which does not include the percentage of residents who are no longer in the labor force). Of the employed Columbia residents: 13.1% of employed residents work in the management and business field, 28.62% are in the arts and sciences field, 17.2% are in the customer service field, 26.5% are in the sales field, 0.28% work in farming, fishing, and forestry, 5.7% of employed residents work in the construction field, and 8.6% work in production. When it comes to education, the ratio of teachers to students is 1:11. The percentage of residents who have graduated high school is 82.85%, 6.01% of residents have an associate’s degree, 21.72% of residents have a bachelor’s degree, and 14.75% have a master’s degree.
Average commute time
Daily breakdown: by transport type
Work at home
If you plan on commuting to work in Columbia, you should be aware that the average commute time is 19 minutes, compared to the national average commute time of 26.5 minutes. When it comes to commuting, residents of Columbia have a few different options. 65% of commuters use their own cars, 11% of commuters carpool, 4% of commuters use the transit system, and 3% of residents work from home.