Columbia, SC

Census Place

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2022 Population
136,754
0.38% 1-year decline
US Senator
Lindsey Graham
Republican Party
US Senator
Tim Scott
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
28.3
0.355% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
24.2%
0.169% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$54,095
10.9% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$226,200
17.1% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
62,557
0.258% 1-year decline

About

In 2022, Columbia, SC had a population of 137k people with a median age of 28.3 and a median household income of $54,095. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Columbia, SC declined from 137,276 to 136,754, a −0.38% decrease and its median household income grew from $48,791 to $54,095, a 10.9% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Columbia, SC are White (Non-Hispanic) (47.9%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (40.2%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (3.59%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (2.27%), and White (Hispanic) (2.24%).

None of the households in Columbia, SC reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

97.2% of the residents in Columbia, SC are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Columbia, SC are University of South Carolina-Columbia (10,045 degrees awarded in 2022), Columbia International University (680 degrees), and Columbia College (217934) (456 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Columbia, SC was $226,200, and the homeownership rate was 47%.

Most people in Columbia, SC drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 17.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Columbia, SC was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Columbia, SC is home to a population of 137k people, from which 97.2% are citizens. As of 2022, 4.59% of Columbia, SC residents were born outside of the country (6.28k people).

In 2022, there were 1.19 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (65.5k people) in Columbia, SC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 54.9k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 4.91k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

97.2%
2022 Citizenship
97.1%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 97.2% of Columbia, SC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Columbia, SC was 97.1%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Columbia, SC
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    65.5k ± 1.8k
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    54.9k ± 1.9k
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    4.91k ± 680
5.17%
Hispanic Population
7.07k people

In 2022, there were 1.19 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (65.5k people) in Columbia, SC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 54.9k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 4.91k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

5.17% of the people in Columbia, SC are hispanic (7.07k people).

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    58,419 ± 5,900 people
  2. India
    18,341 ± 3,319 people
  3. Honduras
    13,844 ± 2,885 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of South Carolina was Mexico, the natal country of 58,419 South Carolina residents, followed by India with 18,341 and Honduras with 13,844.

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Foreign-Born Population

4.59%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
6.28k people
4.82%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
6.62k people

As of 2022, 4.59% of Columbia, SC residents (6.28k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Columbia, SC was 4.82%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Gulf War (2001-)
    2,860 ± 493
  2. Vietnam
    2,076 ± 351
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    1,194 ± 354

Columbia, SC has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 1.38 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Columbia, SC employs 62.6k people. The largest industries in Columbia, SC are Educational Services (8,529 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (7,959 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (7,071 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($85,347), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($69,414), and Finance & Insurance ($66,950).

Males in South Carolina have an average income that is 1.37 times higher than the average income of females, which is $52,636. The income inequality in South Carolina (measured using the Gini index) is 0.464, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

62.6k
2022 Value
± 2,162
−0.258%
1 Year decline
± 4.87%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Columbia, SC declined at a rate of −0.258%, from 62.7k employees to 62.6k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Columbia, SC, are Sales & Related Occupations (6,805 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (6,793 people), and Management Occupations (6,612 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Columbia, SC.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

62.6k
2022 Value
± 2,162
−0.258%
1 Year decline
± 4.87%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Columbia, SC declined at a rate of −0.258%, from 62.7k employees to 62.6k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Columbia, SC, are Educational Services (8,529 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (7,959 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (7,071 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Columbia, SC, though some of these residents may live in Columbia, SC and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$39,235
Median earning men ± $2,472
$33,037
Median earning women ± $1,783

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($77,546), Wholesale Trade ($56,135), and Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($51,120).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Public Administration ($55,365), Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($52,668), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($51,364).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.54%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 2.26M people employed in South Carolina. This represents a 2.54% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 13.4%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in South Carolina.

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in South Carolina went to Donald J. Trump with 55.1% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (43.4%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.11%).

Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott are the senators currently representing the state of South Carolina. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

South Carolina is currently represented by 7 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from South Carolina

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Lindsey Graham
Senator from South Carolina2
Assumed office on January 3, 2003
Tim Scott
Senator from South Carolina3
Assumed office on January 2, 2013
Appointed to the seat following the resignation of Jim DeMint.

Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott are the senators currently representing South Carolina.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from South Carolina

South Carolina is currently represented by 7 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for South Carolina have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Columbia, SC awarded 12,246 degrees. The student population of Columbia, SC in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 17,782 male students and 25,475 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Columbia, SC are White (8,143 and 70.2%), followed by Black or African American (1,856 and 16%), Hispanic or Latino (538 and 4.64%), and Asian (439 and 3.78%).

The largest universities in Columbia, SC by number of degrees awarded are University of South Carolina-Columbia (10,045 and 82%), Columbia International University (680 and 5.55%), and Columbia College (217934) (456 and 3.72%).

The most popular majors in Columbia, SC are General Finance (611 and 4.99%), General Business Administration & Management (556 and 4.54%), and General Public Health (475 and 3.88%).

The median tuition costs in Columbia, SC are $16,632 for private four year colleges, and $12,288 and $33,528 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Columbia, SC, the percentage of applicants admitted was 64.5%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 21.3%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 43,257 (41.1% men and 58.9% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 43,257 students enrolled in Columbia, SC, 41.1% men and 58.9% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 26,832 records, of which 58.9% were women and 41.1% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 611 degrees awarded
  2. 458 degrees awarded
  3. 416 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Columbia, SC was General Finance with 611 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Columbia, SC according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 10,045 degrees awarded
  2. 680 degrees awarded
  3. 456 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of South Carolina-Columbia with 10,045 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 4,945 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Columbia, SC, which is 0.677 times less than the 7,301 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 8,143 degrees mean that there were 4.39 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 1,856 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($16,632) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($1,051) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Private for-profit, 2-year ($1,184) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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Measure

In 2022, 0.83% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.688% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (1.18M), Some college (892k), and Bachelors Degree (705k).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Columbia, SC was $226,200 in 2022, which is 0.802 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $193,100 to $226,200, a 17.1% increase. The homeownership rate in Columbia, SC is 47%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Columbia, SC have an average commute time of 17.4 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Columbia, SC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Columbia, SC is $54,095. In 2022, the place with the highest median household income in Columbia, SC was Census Tract 23 with a value of $199,286, followed by Census Tract 12 and Census Tract 114.07, with respective values of $126,758 and $98,542.

Property

$226,200
Median Property Value 2022
±$8,461
$23,612
Median Property Taxes
±$1,222

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Columbia, SC the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

47%
Homeownership
2022
68.4%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 47% of the housing units in Columbia, SC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 46.1%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 23
  2. Census Tract 12
  3. Census Tract 114.07

In 2022, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Columbia, SC was Census Tract 23 with a value of $199,286, followed by Census Tract 12 and Census Tract 114.07, with respective values of $126,758 and $98,542.

The following map shows all of the places in Columbia, SC colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$54,095
Median Household Income
± $1,685
50.2k
Number of Households
± 1,851

In 2022, the median household income of the 50.2k households in Columbia, SC grew to $54,095 from the previous year's value of $48,791.

The following chart displays the households in Columbia, SC distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the < $10k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Columbia, SC is from South Carolina.
0.464
2022 Wage GINI in South Carolina
0.463
2021 Wage GINI in South Carolina

In 2022, the income inequality in South Carolina was 0.464 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.334% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for South Carolina was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in South Carolina in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (62.9%)
  2. Walked (17.8%)
  3. Worked At Home (8.3%)

In 2022, 62.9% of workers in Columbia, SC drove alone to work, followed by those who walked to work (17.8%) and those who worked at home (8.3%).

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Commute Time

17.4 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Columbia, SC have a shorter commute time (17.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.69% of the workforce in Columbia, SC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Columbia, SC distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Columbia, SC have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

24.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Columbia, SC (26.8k out of 111k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Columbia, SC is Black, followed by White and Two Or More.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

91.6% of the population of Columbia, SC has health coverage, with 48.1% on employee plans, 16.3% on Medicaid, 7.48% on Medicare, 15.4% on non-group plans, and 4.27% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Richland County, SC see 1178 patients per year on average, which represents a 0% change from the previous year (1178 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1097 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 281 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,178 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Richland County, SC

Primary care physicians in Richland County, SC see an average of 1,178 patients per year. This represents a 0% change from the previous year (1,178 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Richland County, SC in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 24% under 18 years, 34.8% between 18 and 34 years, 29.6% between 35 and 64 years, and 11.6% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 45.9% were men and 54.1% were women.

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Uninsured People

8.41%
Uninsured
48.1%
Employer Coverage
16.3%
Medicaid
7.48%
Medicare
15.4%
Non-Group
4.27%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Columbia, SC declined by 2.05% from 8.58% to 8.41%.

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