West Columbia, South Carolina Population 2021

18,056
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West Columbia is a city located in South Carolina. With a 2020 population of 18,056, it is the 28th largest city in South Carolina and the 2012th largest city in the United States. West Columbia is currently growing at a rate of 0.16% annually and its population has increased by 20.47% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 14,988 in 2010. West Columbia reached it's highest population of 18,056 in 2021. Spanning over 9 miles, West Columbia has a population density of 2,029 people per square mile.

The average household income in West Columbia is $64,733 with a poverty rate of 15.64%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $865 per month, and the median house value is $142,800. The median age in West Columbia is 42.1 years, 37.8 years for males, and 46.6 years for females. For every 100 females there are 92.6 males.

West Columbia Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of West Columbia was:

  • White: 76.23%
  • Black or African American: 18.38%
  • Two or more races: 2.48%
  • Asian: 1.70%
  • Other race: 0.79%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.28%
  • Native American: 0.14%
The current population of West Columbia, South Carolina is 18,056, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 17,969.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 14,988.

West Columbia, South Carolina Population 2021

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White13,44876.23%
Black or African American3,24218.38%
Two or More Races4382.48%
Asian3001.70%
Some Other Race1390.79%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander500.28%
American Indian and Alaska Native240.14%
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West Columbia Population by Race

West Columbia Population Pyramid 2021

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West Columbia Median Age

42.1


Total

37.8


Male

46.6


Female

West Columbia Adults

There are 15,106 adults, (3,651 of whom are seniors) in West Columbia.

West Columbia Age Dependency

54

Age Dependency Ratio

31.9

Old Age Dependency Ratio

22.1

Child Dependency Ratio

West Columbia Sex Ratio

Female

9,160

51.92%

Male

8,481

48.08%

West Columbia Population by Age

West Columbia Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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West Columbia Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married76.2%23.8%
Male67.1%32.9%
All54.5%45.5%
Non Family45.6%54.4%
Female38.7%61.3%

54.5%

Rate of Home Ownership

West Columbia Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All8,3152.0854.5
Non Family4,5511.3545.6
Married2,4952.8676.2
Female1,0293.2638.7
Male2402.5167.1

2.86

Average Family Size

2.08

Average Household Size

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West Columbia Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade7625.72%
9th to 12th Grade7365.53%
High School Graduate3,54526.63%
Some College3,02822.75%
Associates Degree9807.36%
Bachelors Degree2,59719.51%
Graduate Degree1,66312.49%
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West Columbia Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

West Columbia Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Total High School Bachelors
White9,6288,9463,605
Black2,2341,930263
Hispanic936466199
Asian229229164
Multiple Races19517729
Other Race735112
Islander5050
Native American24

The highest rate of high school graduation is among asian people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 71.62%.

West Columbia Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$35,337$37,798$32,426
Less Than High School$25,059$26,618$16,118
High School Grad$27,514$30,346$22,803
Some College$34,363$42,118$28,613
Bachelors Degree$46,136$47,570$40,847
Graduate Degree$57,105$59,875$55,855

$35,337

Average Earnings

$37,798

Average Male

$32,426

Average Female

West Columbia Earnings by Educational Attainment

West Columbia Language by Age

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West Columbia Language

90.87% of West Columbia residents speak only English, while 9.13% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 7.27% of the population.

West Columbia Language

West Columbia Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White11,6891,28811.02%
Black3,17974123.31%
Hispanic1,58559337.41%
Asian2915017.18%
Multiple438245.48%
Other1391712.23%
Native241250.00%

15.64%

Overall Poverty Rate

14.67%

Male Poverty Rate

16.55%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in West Columbia

The race most likely to be in poverty in West Columbia is Native, with 50.00% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in West Columbia is Multiple, with 5.48% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.72%. Among those working part-time, it was 26.40%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 19.59%.

West Columbia Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than High School22.19%
High School13.97%
Some College9.00%
Bachelors or Greater2.96%

West Columbia Poverty Rate by Education

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Name Poverty
Female Unemployed43.06%
Male Unemployed39.64%
Female Employed9.24%
Male Employed6.88%

West Columbia Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

West Columbia Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$46,623$64,733
Families$62,740$82,222
Married Families$79,172-
Non Families$35,985$48,790
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Income by Household Type

West Columbia Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

34.8%

Overall Marriage Rate

37.9%

Male Marriage Rate

31.9%

Female Marriage Rate

West Columbia Married by Age and Sex

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West Columbia Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

West Columbia Marital Status by Race

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West Columbia Marital Status

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1,343

Number of Veterans

1,139

Male Veterans

204

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam557
Second Gulf War284
First Gulf War200
Korea122
World War II57

West Columbia Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
55 to 64344
75+316
65 to 74314
35 to 54204
18 to 34165

West Columbia Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White1,0859.21%
Black1937.36%
Hawaiian50100.00%
Hispanic161.49%
2 or More155.47%

West Columbia Veterans by Race

West Columbia Veterans by Education

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7.52%

Veteran Poverty Rate

33.74%

Veteran Disability Rate

West Columbia Veterans by Education

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62.7%

Labor Force Participation

59.8%

Employment Rate

4.6%

Unemployment Rate

West Columbia Employment by Age

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West Columbia Employment by Race

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West Columbia Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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59.71%

Born in South Carolina

92.14%

Native Born

7.86%

Foreign Born

6.67%

Non Citizen

1.20%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

92.14% of West Columbia residents were born in the United States, with 59.71% having been born in South Carolina. 6.67% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

West Columbia Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202118,056290.16%
202018,027290.16%
201917,998290.16%
201817,9694552.60%
201717,514780.45%
201617,4361400.81%
201517,2961580.92%
201417,1381660.98%
201316,972670.40%
201216,9051230.73%
201116,782360.21%
201016,7463,6822.51%
200013,0642,4762.12%
199010,5881790.17%
198010,4092,5712.88%
19707,8381,4282.03%
19606,4104,7106.86%
19401,7000.00%

West Columbia Population by Year