West Columbia, South Carolina Population 2020

18,019

West Columbia is a city located in South Carolina. With a 2020 population of 18,019, it is the 28th largest city in South Carolina and the 2017th largest city in the United States. West Columbia is currently growing at a rate of 0.55% annually and its population has increased by 20.22% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 14,988 in 2010. Spanning over 9 miles, West Columbia has a population density of 2,025 people per square mile.

The average household income in West Columbia is $61,133 with a poverty rate of 17.37%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $874 per month, and the median house value is $133,900. The median age in West Columbia is 39.9 years, 37.2 years for males, and 44.8 years for females. For every 100 females there are 96.1 males.

West Columbia Demographics

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

  • White: 75.21%
  • Black or African American: 17.11%
  • Two or more races: 3.35%
  • Other race: 2.24%
  • Asian: 1.72%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.22%
  • Native American: 0.14%
The current population of West Columbia, South Carolina is 18,019, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 17,821.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 14,988.

West Columbia, South Carolina Population 2020

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White13,00975.21%
Black or African American2,95917.11%
Two or More Races5803.35%
Some Other Race3872.24%
Asian2981.72%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander380.22%
American Indian and Alaska Native250.14%

West Columbia Population Pyramid 2020

West Columbia Median Age

39.9


Total

37.2


Male

44.8


Female

West Columbia Adults

There are 14,595 adults, (3,435 of whom are seniors) in West Columbia.

West Columbia Age Dependency

55

Age Dependency Ratio

30.8

Old Age Dependency Ratio

24.2

Child Dependency Ratio

West Columbia Sex Ratio

Female

8,822

51.01%

Male

8,474

48.99%

West Columbia Households and Families

West Columbia Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

West Columbia Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married70.1%29.9%
Male53.5%46.5%
All52.8%47.2%
Female46.1%53.9%
Non Family44.4%55.6%

52.8%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All8,0592.1252.8
Non Family4,4021.3944.4
Married2,4802.9170.1
Female9323.3246.1
Male2452.8453.5

2.89

Average Family Size

2.12

Average Household Size

5%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.7%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

West Columbia Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade9647.45%
9th to 12th Grade6755.21%
High School Graduate3,55327.44%
Some College3,15124.34%
Associates Degree8526.58%
Bachelors Degree2,29017.69%
Graduate Degree1,46211.29%

West Columbia Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White9,1488,5043,204
Black1,9901,831248
Hispanic1,29750397
Other Race25078
Multiple Races23922246
Asian219219157
Islander3838
Native American25

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 71.69%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$31,749$31,451$32,032
Less Than High School$22,254$23,269$16,821
High School Grad$25,669$27,420$23,617
Some College$33,024$37,344$30,417
Bachelors Degree$41,789$48,318$39,000
Graduate Degree$51,649$59,519$48,750

$31,749

Average Earnings

$31,451

Average Male

$32,032

Average Female

West Columbia Language

West Columbia Language by Age

West Columbia Language

88.61% of West Columbia residents speak only English, while 11.39% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 9.56% of the population.

West Columbia Poverty

West Columbia Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White11,1631,21810.91%
Black2,95182728.02%
Hispanic2,06861529.74%
Multiple58023640.69%
Other38713234.11%
Asian2987324.50%
Native251352.00%

17.37%

Overall Poverty Rate

17.71%

Male Poverty Rate

17.04%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in West Columbia

The race most likely to be in poverty in West Columbia is Native, with 52.00% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in West Columbia is White, with 10.91% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.51%. Among those working part-time, it was 27.64%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 21.94%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School22.70%
High School17.15%
Some College10.29%
Bachelors or Greater3.20%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed40.84%
Male Unemployed36.82%
Male Employed9.74%
Female Employed9.02%

West Columbia Income

West Columbia Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$45,082$61,133
Families$56,108$78,421
Married Families$73,073-
Non Families$35,857$45,043

West Columbia Marital Status

West Columbia Marital Status

Marriage Rates

36.1%

Overall Marriage Rate

38.9%

Male Marriage Rate

33.4%

Female Marriage Rate

West Columbia Married by Age and Sex

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

West Columbia Veterans

1,312

Number of Veterans

1,147

Male Veterans

165

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam565
Second Gulf War261
First Gulf War174
Korea114
World War II82
Name Veterans % of Total
White1,0359.15%
Black1827.58%
2 or More5723.85%
Hawaiian38100.00%

$West Columbia Veterans by Education

11.30%

Veteran Poverty Rate

34.13%

Veteran Disability Rate

West Columbia Employment Status

61.7%

Labor Force Participation

58.7%

Employment Rate

4.9%

Unemployment Rate

West Columbia Place of Birth

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

59.15%

Born in South Carolina

90.15%

Native Born

9.85%

Foreign Born

8.57%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

90.15% of West Columbia residents were born in the United States, with 59.15% having been born in South Carolina. 8.57% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202018,019990.55%
201917,920990.56%
201817,8214672.69%
201717,354990.57%
201617,2551450.85%
201517,1101670.99%
201416,9431640.98%
201316,779480.29%
201216,7311370.83%
201116,594360.22%
201016,5583,4942.40%
200013,0642,4762.12%
199010,5881790.17%
198010,4092,5712.88%
19707,8381,4282.03%
19606,4104,7106.86%
19401,7000.00%