Real Estate Prices and Overview
Sims median real estate prices are $120,017, which is more expensive than 56.3% of the neighborhoods
in South Carolina and 33.5% of the
neighborhoods in the U.S.
Average rental prices in Sims are currently
$601, based on NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis. Rents here are currently lower in price then 52.0% of South Carolina neighborhoods.
Sims is a suburban neighborhood (based on population
density) located in Columbia, South Carolina.
Sims real estate is primarily made up of small (studio to two bedroom) to medium sized (three or four bedroom) apartment complexes/high-rise apartments and single-family homes.
Most of the residential real estate is occupied by a mixture of owners and renters. Many of
the residences in the Sims neighborhood are newer, built in 2000 or more recently. A number of residences were also built between 1970 and 1999.
Vacant apartments or homes are a major fact of life in
Sims. The current real estate vacancy rate here is 24.2%.
This is higher than the rate of vacancies in 90.1% of
all U.S. neighborhoods. This can sometimes be the case in neighborhoods
dominated by seasonal homes (such as vacation areas), and occasionally
it is also found in neighborhoods that are primarily filled with college
students, as some apartments could be vacant when school is not in session.
But often neighborhoods with vacancy rates this high are places that
can be plagued by a protracted vacancy problem. If you live here, you
may find that a number of buildings in your neighborhood are actually empty.
Notable & Unique Neighborhood Characteristics
The way a neighborhood looks and feels when you walk or drive around it, from
its setting, its buildings, and its flavor, can make all the difference. This
neighborhood has some really cool things about the way it looks and feels as
revealed by NeighborhoodScout's exclusive research. This might include anything
from the housing stock to the types of households living here to how people
Notable & Unique: Occupations
The Sims neighborhood stands out nationally for having
a greater proportion of its residents active in the military than
99.5% of other U.S. neighborhoods. If you come here, you
will notice military people active in their jobs, going to and from work,
and in plain clothes out and about the neighborhood.
Notable & Unique: Diversity
Did you know that the Sims neighborhood has more
Spanish and African ancestry people living in it than nearly
any neighborhood in America? It's true! In fact, 1.8% of
this neighborhood's residents have Spanish ancestry and 3.7% have African ancestry.
Notable & Unique: People
NeighborhoodScout's analysis shows that the Sims
neighborhood has a greater concentration of residents currently enrolled
in college than 97.5% of the neighborhoods in the U.S. With
20.0% of the population here attending college, this is very
much a college-focused neighborhood.
Notable & Unique: Real Estate
In addition, homes built from 2000 through today make up a higher proportion of the Sims neighborhood's real estate landscape than 96.5% of the neighborhoods in America. When you are driving around this neighborhood, you'll notice right away that it is one of the newest built of any, with the smell of fresh paint, and the look of young landscaping nearly everywhere you look. In fact, 51.2% of the residential real estate here is classified as newer.
The Neighbors: Income
There are two complimentary measures for understanding the income of a
neighborhood's residents: the average and the extremes. While a neighborhood
may be relatively wealthy overall, it is equally important to understand
the rate of people - particularly children - who are living at or below the
federal poverty line, which is extremely low income. Some neighborhoods with
a lower average income may actually have a lower childhood poverty rate than
another with a higher average income, and this helps us understand the
conditions and character of a neighborhood.
The neighbors in the Sims neighborhood in Columbia are lower-middle income, making it a below average income neighborhood.
NeighborhoodScout's research shows that this neighborhood has an income lower
than 66.2% of U.S. neighborhoods.
In addition, 1.1% of the children seventeen and under
living in this neighborhood are living below the federal poverty line, which
is a lower rate of childhood poverty than is found in 87.7%
of America's neighborhoods.
The Neighbors: Occupations
What we choose to do for a living reflects who we are. Each neighborhood has
a different mix of occupations represented, and together these tell you about
the neighborhood and help you understand if this neighborhood may fit your lifestyle.
In the Sims neighborhood, 32.4%
of the working population is employed in executive, management, and professional occupations. The second most important occupational group in this neighborhood is
sales and service jobs, from major sales accounts, to working in fast food restaurants, with 28.6% of the residents employed.
Other residents here are employed in clerical, assistant, and tech support occupations
(20.6%), and 18.3% in manufacturing and laborer occupations.
The Neighbors: Ethnicity / Ancestry
Boston's Beacon Hill blue-blood streets, Brooklyn's Orthodox Jewish enclaves,
Los Angeles' Persian neighborhoods. Each has its own culture derived primarily
from the ancestries and culture of the residents who call these neighborhoods
home. Likewise, each neighborhood in America has its own culture – some more
unique than others – based on lifestyle, occupations, the types of households
– and importantly – on the ethnicities and ancestries of the people who live
in the neighborhood. Understanding where people came from, who their grandparents
or great-grandparents were, can help you understand how a neighborhood is today.
In the Sims neighborhood in Columbia, SC, residents
most commonly identify their ethnicity or ancestry as Sub-Saharan African
(3.7%). There are also a number of people of African ancestry (3.7%) , and residents who report Asian roots (2.9%) , and some of the residents are also of Italian ancestry (2.7%) , along with some Mexican ancestry residents (2.7%), among others.
The Neighbors: Languages
The most common language spoken in the Sims
neighborhood is English, spoken by 85.1% of households. Some people also speak Spanish (11.7%).
Getting to Work
Even if your neighborhood is walkable, you may still have to drive to your
place of work. Some neighborhoods are located where many can get to work in
just a few minutes, while others are located such that most residents have a
long and arduous commute.
The greatest number of commuters in Sims neighborhood spend
between 15 and 30 minutes commuting one-way to work (63.0% of working
residents), which is shorter than the time spent commuting to work for most Americans.
Here most residents (85.4%) drive alone in a private automobile to get to work.
In addition, quite a number also carpool with coworkers, friends, or neighbors to get to work (8.4%) . In a neighborhood like this, as in most of the nation, many residents find owning
a car useful for getting to work.