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 33.4% of the
neighborhoods in the U.S.
Average rental prices in Sims are currently
$752, based on NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis. Rents here are currently lower in price then 45.1% 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
With 11.1% of employed workers living in the
Sims neighborhood active in the military, this neighborhood has
the distinction of having a higher proportion of people in the military
than 99.5% of American neighborhoods. This is a major
shaper of the neighborhood's culture and character.
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
An extraordinary 20.0% of the residents of the
Sims neighborhood are currently enrolled in college. This is
such a large part of life in this neighborhood that the neighborhood changes
a great deal with the change of semesters and is far quieter during
the summer when many students are away.
Notable & Unique: Real Estate
In addition, if you like the look and ambience of new homes and newly built neighborhoods, you will love the Sims neighborhood. A whopping 51.2% of the homes and other residential real estate here were built after 1999, which is a higher proportion of new homes then you will find in 96.5% of the neighborhoods in the U.S. Everything here just feels new.
The Neighbors: Income
There are two complementary 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
The old saying "you are what you eat" is true. But it is also true that you
are what you do for a living. The types of occupations your neighbors have
shape their character, and together as a group, their collective occupations
shape the culture of a place.
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
Culture is shared learned behavior. We learn it from our parents, their parents,
our houses of worship, and much of our culture – our learned behavior - comes
from our ancestors. That is why ancestry and ethnicity can be so interesting
and important to understand: places with concentrations of people of one or
more ancestries often express those shared learned behaviors and this gives
each neighborhood its own culture. Even different neighborhoods in the same
city can have drastically different cultures.
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
How you get to work – car, bus, train or other means – and how much of your
day it takes to do so is a large quality of life and financial issue. Especially
with gasoline prices rising and expected to continue doing so, the length and
means of one's commute can be a financial burden. Some neighborhoods are physically
located so that many residents have to drive in their own car, others are set
up so many walk to work, or can take a train, bus, or bike.
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.