West Columbia, SC
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West Columbia is a somewhat small city located in the state of South Carolina. With a population of 16,060 people and 11 constituent neighborhoods, West Columbia is the 26th largest community in South Carolina.

West Columbia is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, West Columbia is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in West Columbia who work in office and administrative support (12.05%), sales jobs (8.98%), and management occupations (8.23%).

Also of interest is that West Columbia has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

The overall education level of West Columbia citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 32.63% of adults in West Columbia have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.

The per capita income in West Columbia in 2010 was $26,571, which is wealthy relative to South Carolina, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $106,284 for a family of four. However, West Columbia contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

West Columbia is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call West Columbia home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of West Columbia residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. West Columbia also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 13.71% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in West Columbia include Irish, English, Scottish, and Italian.

The most common language spoken in West Columbia is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.