West Columbia, SC
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Living in West Columbia


West Columbia is a somewhat small city located in the state of South Carolina. With a population of 17,821 people and 11 constituent neighborhoods, West Columbia is the 26th largest community in South Carolina.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, West Columbia is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, West Columbia is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in West Columbia who work in office and administrative support (12.65%), management occupations (9.01%), and sales jobs (8.34%).

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 percentage of people in West Columbia who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 28.98% of adults in West Columbia have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in West Columbia in 2010 was $29,295, 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 $117,180 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 11.96% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in West Columbia include German, Irish, English, Scots-Irish, and Scottish.

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