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Columbia, South Carolina, 29206
1 BedroomUp to $694
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Columbia, South Carolina, 29210
3 Bedrooms$771 - $799
Columbia, South Carolina, 29223
2 Bedrooms$855 - $880
3 Bedrooms$1,015 - $1,025
Columbia, South Carolina, 29203
1 Bedroom$690 - $835
2 Bedrooms$705 - $970
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Household Income City State City Compared to State Less than $10,000 16.7% 11.8% +4.9% $10,000 to $14,999 8.4% 7.0% +1.4% $15,000 to $19,999 8.4% 7.0% +1.4% $20,000 to $24,999 7.4% 7.3% +0.1% $25,000 to $29,999 7.1% 7.1% +0.0% $30,000 to $34,999 7.2% 6.8% +0.4% $35,000 to $39,999 5.9% 6.4% -0.5% $40,000 to $44,999 4.9% 5.9% -1.0% $45,000 to $49,999 4.5% 5.2% -0.7% $50,000 to $59,999 6.9% 9.1% -2.2% $60,000 to $74,999 6.7% 9.7% -3.0% $75,000 to $99,999 6.3% 8.4% -2.1% $100,000 to $124,999 3.4% 3.7% -0.3% $125,000 to $149,999 1.6% 1.6% +0.0% $150,000 to $199,999 1.8% 1.3% +0.5% $200,000 or more 2.7% 1.5% +1.2%
Cost of Living
Share of Household Income Spent on Rent City State City Compared to State Less than 10.0% 5.3% 7.0% -1.7% 10.0% to 14.9% 9.3% 12.0% -2.7% 15.0% to 19.9% 13.2% 14.2% -1.0% 20.0% to 24.9% 11.6% 11.9% -0.3% 25.0% to 29.9% 11.0% 8.9% +2.1% 30.0% to 34.9% 6.7% 6.5% +0.2% 35.0% to 39.9% 4.7% 4.6% +0.1% 40.0% to 49.9% 7.2% 6.3% +0.9% 50.0% or more 21.1% 16.0% +5.1% Not computed 10.0% 12.6% -2.6%
Age Demographic of Renters
Age Demographic of Renters City State City Compared to State 15 to 24 years 19.2% 14.8% +4.4% 25 to 34 years 31.5% 28.0% +3.5% 35 to 44 years 19.4% 22.4% -3.0% 45 to 54 years 13.4% 15.1% -1.7% 55 to 64 years 6.4% 8.2% -1.8% 65 to 74 years 4.9% 5.6% -0.7% 75 to 84 years 3.8% 4.3% -0.5% 85 years and over 1.4% 1.6% -0.2%
Travel Time to Work
Travel Time to Work City State City Compared to State Less than 30 minutes 56.3% 39.1% +17.2% 30 to 44 minutes 17.0% 25.0% -8.0% 45 to 59 minutes 5.0% 12.2% -7.2% 60 or more minutes 21.7% 23.6% -1.9%
Source: 2000 Census
Columbia, South Carolina
Columbia sits in the very center of South Carolina. Founded in 1786, it has deep Southern history for its part in the Civil War. More important for modern day Columbians, it was one of the first planned cities in the U.S. That planning has contributed to a very high quality of living. It is consistently named one of the most livable cities in the country as well as one of the best places to retire to.
There are many reasons for living in this city. There are excellent universities, extensive parks and recreation and many amenities which all combine to make a great lifestyle. There are several museums worth visiting, and the Edventure is especially good for children. Kayaking and canoeing are very popular sports.
It's easy to put into the river just north of the Riverbanks Zoo. There are at least a half dozen very good theatres. Some are community oriented and others that are specialized. There's one theatre which only uses marionettes.
Of the major parks, both Finlay and Granby offer all sorts of recreational activities. Granby offers direct access to the river and has numerous hiking trails, canoe access points and fishing. Shopping for your Columbia apartment will prove just as diverse as is the city.
Housing Diversity in Columbia
If urban living is what you like, you'll want to look at the downtown area. In recent years, it has undergone extensive change. Warehouses and factories have converted into housing and there are new high rises with great views. As one moves toward the outer areas, there are complexes that are more resort like and in suburban locations.
And, there's everything in between. So whether you want pedestrian friendly neighborhoods or big buildings with pools, you'll have no trouble finding a Columbia apartment.
Lowcountry Cuisine and Good Music
Columbia is known for its Lowcountry cuisine. Try some of the best seafood served in that style at the Blue Marlin. The Congaree Vista and Five Points areas have large concentrations of very good restaurants. Mr. Friendly's is a perennial favorite and Terra features all locally grown products.
Five Points is also a great area for nightlife and is frequented by University of South Carolina students. The area is also good for listening to music and finding smaller bars. More sedate bar patrons will like the Vista area.
Near Lincoln and Gervais, you'll find any number of great bars and clubs. In a town this livable, you'll find that there will be great places near your new Columbia apartment.
Average Apartment Rent in Columbia, South Carolina
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Columbia Apartment Rental TrendsApartments in Columbia have competitive rents so be sure to use our apartment finder to get the best deal. In February the average rent for a 1 Bedroom Columbia apartment cost $585. If you need a roommate, try finding a 2 bedroom apartment rental. An average 2 bedroom Columbia apartment was $659 in February. The average apartment rent for a 3 bedroom apartment in February was $681. Start your apartment search by checking out some of the Columbia rentals listed below.
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What neighborhoods in Columbia are good for eating out?
My favorite is the Five Point area of Columbia! Mr. Friendly's and Congaree Grill are about the best Southern food in the city and there are little places like the Salty Nut and Goatfeathers, which are just good places to hang out with friends. I could stick to Five Points and be pretty happy.
I've got dogs. What the the best places in Columbia for being outdoors with pets?
Columbia is dog friendly! There are four fenced dog parks most of which are in the outer suburban areas like Seven Oaks, Valencia Heights and at Sesquicentennial State Park. The state parks are great about providing areas. Even Finlay Park near downtown allows dogs, on leash of course, but it's so convenient too.
What areas of Columbia are safe for walking around at night?
The areas close to USC are all safe for walking around at night, including the Shandon, Rosewood, University Hill, and Wales Garden. The northeast and northwest sections of town are also known for being safe areas, including the popular Five Points neighborhood. According to neighborhoodscout.com, Columbia's neighborhoods with the lowest crime rates are Two Notch Rd, Devine St, Irmo, Windsor Estates, Trenholm Road, and Fairwold.
Why should I move to Columbia?
With a population of approximately 130,000, Columbia is the state capital and largest city in South Carolina. For those averse to cold weather, Columbia's humid subtropical climate features mild winters, warm springs and autumns, and very hot and humid summers. Columbia has also been ranked as one of the best places in the country to retire by CNNMoney.com and US News & World Report. It's also home to a vibrant arts, music, and theater scene.