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Welcome to Columbia ...

The city of Columbia is primarily located in Richland County. It is the County Seat and the capital of South Carolina. A portion of Columbia extends into Lexington County.

From the  Census Estimates for 2017, Columbia has a population of 133,114 people<1> (see below for details).

Columbia was established in 1787.

The community of Columbia is 260 feet [79 m] above sea level.<2>.

Time Zone: Columbia lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

The area code for Columbia: (803)

The ZIP codes for Columbia: 29201-29212, 29214-29230, 29240<3>

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Columbia had a population of 129,272 people (or 33.62% of the total population of Richland County). This makes Columbia the county's most populous community.

The population of Columbia represents 2.79% of the population of South Carolina (which has 4,625,364 people), making it the state's most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 129,272 people, the population of Columbia increased 11.17% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 116,278 people).

Taken from the 2017 Census Estimates, Columbia had an population of 133,114 people. This is an increase of 2.97% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 14.48% since the 2000 Census).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Columbia.

Communities near Columbia ...

The following is a sample of nearby communities. Keep in mind that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance from Columbia and not the distance if you are going to drive it.<4>.

Community   2017
Belmont   [Map]   ---   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
Blythewood   [Map]   3,429   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
Elgin   [Map]   1,550   NE   18 miles [29 km]
Gaston   [Map]   1,683   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
Irmo   [Map]   12,250   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
Lexington   [Map]   21,265   W   11 miles [17.7 km]

To learn more about neighboring communities and counties, please visit the Nearby Page for Columbia.

Communities Also Named Columbia ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 49 communities that are also named Columbia - they are located in Alabama (2), Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas (3), Kentucky, Louisiana (2), Maine, Maryland, Michigan (2), Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri (2), Nevada (3), New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio (6), Oklahoma, Pennsylvania (2), South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Washington (2), West Virginia and Wisconsin.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Columbia.

See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a couple of sections that should be of interest to those chasing their genealogy.

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Columbia. We make it easy to see an overhead view of the cemetery.
  • Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Columbia. Our list includes information such as whether the community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Columbia. Our list includes 168 papers.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper Page for Columbia:

Websites for Columbia ...

Official Website:
Chamber of Commerce:
Junior League:

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Columbia ...

Looking for more information about Columbia? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you get an overview with links that will help you to find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Columbia, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Columbia.

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Footnotes ...

<1>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Columbia.

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<2>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Columbia - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<3>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Columbia). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Columbia or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Columbia includes: 29201, 29202, 29203, 29204, 29205, 29206, 29207, 29208, 29209, 29210, 29211, 29214, 29215, 29216, 29217, 29218, 29219, 29220, 29221, 29222, 29223, 29224, 29225, 29226, 29227, 29228, 29229 & 29230.

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<4>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance from Columbia. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Columbia) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Columbia. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Columbia

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Columbia. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.0006, Longitude: -81.0353     [Map].

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