Best Neighborhoods in Columbia, South Carolina

Columbia South Carolina is the largest city and the state capital; with a 2010 US Census estimated population of 129,272. Two of the largest employers in Columbia are Palmetto Health and Blue Cross Blue Shield. Founded in 1786, Columbia has been rated by CNN.com as one of the "25 Best Places to Retire". In 2010, Columbia was rated by US News and World Report as "One of the Most Affordable Places to Retire."

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Temperature

Average High - 90, Average Low - 34

Sports

There are no major sports teams in Columbia

Crime Rate

Like most major cities, Columbia has a relatively high crime rate; however, there are several neighboring communities like Pontiac, Trenholm, and Fairworld with much lower crime rates.

Top Neighborhoods

Downtown is the epicenter of business and urban life in the Columbia area. Downtown has experienced a great deal of redevelopment and revitalization in recent years. There continue to be great historic landmarks for residents and tourists to take advantage of, but now the community has been infused with more retail and commercial development and mixed use structures. Downtown continues to be a draw for the young urban professionals in South Carolina to live and work. Benedict College and Allen University are a part of the downtown community. The housing stock downtown is plentiful from converted storefronts with loft space to high rise apartment buildings.

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Elmwood has been on the register of historic districts since 1993. Elmwood is built on the old State Fairgrounds. Elmwood is bounded by River Drive and Elmwood Avenue. The housing stock in Elmwood is as varied as its residents. There are old mansions, shot gun houses and multi-family units in the community. Additionally, Elmwood has a number of apartments and converted homes available for rent or lease. Marshall Park sits near the center of the community and provides great green space for Elmwood's residents.

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Yorkshire is a community that encompasses several neighborhoods including Arsenal Hills, Cottontown and Earlwood. The community has a number of annual activities including spring and fall cook outs and the Yorkshire Golf Tournament. A number of the apartment complexes and rental homes border the small lakes in the Yorkshire community. Both public and private schools are available in the community for families to choose from. Public transportation is also readily available.

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West Columbia is home to the Columbia Metropolitan Airport. The neighborhood is bounded by Sunset Boulevard and Jarvis Klappman Boulevard. The housing stock in West Columbia is mixed with a number of the homes being single family. There are some apartments and houses for rent in the neighborhood. West Columbia is served by Lexington County School Districts, which gives families in the area a number of choices of elementary, middle and high schools.

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University of South Carolina - Columbia is the epitome of a college town, and because of that, housing stock in the area is plentiful. The community around the university is culturally diverse because of the many students in the area. Housing prices are affordable to accommodate University residents. There are a number of stores, restaurants, shops, bars and night spots in the community for the residents to enjoy. Public transportation is easily accessed.

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Melrose Heights is a community of approximately 1.2 square miles. The population of Melrose Heights is just under 2,000. Melrose Heights is an economically diverse neighborhood. Sisters of Charity Providence Hospital is located near Melrose Heights. The housing stock in the community is varied and includes some apartments and homes for rent. Both public and private schools service the area and public transportation is accessible.

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Forest Acres is a neighborhood in the community, bounded by Trenholm Road and Covenant Road. Forest Acres has as its neighbor, Forest Lake, which gives the residents of Forest Acres great water activities to participate in. Forest Lake butts against a large park, where the residents of Forest Acres can enjoy green space and recreational activities including kiting, biking, and jogging. The housing stock in the Forest Acres community is varied and does include a number of houses for rent, apartments and condominiums.

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