The mid-size city of Columbia, South Carolina is home to slightly less than 134,000 people. Young adults aged 15-24 can expect to fit right in, as they make up an above-average percentage of the community, while middle-aged professionals appear in smaller numbers. With an average age of just under 34, the city's residents skew notably younger than most cities in South Carolina. By a narrow 55%-45% margin, renters slightly outnumber homeowners in Columbia. The average rent of $914 a month is roughly equal to the state average.
Columbia's average commute time ranks as the best in the state at about 17 minutes, the quickest in the state. Driving a vehicle is the prevailing way to get to work, opted for by 35% of commuters, while public transportation is not extensively used. Walking (11%) isn't a common method of commuting to work, though the number is significantly greater than the national average.
There are four primary industries in Columbia: retail, education, entertainment, and healthcare. Together, these industries make up 24% of the workforce in the city. Meanwhile, in terms of job function, many residents work in sales, as 6% of the city's population reports this as their field of work, the highest number of any profession. Columbia workers earn an average annual income of nearly $61,000, about the same as the South Carolina average. Columbia, however, compares less favorably to the national average of $73,345. Compared to the national average (7%), Columbia has a relatively high percentage of residents over the age of 25 who have advanced degrees, as 8% have earned a Master's degree or a Doctorate. Further, 13% have earned a Bachelor's degree.