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Columbia Apartments
Last updated February 27 2024 at 3:14 AM

Columbia, SC
166 Apartments for Rent

Columbia Apartment Renter's Guide

Overview


Population: 131,674
Population Density: 968.2 people/sq mile
Median Age: 28
Percentage of Family Households: 49%
Median Annual Income: $47,524 / year
Median Rent: $1,049 / month

What locals are saying

Columbia is a city full of southern hospitality, year-round southern heat, and charming southern scenery. Tree-lined streets and wrap-around porches await you in Columbia. It's a true southern culture, ripe for the pickin' and ready to rent.

Getting Around

Columbia Demographics


How diverse is Columbia?

The representation of ethnic minorities in Columbia is higher than the national average. The eight main ethnic groups that make up the population of Columbia are White (45.4%), Black Or African American (41.7%), Hispanic Or Latino (5.1%), Two Or More (3.6%), Asian (3.4%), Other (0.4%), American Indian Or Alaska Native (0.2%), and Native Hawaiian Or Other Pacific Islander (0.1%).

What does the age breakdown look like for Columbia residents?

The median age in Columbia is 28 while the most populous age group of residents is the under 20 group.

How diverse is Columbia?

The representation of ethnic minorities in Columbia is higher than the national average. The eight main ethnic groups that make up the population of Columbia are White (45.4%), Black Or African American (41.7%), Hispanic Or Latino (5.1%), Two Or More (3.6%), Asian (3.4%), Other (0.4%), American Indian Or Alaska Native (0.2%), and Native Hawaiian Or Other Pacific Islander (0.1%).

What does the age breakdown look like for Columbia residents?

The median age in Columbia is 28 while the most populous age group of residents is the under 20 group.

Columbia Crime


Overall Crime

High
Overall crime in Columbia is high in comparison to the national average.

Violent Crime

High
The level of violent crime in Columbia is high compared to the national average violent crime rate.

Property Crime

High
The level of property crime in Columbia is high compared to the national average property crime rate.

Top Schools in Columbia


Elementary Schools

8 /10
Rosewood Elementary School
Public
K-5
Public
K-5
391 Students
5 Reviews
391
Students
5 Reviews
7 /10
Brennen Elementary School
Public
K-5
Public
K-5
892 Students
12 Reviews
892
Students
12 Reviews
7 /10
Catawba Trail Elementary
Public
PK-5
Public
PK-5
602 Students
7 Reviews
602
Students
7 Reviews

Middle Schools

5 /10
Hand Middle School
Public
6-8
Public
6-8
849 Students
9 Reviews
849
Students
9 Reviews
4 /10
W. G. Sanders Middle School
Public
6-8
Public
6-8
465 Students
1 Reviews
465
Students
1 Reviews
4 /10
St. Andrews Middle School
Public
6-8
Public
6-8
682 Students
10 Reviews
682
Students
10 Reviews

High Schools

7 /10
Dreher High School
Public
9-12
Public
9-12
1,126 Students
6 Reviews
1,126
Students
6 Reviews
7 /10
Richland One Charter Middle College
Charter
11-12
Charter
11-12
93 Students
3 Reviews
93
Students
3 Reviews
4 /10
South Carolina Connections Academy
Charter
K-12
Charter
K-12
4,719 Students
42 Reviews
4,719
Students
42 Reviews

What Renters Say about Columbia


Apartment List has released the results for Columbia from the third annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. This survey, which drew on responses from over 45,000 renters nationwide, provides insight on what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the country’s 111 million renters.
"Columbia renters expressed general satisfaction with the city overall," according to Apartment List. "However, ratings varied greatly across different categories, indicating that even though renters love Columbia, some aspects can be better."
52%
Parks and Outdoor Activities
43%
Weather
43%
Pet Friendliness
40%
Commute Time
40%
Social Life
38%
Affordability
33%
Jobs and Career Opportunities
33%
Quality of Schools
32%
Public Transit
31%
Safety and Crime Rate
24%
State and Local Taxes
22%
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Average rent in Columbia, South Carolina

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The average rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in Columbia is $1,185, while the average rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,399. Rent rates updated 5 days ago
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Find an apartment for rent in Columbia, SC


Searching for an apartment for rent in Columbia, SC? Look no further! Apartment List will help you find a perfect apartment near you. There are 166 available rental units listed on Apartment List in Columbia. Click on listings to see photos, floorplans, amenities, prices and availability, and much more!

The average rent in Columbia is $1,206 for a studio, $1,185 for a one-bedroom apartment, and $1,399 for a two-bedroom apartment. If you are looking for a deal, keep an eye out for a red pulsing icon that indicates rent specials.

Tired of browsing? Take our personalized quiz. You’ll answer a couple of simple questions and we’ll put together a list of Columbia apartments that are best for you. We’ll also factor in your commute, budget, and preferred amenities. Looking for a pet-friendly rental, or an apartment with in-unit washer and dryer? No problem, we’ll provide you with apartments that match that criteria.

You can trust Apartment List to help you find your next Columbia, SC apartment rental! After all, everyone deserves a home they love.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How much is rent in Columbia?

In Columbia, the average rent is $1,206 for a studio, $1,185 for a 1-bedroom, $1,399 for a 2-bedroom, and $1,741 for a 3-bedroom. For more information on rental trends in Columbia, check out our monthly Columbia Rent Report.

How can I find a cheap apartment in Columbia?

You can find the lowest-priced apartments in Columbia by using the cheap apartments filter.

How can I find a pet-friendly apartment in Columbia?

You can use the pet-friendly filter to find Columbia apartments that allow pets.

How much should I pay for rent in Columbia?

The answer to this question depends on your household income and a couple of other factors. You can use our Rent Calculator to figure out how much you should spend on rent in Columbia.

How can I find off-campus housing in Columbia?

You can use the off-campus housing filters to find apartments near colleges located in or around Columbia. Some of the colleges and universities in the area include University of South Carolina-Columbia, Benedict College, Winthrop University, York Technical College, and University of South Carolina-Sumter.