Decoding Columbia, SC zip codes

DYK there are 34 zip codes that span Columbia? You may know relative information about different areas of our city, but we’re deep-diving into one of the zip codes so you can puzzle piece together the Capital City through data. Are you ready?  

📍We’re dropping a pin in the 29172 zip code.

  • County: Lexington
  • Population: ~10,610
  • Land area: 25.11 square miles

For a sense of relativity — Pine Ridge, Cayce + South Congaree cities make up the 29172 zip code and are referred to as West Columbia. You’ll find the SC State Farmers Market, Charwood Golf Club, and the Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation within this zip code. 

Five quick facts:

  • ~18% — the percentage of the population that has a bachelor’s degree or higher
  • ~19 % — the percentage of the population that works in educational services, health care, or social assistance
  • ~37 — the median age of the population. 
  • 69.3% — the percentage of households that are owner occupied 
  • ~7,558 of the total ~10,610 population were born in SC

What does Esri’s interactive tapestry map say about 29172? If you’re like, “what’s Esri?”check this out

This zip code is considered a Rustic Outpost typically made up of small family-oriented citizens that enjoy traditions. The area of town is considered semi-rural within a metropolitan area. If listening to music, the genre would most likely be rap, R&B, or country. This subset of Cola’s population routinely stops into convenience stores to grab a few snacks and gasoline for the road, often have quick-prepared meals for dinner, and enjoy burgers + pizza

 

📍We’re dropping a pin in the 29201 zip code.

  • County: Richland 
  • Population: ~20,594
  • Land area: 11.42 square miles

For a sense of relativity — 29201 is within or borders Columbia, Cayce, and West Columbia + Earlewood, Elmwood Park, Five Points, Granby Hill, Historic Waverly, Laurel Hill, The Congaree Vista, and Whaley Street, are some of the main neighborhoods that make up this zip code

Five quick facts:

  • 23-24 — the median age of the population. 
  • 55.3% — the percentage of the population that has a bachelor’s degree or higher
  • ~75% — the percentage of households that are renter-occupied
  • 90% — the percentage of households without children 
  • $32,500 — the average household income

What does Esri’s interactive tapestry map say about 29201? If you’re like, “what’s Esri?” — check this out

This zip code is considered a college town aka — this zip code is mostly made up of college students who love cell phones, will pay close to $1,000 in rent with roommates each month, showcase the latest fashion trends on a thrifty budget, participate in nightlife entertainment, and believe most things can be done via a phone rather than going in person.

📍We’re dropping a pin in the 29205 zip code.

DYK there are 34 zip codes that span Columbia? You may know relative information about different areas of our city, but we’re deep-diving into one of the zip codes so you can puzzle piece together the Capital City through data. Are you ready?  

📍We’re dropping a pin in the 29205 zip code.

  • County: Richland
  • Population: ~24,822

Land area: ~seven square miles

For a sense of relativity — Well-known historic neighborhoods like Rosewood, Shandon, and Melrose Heights fall within this zipcode. A very small portion of Five Points is within the 29205 zip code, but wouldn’t relatively be considered part of this zip code? The lower portion of the zip code boundary runs parallel with Shop Road, with the top portion sitting right beneath Forest Acres.

Five quick facts:

  • ~61.4% — the percentage of the population that has a bachelor’s degree or higher
  • ~32 — the median age of the population
  • ~43% — the percentage of households that are renter occupied
  • 11 — the number of schools within this zip code, all within the Richland One School District, except for four private schools
  • 1939 through the early1950s — the years the majority of homes were built.

What does Esri’s interactive tapestry map say about 29205? If you’re like, “what’s Esri?” — check this out

Because this zip code has such a wide range of Soda citizens, the tapestry map broke up the zip code into three categoriesthe Emerald City, Set to Impress, and Laptop and Lattes

If you live within the “Emerald City” you are likely single, college educated, are considered a “foodie” that tries to eat organically when possible, and shop at Trader Joe’s

If you are in the “Set to Impress” section, you are likely enrolled in college, a renter, are up-to-date with the latest trends, and enjoy leisure activities like going to concerts, bars, and the zoo

If you fit into the “Laptop and Lattes” category, you are a well-educated 30-something who works in the business sector, pulls in $100,000+ per year, thinks physical fitness is of the utmost importance, enjoys dining out, and recycles faithfully.