Columbia employment information

IndexColumbiaSouth CarolinaNational
Income per capita$25,990$25,521$29,829
Median household income$42,875$46,898$55,322
Median income owner occupied$70,631$57,389$70,586
Median income renter occupied$29,928$29,505$35,192
Median earnings male$21,155$32,196$36,919
Median earnings female$17,238$23,580$26,250
Unemployment rate5.4%5.0%4.7%
Poverty level22.9%17.2%15.1%
The Columbia, SC employment information can be a key indicator when searching for a new job. A good indicator of the strength of the job market is the income per capita and the median household income. The income per capita in Columbia is $25,990, which is 2% higher than than the South Carolina average and 13% lower than than the national average. The median household income is $42,875, which is 9% lower than than the South Carolina average and 22% lower than than the national average. The unemployment rate in Columbia is 5%, which is 15% higher than than the national average. The poverty rate in Columbia is 23% which is 52% higher than than the national average.

am i middle class

$Input your household income
$28,580$42,875$85,750
City
$31,262$46,898$93,796
State
$36,877$55,322$110,644
Nation
According to the PEW research center, the middle class is defined as a range from two thirds (2/3) of the median household income to a multiple of two (2) times the median household income. Displayed above are the city, state and national median household income averages. Simply enter your median household income to determine if your income falls into the middle class or if your household income is considered upper or lower class.

Did you know?

  • The income per capita in Columbia is 13% lower than the national average.
  • The median household income in Columbia is 22% lower than the national average.
  • Male median earnings are 41% higher than female median earnings.
  • The unemployment rate in Columbia is 15% higher than the national average.
  • The poverty level in Columbia is 52% higher than the national average.

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Columbia median earnings by income bracket

Columbia employment by industry

Labour TypeMaleFemale
Construction industry6.5%0.8%
Manufacturing sector8.2%0.7%
Financial & insurance services5.8%6.6%
Wholesale & retail services15.9%11.2%
Public administration7.3%6.5%
Transportation, warehousing & utilities4.5%1.3%
Education, health & social services16.2%37.5%
Other33.5%31.1%

Nearby cities with high median household income

City, StatePopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
Lake Murray of Richland, SC5,798$101,94184%
Blythewood, SC2,612$85,65855%
Arcadia Lakes, SC991$75,83337%
Pine Ridge, SC2,138$75,26836%
Lexington, SC20,315$63,32614%
Columbia, SC132,537$42,87522%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
Olathe, KS132,787$79,69144%
Sterling Heights, MI131,674$60,4929%
Miramar, FL133,741$64,63217%
Waco, TX130,659$34,09938%
Thornton, CO130,511$69,41725%
Columbia, SC132,537$42,87522%
Source: The Columbia, SC employment data displayed above is derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).