Part of the greater Columbia, the South Carolina metropolitan statistical area, West Columbia is a suburban city with tightly knit communities and a cozy proximity to booming downtown streets. West Columbia is, naturally, located to the west of Columbia city itself, residing near the city's center and downtown district. Houses in West Columbia are of reasonable pricing for their sizes, proffering price tags neither too high nor too low for the value, and Columbia waits just across a glistening river.
A suburban delight, West Columbia is characterized by clean homes and cleaner streets, representing a population of around 15,000 people since 2010. To the south lies its sister suburb Cayce, and as a whole West Columbia is a part of the Lexington County in South Carolina. Attractions to the charming southern city include the Riverwalk park, which is part of the Cayce-West Columbia Riverwalk. The park itself is within walking distance of the South Carolina State Museum and Columbia's famed Vista, which is a restaurant and entertainment district. The park offers breathtaking views of Columbia's skyline as well as the river and the floodplain forest below. With paved walkways and lights, the park represents a lovely point of interest for locals and tourists alike inclined to explore the outdoors and see what the city has to offer.
The Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, a 170-acre zoo, aquarium, and botanical garden, also has an entrance in West Columbia. West Columbia lies to the south and west of the Saluda and Congaree Rivers respectively, and covers only around a total of six square miles. The Lexington Medical Center is located in the city, and being one of the region's largest hospital systems, provides invaluable access for West Columbian citizens to high quality medical care at all times. Lexington County School Districts serve the city with education, providing several public schools to attend to local children. Several universities are readily accessible across the river in the bustling city of Columbia, making a residence in West Columbia an ideal location for easy access to industry and studies. The Columbia Metropolitan Airport serves Columbia and surrounding areas like West Columbia, making it also convenient to travel by air. West Columbia has all of the benefits of a large city to offer while keeping its relatively small-town feel and comfortable ambience. Its presence next to Columbia provides it with an outlet to jobs, social events, and educational opportunities, giving citizens of West Columbia a leg up on the pursuit of a happy suburban life.