Columbia, the State Capitol of South Carolina, contains rich evidence of South Carolina’s history and lore – including monuments, art and statues. Columbia prides itself in offering children and families numerous museums, providing easily accessible educational history to families exploring the area.

Unfortunately, Columbia’s beauty, history, and charm is often outweighed by its crime statistics. Movoto Real Estate reports 6,041 property crimes and 720 violent crimes per 100,000 citizens. The national average is 2,731 property crimes and 368 violent crimes. This means that one of every 133 residents of Columbia will fall victim to violent crime. For this reason, many families choose to live in outlying areas and commute to Columbia for work.

Lovable Lexington

According to U.S. Census information, the average age of Lexingon, Columbia, SC area citizens is 38, and the median income is $54,061.

Steeped in South Carolina history, Lexington is within the Columbia metroplex, sitting atop Lake Murray. Choose from an antebellum style home adorned by age-old trees, or seek out lakefront property for family fun in the sun.

The environmentally compassionate Columbia-Lexington area is a university town (USC) set on the Broad, Congaree and Saluda rivers, creating an inspiring area for family exploration and water sports. Peppered with lakes and riverfront properties, there is no end to the eye candy nature has provided for your family to savor. The region is home to a myriad of fun family outdoor activities like fishing, kayaking and camping.

If you are looking for good, clean fun for the whole family, nearby downtown Columbia is home to the only marionette theatre in the United States, delighting children of all ages. The South Carolina State Museum is built within an old textile mill and boasts an awe-inspiring model of a gigantic white shark and real dinosaur fossils.

Have a big family? Find three- to six-bedroom family homes on Movoto Real Estate, many on a private cul-de-sacs with a gourmet kitchens and lake access. Don’t need to spread out quite that much? Find your perfect condo or townhouse.

Violent crime ranks 37 percent lower than national average in Lexington, SC.

Historic Blythewood

According to U.S. Census information, the average age of Blythewood, Columbia, SC area citizens is 41, and the median income is $89,028.

The town of Blythewood is painted with old world charm. It contains several churches and community happenings that promote family togetherness and activities. Families enjoy walks through Cobblestone Park on the weekends, and commuters who work in Columbia appreciate the easy commute from Blythewood.

The accessible Blythewood Richland Library offers many services and educational materials to families, promoting continuous learning and early literacy.

From enviable ranch-style homes to elegant corner lots, Blythewood has much to offer. Visit our listings at Movoto Real Estate.

Boasting a crime rate of 73 percent below the national average, Blythewood is a target for families seeking a safe place to live and explore in the Columbia area.

Lovely Lake Carolina

According to U.S. Census information, the average age of Lake Carolina Columbia SC area citizens is 41 years young, and the median income is $41,454.

No matter where in Columbia you choose to live, Lake Carolina is a fun family day trip. For families with young children, Lake Carolina is also a coveted setting because the elementary schools are the best in the state.

If you are a family who thrives on the outdoors, you will enjoy endless hiking trails and lake activities.

Lake Carolina’s Richland Library has a teen center, with crafts and seasonal activities for young adults.

Homes range in value, offering something for just about every homeowner even if you are on a budget. Find huge four-bedroom homes complete with private screened in porches and boat launches, or subtler homes inland from the waterfront. See our listings at Movoto Real Estate.

Exquisite Lake Murray

According to U.S. Census information, the average age of Lake Murray, Columbia, SC area citizens is 49 years young, and the median income is $104,852.

Boasting over 650 miles of pristine shoreline, quiet and peaceful Lake Murray is a hidden gem in the Columbia area. There is no shortage of beautiful homes situated in this picturesque setting ready-made for family fun and memory making.

Centrally located Lake Murray offers stress-free travel to USC sporting activities, while providing the quiet and secluded atmosphere of waterfront luxury homes. Families enjoy kayaking, fishing and boating not only on the lake but also on the many surrounding rivers that run through this quaint settlement.

The Lake Murray community enjoys the Blythewood Richland Library for family and community events and learning.

The homes here are anything but "cookie cutter." Check out the listings tailored for practically any budget.

The crime rate in Lake Murray is lower than 64% of other U.S. cities.

What's Nearby


All the above neighborhoods in Columbia SC are within close proximity for fun upstate family day trips like the Appalachian Mountain foothills or a Sunday drive along the breath-taking Blue Ridge Parkway, with plenty of scenic spots for picnics, photos and hikes.

No matter where you choose to make new South Carolina memories, there is always college football, baseball or basketball games you can enjoy when living in Columbia or in surrounding neighborhoods in Columbia, SC.

If you seek additional useful data about family-friendly housing and neighborhoods in Columbia, SC, Movoto Real Estate is here to assist you in your Columbia, SC new home search.