Economic Development

Perched on the western shore of the Lower Saluda and Congaree Rivers, the City of West Columbia anchors one of the fastest growing counties in South Carolina. Its location is within easy access of three major interstates (I-26, I-20 & I-77), two major highways (U. S. #1 and Hwy 378), the Columbia Metropolitan Airport, the new State Farmers Market, and is directly across the river from the state capital of Columbia. This central location has placed it in an enviable position for residents, businesses and visitors.

West Columbia is a community graced with tree-lined streets, quaint shops, long-time residents, young families and college students. Historic areas stand side-by-side with new development that adds to the charm and livability of this city by the river.

Not only is its central location within the state advantageous for doing business within the state, but also, its proximity to other major cities can add to the ease of transporting goods:

Augusta, GA – 65 miles Charlotte, NC – 81 miles
Greenville, SC – 96 miles Savannah, GA – 133 miles
Atlanta, GA – 191 miles Jacksonville, FL – 285 miles

Low taxes as well as low water and sewer rates only enhance the quality of life for living or doing business in West Columbia. Whether you’re looking for a place to live, start a business or just visit, West Columbia welcomes you to this jewel on the river.

For more information, contact BJ Unthank, Director of Economic Development at (803) 939-8614 or

Guide to Real and Personal Property Tax Appraisals and Assessments – 2015