Families can count on safety in Central SC. Cities within our Region consistently rank high for safety, and crime rates are relatively low in our suburbs and rural regions. Irmo, Lexington, and Chapin, all suburbs of Columbia, were ranked among the safest cities in South Carolina by Niche in 2021. Friendly neighbors are sure to offer support whenever you need it. Our positive community atmosphere and welcoming environment are fueled by the Southern hospitality of our residents. Here, you’re never a stranger – and you’ll always have friends looking out for you.
The Columbia Police Department is an integral part of the community. Keeping the community and our citizens safe is their top priority, and they are constantly working hard to maintain a high-standard and keep people out of harm’s way. Visit the Columbia Police Department site to learn more.
Two of the highest-ranked towns for safety in Central SC are Irmo (#2) and Lexington (#3). Irmo, a small town on the border of Lexington and Richland Counties, is just 10 miles from the capital city of Columbia. With low housing costs, plenty of parks and opportunities for outdoor recreation, Irmo offers a small-town atmosphere with access to big-city amenities. Lexington, located in Lexington County, is one of the fastest-growing cities in the region. Families, young graduates and retirees all flock to this city thanks to its ideal location and thriving downtown district.
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (Oct. 5, 2023 | South Carolina Department of Commerce) – West Fraser, one of the largest timber producers in North America, today announced it is growing its Newberry County sawmill operations with its third expansion in 10 years. The $17.7 million investment will create 30 new jobs. Founded by three brothers in 1955, West […]
ORANGEBURG COUNTY, S.C. — Three of South Carolina’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) will be involved in a nationwide project that has been awarded $10 million from the US Department of Energy. The Second life sMARt sysTems (SMART) project will work to solve the problem of the growing stockpile of electric vehicle lithium-ion batteries by […]