Relocation Information

The West Metro Area is a wonderful place to live and work. You'll quickly see that the region has much to offer in the areas of business, entertainment, and culture.
Located in Lexington County, the West Metro suburban area of Greater Columbia is made up of a number of small communities, all located on the west side of the Congaree River and south of the Saluda River. The City of Cayce is a residential area located just across the Congaree River from downtown Columbia & USC via the Blossom Street bridge. Older neighborhoods built from the 1940's combine with newer, upscale housing developments to offer a wide range of home options. West Columbia is also across the river from downtown Columbia by way of the Gervais Street bridge. This older community, chartered in 1894 as "Brookland", was built around a mill and a business district at Meeting & State Streets. The New Brookland Historic District is one of the most intact mill villages in the Southeast and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Housing along the Congaree River is some of the area's most expensive. Visit www.westmetrochamber.com or call the West Metro Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center at 803-794-6504. West Columbia features stores, restaurants and unique shops in its Vista West Area.

Airport

As home to theColumbia Metropolitan Airport, the West Metro area serves as gateway to the entire Midlands region of South Carolina. The newly renovated airport is the region's jewel in the crown, making a powerful impression on first-time visitors and frequent travelers alike. The airport serves not only as a great ambassador welcoming travelers, but also as a key in attracting new businesses, such as United Parcel Service, to the West Metro region.

From the moment visitors step off the airplane onto the airport's unique blue and gray palmetto tree carpet, they know they have landed in the Palmetto State. A quick walk through the new connector takes them past beautiful landscaping resembling a cypress swamp. And once in the airport lobby, visitors will find themselves in the middle of a Southern "town square" complete with store fronts, street lights and benches.

In addition to making the airport more attractive, recent renovations have also improved service. The airline gates now accommodate more passengers and a wider variety of aircraft types and sizes. Moving sidewalks make getting to flights faster and easier. A common waiting area provides all gates with a central services and concession area. A new food court is located directly beneath the pyramid skylight. And the baggage claim area now includes more efficient baggage carousels and new car rental areas.

Medical Services

Lexington Medical Center

2720 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia
803 791-2000
Lexington Medical Center serves all of Lexington County and is a part of the Lexington County Health Services District, which includes a 292-bed hospital, a 350-bed long term care facility, five Community Medical Centers and seventeen physician practices.
Lexington Medical Center takes pride in responding to the changing needs of the community and meeting the demands of a thriving region.

Whether it's helping someone win the battle against cancer or seeing a couple deliver a new life into the world, Lexington Medical Center is especially committed to providing both quality and continuity of care.

Palmetto Health Alliance

2739 Laurel Street, Columbia, SC 29204
803-376-4643
Palmetto Health is the region's largest, most comprehensive, locally owned, not-for-profit health care resource. It leads the region in the number and volume of inpatient and outpatient services provided because of the depth and breadth of available services including general, acute and critical care; the number and diversity of specialty physicians providing the full array of treatment from primary to emergency care and beyond; care that is delivered with compassion by a staff that records high levels of satisfaction in their work and achieves the highest level of patient satisfaction in the nation; and because of its emphasis on leadership development, patient safety and quality outcomes. All patients are provided needed care regardless of ability to pay.

The 1,138-bed system in Columbia, a JCAHO-accredited institution, has more than 8,400 employees and 1,000 physicians. The hospitals of Palmetto Health provide care for 70 percent of the residents of Richland County and more than 55 percent of the healthcare for the combined Richland/Lexington county area. The latest technology and treatment protocols go hand-in-hand with quality patient care. Palmetto Health is composed of four outstanding hospitals—Palmetto Health Richland and Baptist in Columbia, and the Heart Hospital and Children's Hospital in Columbia.

Libraries

Cayce-West Columbia Branch
1500 Augusta Road, West Columbia, SC 29169
803 794-6791
Gaston Branch
214 Main Street, Gaston, SC 29053
803 791-3208
South Congaree/Pine Ridge Branch
200 Sunset Drive, West Columbia, SC 29172
803-785-3050
Richland County Public Library
1431 Assembly Street, Columbia, SC 29201
803-799-9084
Swansea Branch
240 S. Monmouth Avenue, Swansea, SC 29160
803 568-3516

Churches

Brookland Baptist Church
1066 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia, SC 29169
phone (803)796-7525
Marnie Robinson
Cayce United Methodist Church
1600 12th Street, Cayce, SC 29033
phone (803)794-3200
Michael B. Henderson
Calvary Community Church
712 Cornhill Road, Columbia, SC 29210
phone (803)354-9312
Rev. Gill Belec
Mt. Hermon Lutheran Church
3011 Leaphart Road, West Columbia, SC 29169
phone (803)794-6430
Rev. Eric Friedrichs
Mt. Tabor Lutheran Church
1000 B Avenue, West Columbia, SC 29169
phone (803)796-5948
Paul Aebischer
Northside Baptist Church
1303 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia, SC 29169
phone (803)796-9786
Emily Wright
State Street Baptist
1420 State Street, Cayce, SC 29033
phone (803)796-6123
Tommy Pillow

Civic Groups & Non Profit Organizations

The Burton Center
828 Williams Center
Lexington, SC 29169
Linda Gault
(803) 794-6110

--We believe that each individual has the right to experience a life with love, respect and dignity. We firmly believe that each individual is important and deserves the opportunity to strive to reach their full potential. We believe that each individual has the right to make choices that will affect their lives. Our focus will be on each individual’s abilities in developing appropriate programs and services that promote the health, safety and well being of each individual.
Cayce West Columbia Jaycees
1153 Walter Price Street
Cayce SC 29033
(803)479-8655
Katy Renfroe

--An organization of individuals between the ages of 18 - 40 who wish to improve themselves and make new friends while serving charitable interests in our local community.
Charity Textbooks
1525-C Sunset Boulevard
West Columbia, SC 29169
(803)988-8481
Keith Ballington

--Charity Textbooks.org is a facilitator of textbooks, novels, and children's books around the world totally free.
Dickerson Center for Children
1615 Augusta Road
West Columbia SC 29169
(803)791-1511
Carol Yarborough

--Dickerson Center for Children helps:
  • Reduce the trauma experienced by children who have been physically or sexually abused
  • Gather evidence through forensic evaluation and medical examinations to assist in the prosecution of abuse cases
  • Provide ongoing therapy to assist children in dealing with their abuse
  • Provide case consultation and coordination services to other providers
Harvest Hope
1775 12 Street Extension, Building 4
Cayce SC 29033
(803)254-4432
Denise Holland

--Providing for the needs of hungry people by gathering and sharing quality food, with dignity, compassion and education.
The Humane Society
121 Humane Lane
Columbia, SC 29209
(803)793-1267
Wayne Brennessel

--The vision of the Humane Society is to offer affordable spay/neuter services to the public and to treat our customers with respect and professionalism in order to spread our mission of reducing animal overpopulation, abuse and neglect.
Lexington Interfaith Community Services
216 Harmon Street
Lexington, SC 29072
(803)957-6656
Jenny Kennedy

--LICS' mission is to provide food, clothing, emergency financial assistance, referrals and counseling to individuals and families in need
Nancy K. Perry Children's Shelter
Post Office Box 344
Lexington SC 29071
(803)359-8595
Executive Director - Jarrell M Smith

--The Shelter exists to provide residential care and nurture to children who are in crisis due to sexual or physical abuse, neglect, abandonment, exploitation or caregiver emergency.
Pets, Inc.
300 Orchard Drive
West Columbia SC 29169
(803)269-6493
Jan Brundage

-- South Carolina’s Humane Shelter, Come adopt a friend today.
Pets Inc. has developed programs to address the problems of pets from the point of rescue, through the rehabilitation and adoption processes and then, going a step further, to insure the animal has a reasonably good chance for successful integration into the family by addressing its training and emotional needs.
West Metro Hispanic Ministry
3052 Leaphart Road
West Columbia, SC 29169
(803)445-9103
Rev. Emily Sutton
West Vista Guild
105 Cobden Court
Lexington, SC 29072
(803)951-2319
Margaret Causey
The Woman's Club of Cayce
701 Oakland Avenue
Cayce, SC 29033
(803)794-7497
Jennie Jordan

Schools

Lexington School District Two
Serving Cayce-West Columbia, Springdale, South Congaree, Pine Ridge
715 Ninth Street
West Columbia, SC 29169
803 796-4708
Lexington School District Four
Serving Gaston, Swansea
607 East Fifth Street
Swansea, SC
803 568-1000
Glenforest School (Private)
1041 Harbor Drive
West Columbia, SC 29171
1-800-849-7312
Allen University
1530 Harden Street
Columbia, SC 29204
803-376-5700
Benedict College
1600 Harden Street
Columbia, SC 29204
803-253-5000
Midlands Technical College
1260 Lexington Drive
West Columbia, SC 29170
803 732-5200
Email
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208
803 777-7000
Email

TV, Radio, & Newspaper

Newspaper

Lexington County Chronicle & The Dispatch News (Weekly)
131 Swartz Road Lexington, SC 29072
803-359-7633
The State Newspaper (Daily)
P.O. Box 1333 Columbia, SC 29202
1401 Shop Road Columbia, SC 29201
Local: (803) 771-8380 Toll-free: (800) 888-3566
Cayce-West Columbia News (Weekly)
P.O. Box 2194 West Columbia, SC 29171
803-741-5123
Free Times Free Weekly
1534 Main Street, Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 765-0707
The Columbia Star Newspaper (Weekly)
P.O. Box 5955 Columbia, SC 29250
803-771-0219
The Daily Gamecock/University of South Carolina
1400 Greene St. Columbia, SC 29208
(803) 777-3018

TV

WIS TV (NBC)
WLTX TV (CBS)
WOLO TV (ABC)
WACH TV (FOX)
WRLK (ETV)
WZRB (CW)

Radio

Citadel Broadcasting Corporation (Four Stations)
1801 Charleston Hwy # J Cayce, SC 29033
Clear Channel Communications (Six Stations)
615 Greystone Blvd. Columbia, SC 29210
Inner-City Broadcasting (Six Stations)
1900 Pineview Road Columbia, SC 29209
Columbia Radio Group (Two Stations)
1701 Senate Street, Columbia, SC 29201

Christian/Gospel Radio

WYFV - 88.7 FM
WFMV - 95.3 FM
WMHK - 89.7 FM
WBAJ - 890 AM
WQXL - 1470 AM

Utilities

Power Generation

Water & Sewer Services

City of Cayce
(803) 796-9020
City of West Columbia
(803) 791-1880
Gaston Water Service
(803) 794-2819
Midlands Utility
(803) 359-4803

Phone Service

AT&T
(888) 757-6500
(866) 321-6716
Windstream
(866) 445-5880
Pond Branch
(803) 894-3121

Cable TV & Internet Service

Public Transportation

Government

Individual communities are governed by Mayor-Council forms of Government. For more information, you may call the numbers below. As a reference, the Mayor of each community is listed below along with general contact numbers for the community.

Cayce

Mayor Elise Partin
City of Cayce
(803) 796-9020

Gaston

Mayor Troy Bivens
Town of Gaston
(803) 796-7725

Pine Ridge

Mayor David Busby
Town of Pine Ridge
(803) 755-2500

South Congaree

Mayor Bobby Vining
Town of South Congaree
(803) 755-2760

Springdale

Mayor Pat Smith
Town of Springdale
(803) 794-0408

Swansea

Mayor Ray Spires
Town of Swansea
(803) 568-2835

West Columbia

Mayor Joe Owens
City of West Columbia
(803) 791-1880