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Cayce, South Carolina
"A new kind of city"
Location in Richland County and the state of South Carolina.
Location in Richland County and the state of South Carolina.
Country United States
State South Carolina
County Lexington and Richland
 • Total 17.4 sq mi (45.1 km2)
 • Land 16.6 sq mi (43.1 km2)
 • Water 0.8 sq mi (2.0 km2)
240 ft (73 m)
 • Total 12,528
 • Density 719.5/sq mi (277.8/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 803
FIPS code 45-12655
GNIS feature ID 1247197

Cayce is a city in Lexington and Richland counties in the U.S. state of South Carolina, along the Congaree River. The population was 12,528 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Columbia, South Carolina, Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Cayce lies mostly across the Congaree River from the state capital of Columbia, with a newly annexed section on the Richland County side awaiting development. Because both it and the neighboring city of West Columbia share road names and schools, they are sometimes referred to jointly as "Cayce-West Columbia". However, they are politically separate cities.

The Congaree River has always played a dominant role in Cayce's development. Cayce and other local governments jointly developed the Riverwalk along the Congaree, which provides walking, jogging, and nature observation opportunities. Development on both sides of the river is an important factor driving the city's economy.


Guignard Brick Works
One of the kilns from the Guignard Brick Works, established in 1803

What was to become Cayce was home to Native Americans have for at least 12,000 years; This includes what is now known as the Manning Archeological Site, the SAM Site, and the Taylor Site.

Hernando de Soto reached the area in 1540, encountering a large Indian village at Congaree Creek, where Cayce now stands. Near the end of the 17th century, explorers such as John Lawson visited and documented his trip. In 1718, the English built the first permanent fort, becoming the first structure built in the Midlands. A second fort was built on the river in 1748. These forts were referred to as Congaree Fort #1 and Congaree Fort #2, and became part of the Congarees Site in 1974.

The Guignard Brick Works were established on the west bank of the Congaree in 1803 and remained active for nearly two centuries.

The town was incorporated in 1914 and named for local businessman William J. Cayce.

Still Hopes
Still Hopes, built in 1910.
William J Cayce House
The William J. Cayce house, built in 1917.


South Carolina Highway 2 is within city limits; Cayce is traversed by I-26 and I-77,

Columbia Metropolitan Airport (IATA:CAE) is adjacent to the city limits.


Cayce is located at 33°57'48" North, 81°3'60" West (33.963203, -81.066596), within the Midlands of South Carolina.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 17.4 square miles (45.1 km2), of which 16.6 square miles (43.1 km2) is land and 0.77 square miles (2.0 km2), or 4.22%, is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 746
1930 1,267 69.8%
1940 1,476 16.5%
1950 3,294 123.2%
1960 8,517 158.6%
1970 9,967 17.0%
1980 11,701 17.4%
1990 11,163 −4.6%
2000 12,150 8.8%
2010 12,528 3.1%
Est. 2015 13,619 8.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there are 12,150 people in the city, organized into 5,133 households and 3,079 families. The population density is 1,114.6 people per square mile (430.4/km²). There are 5,517 housing units at an average density of 506.1 per square mile (195.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city is 74.55% White, 22.50% African American, 1.08% Asian, 0.26% Native American, 0.15% Pacific Islander, 0.67% from other races, and 0.80% from two or more races. 1.28% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 5,133 households out of which 24.4% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.8% are married couples living together, 14.5% have a female householder with no husband present, and 40.0% are non-families. 29.0% of all households are made up of individuals and 10.8% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.36 and the average family size is 2.89.

In the city, the population is spread out with 20.7% under the age of 18, 14.1% from 18 to 24, 28.6% from 25 to 44, 21.9% from 45 to 64, and 14.7% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 36 years. For every 100 females there are 86.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 81.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $35,850, and the median income for a family is $43,560. Males have a median income of $30,317 versus $24,408 for females. The per capita income for the city is $17,745. 17.0% of the population and 9.9% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 20.0% of those under the age of 18 and 8.2% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

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