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Cayce, South Carolina
City Hall
City Hall
"A new kind of city"
Cayce, South Carolina is located in South Carolina
Cayce, South Carolina
Cayce, South Carolina
Location in South Carolina
Cayce, South Carolina is located in the United States
Cayce, South Carolina
Cayce, South Carolina
Location in the United States
Country United States
State South Carolina
Counties Lexington; Richland
 • Total 17.58 sq mi (45.52 km2)
 • Land 16.80 sq mi (43.52 km2)
 • Water 0.77 sq mi (2.00 km2)
233 ft (71 m)
 • Total 12,528
 • Estimate 
 • Density 827.17/sq mi (319.37/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP code
29033, 29172, 29170, 29169, 29201
Area code(s) 803, 839
FIPS code 45-12655
GNIS feature ID 1247197

Cayce ( KAY-see) is a city in the U.S. state of South Carolina, along the Congaree River. The population was 12,528 at the 2010 census. The estimated population was 14,009 in 2019, and it is the third-most populated municipality in Lexington County. The city is primarily in Lexington County, with additional, predominantly rural land to the east in Richland County. Cayce is part of the Columbia Metropolitan Statistical Area and is within South Carolina's Midlands region.


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.


Public transportation

Bus system

Public transportation in Cayce is provided by the COMET, or officially the Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority (CMRTA). The bus system has several routes in Cayce and is the main public transit system for the greater Columbia area.

Columbia Metropolitan Airport

The Columbia Metropolitan Airport (IATA:CAE) serves as the main airport system for the greater Columbia area, and is just west of the Cayce city limits. In 2018, the airport served 1,197,603 passengers with 12,324 flights. The airport is the regional hub for UPS Airlines, transporting 136.7 million pounds of freight/mail in 2018. The airport was originally named "Lexington County Airport" and during World War II trained pilots for B-25 Mitchell crews.

Highways, roadways, and railways

  • I-26 (SC).svg I-26 - Interstate 26 passes through the western side of Cayce and connects the Columbia area to the other two major population centers of South Carolina: the Greenville-Spartanburg area to the northwest and the Charleston area to the southeast.
  • I-77 (SC).svg I-77 - Interstate 77 has its southern terminus in Cayce at I-26 and ends in Cleveland, Ohio. It is frequently used by travelers on the east coast of the United States heading to or from Florida.
  • US 321.svg US-321 - U.S. Route 321 passes through the western and northern sides of Cayce. It leads east across the Congaree River into downtown Columbia, then continues north toward Gastonia, North Carolina, while to the south it leads to the Savannah, Georgia, area.
  • South Carolina 2.svg SC-2 - South Carolina Highway 2 passes through the center of Cayce on State Street and Frink Street.
  • The Columbia Subdivision, a railroad line owned by CSX Transportation, passes through Cayce; it was the site of a deadly train collision in February 2018.


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%
2019 (est.) 14,009 11.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Cayce racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 8,664 62.87%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 3,062 22.22%
Native American 34 0.25%
Asian 502 3.64%
Pacific Islander 1 0.01%
Other/Mixed 627 4.55%
Hispanic or Latino 891 6.47%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 13,781 people, 6,017 households, and 2,794 families residing in the city.


Cayce, SC Knox Abbot Road
Knox Abbot Road in Cayce
Corn field in Cayce, Richland County, SC
A corn field in the rural Richland County portion of the city

Cayce is the home of SCANA, the parent company of South Carolina Electric & Gas Company, Carolina Gas Transmission, Cayce Capital, PSNC Energy, and other subsidiaries operating in the southeastern United States.


Public schools
Type School Enrollment Within

city limits

Elementary Cayce Elementary School 1,058 Yes
Middle Cyril B. Busbee Creative Arts Academy 418 Yes
Middle R. H. Fulmer Middle School 684 Yes
High Airport High School 1,348 Yes
High Brookland-Cayce High School 964 Yes
College Midlands Technical College, Airport campus 15,000 No

The Cayce-West Columbia branch of the Lexington County library serves the cities of Cayce and West Columbia.

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