Cayce, South Carolina

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Cayce is a city in Lexington and Richland counties in the U.S. state of South Carolina, along the Congaree River. The population was 12,150 at the 2000 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 town of West Columbia share road names and schools, they are frequently referred to jointly as Cayce-West Columbia. However, they are politically separate towns.

The Congaree River has always played a dominant role of strategic importance 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.



European settlement of the area dates back to the 18th century, when the area was considered part of Granby, a town that later failed due to endemic malaria. A handful of Revolutionary War skirmishes were fought in what is now Cayce. The town was incorporated in 1914 and named for local businessman William J. Cayce.


Cayce is traversed by I-26 and I-77, and the Columbia Metropolitian Airport (IATA:CAE) is adjacent to the town limits.


Cayce is located at 33°57'48" North, 81°3'60" West (33.963203, -81.066596)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.3 square miles (29.2 km²), of which, 10.9 square miles (28.2 km²) of it is land and 0.9 km² (0.4 sq mi or 3.2%) of it is water.


As of the census[1] 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/sq mi (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.

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