The Midlands region of South Carolina is the middle area of the state. The region's main center is Columbia, the state's capital. The Midlands is so named because it is halfway point between the Upstate and the Lowcountry. The main area code is 803.
The area has become a major business center in the state, for its growing production of paper products, textile, medical supplies and steel. It is also a center for farming and medical care. The area is also involved in attractions and tourism, featuring shopping, fishing and amusement.
The Midlands area of South Carolina includes at least these eight counties:
This region is largely coextensive with the Columbia metropolitan area (which includes Newberry and Orangeburg counties) but .
The middle portion of Orangeburg County is located in the Midlands, while the western part is located in the Central Savannah River Area and the eastern part is considered to be located in the Lowcountry. Other than being designated to the Augusta, GA market, Aiken County is also frequently listed as part of the Central Savannah River Area.
(including county and 2020 census count)
- Columbia, Richland and Lexington 136,632
- Sumter, Sumter County 42,976
- Lexington, Lexington County, 23,568
- Orangeburg, Orangeburg County 12,704
Suburban towns and cities over 10,000 in population
(including county and 2020 census bureau population estimates)
- West Columbia Lexington, 17,416
- Cayce, Lexington, 13,789
- Irmo, Richland and Lexington, 11,569
- Newberry, Newberry, 10,691
- Forest Acres Richland, 10,606
Suburbs with less than 10,000 inhabitants
(including county and 2020 census bureau population data)
(2020 Census Figures)
- Dentsville, Richland, 14,431
- Hopkins, Richland, 13,025 (2010 data)
- Lugoff, Kershaw, 9,990
- Red Bank, Lexington, 10,924
- Seven Oaks, Lexington, 14,652
- St. Andrews, Richland, 20,675
- Woodfield, Richland, 9,199
- Interstate 20
- Interstate 77
- Interstate 95
- Interstate 26
- Interstate 126
- US 321
- US 21
- US Route 1
- US 76
- US 176
- US 178
- US 378
- US 15
- US 301
- US 601
- US 521
- SC 277
- SC 12
- SC 34
- SC 261
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- "Sumter City, SC". Censusbureau.gov. U.S. Government. Retrieved 2 July 2022.
- "QuickFacts Lexington town, South Carolina". www.census.gov. U.S. Government. Retrieved 30 May 2022.
- "Orangeburg City Quick Fact". census.gov. U.S. Government. Retrieved 2 July 2022.
- "Cayce City Quick Facts". census.gov. U.S. Government. Retrieved 2 July 2022.
- "Forest Acres City Quickfacts". census.gov. U.S. Government. Retrieved 2 July 2022.