Research and Demographics
CMCOG continues to monitor the region's growth through its original
research, and by conducting a number of ongoing surveys. To purchase
and download these documents online, please
visit our document library.
For more links to maps and information about South Carolina and the
Midlands, please visit www.SCMidlandsInfo.com
- Multi-Family Rental
and Condominium Survey : Over 30,000 apartments in 4
county survey. Determines vacancy rates, rents, planned construction,
and includes non-subsidy and rent subsidized apartments, condominiums,
planned unit developments, duplex and single floor row houses.
- Central Midlands Commercial
Real Estate Survey: Region-wide survey covering 15.6
million square feet of shopping center space; 13 million square feet
of office space; 7 million square feet of warehouse and industrial
buildings; and commercial land sites in four counties. Also determines
vacancy rates, rents, and planned construction.
- Building Permits:
tracking construction activity through building permits
issued by local governments for residential and commercial structures.
- Quarterly Columbia
Area Cost of Living Survey: conducted for and published
by the American Chamber of Commerce Researcher's Association.
- Selected Statistics
for the Greater Columbia Area (MSA)- Richland and Lexington
Counties: annual synopsis of growth for sectors by race, sex and age,
employment and labor force, new construction, apartment and condominium
survey and income characteristics.
- Selected Statistics
for the Central Midlands Region (Fairfield, Lexington, Newberry and
Richland Counties): an overview of population trends,
income characteristics, new construction, employment and labor force
for the region.
- An average of 80 requests are received weekly from the public
and private sectors for various data.
CMCOG also offers a comprehensive site analysis and site selection
mapping and reporting tool. Features include maps of areas showing
land and water areas, roads, county and city boundaries and zip codes.
Demographic profiles can be generated on points, zip codes, counties,
places, or custom areas. Profiles can also include ring studies
based on custom radii (eg. 1,3 & 5 miles) or drive times from a specific
point. The reports feature a wide array of demographic variables
including population, race, education levels, income, vehicles, expenditures,
Please contact the CMCOG
Research Staff to order your Site Analysis Report.
Click here for more
information and pricing.
Click here for examples
of our site analysis profiles and maps.
Support for CMCOG Planning Programs
Research staff provides data support services for all the council's
- Human Resources: Development of an Aging Facts Book, providing
socio-economic, education, income, health care and other data on the
region's senior citizens. Also expanded the council's GIS data base
to include the capability of computer mapping the location of the
elderly in each county with self-care and mobility limitations.
- Transportation: Generated data needed for the state transportation
plan for rural areas of the region; added state traffic counts at
1,100 traffic count locations in the four counties over the past five
years; obtained statewide and metropolitan Census Transportation Planning
packages to strengthen in-house planning programs, including work
to update the area's COATS Master Transportation Plan; created GIS
coverage with the capability of showing SCE&G bus routes serving areas
of poverty in the Columbia area; compiled socio-economic base year
and projected data needed for the TRANPLAN computer model to update
the Long Range Transportation Plan.
- Economic Development and Grants Management: Expanded the GIS data
base to provide the capability of generating labor force, socio-economic
data, and employment commuting patterns for 707 traffic zones in the
metropolitan Columbia area; generated census and other data required
for applications for federal grants and loans programs.
- Planning: Began charting annexations submitted by governments
in the region in order to maintain up-to-date jurisdictional boundary
maps; continued to update GIS mapping to include water, sewer and
transportation system expansions.