West Columbia is a city in Lexington County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 14,988 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Columbia, South CarolinaMetropolitan Statistical Area. West Columbia was incorporated in 1894 as Brookland, but the United States Postal Service called the town "New Brookland" since there was another town called Brookland. In 1936, the name was changed to West Columbia to emphasize its proximity to Columbia, South Carolina. Numerous businesses, churches and a high school retain the Brookland and New Brookland names. West Columbia lies to the south and west of the Saluda and Congaree Rivers. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.3square miles (16.3km), of which, 6.1square miles (15.7km) of it is land and 0.2square miles (0.5km) of it (3.18%) is water.
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