Blythewood is a small town just outside of Columbia and an hour away from Charlotte. This quaint community is steeped in southern tradition and family-friendly values. Once a hub of agriculture, Blythewood continues to support its equestrian and farming traditions with annual festivals and rodeos.
Blythewood was once dubbed Doko after what is believed to be the indigenous people’s word for “watering hole.” Appropriately, the Doko Depot once restocked passing steam engines with firewood and water to fuel them on their journey. After its destruction by General Sherman during the Civil War, the town was rebuilt and named Blythewood in 1877.
Blythewood’s climate is warm and sunny, with only one inch of snowfall annually and temperatures that rarely dip below freezing. The average high temperature in July is a toasty 92 degrees, while the average low temperature in January is 32 degrees.
Blythewood is easily accessible by Interstate 77, which serves the town with two exits. The average commute takes 22 minutes. The nearest airport is the Columbia Metropolitan Airport, located 20 miles south down I-77 outside Columbia, SC. There’s also an Amtrak station available in Columbia.
Cost of Living in Blythewood
According to Sperling’s Best Places, the cost of living in Blythewood is slightly higher than the United States average. The biggest factors are housing and utilities, which are 12 percent and 14 percent more expensive than average respectively. Want to know how far your current salary will go in the Columbia, SC area? Use the tools below to find out.
Blythewood is served by Richland County Public School District Two. The district includes five elementary schools, three middle schools, and two high schools. There are about 20 colleges and universities within 40 miles, the largest of which is the University of South Carolina. Columbia College is a small women’s college with an 11:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Columbia’s campus is rated as one of the safest in the state, with a Police Department that was recognized by the School Safety Advocacy Council for exemplary school safety.
The nearest hospital to Blythewood is Providence Health Northeast, about ten miles south on Interstate 77. Providence is a 74-bed hospital with a focus on neurosurgery, orthopedic care, and emergency services. The largest hospital in the area is Palmetto Health Baptist, a 413-bed facility specializing in behavioral care, cardiac catheterization, obstetrics, oncology, orthopedics, surgery, urology, and women's services.
Blythewood Real Estate
There are about 917 housing units in Blythewood with an owner-occupied rate of 97 percent. The median housing price is $208,000, nearly $25,000 more than the United States average. However, average monthly rent for a two-bedroom apartment is only $900, which is about $100 less than the national average. Because of this, newcomers to Blythewood might be better off renting before putting down roots.
There are three inexpensive, low-key brand name hotels in Blythewood, including the Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Comfort Inn, and Days Inn North Columbia Ft. Jackson. About 17 miles away in Columbia is the 1425 Inn, a classic bed and breakfast with beautifully decorated rooms named after significant aspects of South Carolina and its history.
The motto at Lizard’s Thicket is “Country cookin’ makes ya good lookin’.” While the truthfulness of this claim is debatable, the quality of the food and service at this down-home, family-owned chain of southern restaurants isn’t. Every southern dish you might expect is on the menu, like fried chicken and black-eyed peas, as well as some you might not have tried before, like squash casserole and Alabama-style slaw. Scottie’s Café & Grill is owned and run by husband and wife duo Scottie and Janet and serves a variety of Greek, Italian and American dishes made from fresh ingredients. They claim to serve the best hamburgers and pizza in Blythewood.
Things to Do in Blythewood
If you like golf, you’ll love Cobblestone Park, voted one of the best golf courses in the Midlands. The 27-hole course features gorgeous vistas, delicious food, and a challenging game. Cobblestone Park also hosts an all sports summer camp for kids from June to August. The Riverbanks Zoo & Garden in nearby Columbia offers educational and exciting activities for the whole family, from zip line tours and rock wall climbs to touring the magnificent botanical garden and over 170 acres of animal exhibits.