Irmo, South Carolina

Irmo, South Carolina
"Gateway to Lake Murray and Home of the Okra Strut"
Location in Richland County and the state of South Carolina.
Location in Richland County and the state of South Carolina.
Coordinates:34°05′10″N 81°10′59″W / 34.08611°N 81.18306°W / 34.08611; -81.18306Coordinates:34°05′10″N 81°10′59″W / 34.08611°N 81.18306°W / 34.08611; -81.18306
CountryUnited States
StateSouth Carolina
CountiesLexington, Richland
 • MayorBarry Walker Sr.
 • Interim Town AdministratorRobert M. Brown
 • Total6.85 sq mi (17.74 km2)
 • Land6.85 sq mi (17.74 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
358 ft (109 m)
 • Total11,097
 • Estimate 
 • Density1,822.34/sq mi (703.56/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)803, 839
FIPS code45-35890[3]
GNIS feature ID1231420[4]
DemonymIrmite Edit this at Wikidata

Irmo (/ˈərm/) is a town in Lexington and Richland counties, South Carolina, United States and a suburb of Columbia. It is part of the Columbia Metropolitan Statistical Area and is located 12 miles (19 km) northwest of the city center. The population of Irmo was 11,097 at the 2010 census.[5]


Irmo was chartered on Christmas Eve in 1890 in response to the opening of the Columbia, Newberry and Laurens Railroad. The name of Irmo was the result of combining the names of Captain C.J. Iredell and Henry Moseley, two important figures in the founding of the town. Despite the town's growth, Irmo does not have an actual downtown area. Rather, it consists of several clusters of suburban neighborhoods and commercial areas. Columbiana Centre mall was built in 1990, which led to the growth of the Harbison area.

The Jacob Wingard Dreher House was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1983.[6]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 6.3 square miles (16.2 km2), all land.[5]


Historical population
2019 (est.)12,483[2]12.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 11,039 people, 3,911 households, and 3,163 families residing in the town. The population density was 2,670.2 people per square mile (1,032.0/km2). There were 4,066 housing units at an average density of 983.5 per square mile (380.1/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 76.76% White, 20.16% African American, 0.25% Native American, 1.43% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 0.44% from other races, and 0.88% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.42% of the population.

There were 3,911 households, out of which 47.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.9% were married couples living together, 12.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.1% were non-families. 15.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 2.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.81 and the average family size was 3.15.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 30.7% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 34.6% from 25 to 44, 23.3% from 45 to 64, and 4.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.7 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $55,847, and the median income for a family was $62,005. Males had a median income of $41,054 versus $30,171 for females. The per capita income for the town was $22,312. About 3.3% of families and 4.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.4% of those under age 18 and 11.6% of those age 65 or over.

Arts and culture

The Okra Strut is an annual festival started in 1973 as a fundraising effort for a new library. Named for the okra plant, events have included a charity golf tournament, street dance, live entertainment, a midway, cycling and running competitions, arts and crafts exhibits, and a parade.[8]


The town council of Irmo consists of five council members including the mayor. The council also appoints a town administrator to efficiently operate the town government and manage day-to-day operations of the town. As of February 2020, the current mayor of Irmo is Barry A. Walker, Sr., elected in 2019, and the current town administrator is Robert M. Brown.[9][10]


Irmo has a public library, a branch of the Lexington County Library.[11]

Irmo Elementary serves grades K-5.[12]

Irmo High School serves grades 9-12.

Notable people

  • Ben Bridwell (born 1978), musician
  • Alaina Coates (born 1995), professional basketball player for the Chicago Sky
  • Leeza Gibbons (born 1957), talk show host
  • Dustin Johnson (born 1984), professional golfer; won the 2016 U.S. Open, and the 2020 Masters, ranked #1 golfer in the world; attended Dutch Fork High School
  • B.J. McKie (born 1977), professional basketball player; leading scorer all-time for the University of South Carolina's Gamecock basketball team
  • Courtney Shealy (born 1977), swimmer, 2000 Olympic Gold Medalist
  • Dr. E. Lee Spence, born in 1947, pioneer underwater archaeologist and shipwreck historian
  • Tyler Bass (born 1997) NFL Kicker, attended Dutch Fork High School


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on January 16, 2020. Retrieved July 29, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Archived from the original on July 26, 2019. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 1996-12-27. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Irmo
  5. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Irmo town, South Carolina". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved January 14, 2013.
  6. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on April 26, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  8. ^ "The Irmo Okra Strut". Town of Irmo. Archived from the original on December 30, 2017. Retrieved December 30, 2017.
  9. ^ "Mayor & Council - Town of Irmo SC". Town of Irmo. Archived from the original on July 20, 2020. Retrieved February 16, 2020.
  10. ^ "Town Administrator - Town of Irmo SC". Town of Irmo. Archived from the original on May 15, 2019. Retrieved February 16, 2020.
  11. ^ "Locations & Hours". Greenville County Library System. Archived from the original on 8 June 2019. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
  12. ^ "Irmo Elementary / Homepage" Check |url= value (help). http. Retrieved 2020-08-12.

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