Irmo, South Carolina
Flag of Irmo, South Carolina
Official seal of 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; -81.18306
CountryUnited States
StateSouth Carolina
CountiesLexington, Richland
IncorporatedDecember 24, 1890
Named forC.J. Iredell and
H.C. Mosely[1]
 • MayorBill Danielson
 • Town AdministratorCourtney Dennis
 • Total6.86 sq mi (17.77 km2)
 • Land6.86 sq mi (17.77 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation358 ft (109 m)
 • Total11,569
 • Density1,660.54/sq mi (641.10/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)803, 839
FIPS code45-35890[5]
GNIS feature ID1231420[3]
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.[6]


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.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 6.86 square miles (17.8 km2), all land.[2]


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[7][4]

2020 census

Irmo racial composition[8]
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 6,466 55.89%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 3,518 30.41%
Native American 42 0.36%
Asian 241 2.08%
Pacific Islander 29 0.25%
Other/Mixed 610 5.27%
Hispanic or Latino 663 5.73%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 11,569 people, 4,686 households, and 3,327 families residing in the town.

2000 census

As of the census[5] 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 inhabitants per square mile (1,031.0/km2). There were 4,066 housing units at an average density of 983.5 per square mile (379.7/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 56.76% White, 35.16% 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

Okra Strut parade, 2008.

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.[9]

The Jacob Wingard Dreher House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[10]

Irmo has two public libraries, a branch of the Lexington County Public Library[11] and a branch of the Richland County Public Library.


As of December 2023, the town council includes:[12]

A town administrator, responsible primarily for the efficient operation of the town government, is appointed by the town council.[13]


Irmo Elementary serves grades K-5.[14]

Crossroads Intermediate School serves grade 6.

Irmo Middle School serves grades 6-8.

Irmo High School serves grades 9-12.

Dutch Fork Middle School serves grades 7-8

Dutch Fork High School serves Grades 9-12.

Notable people


  1. ^ "Irmo". South Carolina Encyclopedia. Retrieved November 27, 2023.
  2. ^ a b "QuickFacts: Irmo town, South Carolina". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 17, 2024.
  3. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Irmo, South Carolina
  4. ^ a b "Census Population API". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 15, 2022.
  5. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on December 27, 1996. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  6. ^ "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.
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on April 26, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  8. ^ "Explore Census Data". Retrieved December 13, 2021.
  9. ^ "The Irmo Okra Strut". Town of Irmo. Archived from the original on December 30, 2017. Retrieved December 30, 2017.
  10. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  11. ^ "Locations". Lexington County Public Library. Retrieved September 28, 2022.
  12. ^ "Council Directory". Town of Irmo, South Carolina. Retrieved December 16, 2023.
  13. ^ "Town Council". Town of Irmo, South Carolina. Retrieved December 16, 2023.
  14. ^ "Irmo Elementary / Homepage". Retrieved August 12, 2020.