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IRMO, South Carolina
A Friendly Southern Town
IRMO is a small town, located in Lexington & Richland counties, just 10 miles Northwest of downtown Columbia, SC. The Town of Irmo has a population of 11,097 (2010 census), nearby Columbia has a population of 129,272 and the combined population for Lexington and Richland counties is 646,895. Nearby towns and cities include: Columbia, Lexington and Chapin. Columbia is an easy drive down Interstate 26 (approximately 10 miles) and Lexington is just a few miles away across the scenic Dreher Shoals Dam at Lake Murray.
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Friendly people! Also, highly prized are the excellent Irmo area schools in Lexington Richland District 5. Irmo is known as Home of the Okra Strut and The Gateway to Lake Murray with the beautiful lake only minutes away. Irmo offers friendly neighborhoods in a choice of price ranges (with great convenience to shopping, medical care, downtown Columbia and Lake Murray). The Club at Rawls Creek golf course is located in the town limits of Irmo. There are a number of hotels and restaurants in the Irmo area.
Columbiana Centre Mall is located just two minutes from the heart of Irmo. Anchor stores include Belk, JC Penney, Dillard's and Sears.
Irmo is home to the annual Irmo Okra Strut. The festival lasts for two days during late September. The well attended festival raises money for needed projects in the Town of Irmo. The event includes a "dam" run, arts and crafts, rides, muscial entertainment, rides and of course fried okra. Be sure to attend - it's great family entertainment!
There are a number of beautiful and popular parks in and very near the Town of Irmo...
Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge will be opening in the Irmo area in late 2013. The 76-bed hospital, located at I-26 and Lake Murray Boulevard, is being built on 75 acres of gently rolling landscape. The aesthetically pleasing, pedestrian friendly hospital campus will be developed with abundant living and green space and a limited number of curb cuts for improved traffic flow. The facility will serve the residents of Irmo, Harbison, Chapin, Dutch Fork and surrounding areas who currently are traveling to downtown Columbia for acute care services.
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Dreher Island State Park, located on the shores on Lake Murray, is only 18 miles away. The state park features 112 camping sites, five lakeside villas, picnic areas with shelters, playground equipment, boat ramps, rental slips, and a nature trail on 348 acres and 12 miles of Lake Murray shoreline.
Major Employers in the Irmo Area:
Lexington Richland School District 5, Shaw Industries, Columbiana Centre mall and numerous commercial businesses
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Named by a leading boating magazine as one of the Top Ten Places To Live and Boat in the United States! Lake Murray is located just minutes from Irmo. It's a big lake with over 600 miles of shoreline and a length of 41 miles. When completed in 1930, Lake Murray was the largest man-made lake in the world for power production purposes and the largest earthen dam. The lake is a very popular residential living area with waterfront homes and homes near the lake for easy lake access (Lexington, Irmo, Chapin, Prosperity). The lake is popular for boating, sailing, watersports and fishing. Lake Murray hosts numerous fishing tournaments (both local and large national). The Dreher Shoals Dam on Lake Murray (between Irmo and Lexington) is one of Columbia's most popular places to walk - each way is a distance of 1.6 miles for a roundtrip of just over 3 miles.
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