Chapin / Lake Murray

Welcome to Chapin/Lake Murray

 The tranquility of lakeside living combined with the excitement of suburban innovation

Chapin/Lake Murray is a remarkable blend of the suburban and rural lifestyle. Nestled on the periphery of Lake Murray, the community effuses an air of peacefulness, enhanced by the area's abundant opportunities for water sports and fishing. It's a place where modern living meets the natural splendor of the countryside.

A tapestry of new construction communities dances across the landscape, infusing the town with a lively and contemporary flair. Despite this burgeoning development, the area retains its rural charm, creating a perfect harmony between modernity and serenity. Adjacent to the picturesque Lake Murray, the community stands as an inviting haven for both residents and visitors.

What to Love

  • Affordable to luxury homes ranging from $250K to $2M
  • Lake homes offer unparalleled views and serenity
  • Water sports and fishing
  • New home opportunities align with excellent school systems
  • Suburban town with a rural atmosphere
  • Easy I-26 access to Columbia, blending rural charm with suburban access

Local Lifestyle

Chapin/Lake Murray celebrates a lifestyle that is both charming and connected. It's a place where the allure of rural living is seamlessly blended with suburban conveniences. Wide-ranging housing developments meet the needs of diverse preferences, from the lakeside retreat to the modern family home. What truly sets this area apart is the ease of access to downtown Columbia via I-26, offering residents the luxury of quiet living without sacrificing urban amenities.

Dining, Shopping, and Entertainment

A visit to Tipsy Toad Tavern is an unforgettable experience with its rustic charm, lively atmosphere, and tantalizing drinks. This beloved destination has won the hearts of locals and tourists alike.

For those who seek an adrenaline-filled aquatic adventure, Lake Murray Water Sports offers an outstanding watercraft selection, breathtaking views, and exceptional experiences that consistently receive rave reviews.

Whether you're a seasoned antique enthusiast or just exploring, Rustik Livin’ Antiques and Homemade Gifts is a delightful destination filled with unique and nostalgic treasures, offering a shopping experience like no other.

If coffee is your calling, The Coffee Shelf stands as a beacon of caffeinated bliss with its warm ambiance, friendly staff, and the art of perfect brewing.

For everyday shopping, the Publix supermarket exceeds expectations with its quality, service, and an incredible range of products, turning grocery shopping into an enjoyable experience.

Lastly, the downtown shops offer a diverse range of products, friendly service, and a vibrant energy that makes shopping a memorable experience.

Things to Do

Dreher Island State Park is a nature lover's paradise, offering pristine landscapes and myriad outdoor activities. Whether hiking, picnicking, or exploring, the park is a perfect escape into nature's embrace. Crooked Creek Park is another top spot for outdoor adventures. The Labor Day Festival and Parade celebrates the holiday with flair and joy.


Chapin belongs to School District Five of Lexington & Richland Counties.

  • Chapin High School
  • Chapin Middle School
  • Chapin Elementary School
  • Piney Woods Elementary
  • Spring Hill High School
  • Lake Murray Elementary School

Overview for Chapin / Lake Murray, SC

26,668 people live in Chapin / Lake Murray, where the median age is 43 and the average individual income is $45,138. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

43 years

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Around Chapin / Lake Murray, SC

There's plenty to do around Chapin / Lake Murray, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Somewhat Bikeable
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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Hot Dog Express, Bart's Crazy Good Coffee Shop, and Get N Go Chapin.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 2.95 miles 10 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 0.68 miles 13 reviews 4.9/5 stars
Dining 3.01 miles 5 reviews 4.8/5 stars
Dining · $ 0.52 miles 67 reviews 4.8/5 stars
Dining · $ 4.34 miles 86 reviews 4.7/5 stars
Dining 0.9 miles 23 reviews 4.7/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Chapin / Lake Murray, SC

Chapin / Lake Murray has 10,323 households, with an average household size of 2. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Chapin / Lake Murray do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 26,668 people call Chapin / Lake Murray home. The population density is 543.244 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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48.53 / 51.47%

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Schools in Chapin / Lake Murray, SC

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The following schools are within or nearby Chapin / Lake Murray. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Lake Murray Elementary
K - 4th
PreK - 4th
Abner Montessori School
PreK - 6th
No rating available
Compuhigh/Whitmore School
9th - 12th
No rating available
5th - 6th
No rating available
7th - 8th
Center for Advanced Technical Studies
9th - 12th
No rating available
Odyssey Online Learning
9th - 12th
9th - 12th
9th - 12th
Little Mountain Elementary
PreK - 5th

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