Cayce is located on the southwestern edge of Columbia, SC. A "new kind of city" positioned along the Congaree River, Cayce offers metropolitan benefits while still retaining somewhat of a country vibe. Although the area that is now known as Cayce was only incorporated in the early 1900s, the land was inhabited by Native Americans for more than 10,000 years. Several archaeological sites remain in Cayce, where scientists and historians work to uncover the breadth of the town's rich legacy. In the mid-1500s, European settlers discovered the area around the Congaree, but it wasn't until the 18th century that an actual fort was constructed in Cayce. Brick molding became a prime source of commerce with the river providing the necessary materials and the city found the industry profitable for almost 200 years. Now, employers the likes of South Carolina Electric and Gas, PSNC and others serve the city of Cayce, providing many opportunities for income to citizens. Students living in Cayce attend Lexington County Schools. College-aged individuals have many options to choose from in Columbia, including USC and Columbia College. Real estate in Cayce is affordable and attractive. Brand new homes in scenic developments can be purchased for less than $200,000, offering over 2,000 sq. ft. of space. Most of the houses here are one and two story, ranch-style, single family homes. In Columbia, residents can enjoy a multitude of fun. The Riverbanks Zoo is the city's shining star, bringing in tourists from all over North and South Carolina. Yearly passes can be purchased for those who wish to drop in with the kiddies on a regular basis. There are a great deal of museums and historic monuments in and around town, as well as great parks and the Colonial Life Arena.