Aiken County, SC

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2022 Population
169,865
1.08% 1-year growth
US Senator
Lindsey Graham
Republican Party
US Senator
Tim Scott
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
41.8
1.46% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
14.2%
6.75% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$63,212
9.8% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$181,800
13.9% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
74,124
1.13% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Aiken County, SC had a population of 170k people with a median age of 41.8 and a median household income of $63,212. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Aiken County, SC grew from 168,045 to 169,865, a 1.08% increase and its median household income grew from $57,572 to $63,212, a 9.8% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Aiken County, SC are White (Non-Hispanic) (65.1%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (24.5%), Two+ (Hispanic) (2.9%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.86%), and White (Hispanic) (2.18%).

None of the households in Aiken County, SC reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

98.3% of the residents in Aiken County, SC are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Aiken County, SC are University of South Carolina Aiken (810 degrees awarded in 2022), Aiken Technical College (328 degrees), and Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology-North Augusta (43 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Aiken County, SC was $181,800, and the homeownership rate was 75.3%.

Most people in Aiken County, SC drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 24.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Aiken County, SC was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Aiken County, SC is home to a population of 170k people, from which 98.3% are citizens. As of 2022, 3.54% of Aiken County, SC residents were born outside of the country (6.01k people).

In 2022, there were 2.66 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (111k people) in Aiken County, SC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 41.6k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 4.93k Two+ (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

98.3%
2022 Citizenship
97.9%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 98.3% of Aiken County, SC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Aiken County, SC was 97.9%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Aiken County, SC
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    111k ± 344
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    41.6k ± 745
  3. Two+ (Hispanic)
    4.93k ± 854
6.16%
Hispanic Population
10.5k people

In 2022, there were 2.66 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (111k people) in Aiken County, SC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 41.6k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 4.93k Two+ (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

6.16% of the people in Aiken County, SC are hispanic (10.5k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Aiken County, SC as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    58,419 ± 5,900 people
  2. India
    18,341 ± 3,319 people
  3. Honduras
    13,844 ± 2,885 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of South Carolina was Mexico, the natal country of 58,419 South Carolina residents, followed by India with 18,341 and Honduras with 13,844.

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Foreign-Born Population

3.54%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
6.01k people
3.94%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
6.63k people

As of 2022, 3.54% of Aiken County, SC residents (6.01k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Aiken County, SC was 3.94%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    4,018 ± 479
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    3,274 ± 546
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    2,323 ± 491

Aiken County, SC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.23 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Aiken County, SC employs 74.1k people. The largest industries in Aiken County, SC are Manufacturing (11,383 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (9,448 people), and Retail Trade (8,292 people), and the highest paying industries are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($76,016), Utilities ($73,932), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($66,989).

Males in South Carolina have an average income that is 1.37 times higher than the average income of females, which is $52,636. The income inequality in South Carolina (measured using the Gini index) is 0.464, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

74.1k
2022 Value
± 2,470
1.13%
1 Year growth
± 4.64%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Aiken County, SC grew at a rate of 1.13%, from 73.3k employees to 74.1k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Aiken County, SC, are Sales & Related Occupations (7,517 people), Management Occupations (7,256 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (6,832 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Aiken County, SC.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

74.1k
2022 Value
± 2,470
1.13%
1 Year growth
± 4.64%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Aiken County, SC grew at a rate of 1.13%, from 73.3k employees to 74.1k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Aiken County, SC, are Manufacturing (11,383 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (9,448 people), and Retail Trade (8,292 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Aiken County, SC, though some of these residents may live in Aiken County, SC and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$52,403
Median earning men ± $2,203
$33,292
Median earning women ± $1,448

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($76,897), Public Administration ($66,696), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($66,528).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Public Administration ($49,902), Construction ($45,288), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($43,750).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.54%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 2.26M people employed in South Carolina. This represents a 2.54% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 13.4%.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 1,106
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 758
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 636
    Retail Trade

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Aiken County, SC went to Donald J. Trump with 60.6% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (37.9%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.15%).

Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott are the senators currently representing the state of South Carolina. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

South Carolina is currently represented by 7 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from South Carolina

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Lindsey Graham
Senator from South Carolina2
Assumed office on January 3, 2003
Tim Scott
Senator from South Carolina3
Assumed office on January 2, 2013
Appointed to the seat following the resignation of Jim DeMint.

Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott are the senators currently representing South Carolina.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from South Carolina

South Carolina is currently represented by 7 members in the U.S. house.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Aiken County, SC awarded 1,214 degrees. The student population of Aiken County, SC in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 2,131 male students and 3,943 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Aiken County, SC are White (743 and 62.1%), followed by Black or African American (315 and 26.3%), Hispanic or Latino (63 and 5.27%), and Two or More Races (36 and 3.01%).

The largest universities in Aiken County, SC by number of degrees awarded are University of South Carolina Aiken (810 and 66.7%), Aiken Technical College (328 and 27%), and Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology-North Augusta (43 and 3.54%).

The most popular majors in Aiken County, SC are General Business Administration & Management (375 and 30.9%), Registered Nursing (172 and 14.2%), and Liberal Arts & Sciences (84 and 6.92%).

The median tuition cost in Aiken County, SC for a public four year colleges is $10,398 for in-state students and $20,856 for out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Aiken County, SC, the percentage of applicants admitted was 75.6%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 29.8%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 6,074 (35.1% men and 64.9% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 6,074 students enrolled in Aiken County, SC, 35.1% men and 64.9% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 3,527 records, of which 62.1% were women and 37.9% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 123 degrees awarded
  2. 121 degrees awarded
  3. 55 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Aiken County, SC was General Business Administration & Management with 123 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Aiken County, SC according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 810 degrees awarded
  2. 328 degrees awarded
  3. 43 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of South Carolina Aiken with 810 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 410 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Aiken County, SC, which is 0.51 times less than the 804 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 743 degrees mean that there were 2.36 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 315 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Public, 4-year or above ($10,398) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($410) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($1,500) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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Measure

In 2022, 0.83% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.688% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (1.18M), Some college (892k), and Bachelors Degree (705k).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Aiken County, SC was $181,800 in 2022, which is 0.645 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $159,600 to $181,800, a 13.9% increase. The homeownership rate in Aiken County, SC is 75.3%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Aiken County, SC have an average commute time of 24.5 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Aiken County, SC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Aiken County, SC is $63,212. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Aiken County, SC was Census Tract 206.01 with a value of $108,655, followed by Census Tract 205 and Census Tract 208.01, with respective values of $93,492 and $92,454.

In 2022, 13% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Aiken County, SC. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 0.951%.

Property

$181,800
Median Property Value 2022
±$6,085
$51,134
Median Property Taxes
±$1,842

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Aiken County, SC the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

75.3%
Homeownership
2022
66.7%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 75.3% of the housing units in Aiken County, SC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 74.6%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 206.01
  2. Census Tract 205
  3. Census Tract 208.01

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Aiken County, SC was Census Tract 206.01 with a value of $108,655, followed by Census Tract 205 and Census Tract 208.01, with respective values of $93,492 and $92,454.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Aiken County, SC colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$63,212
Median Household Income
± $2,617
67.9k
Number of Households
± 2,170

In 2022, the median household income of the 67.9k households in Aiken County, SC grew to $63,212 from the previous year's value of $57,572.

The following chart displays the households in Aiken County, SC distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Aiken County, SC is from South Carolina.
0.464
2022 Wage GINI in South Carolina
0.463
2021 Wage GINI in South Carolina

In 2022, the income inequality in South Carolina was 0.464 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.334% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for South Carolina was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in South Carolina in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (82.8%)
  2. Carpooled (8.32%)
  3. Worked At Home (7.48%)

In 2022, 82.8% of workers in Aiken County, SC drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (8.32%) and those who worked at home (7.48%).

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Commute Time

24.5 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Aiken County, SC have a shorter commute time (24.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.38% of the workforce in Aiken County, SC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2022, 13% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Aiken County, SC. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 0.951%.

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Poverty & Diversity

14.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Aiken County, SC (23.7k out of 167k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 55 - 64 and then Males 55 - 64.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Aiken County, SC is White, followed by Black and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Children in Poverty

In 2022, 18.2% of the children was living in poverty in Aiken County, SC. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 9.2%.

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Crimes & Accidents

Indicator

In 2022, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 453 in Aiken County, SC. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 51.9 per 100,000 population.

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Health

91% of the population of Aiken County, SC has health coverage, with 42.8% on employee plans, 16.2% on Medicaid, 15.2% on Medicare, 13.9% on non-group plans, and 2.83% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Aiken County, SC see 3051 patients per year on average, which represents a 4.54% decrease from the previous year (3196 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2435 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 645 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 47.5% were men and 52.5% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

3,051 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Aiken County, SC

Primary care physicians in Aiken County, SC see an average of 3,051 patients per year. This represents a 4.54% decrease from the previous year (3,196 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Aiken County, SC in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 22.8% under 18 years, 19.2% between 18 and 34 years, 38.1% between 35 and 64 years, and 19.9% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 47.5% were men and 52.5% were women.

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Uninsured People

9.04%
Uninsured
42.8%
Employer Coverage
16.2%
Medicaid
15.2%
Medicare
13.9%
Non-Group
2.83%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Aiken County, SC declined by 6.66% from 9.68% to 9.04%.

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Health Outcomes

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In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 64.6 in Aiken County, SC.

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Health Behaviors

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 37.2% in Aiken County, SC.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 13.3% in Aiken County, SC.

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