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Charleston County, SC&

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Population
396,484
1.86% growth
Median Age
37.1
Median Household Income
$56,827
0.44% decline
Poverty Rate
15.3%
Number of Employees
197,621
0.75% growth
Median Property Value
$286,000
2.66% growth

About the photo: The Ravenal Bridge over Charleston Harbor as viewed from the pier near the Fort Sumter boat dock.

Economy

The economy of Charleston County, SC employs 197,621 people. The economy of Charleston County, SC is specialized in Real Estate, Rental & Leasing; Accommodation & Food Service; and Professional, Scientific, Tech Services, which employ respectively 1.5; 1.39; and 1.31 times more people than what would be expected in a location of this size. The largest industries in Charleston County, SC are Healthcare & Social Assistance (25,740), Retail trade (22,736), and Accommodation & Food Service (21,423), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, Oil, Gas Extraction ($142,617), Professional, Scientific, Tech Services ($52,240), and Management of Companies & Enterprises ($51,667).

Median household income in Charleston County, SC is $56,827. Males in Charleston County, SC have an average income that is 1.37 times higher than the average income of females, which is $40,808. The income inequality of Charleston County, SC (measured using the Gini index) is 0.462 which is lower than the national average.

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Health & Safety

Insurance and Medicare coverage combined with state and county level health and safety statistics for Charleston County, SC. In Charleston County, SC the age groups most likely to have health care coverage are 6-17 and 25-34, men and women, respectively. The location has a 1 to 127 primary care clinician to patient ratio and a Medicare reimbursement average per patient per year of $9,153. Jasper County, SC has the highest prevalence of homicides of any county in South Carolina.

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Diversity

Charleston County, SC is home to a population of 396,484 people, from which 97.1% are citizens. The ethnic composition of the population of Charleston County, SC is composed of 254,938 White residents (64.3%), 108,040 Black residents (27.2%), 19,812 Hispanic residents (5%), 6,715 Two+ residents (1.69%), and 5,931 Asian residents (1.5%). The most common foreign languages in Charleston County, SC are Spanish (14,395 speakers), Chinese (1,566 speakers), and French (1,395 speakers), but compared to other places, Charleston County, SC has a relative high number of Scandinavian (286 speakers), French (1,395 speakers), and German (1,012 speakers).

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Education

In 2015 universities in Charleston County, SC awarded 9,889 degrees. The student population of Charleston County, SC is skewed towards females, with 3,985 male students and 5,904 female students. Most students in Charleston County, SC are White (6,900 and 69.8%), followed by Black or African American (1,799 and 18.2%), Hispanic or Latino (359 and 3.63%), and Unknown (293 and 2.96%). The largest universities in Charleston County, SC by number of graduates are Trident Technical College (3,331 and 33.7%), College of Charleston (2,761 and 27.9%), and Citadel Military College of South Carolina (990 and 10%). The most popular majors in Charleston County, SC are General Business Administration & Management (469 and 4.74%), General Biological Sciences (233 and 2.36%), and General Psychology (217 and 2.19%). The median tuition costs in Charleston County, SC are $24,100 for private four year colleges, and $70 and $70 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Charleston County, SC is $286,000, which is 1.4 times larger than the national average of $205,000. Between 2015 and 2016 the median property value increased from $278,600 to $286,000, a 2.66% increase. The homeownership rate of Charleston County, SC is 61.1%, which is lower than the national average of 63.1%. People in Charleston County, SC have an average commute time of 22.2 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Charleston County, SC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

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