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1.72% growth
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Median Household Income
3.7% growth
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4.27% growth
Median Property Value
5.4% growth

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The economy of Charleston, SC employs 69,181 people. The economy of Charleston, SC is specialized in Accommodation & Food Service; Professional, Scientific, Tech Services; and Arts, Entertainment, Recreation, which employ respectively 1.52; 1.49; and 1.48 times more people than what would be expected in a location of this size. The largest industries in Charleston, SC are Healthcare & Social Assistance (10,611), Accommodation & Food Service (8,474), and Professional, Scientific, Tech Services (7,336), and the highest paying industries are Professional, Scientific, Tech Services ($53,515), Transportation & Warehousing ($49,226), and Finance & Insurance ($43,547).

Median household income in Charleston, SC is $57,603. Males in Charleston, SC have an average income that is 1.47 times higher than the average income of females, which is $51,152. The income inequality of Charleston, SC (measured using the Gini index) is 0.494 which is higher 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, SC. In Charleston County, SC the age groups most likely to have health care coverage are 25-34 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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The closest comparable data for the census place of Charleston, SC is from the county of Charleston County, SC.

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Charleston, SC is home to a population of 129,888 people, from which 97.9% are citizens. The ethnic composition of the population of Charleston, SC is composed of 92,055 White residents (70.9%), 29,991 Black residents (23.1%), 3,603 Hispanic residents (2.77%), 2,052 Two+ residents (1.58%), and 1,995 Asian residents (1.54%). The most common foreign languages in Charleston, SC are Spanish (2,269 speakers), French (425 speakers), and German (411 speakers), but compared to other places, Charleston, SC has a relative high number of Other West Germanic (78 speakers), German (411 speakers), and French (425 speakers).


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In 2015 universities in Charleston, SC awarded 4,963 degrees. The student population of Charleston, SC is skewed towards females, with 2,145 male students and 2,818 female students. Most students in Charleston, SC are White (3,998 and 80.6%), followed by Black or African American (327 and 6.59%), Hispanic or Latino (219 and 4.41%), and Unknown (113 and 2.28%). The largest universities in Charleston, SC by number of graduates are College of Charleston (2,761 and 55.6%), Citadel Military College of South Carolina (990 and 19.9%), and Medical University of South Carolina (937 and 18.9%). The most popular majors in Charleston, SC are General Business Administration & Management (438 and 8.83%), Speech Communication & Rhetoric (204 and 4.11%), and General Biological Sciences (200 and 4.03%). The median tuition costs in Charleston, SC are N/A 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, SC is $269,400, which is 1.31 times larger than the national average of $205,000. Between 2015 and 2016 the median property value increased from $255,600 to $269,400, a 5.4% increase. The homeownership rate of Charleston, SC is 53.5%, which is lower than the national average of 63.6%. People in Charleston, SC have an average commute time of 20.6 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Charleston, SC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.


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