Charleston, SC

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2019 Population
135,257
1.12% 1-year growth
US Senator
Lindsey Graham
Republican Party
US Senator
Tim Scott
Republican Party
2019 Median Age
34.8
0.288% 1-year increase
2019 Poverty Rate
13.2%
7.41% 1-year decrease
2019 Median Household Income
$68,438
5.94% 1-year growth
2019 Median Property Value
$330,600
7.3% 1-year growth
2019 Employed Population
74,011
1.32% 1-year growth

About

In 2019, Charleston, SC had a population of 135k people with a median age of 34.8 and a median household income of $68,438. Between 2018 and 2019 the population of Charleston, SC grew from 133,762 to 135,257, a 1.12% increase and its median household income grew from $64,599 to $68,438, a 5.94% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Charleston, SC are White (Non-Hispanic) (71.5%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (21.6%), White (Hispanic) (2.57%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (1.92%), and Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (1.4%). 0% of the households in Charleston, SC speak a non-English language at home as their primary language.

97.5% of the residents in Charleston, SC are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Charleston, SC are College of Charleston (2,637 degrees awarded in 2019), Citadel Military College of South Carolina (1,043 degrees), and Medical University of South Carolina (1,007 degrees).

In 2019, the median property value in Charleston, SC was $330,600, and the homeownership rate was 55.6%. Most people in Charleston, SC drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 21.3 minutes. The average car ownership in Charleston, SC was 2 cars per household.

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Diversity

Charleston, SC is home to a population of 135k people, from which 97.5% are citizens. As of 2019, 9.07% of Charleston, SC residents were born outside of the country (12.3k people).

In 2019, there were 3.31 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (96.7k people) in Charleston, SC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 29.2k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 3.47k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Charleston, SC
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    96.7k ± 1.49k
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    29.2k ± 1.44k
  3. White (Hispanic)
    3.47k ± 646
3.24%
Hispanic Population
4.38k people

In 2019, there were 3.31 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (96.7k people) in Charleston, SC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 29.2k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 3.47k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

3.24% of the people in Charleston, SC are hispanic (4.38k people).

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

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

9.07%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
12.3k people
4.46%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
5.97k people

As of 2019, 9.07% of Charleston, SC residents (12.3k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 34%. In 2018, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Charleston, SC was 4.46%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

35
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.5
40
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 4.2

In 2019, the median age of all people in Charleston, SC was 34.8. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 35, were generally younger than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 40. But people in Charleston, SC are getting getting older. In 2018, the average age of all Charleston, SC residents was 35.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    64,736 ± 6,206 people
  2. India
    14,943 ± 2,997 people
  3. Honduras
    11,181 ± 2,593 people

In 2019, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of South Carolina was Mexico, the natal country of 64,736 South Carolina residents, followed by India with 14,943 and Honduras with 11,181.

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Citizenship

97.5%
2019 Citizenship
97.7%
2018 Citizenship

As of 2019, 97.5% of Charleston, SC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2018, the percentage of US citizens in Charleston, SC was 97.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    2,936 ± 387
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    2,247 ± 404
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    1,707 ± 305

Charleston, SC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.31 times greater than any other conflict.

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COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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Y-Axis

This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in South Carolina, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in South Carolina (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

The most recent data point uses Advance State Claims data, which can be revised in subsequent weeks.

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in South Carolina. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in South Carolina.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of South Carolina across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Economy

Median household income in Charleston, SC is $68,438. In 2019, the place with the highest median household income in Charleston, SC was Census Tract 2 with a value of $151,750, followed by Census Tract 204.03 and Census Tract 1, with respective values of $122,297 and $111,941.

Males in South Carolina have an average income that is 1.37 times higher than the average income of females, which is $43,921. The income inequality in South Carolina (measured using the Gini index) is 0.461, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Charleston, SC employs 74k people. The largest industries in Charleston, SC are Health Care & Social Assistance (10,990 people), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (8,773 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (8,403 people), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($101,625), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($64,459), and Utilities ($56,375).

Wages

Median Household Income

$68,438
2019 value
± $2,587
5.94%
1 Year Growth
± 4.52%

Households in Charleston, SC have a median annual income of $68,438, which is more than the median annual income of $65,712 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $64,599 in 2018, which represents a 5.94% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$60,300
Average Male Salary in South Carolina
± $1,526
$43,921
Average Female Salary in South Carolina
± $1,088

In 2019, full-time male employees in South Carolina made 1.37 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in South Carolina by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity in South Carolina
  1. Asian
    $57,024 ± $9,306
  2. White
    $51,354 ± $1,131
  3. American Indian
    $44,350 ± $16,152

In 2019 the highest paid race/ethnicity of South Carolina workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.11 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in South Carolina.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in South Carolina by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Charleston, SC is from South Carolina.
0.461
2019 Wage GINI in South Carolina
0.462
2018 Wage GINI in South Carolina

In 2019, the income inequality in South Carolina was 0.461 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.211% decline from 2018 to 2019, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more 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.

This chart shows the number of workers in South Carolina across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 2
  2. Census Tract 204.03
  3. Census Tract 1

In 2019, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Charleston, SC was Census Tract 2 with a value of $151,750, followed by Census Tract 204.03 and Census Tract 1, with respective values of $122,297 and $111,941.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

13.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Charleston, SC (17.1k out of 130k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.3%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34.

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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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty
  1. White
    9,199 ± 780
  2. Black
    7,073 ± 666
  3. Hispanic
    661 ± 250

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Charleston, 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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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

74k
2019 Value
± 2,106
1.32%
1 Year growth
± 3.95%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Charleston, SC grew at a rate of 1.32%, from 73k employees to 74k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Charleston, SC, are Management Occupations (9,431 people), Sales & Related Occupations (8,737 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (7,051 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Charleston, SC.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Charleston, SC, by number of employees, are Management Occupations (9,431 people), Sales & Related Occupations (8,737 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (7,051 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Charleston, SC has an unusually high number of residents working as Legal Occupations (1.68 times higher than expected), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations (1.65 times), and Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (1.62 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Charleston, SC, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($95,337), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($77,099), and Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($70,741).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

74k
2019 Value
± 2,106
1.32%
1 Year growth
± 3.95%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Charleston, SC grew at a rate of 1.32%, from 73k employees to 74k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Charleston, SC, are Health Care & Social Assistance (10,990 people), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (8,773 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (8,403 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Charleston, SC, though some of these residents may live in Charleston, SC and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Charleston, SC, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (10,990 people), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (8,773 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (8,403 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Charleston, SC has an unusually high number of Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (1.63 times higher than expected), Real Estate & Rental & Leasing (1.63 times), and Accommodation & Food Services (1.51 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Charleston, SC, by median earnings, are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($101,625), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($64,459), and Utilities ($56,375).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from South Carolina to other states, or from other states to South Carolina.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $29B
  2. $25.7B
  3. $22.6B

In 2018, the top outbound South Carolina product (by dollars) was Machinery with $29B, followed by Motorized vehicles ($25.7B) and Plastics/rubber ($22.6B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound South Carolina products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$252B
2018 Value in South Carolina
$524B
Projected 2045 Value in South Carolina
108% growth

In 2018, total outbound South Carolina trade was $252B. This is expected to increase 108% to $524B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound South Carolina trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from South Carolina to other states, or from other states to South Carolina.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $29.3B
  2. $19.1B
  3. $9.21B

In 2018, the top outbound South Carolina domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was North Carolina with $29.3B, followed by Georgia with $19.1B and Louisiana and $9.21B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that South Carolina shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in Charleston County, SC went to Hillary Rodham Clinton with 50.6% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (42.8%), followed by Other (6.58%). The most partisan county was Allendale County, SC with 76.1% of the vote going to Hillary Rodham Clinton running for the Democratic Party.

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.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

Presidential voting results are only available at the county level. Showing data for the counties inside of South Carolina.
Showing data up to the 2016 election. Updated election results are currently being processed, and will be released in the coming months.
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Popular Vote for Charleston County, SC
50.6% for the Democratic Party
Most Partisan Counties in South Carolina
  1. 76.1% for Hillary Rodham Clinton (Democratic Party)
  2. 73.9% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 71.9% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

In the 2016 presidential election, the most partisan county in South Carolina was Allendale County, SC with 76.1% of the vote going to Hillary Rodham Clinton running for the Democratic Party.

The following map shows the counties in South Carolina colored by their party leaning.

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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 3, 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.

The following chart shows elected senators in South Carolina over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from South Carolina

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

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for South Carolina have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2019, universities in Charleston, SC awarded 4,920 degrees. The student population of Charleston, SC is skewed towards women, with 8,072 male students and 9,946 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Charleston, SC are White (3,793 and 78.2%), followed by Black or African American (442 and 9.11%), Hispanic or Latino (235 and 4.84%), and Two or More Races (140 and 2.89%).

The largest universities in Charleston, SC by number of degrees awarded are College of Charleston (2,637 and 53.6%), Citadel Military College of South Carolina (1,043 and 21.2%), and Medical University of South Carolina (1,007 and 20.5%).

The most popular majors in Charleston, SC are General Business Administration & Management (518 and 10.5%), Registered Nursing (239 and 4.86%), and Law (202 and 4.11%).

The median tuition costs in Charleston, SC are $19,872 for private four year colleges, and $75 and $75 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 393 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 239 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 191 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Charleston, SC was General Business Administration & Management with 393 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 2,637 degrees awarded
  2. 1,043 degrees awarded
  3. 1,007 degrees awarded
$75
Median In-State Public
$19,872
Median Private

In 2019, the Charleston, SC institution with the largest number of graduating students was College of Charleston with 2,637 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

2,001
Degrees Awarded to Men
2,919
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2019, 2,001 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Charleston, SC, which is 0.686 times less than the 2,919 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the top 5 institutions in Charleston, SC by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    3,793 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    442 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    235 degrees awarded

In 2019 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Charleston, SC was White students. These 3,793 degrees mean that there were 8.58 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 442 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Charleston, SC was $330,600 in 2019, which is 1.37 times larger than the national average of $240,500. Between 2018 and 2019 the median property value increased from $308,100 to $330,600, a 7.3% increase. The homeownership rate in Charleston, SC is 55.6%, which is lower than the national average of 64.1%. People in Charleston, SC have an average commute time of 21.3 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Charleston, SC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$330,600
2019 Median
± $7,083
$308,100
2018 Median
± $7,994

In 2019, the median property value in Charleston, SC grew to to $330,600 from the previous year's value of $308,100.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Charleston, SC compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Charleston, SC the largest share of households have a property value in the $300k - $400k range.

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$68,438
Median Household Income
± $2,587
55.9k
Number of Households
± 1,720

In 2019, the median household income of the 55.9k households in Charleston, SC grew to $68,438 from the previous year's value of $64,599.

The following chart displays the households in Charleston, 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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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499
Average Range

This chart shows the households in Charleston, SC distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Charleston, SC the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

55.6%
2019 Homeownership
55.1%
2018 Homeownership

In 2019, 55.6% of the housing units in Charleston, SC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 55.1%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 64.1%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Charleston, SC compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

21.3 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Charleston, SC have a shorter commute time (21.3 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 1.26% of the workforce in Charleston, SC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2019
  1. Drove Alone (76.4%)
  2. Carpooled (6.97%)
  3. Worked At Home (6.81%)

In 2019, 76.4% of workers in Charleston, SC drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (6.97%) and those who worked at home (6.81%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Charleston, SC distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Charleston, SC have 2 cars, followed by false.

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Health

91.9% of the population of Charleston, SC has health coverage, with 55.7% on employee plans, 8.58% on Medicaid, 9.94% on Medicare, 15.1% on non-group plans, and 2.53% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in South Carolina was $7,311 in 2014. This is a 4.15% increase from the previous year ($7,020).

Primary care physicians in Charleston County, SC see 809 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.7% decrease from the previous year (823 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 912 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 276 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Williamsburg County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (23.4%). Additionally, Union County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (46.8%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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809 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Charleston County, SC

Primary care physicians in Charleston County, SC see an average of 809 patients per year. This represents a 1.7% decrease from the previous year (823 patients).

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

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.
State with the Highest Prevalence
  1. 8.26% of the population affected
  2. 8.13% of the population affected
  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.
Most prevalent states
  1. 19.2% of adults
  2. 17.9% of adults
  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$7,311
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in South Carolina
$4,235
Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care
$5,491
Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care
$10,298
Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in South Carolina (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.15%, from $7,020 to $7,311.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

8.08%
Uninsured
55.7%
Employer Coverage
8.58%
Medicaid
9.94%
Medicare
15.1%
Non-Group
2.53%
Military or VA

Between 2018 and 2019, the percent of uninsured citizens in Charleston, SC declined by 1.84% from 8.23% to 8.08%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Charleston, SC changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.
Most at risk counties
  1. 23.4% prevalence
  2. 22.3% prevalence
  3. 21.4% prevalence

Williamsburg County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in South Carolina, at 23.4%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in South Carolina by county over multiple years.

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