Chester County, SC

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2019 Population
32,311
0.0464% 1-year decline
US Senator
Lindsey Graham
Republican Party
US Senator
Tim Scott
Republican Party
2019 Median Age
42
1.2% 1-year increase
2019 Poverty Rate
19.6%
7.02% 1-year decrease
2019 Median Household Income
$42,442
5.89% 1-year growth
2019 Median Property Value
$95,600
5.64% 1-year growth
2019 Employed Population
13,196
0.779% 1-year growth

About

In 2019, Chester County, SC had a population of 32.3k people with a median age of 42 and a median household income of $42,442. Between 2018 and 2019 the population of Chester County, SC declined from 32,326 to 32,311, a −0.0464% decrease and its median household income grew from $40,080 to $42,442, a 5.89% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Chester County, SC are White (Non-Hispanic) (58.7%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (37%), White (Hispanic) (1.75%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (1.62%), and American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) (0.474%). 0% of the households in Chester County, SC speak a non-English language at home as their primary language.

99.6% of the residents in Chester County, SC are U.S. citizens.

In 2019, the median property value in Chester County, SC was $95,600, and the homeownership rate was 76.1%. Most people in Chester County, SC drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 27 minutes. The average car ownership in Chester County, SC was 2 cars per household.

Diversity

Chester County, SC is home to a population of 32.3k people, from which 99.6% are citizens. As of 2019, 1.31% of Chester County, SC residents were born outside of the country (422 people).

In 2019, there were 1.59 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (19k people) in Chester County, SC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 11.9k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 564 White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Chester County, SC
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    19k ± 15
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    11.9k ± 231
  3. White (Hispanic)
    564 ± 107
2.02%
Hispanic Population
653 people

In 2019, there were 1.59 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (19k people) in Chester County, SC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 11.9k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 564 White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

2.02% of the people in Chester County, SC are hispanic (653 people).

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

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

1.31%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
422 people
0.925%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
299 people

As of 2019, 1.31% of Chester County, SC residents (422 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2018, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Chester County, SC was 0.925%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

42
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.5
58
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 20.5

In 2019, the median age of all people in Chester County, SC was 42. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 42, were generally younger than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 58. But people in Chester County, SC are getting getting older. In 2018, the average age of all Chester County, SC residents was 42.

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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

99.6%
2019 Citizenship
99.7%
2018 Citizenship

As of 2019, 99.6% of Chester County, SC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2018, the percentage of US citizens in Chester County, SC was 99.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    770 ± 126
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    209 ± 89
  3. Gulf War (2001-)
    183 ± 82

Chester County, SC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.68 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 Chester County, SC is $42,442. In 2019, the tract with the highest median household income in Chester County, SC was Census Tract 207 with a value of $60,000, followed by Census Tract 206.02 and Census Tract 206.01, with respective values of $52,404 and $51,375.

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 Chester County, SC employs 13.2k people. The largest industries in Chester County, SC are Manufacturing (3,104 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,539 people), and Retail Trade (1,514 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($50,167), Construction ($44,088), and Wholesale Trade ($43,269).

Wages

Median Household Income

$42,442
2019 value
± $2,176
5.89%
1 Year Growth
± 10.2%

Households in Chester County, SC have a median annual income of $42,442, which is less than the median annual income of $65,712 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $40,080 in 2018, which represents a 5.89% 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 Chester County, 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 207
  2. Census Tract 206.02
  3. Census Tract 206.01

In 2019, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Chester County, SC was Census Tract 207 with a value of $60,000, followed by Census Tract 206.02 and Census Tract 206.01, with respective values of $52,404 and $51,375.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 55 - 64
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

19.6% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Chester County, SC (6.3k out of 32.1k 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 55 - 64, followed by Females 45 - 54 and then Males 55 - 64.

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. Black
    3,220 ± 411
  2. White
    2,746 ± 389
  3. Two Or More
    242 ± 159

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Chester County, SC is Black, followed by White and Two Or More.

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

13.2k
2019 Value
± 762
0.779%
1 Year growth
± 7.95%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Chester County, SC grew at a rate of 0.779%, from 13.1k employees to 13.2k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Chester County, SC, are Production Occupations (2,103 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,433 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,301 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Chester County, SC.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Chester County, SC, by number of employees, are Production Occupations (2,103 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,433 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,301 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Chester County, SC has an unusually high number of residents working as Production Occupations (2.81 times higher than expected), Material Moving Occupations (2.14 times), and Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (1.87 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Chester County, SC, by median earnings, are Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($84,107), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($71,029), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($66,912).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

13.2k
2019 Value
± 762
0.779%
1 Year growth
± 7.95%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Chester County, SC grew at a rate of 0.779%, from 13.1k employees to 13.2k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Chester County, SC, are Manufacturing (3,104 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,539 people), and Retail Trade (1,514 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Chester County, SC, though some of these residents may live in Chester County, 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 Chester County, SC, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (3,104 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,539 people), and Retail Trade (1,514 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Chester County, SC has an unusually high number of Manufacturing (2.35 times higher than expected), Utilities (1.64 times), and Wholesale Trade (1.31 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Chester County, SC, by median earnings, are Utilities ($50,167), Construction ($44,088), and Wholesale Trade ($43,269).

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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 Chester County, SC went to Donald J. Trump with 51.2% of the vote. The runner-up was Hillary Rodham Clinton (46.4%), followed by Other (2.45%). 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

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Showing data up to the 2016 election. Updated election results are currently being processed, and will be released in the coming months.
Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Chester County, SC
51.2% for the Republican 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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Housing & Living

The median property value in Chester County, SC was $95,600 in 2019, which is 0.398 times smaller than the national average of $240,500. Between 2018 and 2019 the median property value increased from $90,500 to $95,600, a 5.64% increase. The homeownership rate in Chester County, SC is 76.1%, which is higher than the national average of 64.1%. People in Chester County, SC have an average commute time of 27 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Chester County, SC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$95,600
2019 Median
± $5,072
$90,500
2018 Median
± $4,008

In 2019, the median property value in Chester County, SC grew to to $95,600 from the previous year's value of $90,500.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Chester County, 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 Chester County, SC the largest share of households have a property value in the $80k - $90k 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.
$42,442
Median Household Income
± $2,176
12.7k
Number of Households
± 711

In 2019, the median household income of the 12.7k households in Chester County, SC grew to $42,442 from the previous year's value of $40,080.

The following chart displays the households in Chester 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 < $10k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800
Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

76.1%
2019 Homeownership
75.3%
2018 Homeownership

In 2019, 76.1% of the housing units in Chester County, SC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 75.3%.

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

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Commute Time

27 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Chester County, SC have a longer commute time (27 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 1.35% of the workforce in Chester County, SC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2019
  1. Drove Alone (84.4%)
  2. Carpooled (10.8%)
  3. Worked At Home (2.27%)

In 2019, 84.4% of workers in Chester County, SC drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (10.8%) and those who worked at home (2.27%).

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

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Health

89.3% of the population of Chester County, SC has health coverage, with 41.9% on employee plans, 20.2% on Medicaid, 15.3% on Medicare, 10% on non-group plans, and 1.85% 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 Chester County, SC see 4031 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.173% decrease from the previous year (4038 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 6449 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 2150 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

4,031 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Chester County, SC

Primary care physicians in Chester County, SC see an average of 4,031 patients per year. This represents a 0.173% decrease from the previous year (4,038 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Chester 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

10.7%
Uninsured
41.9%
Employer Coverage
20.2%
Medicaid
15.3%
Medicare
10%
Non-Group
1.85%
Military or VA

Between 2018 and 2019, the percent of uninsured citizens in Chester County, SC grew by 6.56% from 10% to 10.7%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Chester County, 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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