Chester County, SC

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Population

32,424

0.0339% decline

Median Age

41.8


Median Household Income

$37,421

9.04% growth

Poverty Rate

21.8%


Number of Employees

12,706

1.27% growth

Median Property Value

$88,900

0.448% decline

About

In 2017, Chester County, SC had a population of 32.4k people with a median age of 41.8 and a median household income of $37,421. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Chester County, SC declined from 32,435 to 32,424, a -0.0339% decrease and its median household income grew from $34,319 to $37,421, a 9.04% increase.

The population of Chester County, SC is 58.9% White Alone, 36.4% Black or African American Alone, and 2.17% Two or More Races. 1.63% of the people in Chester County, SC speak a non-English language, and 99.7% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in Chester County, SC is $88,900, and the homeownership rate is 75%. Most people in Chester County, SC commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 27.9 minutes. The average car ownership in Chester County, SC is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Chester County, SC employs 12.7k people. The largest industries in Chester County, SC are Manufacturing (2,706 people), Retail Trade (1,383 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1,356 people), and the highest paying industries are Finance & Insurance ($48,697), Utilities ($47,104), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($43,659).

Median household income in Chester County, SC is $37,421. Males in Chester County, SC have an average income that is 1.37 times higher than the average income of females, which is $40,985. The income inequality in Chester County, SC (measured using the Gini index) is 0.46, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$37,421

2017 value

± $3,186

9.04%

1 Year Growth

± 9.88%

Households in Chester County, SC have a median annual income of $37,421, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $34,319 in 2016, which represents a 9.04% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$56,080

Average Male Salary

± $1,419

$40,985

Average Female Salary

± $1,018

In 2017, full-time male employees in Chester County, SC made 1.37 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $49,597 ± $53,271

  2. Asian

    $47,877 ± $7,789

  3. White

    $47,332 ± $1,044

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Chester County, SC workers was Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander. These workers were paid 1.04 times more than Asian workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Chester County, SC is from South Carolina.

0.46

2017 Wage GINI

0.456

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in South Carolina was 0.46 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.695% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for South Carolina was lower than than the national average of 0.479. 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 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Chester County, SC was Census Tract 207 with a value of $50,804, followed by Census Tract 206.02 and Census Tract 206.01, with respective values of $43,500 and $37,115.

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

21.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Chester County, SC (7.02k out of 32.2k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 55 - 64, followed by Females 18 - 24 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

    3,389 ± 406

  2. White

    3,367 ± 378

  3. Two Or More

    263 ± 166

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

12.7k

2017 Value

± 710

1.27%

1 Year growth

± 7.61%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Chester County, SC grew at a rate of 1.27%, from 12.5k employees to 12.7k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Chester County, SC, are Production Occupations (2,008 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,752 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,390 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 (2,008 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,752 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,390 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 (2.73 times higher than expected), Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (1.85 times), and Material Moving Occupations (1.76 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Chester County, SC, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($90,246), Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($68,333), and Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($56,607).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

12.7k

2017 Value

± 710

1.27%

1 Year growth

± 7.61%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Chester County, SC grew at a rate of 1.27%, from 12.5k employees to 12.7k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Chester County, SC, are Manufacturing (2,706 people), Retail Trade (1,383 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1,356 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 (2,706 people), Retail Trade (1,383 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1,356 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Chester County, SC has an unusually high number of Utilities (2.21 times higher than expected), Manufacturing (2.1 times), and Wholesale Trade (1.73 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Chester County, SC, by median earnings, are Finance & Insurance ($48,697), Utilities ($47,104), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($43,659).

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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. $15.9B

  2. $15.2B

  3. $11.7B

In 2015, the top outbound South Carolina product (by dollars) was Plastics/rubber with $15.9B, followed by Machinery with $15.2B and Mixed freight and $11.7B.

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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$163B

2015 Value

$244B

Projected 2045 Value

49.4% growth

In 2015, total outbound South Carolina trade was $163B. This is expected to increase 49.4% to $244B 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. $22.2B

  2. $13.4B

  3. $5.71B

In 2015, the top outbound South Carolina domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was North Carolina with $22.2B, followed by Georgia with $13.4B and Tennessee and $5.71B.

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

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Health

88% of the population of Chester County, SC has health coverage, with 40.4% on employee plans, 20.6% on Medicaid, 14.2% on Medicare, 11% on non-group plans, and 1.98% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Chester County, SC 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 3227 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.216% decrease from the previous year (3234 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 5364 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 4023 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Dillon County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (20.1%). Additionally, Lee County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (42.8%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

3227 to 1

Primary Care Physicians

Primary care physicians in Chester County, SC see an average of 3227 patients per year. This represents a 0.216% decrease from the previous year (3234 patients).

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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%).

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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%).

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Health Care Spending

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$7,311

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$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

12%

Uninsured

40.4%

Employer Coverage

20.6%

Medicaid

14.2%

Medicare

11%

Non-Group

1.98%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Chester County, SC declined by 10.3% from 13.3% to 12%.

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. 20.1% prevalence

  2. 19.6% prevalence

  3. 18.7% prevalence

Dillon County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in South Carolina, at 20.1%.

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

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Diversity

Chester County, SC is home to a population of 32.4k people, from which 99.7% are citizens. As of 2017, 0.965% of Chester County, SC residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Chester County, SC is composed of 19.1k White Alone residents (58.9%), 11.8k Black or African American Alone residents (36.4%), 703 Two or More Races residents (2.17%), 619 Hispanic or Latino residents (1.91%), 119 Asian Alone residents (0.367%), 93 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.287%), 7 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0216%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Chester County, SC are Spanish or Spanish Creole (441 speakers), French (Incl. Patois, Cajun) (15 speakers), and Hebrew (10 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

42

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.5

60

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 6.9

In 2017, the median age of all people in Chester County, SC was 41.8. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 42, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 60. But people in Chester County, SC are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Chester County, SC residents was 41.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

0.965%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

0.641%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 0.965% of Chester County, SC residents were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Chester County, SC was 0.641%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    68,828 ± 6,396 people

  2. India

    11,778 ± 2,661 people

  3. Philippines

    9,880 ± 2,438 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Chester County, SC was Mexico, the natal country of 68,828 Chester County, SC residents, followed by India with 11,778 and Philippines with 9,880.

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Citizenship

99.7%

2017 Citizenship

99.8%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 99.7% of Chester County, SC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Chester County, SC was 99.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    19.1k ± 26

  2. Black or African American Alone

    11.8k ± 229

  3. Two or More Races

    703 ± 265

In 2017, there were 1.62 times more White Alone residents (19.1k people) in Chester County, SC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 11.8k Black or African American Alone and 703 Two or More Races residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Chester County, SC as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    441 speakers (1.44%)

  2. French (Incl. Patois, Cajun)

    15 speakers (0.0491%)

  3. Hebrew

    10 speakers (0.0328%)

1.63% of Chester County, SC citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is lower than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Chester County, SC was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 1.44% of the overall population of Chester County, SC are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 0.0491% speak French (Incl. Patois, Cajun) and 0.0328% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    692 ± 122

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    339 ± 148

  3. Korea

    206 ± 71

Chester County, SC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.04 times greater than any other conflict.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Chester County, SC was $88,900 in 2017, which is 0.409 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $89,300 to $88,900, a 0.448% decrease. The homeownership rate in Chester County, SC is 75%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Chester County, SC have an average commute time of 27.9 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Chester County, SC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$37,421

Median Household Income

± $3,186

12.4k

Number of Households

± 629

In 2017, the median household income of the 12.4k households in Chester County, SC grew to $37,421 from the previous year's value of $34,319.

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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Housing

Property Value

$88,900

2017 Median

± $3,364

$89,300

2016 Median

± $3,541

In 2017, the median property value in Chester County, SC declined from to $88,900 from the previous year's value of $89,300.

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 $100k - $125k 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

75%

2017 Homeownership

73.3%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 75% of the housing units in Chester County, SC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 73.3%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Chester County, SC compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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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 3 cars.

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Commute Time

27.9 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Chester County, SC have a longer commute time (27.9 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.49% of the workforce in Chester County, SC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    84.6%

  2. Carpooled

    9.26%

  3. Worked At Home

    3.02%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Chester County, SC was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Worked At Home.

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