Colleton County, SC

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Population

37,581

0.8% decline

Median Age

42.2


Median Household Income

$34,996

3.18% growth

Poverty Rate

22.3%


Number of Employees

15,638

3% growth

Median Property Value

$84,600

1.4% decline

About

In 2017, Colleton County, SC had a population of 37.6k people with a median age of 42.2 and a median household income of $34,996. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Colleton County, SC declined from 37,884 to 37,581, a -0.8% decrease and its median household income grew from $33,918 to $34,996, a 3.18% increase.

The population of Colleton County, SC is 56.3% White Alone, 38% Black or African American Alone, and 3.08% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Colleton County, SC speak a non-English language, and 98.4% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Colleton County, SC are Cosmetic Arts Institute (17 degrees awarded in 2016).

The median property value in Colleton County, SC is $84,600, and the homeownership rate is 72.8%. Most people in Colleton County, SC commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 32.1 minutes. The average car ownership in Colleton County, SC is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Colleton County, SC employs 15.6k people. The largest industries in Colleton County, SC are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,470 people), Retail Trade (1,892 people), and Construction (1,488 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($48,929), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($42,976), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($41,473).

Median household income in Colleton County, SC is $34,996. Males in Colleton 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 Colleton County, SC (measured using the Gini index) is 0.46, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$34,996

2017 value

± $1,363

3.18%

1 Year Growth

± 7.65%

Households in Colleton County, SC have a median annual income of $34,996, 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 $33,918 in 2016, which represents a 3.18% 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 South Carolina 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 South Carolina 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 Colleton 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 9708

  2. Census Tract 9702

  3. Census Tract 9704.02

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Colleton County, SC was Census Tract 9708 with a value of $60,565, followed by Census Tract 9702 and Census Tract 9704.02, with respective values of $38,214 and $37,288.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

22.3% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Colleton County, SC (8.2k out of 36.8k 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 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Males 6 - 11.

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

    3,463 ± 488

  2. White

    3,432 ± 403

  3. Hispanic

    1,016 ± 335

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Colleton County, SC is Black, followed by White 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

15.6k

2017 Value

± 955

3%

1 Year growth

± 8.33%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Colleton County, SC grew at a rate of 3%, from 15.2k employees to 15.6k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Colleton County, SC, are Sales & Related Occupations (1,851 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,464 people), and Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance Occupations (1,358 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Colleton County, SC.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Colleton County, SC, by number of employees, are Sales & Related Occupations (1,851 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,464 people), and Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance Occupations (1,358 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Colleton County, SC has an unusually high number of residents working as Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance Occupations (2.21 times higher than expected), Transportation Occupations (2.2 times), and Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (1.97 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Colleton County, SC, by median earnings, are Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations ($85,781), Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($56,023), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($53,558).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

15.6k

2017 Value

± 955

3%

1 Year growth

± 8.33%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Colleton County, SC grew at a rate of 3%, from 15.2k employees to 15.6k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Colleton County, SC, are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,470 people), Retail Trade (1,892 people), and Construction (1,488 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Colleton County, SC, though some of these residents may live in Colleton 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 Colleton County, SC, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,470 people), Retail Trade (1,892 people), and Construction (1,488 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Colleton County, SC has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (2.52 times higher than expected), Administrative & Support & Waste Management Services (1.65 times), and Utilities (1.65 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Colleton County, SC, by median earnings, are Utilities ($48,929), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($42,976), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($41,473).

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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 ($15.2B) and Mixed freight ($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

87.1% of the population of Colleton County, SC has health coverage, with 34.8% on employee plans, 22.6% on Medicaid, 14.2% on Medicare, 13.5% on non-group plans, and 2.03% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Colleton County, SC was $7,311 in 2014. This is a 4.15% increase from the previous year ($7,020).

Primary care physicians in Colleton County, SC see 1986 patients per year on average, which represents a 10.4% increase from the previous year (1799 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 3160 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1025 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

1,986 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Colleton County, SC see an average of 1,986 patients per year. This represents a 10.4% increase from the previous year (1,799 patients).

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

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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

12.9%

Uninsured

34.8%

Employer Coverage

22.6%

Medicaid

14.2%

Medicare

13.5%

Non-Group

2.03%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Colleton County, SC declined by 20.8% from 16.3% to 12.9%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Colleton 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

Colleton County, SC is home to a population of 37.6k people, from which 98.4% are citizens. As of 2017, 2.15% of Colleton County, SC residents were born outside of the country (808 people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Colleton County, SC is composed of 21.2k White Alone residents (56.3%), 14.3k Black or African American Alone residents (38%), 1.16k Hispanic or Latino residents (3.08%), 341 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.907%), 335 Two or More Races residents (0.891%), 256 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.681%), 28 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0745%), and 13 Asian Alone residents (0.0346%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Colleton County, SC are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

43

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.7

35

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 7.5

In 2017, the median age of all people in Colleton County, SC was 42.2. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 43, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 35. But people in Colleton County, SC are getting staying the same age. In 2016, the average age of all Colleton County, SC residents was 42.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

2.15%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

808 people

1.98%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

750 people

As of 2017, 2.15% of Colleton County, SC residents (808 people) 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 Colleton County, SC was 1.98%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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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 South Carolina was Mexico, the natal country of 68,828 South Carolina residents, followed by India with 11,778 and Philippines with 9,880.

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Citizenship

98.4%

2017 Citizenship

98.2%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 98.4% of Colleton County, SC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Colleton County, SC was 98.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    21.2k ± 35

  2. Black or African American Alone

    14.3k ± 425

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    1.16k ± 440

In 2017, there were 1.48 times more White Alone residents (21.2k people) in Colleton County, SC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 14.3k Black or African American Alone and 1.16k Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

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

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Colleton County, SC citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Colleton County, SC was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Colleton County, SC are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    1,339 ± 213

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    525 ± 166

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    303 ± 152

Colleton County, SC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.55 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Colleton County, SC awarded 17 degrees. The student population of Colleton County, SC is skewed towards women, with 2 male students and 30 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Colleton County, SC are White (13 and 76.5%), followed by Black or African American (4 and 23.5%), Asian (0 and 0%), and Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders (0 and 0%).

The largest universities in Colleton County, SC by number of degrees awarded are Cosmetic Arts Institute (17 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Colleton County, SC are General Cosmetology (17 and 100%).

The median tuition costs in Colleton County, SC are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 17 degrees awarded

  2. N/A

    N/A degrees awarded

  3. N/A

    N/A degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate recipients in Colleton County, SC was General Cosmetology with 17 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate from schools in Colleton County, SC according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

17 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Colleton County, SC institution with the largest number of graduating students was Cosmetic Arts Institute with 17 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

0

Degrees Awarded to Men

17

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 0 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Colleton County, SC, which is 0 times less than the 17 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    13 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    4 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    0 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Colleton County, SC were to White students. These 13 degrees mean that there were 3.25 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 4 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Colleton County, SC was $84,600 in 2017, which is 0.389 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $85,800 to $84,600, a 1.4% decrease. The homeownership rate in Colleton County, SC is 72.8%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Colleton County, SC have an average commute time of 32.1 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Colleton 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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$34,996

Median Household Income

± $1,363

15.1k

Number of Households

± 900

In 2017, the median household income of the 15.1k households in Colleton County, SC grew to $34,996 from the previous year's value of $33,918.

The following chart displays the households in Colleton 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 $25k - $30k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$84,600

2017 Median

± $4,871

$85,800

2016 Median

± $6,044

In 2017, the median property value in Colleton County, SC declined from to $84,600 from the previous year's value of $85,800.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Colleton 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 Colleton 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 Colleton County, SC distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Colleton County, SC the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

72.8%

2017 Homeownership

72.3%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 72.8% of the housing units in Colleton County, SC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 72.3%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Colleton 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 Colleton County, SC distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Colleton County, SC have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

32.1 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Colleton County, SC have a longer commute time (32.1 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 5.44% of the workforce in Colleton County, SC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    81.5%

  2. Carpooled

    13.2%

  3. Worked At Home

    2.98%

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

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