Columbia, SC

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2019 Population
839,039
0.705% 1-year growth
US Senator
Lindsey Graham
Republican Party
US Senator
Tim Scott
Republican Party
2019 Median Age
37.2
0.541% 1-year increase
2019 Poverty Rate
15%
1.59% 1-year decrease
2019 Median Household Income
$55,725
3.65% 1-year growth
2019 Median Property Value
$164,700
5.04% 1-year growth
2019 Employed Population
391,490
0.569% 1-year growth

About

In 2019, Columbia, SC had a population of 839k people with a median age of 37.2 and a median household income of $55,725. Between 2018 and 2019 the population of Columbia, SC grew from 833,165 to 839,039, a 0.705% increase and its median household income grew from $53,765 to $55,725, a 3.65% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Columbia, SC are White (Non-Hispanic) (55.5%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (34.1%), White (Hispanic) (2.98%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (2.26%), and Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.16%). 0% of the households in Columbia, SC speak a non-English language at home as their primary language.

96.9% of the residents in Columbia, SC are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Columbia, SC are University of South Carolina-Columbia (9,815 degrees awarded in 2020), Midlands Technical College (2,141 degrees), and Columbia College (217934) (387 degrees).

In 2019, the median property value in Columbia, SC was $164,700, and the homeownership rate was 67.9%. Most people in Columbia, SC drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 24.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Columbia, SC was 2 cars per household.

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Diversity

Columbia, SC is home to a population of 839k people, from which 96.9% are citizens. As of 2019, 4.95% of Columbia, SC residents were born outside of the country (41.5k people).

In 2019, there were 1.63 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (466k people) in Columbia, SC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 286k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 25k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Columbia, SC
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    466k ± 2.87k
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    286k ± 4.74k
  3. White (Hispanic)
    25k ± 3.72k
5.39%
Hispanic Population
45.2k people

In 2019, there were 1.63 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (466k people) in Columbia, SC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 286k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 25k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

5.39% of the people in Columbia, SC are hispanic (45.2k people).

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

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

4.95%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
41.5k people
4.87%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
40.6k people

As of 2019, 4.95% of Columbia, SC residents (41.5k 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 Columbia, SC was 4.87%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

37
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.4
41
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 1.9

In 2019, the median age of all people in Columbia, SC was 37.2. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 37, were generally younger than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 41. But people in Columbia, SC are getting getting older. In 2018, the average age of all Columbia, SC residents was 37.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    61,323 ± 6,043 people
  2. Honduras
    21,432 ± 3,587 people
  3. India
    16,010 ± 3,102 people

In 2019, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of South Carolina was Mexico, the natal country of 61,323 South Carolina residents, followed by Honduras with 21,432 and India with 16,010.

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Citizenship

96.9%
2019 Citizenship
97.5%
2018 Citizenship

As of 2019, 96.9% of Columbia, SC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2018, the percentage of US citizens in Columbia, SC was 97.5%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    17,261 ± 1,671
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    14,816 ± 1,964
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    10,086 ± 1,553

Columbia, SC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.17 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 Columbia, SC is $55,725. In 2019, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Columbia, SC was Beaufort County, SC with a value of $74,127, followed by Charleston County, SC and Berkeley County, SC, with respective values of $71,531 and $69,398.

Males in South Carolina have an average income that is 1.38 times higher than the average income of females, which is $44,965. The income inequality in South Carolina (measured using the Gini index) is 0.459, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Columbia, SC employs 391k people. The largest industries in Columbia, SC are Health Care & Social Assistance (48,740 people), Educational Services (44,670 people), and Retail Trade (41,203 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($65,812), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($60,964), and Finance & Insurance ($57,323).

Wages

Median Household Income

$55,725
2019 value
± $1,576
3.65%
1 Year Growth
± 4.71%

Households in Columbia, SC have a median annual income of $55,725, 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 $53,765 in 2018, which represents a 3.65% annual growth.

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Wage by Sex in Common Jobs

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$62,069
Average Male Salary in South Carolina
± $1,506
$44,965
Average Female Salary in South Carolina
± $1,052

In 2019, full-time male employees in South Carolina made 1.38 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the sex-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
    $65,179 ± $9,434
  2. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
    $59,283 ± $12,739
  3. White
    $52,982 ± $1,123

In 2019 the highest paid race/ethnicity of South Carolina workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.1 times more than Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 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 Columbia, SC is from South Carolina.
0.459
2019 Wage GINI in South Carolina
0.464
2018 Wage GINI in South Carolina

In 2019, the income inequality in South Carolina was 0.459 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 1.12% 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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In 2019, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Columbia, SC was Beaufort County, SC with a value of $74,127, followed by Charleston County, SC and Berkeley County, SC, with respective values of $71,531 and $69,398.

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

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Poverty by Age and Sex

Females 18 - 24
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

15% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Columbia, SC (118k out of 789k 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 Females 25 - 34 and then Males 18 - 24.

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
    55,237 ± 1,873
  2. White
    50,479 ± 1,657
  3. Hispanic
    11,434 ± 890

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

391k
2019 Value
± 11,398
0.569%
1 Year growth
± 4.1%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Columbia, SC grew at a rate of 0.569%, from 389k employees to 391k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Columbia, SC, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (45,103 people), Management Occupations (43,560 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (37,726 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Columbia, SC.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Columbia, SC, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (45,103 people), Management Occupations (43,560 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (37,726 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other MSAs, Columbia, SC has an unusually high number of residents working as Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (1.43 times higher than expected), Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (1.3 times), and Community & Social Service Occupations (1.2 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Columbia, SC, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($73,971), Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($65,857), and Legal Occupations ($65,763).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

391k
2019 Value
± 11,398
0.569%
1 Year growth
± 4.1%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Columbia, SC grew at a rate of 0.569%, from 389k employees to 391k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Columbia, SC, are Health Care & Social Assistance (48,740 people), Educational Services (44,670 people), and Retail Trade (41,203 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Columbia, SC, though some of these residents may live in Columbia, 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 Columbia, SC, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (48,740 people), Educational Services (44,670 people), and Retail Trade (41,203 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other MSAs, Columbia, SC has an unusually high number of Utilities (1.71 times higher than expected), Public Administration (1.6 times), and Finance & Insurance (1.27 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Columbia, SC, by median earnings, are Utilities ($65,812), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($60,964), and Finance & Insurance ($57,323).

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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. $38.2B
  2. $32.1B
  3. $26.9B

In 2020, the top outbound South Carolina product (by dollars) was Motorized vehicles with $38.2B, followed by Plastics/rubber ($32.1B) and Machinery ($26.9B).

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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$285B
2020 Value in South Carolina
$613B
Projected 2050 Value in South Carolina
115% growth

In 2020, total outbound South Carolina trade was $285B. This is expected to increase 115% to $613B by 2050.

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. $30.1B
  2. $22.4B
  3. $13.2B

In 2020, the top outbound South Carolina domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was North Carolina with $30.1B, followed by Georgia with $22.4B and Texas and $13.2B.

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

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in South Carolina went to Donald J. Trump with 55.1% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (43.4%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.11%). The most partisan county was Allendale County, SC with 75.6% of the vote going to Joseph R Biden Jr. 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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Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for South Carolina
55.1% for the Republican Party
Most Partisan Counties in South Carolina
  1. 75.6% for Joseph R Biden Jr. (Democratic Party)
  2. 74.6% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 73% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

In the 2020 presidential election, the most partisan county in South Carolina was Allendale County, SC with 75.6% of the vote going to Joseph R Biden Jr. 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 2020, universities in Columbia, SC awarded 14,016 degrees. The student population of Columbia, SC is skewed towards women, with 21,595 male students and 30,571 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Columbia, SC are White (9,224 and 68.7%), followed by Black or African American (2,427 and 18.1%), Hispanic or Latino (646 and 4.81%), and Two or More Races (479 and 3.57%).

The largest universities in Columbia, SC by number of degrees awarded are University of South Carolina-Columbia (9,815 and 70%), Midlands Technical College (2,141 and 15.3%), and Columbia College (217934) (387 and 2.76%).

The most popular majors in Columbia, SC are Liberal Arts & Sciences (725 and 5.17%), General Business Administration & Management (600 and 4.28%), and General Finance (536 and 3.82%).

The median tuition costs in Columbia, SC are $14,600 for private four year colleges, and $12,288 and $33,528 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 536 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 399 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 374 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Columbia, SC was General Finance with 536 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 9,815 degrees awarded
  2. 2,141 degrees awarded
  3. 387 degrees awarded
$12,288
Median In-State Public
$14,600
Median Private

In 2020, the Columbia, SC institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of South Carolina-Columbia with 9,815 degrees awarded.

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Student Sex for Common Institutions

5,513
Degrees Awarded to Men
8,503
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2020, 5,513 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Columbia, SC, which is 0.648 times less than the 8,503 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the sex disparity between the institutions in Columbia, SC by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    9,224 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    2,427 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    646 degrees awarded

In 2020 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Columbia, SC was White students. These 9,224 degrees mean that there were 3.8 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 2,427 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Columbia, SC was $164,700 in 2019, which is 0.685 times smaller than the national average of $240,500. Between 2018 and 2019 the median property value increased from $156,800 to $164,700, a 5.04% increase. The homeownership rate in Columbia, SC is 67.9%, which is higher than the national average of 64.1%. People in Columbia, SC have an average commute time of 24.2 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Columbia, SC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$164,700
2019 Median
± $3,159
$156,800
2018 Median
± $3,052

In 2019, the median property value in Columbia, SC grew to to $164,700 from the previous year's value of $156,800.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Columbia, 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 Columbia, SC the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k 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.
$55,725
Median Household Income
± $1,576
318k
Number of Households
± 9,711

In 2019, the median household income of the 318k households in Columbia, SC grew to $55,725 from the previous year's value of $53,765.

The following chart displays the households in Columbia, 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
Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

67.9%
2019 Homeownership
67.1%
2018 Homeownership

In 2019, 67.9% of the housing units in Columbia, SC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 67.1%.

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

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Commute Time

24.2 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Columbia, SC have a shorter commute time (24.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (26 minutes). Additionally, 2.43% of the workforce in Columbia, SC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2019
  1. Drove Alone (81.4%)
  2. Carpooled (7.19%)
  3. Walked (4.74%)

In 2019, 81.4% of workers in Columbia, SC drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (7.19%) and those who walked to work (4.74%).

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

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Health

90.2% of the population of Columbia, SC has health coverage, with 46.8% on employee plans, 14.5% on Medicaid, 10.3% on Medicare, 15.2% on non-group plans, and 3.4% 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 South Carolina see 1494 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.267% decrease from the previous year (1498 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1767 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 546 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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1,494 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in South Carolina

Primary care physicians in South Carolina see an average of 1,494 patients per year. This represents a 0.267% decrease from the previous year (1,498 patients).

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

9.77%
Uninsured
46.8%
Employer Coverage
14.5%
Medicaid
10.3%
Medicare
15.2%
Non-Group
3.4%
Military or VA

Between 2018 and 2019, the percent of uninsured citizens in Columbia, SC declined by 0.0163% from 9.77% to 9.77%.

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