Conway, SC

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Population

21,534

4.38% growth

Median Age

33.4


Median Household Income

$37,362

0.187% decline

Poverty Rate

25.7%


Number of Employees

9,188

3.45% growth

Median Property Value

$148,400

1.71% growth

About

In 2017, Conway, SC had a population of 21.5k people with a median age of 33.4 and a median household income of $37,362. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Conway, SC grew from 20,631 to 21,534, a 4.38% increase and its median household income declined from $37,432 to $37,362, a -0.187% decrease.

The population of Conway, SC is 57.3% White Alone, 38.2% Black or African American Alone, and 2.27% Hispanic or Latino. 3.34% of the people in Conway, SC speak a non-English language, and 99.3% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Conway, SC are Coastal Carolina University (1,859 degrees awarded in 2016) and Horry-Georgetown Technical College (1,573 degrees).

The median property value in Conway, SC is $148,400, and the homeownership rate is 62.5%. Most people in Conway, SC commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 21 minutes. The average car ownership in Conway, SC is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Conway, SC employs 9.19k people. The largest industries in Conway, SC are Retail Trade (1,599 people), Educational Services (1,513 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (1,361 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($49,091), Finance & Insurance ($42,316), and Wholesale Trade ($41,184).

Median household income in Conway, SC is $37,362. Males in Conway, 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 Conway, SC (measured using the Gini index) is 0.46, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$37,362

2017 value

± $3,315

-0.187%

1 Year Growth

± 14%

Households in Conway, SC have a median annual income of $37,362, 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 $37,432 in 2016, which represents a -0.187% 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 Conway, 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. White

    $35,711 ± $3,816

  2. Other

    $26,659 ± $11,589

  3. Two or More Races

    $26,059 ± $18,540

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Conway, SC workers was White. These workers were paid 1.34 times more than Other workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Conway, 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 707.01

  2. Census Tract 702

  3. Census Tract 706.01

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Conway, SC was Census Tract 707.01 with a value of $45,610, followed by Census Tract 702 and Census Tract 706.01, with respective values of $43,611 and $43,304.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

25.7% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Conway, SC (4.96k out of 19.3k 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 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. Black

    3,442 ± 525

  2. White

    1,457 ± 354

  3. Hispanic

    73 ± 121

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

9.19k

2017 Value

± 747

3.45%

1 Year growth

± 11%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Conway, SC grew at a rate of 3.45%, from 8.88k employees to 9.19k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Conway, SC, are Sales & Related Occupations (1,815 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (875 people), and Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance Occupations (806 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Conway, SC.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Conway, SC, by number of employees, are Sales & Related Occupations (1,815 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (875 people), and Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance Occupations (806 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Conway, SC has an unusually high number of residents working as Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (2.58 times higher than expected), Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance Occupations (2.24 times), and Sales & Related Occupations (1.87 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Conway, SC, by median earnings, are Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($71,060), Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($68,382), and Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($54,722).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

9.19k

2017 Value

± 747

3.45%

1 Year growth

± 11%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Conway, SC grew at a rate of 3.45%, from 8.88k employees to 9.19k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Conway, SC, are Retail Trade (1,599 people), Educational Services (1,513 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (1,361 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Conway, SC, though some of these residents may live in Conway, 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 Conway, SC, by number of employees, are Retail Trade (1,599 people), Educational Services (1,513 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (1,361 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Conway, SC has an unusually high number of Accommodation & Food Services (1.95 times higher than expected), Educational Services (1.78 times), and Retail Trade (1.52 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Conway, SC, by median earnings, are Utilities ($49,091), Finance & Insurance ($42,316), and Wholesale Trade ($41,184).

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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

91.1% of the population of Conway, SC has health coverage, with 43.8% on employee plans, 21.6% on Medicaid, 11.4% on Medicare, 12.8% on non-group plans, and 1.5% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Conway, SC see 1483 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.336% decrease from the previous year (1488 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1891 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 639 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

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1483 to 1

Primary Care Physicians

Primary care physicians in South Carolina see an average of 1483 patients per year. This represents a 0.336% decrease from the previous year (1488 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%).

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%).

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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

8.88%

Uninsured

43.8%

Employer Coverage

21.6%

Medicaid

11.4%

Medicare

12.8%

Non-Group

1.5%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Conway, SC declined by 18.2% from 10.9% to 8.88%.

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

Conway, SC is home to a population of 21.5k people, from which 99.3% are citizens. As of 2017, 2.18% of Conway, SC residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Conway, SC is composed of 12.3k White Alone residents (57.3%), 8.23k Black or African American Alone residents (38.2%), 488 Hispanic or Latino residents (2.27%), 244 Two or More Races residents (1.13%), 207 Asian Alone residents (0.961%), 14 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.065%), 9 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0418%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Conway, SC are Spanish or Spanish Creole (269 speakers), Chinese (125 speakers), and French (Incl. Patois, Cajun) (46 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

33

Median Native-Born Age

± 2.3

61

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 12.9

In 2017, the median age of all people in Conway, SC was 33.4. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 33, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 61. But people in Conway, SC are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Conway, SC residents was 31.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

2.18%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

1.76%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 2.18% of Conway, 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 Conway, SC was 1.76%, 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 Conway, SC was Mexico, the natal country of 68,828 Conway, SC residents, followed by India with 11,778 and Philippines with 9,880.

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Citizenship

99.3%

2017 Citizenship

99.3%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 99.3% of Conway, SC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Conway, SC was 99.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    12.3k ± 696

  2. Black or African American Alone

    8.23k ± 650

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    488 ± 248

In 2017, there were 1.5 times more White Alone residents (12.3k people) in Conway, SC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 8.23k Black or African American Alone and 488 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 Conway, SC as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    269 speakers (1.48%)

  2. Chinese

    125 speakers (0.69%)

  3. French (Incl. Patois, Cajun)

    46 speakers (0.254%)

3.34% of Conway, 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 Conway, SC was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 1.48% of the overall population of Conway, SC are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 0.69% speak Chinese and 0.254% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    633 ± 127

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    250 ± 106

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    172 ± 120

Conway, SC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.53 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Conway, SC awarded 3,432 degrees. The student population of Conway, SC is skewed towards women, with 7,424 male students and 10,073 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Conway, SC are White (2,519 and 74.2%), followed by Black or African American (569 and 16.8%), Hispanic or Latino (124 and 3.65%), and Two or More Races (98 and 2.89%).

The largest universities in Conway, SC by number of degrees awarded are Coastal Carolina University (1,859 and 54.2%) and Horry-Georgetown Technical College (1,573 and 45.8%).

The most popular majors in Conway, SC are Liberal Arts & Sciences (610 and 17.8%), General Business Administration & Management (187 and 5.45%), and Registered Nursing (134 and 3.9%).

The median tuition costs in Conway, SC are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $10,696 and $24,940 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Conway, SC was Kinesiology & Exercise Science with 121 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 1,859 degrees awarded

  2. 1,573 degrees awarded

$10,696

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Conway, SC institution with the largest number of graduating students was Coastal Carolina University with 1,859 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

1,283

Degrees Awarded to Men

2,149

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 1,283 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Conway, SC, which is 0.597 times less than the 2,149 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

    2,519 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    569 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    124 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Conway, SC were to White students. These 2,519 degrees mean that there were 4.43 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 569 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Conway, SC was $148,400 in 2017, which is 0.682 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $145,900 to $148,400, a 1.71% increase. The homeownership rate in Conway, SC is 62.5%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Conway, SC have an average commute time of 21 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Conway, SC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.

$37,362

Median Household Income

± $3,315

7.54k

Number of Households

± 548

In 2017, the median household income of the 7.54k households in Conway, SC declined from $37,362 from the previous year's value of $37,432.

The following chart displays the households in Conway, 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

$148,400

2017 Median

± $6,388

$145,900

2016 Median

± $6,340

In 2017, the median property value in Conway, SC grew to to $148,400 from the previous year's value of $145,900.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Conway, 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 Conway, SC the largest share of households have a property value in the $125k - $150k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

62.5%

2017 Homeownership

59.2%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 62.5% of the housing units in Conway, SC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 59.2%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Conway, 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 Conway, SC distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Conway, SC have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Commute Time

21 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Conway, SC have a shorter commute time (21 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.25% of the workforce in Conway, SC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    80.7%

  2. Carpooled

    8.89%

  3. Walked

    3.65%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Conway, SC was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Walked.

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