Fairfield County, SC

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2019 Population
22,565
0.647% 1-year decline
US Senator
Lindsey Graham
Republican Party
US Senator
Tim Scott
Republican Party
2019 Median Age
46.4
0% 1-year change
2019 Poverty Rate
20.9%
9.03% 1-year decrease
2019 Median Household Income
$38,213
5.29% 1-year growth
2019 Median Property Value
$103,000
0.292% 1-year growth
2019 Employed Population
9,037
4.76% 1-year growth

About

In 2019, Fairfield County, SC had a population of 22.6k people with a median age of 46.4 and a median household income of $38,213. Between 2018 and 2019 the population of Fairfield County, SC declined from 22,712 to 22,565, a −0.647% decrease and its median household income grew from $36,294 to $38,213, a 5.29% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Fairfield County, SC are Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (58.4%), White (Non-Hispanic) (38.2%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (1.02%), White (Hispanic) (0.94%), and Two+ (Hispanic) (0.838%). 0% of the households in Fairfield County, SC speak a non-English language at home as their primary language.

99.7% of the residents in Fairfield County, SC are U.S. citizens.

In 2019, the median property value in Fairfield County, SC was $103,000, and the homeownership rate was 75.3%. Most people in Fairfield County, SC drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 29.3 minutes. The average car ownership in Fairfield County, SC was 2 cars per household.

Diversity

Fairfield County, SC is home to a population of 22.6k people, from which 99.7% are citizens. As of 2019, 0.722% of Fairfield County, SC residents were born outside of the country (163 people).

In 2019, there were 1.53 times more Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents (13.2k people) in Fairfield County, SC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 8.61k White (Non-Hispanic) and 230 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Fairfield County, SC
  1. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    13.2k ± 181
  2. White (Non-Hispanic)
    8.61k ± 24
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    230 ± 172
2.19%
Hispanic Population
494 people

In 2019, there were 1.53 times more Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents (13.2k people) in Fairfield County, SC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 8.61k White (Non-Hispanic) and 230 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

2.19% of the people in Fairfield County, SC are hispanic (494 people).

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

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

0.722%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
163 people
1.25%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
284 people

As of 2019, 0.722% of Fairfield County, SC residents (163 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 Fairfield County, SC was 1.25%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Age by Nativity

47
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.7
32
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 38.6

In 2019, the median age of all people in Fairfield County, SC was 46.4. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 47, were generally older than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 32. But people in Fairfield County, SC are getting staying the same age. In 2018, the average age of all Fairfield County, SC residents was 46.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    64,736 ± 6,206 people
  2. India
    14,943 ± 2,997 people
  3. Honduras
    11,181 ± 2,593 people

In 2019, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of South Carolina was Mexico, the natal country of 64,736 South Carolina residents, followed by India with 14,943 and Honduras with 11,181.

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Citizenship

99.7%
2019 Citizenship
99.3%
2018 Citizenship

As of 2019, 99.7% of Fairfield County, SC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2018, the percentage of US citizens in Fairfield County, SC was 99.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    664 ± 199
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    216 ± 96
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    128 ± 106

Fairfield County, SC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.07 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 Fairfield County, SC is $38,213. In 2019, the tract with the highest median household income in Fairfield County, SC was Census Tract 9602 with a value of $50,972, followed by Census Tract 9601 and Census Tract 9605, with respective values of $45,046 and $43,032.

Males in South Carolina have an average income that is 1.37 times higher than the average income of females, which is $43,921. The income inequality in South Carolina (measured using the Gini index) is 0.461, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Fairfield County, SC employs 9.04k people. The largest industries in Fairfield County, SC are Manufacturing (1,623 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,009 people), and Retail Trade (801 people), and the highest paying industries are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($52,656), Finance & Insurance ($48,355), and Transportation & Warehousing ($47,287).

Wages

Median Household Income

$38,213
2019 value
± $5,608
5.29%
1 Year Growth
± 17.9%

Households in Fairfield County, SC have a median annual income of $38,213, 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 $36,294 in 2018, which represents a 5.29% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$60,300
Average Male Salary in South Carolina
± $1,526
$43,921
Average Female Salary in South Carolina
± $1,088

In 2019, full-time male employees in South Carolina made 1.37 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in South Carolina by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity in South Carolina
  1. Asian
    $57,024 ± $9,306
  2. White
    $51,354 ± $1,131
  3. American Indian
    $44,350 ± $16,152

In 2019 the highest paid race/ethnicity of South Carolina workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.11 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in South Carolina.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in South Carolina by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Fairfield County, SC is from South Carolina.
0.461
2019 Wage GINI in South Carolina
0.462
2018 Wage GINI in South Carolina

In 2019, the income inequality in South Carolina was 0.461 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.211% decline from 2018 to 2019, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for South Carolina was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in South Carolina in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in South Carolina across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 9602
  2. Census Tract 9601
  3. Census Tract 9605

In 2019, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Fairfield County, SC was Census Tract 9602 with a value of $50,972, followed by Census Tract 9601 and Census Tract 9605, with respective values of $45,046 and $43,032.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Fairfield 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

20.9% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Fairfield County, SC (4.65k out of 22.3k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.3%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 55 - 64, followed by Females 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
    3,395 ± 513
  2. White
    1,155 ± 276
  3. Hispanic
    114 ± 145

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

9.04k
2019 Value
± 772
4.76%
1 Year growth
± 11.4%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Fairfield County, SC grew at a rate of 4.76%, from 8.63k employees to 9.04k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Fairfield County, SC, are Production Occupations (1,253 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,210 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (640 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Fairfield County, SC.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Fairfield County, SC, by number of employees, are Production Occupations (1,253 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,210 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (640 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Fairfield County, SC has an unusually high number of residents working as Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (3.32 times higher than expected), Fire Fighting & Prevention, & Other Protective Service Workers Including Supervisors (2.46 times), and Production Occupations (2.45 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Fairfield County, SC, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($85,417), Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($74,091), and Management Occupations ($66,326).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

9.04k
2019 Value
± 772
4.76%
1 Year growth
± 11.4%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Fairfield County, SC grew at a rate of 4.76%, from 8.63k employees to 9.04k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Fairfield County, SC, are Manufacturing (1,623 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,009 people), and Retail Trade (801 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Fairfield County, SC, though some of these residents may live in Fairfield 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 Fairfield County, SC, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (1,623 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,009 people), and Retail Trade (801 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Fairfield County, SC has an unusually high number of Utilities (6.04 times higher than expected), Manufacturing (1.8 times), and Administrative & Support & Waste Management Services (1.67 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Fairfield County, SC, by median earnings, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($52,656), Finance & Insurance ($48,355), and Transportation & Warehousing ($47,287).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from South Carolina to other states, or from other states to South Carolina.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $29B
  2. $25.7B
  3. $22.6B

In 2018, the top outbound South Carolina product (by dollars) was Machinery with $29B, followed by Motorized vehicles ($25.7B) and Plastics/rubber ($22.6B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound South Carolina products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$252B
2018 Value in South Carolina
$524B
Projected 2045 Value in South Carolina
108% growth

In 2018, total outbound South Carolina trade was $252B. This is expected to increase 108% to $524B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound South Carolina trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from South Carolina to other states, or from other states to South Carolina.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $29.3B
  2. $19.1B
  3. $9.21B

In 2018, the top outbound South Carolina domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was North Carolina with $29.3B, followed by Georgia with $19.1B and Louisiana and $9.21B.

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

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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in Fairfield County, SC went to Hillary Rodham Clinton with 61.6% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (35.7%), followed by Other (2.62%). The most partisan county was Allendale County, SC with 76.1% of the vote going to Hillary Rodham Clinton running for the Democratic Party.

Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott are the senators currently representing the state of South Carolina. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

South Carolina is currently represented by 7 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Showing data up to the 2016 election. Updated election results are currently being processed, and will be released in the coming months.
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Popular Vote for Fairfield County, SC
61.6% for the Democratic Party
Most Partisan Counties in South Carolina
  1. 76.1% for Hillary Rodham Clinton (Democratic Party)
  2. 73.9% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 71.9% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

In the 2016 presidential election, the most partisan county in South Carolina was Allendale County, SC with 76.1% of the vote going to Hillary Rodham Clinton running for the Democratic Party.

The following map shows the counties in South Carolina colored by their party leaning.

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US Senators from South Carolina

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Lindsey Graham
Senator from South Carolina2
Assumed office on January 3, 2003
Tim Scott
Senator from South Carolina3
Assumed office on January 3, 2013
Appointed to the seat following the resignation of Jim DeMint.

Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott are the senators currently representing South Carolina.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in South Carolina over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from South Carolina

South Carolina is currently represented by 7 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for South Carolina have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Fairfield County, SC was $103,000 in 2019, which is 0.428 times smaller than the national average of $240,500. Between 2018 and 2019 the median property value increased from $102,700 to $103,000, a 0.292% increase. The homeownership rate in Fairfield County, SC is 75.3%, which is higher than the national average of 64.1%. People in Fairfield County, SC have an average commute time of 29.3 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Fairfield County, SC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$103,000
2019 Median
± $7,661
$102,700
2018 Median
± $8,355

In 2019, the median property value in Fairfield County, SC grew to to $103,000 from the previous year's value of $102,700.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Fairfield 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 Fairfield County, SC the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Household Income

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$38,213
Median Household Income
± $5,608
9.19k
Number of Households
± 774

In 2019, the median household income of the 9.19k households in Fairfield County, SC grew to $38,213 from the previous year's value of $36,294.

The following chart displays the households in Fairfield County, SC distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the < $10k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800
Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

75.3%
2019 Homeownership
73.7%
2018 Homeownership

In 2019, 75.3% of the housing units in Fairfield County, SC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 73.7%.

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

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Commute Time

29.3 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Fairfield County, SC have a longer commute time (29.3 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 2.3% of the workforce in Fairfield County, SC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2019
  1. Drove Alone (87.7%)
  2. Carpooled (7.77%)
  3. Worked At Home (2.43%)

In 2019, 87.7% of workers in Fairfield County, SC drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (7.77%) and those who worked at home (2.43%).

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

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Health

89.5% of the population of Fairfield County, SC has health coverage, with 37.7% on employee plans, 22% on Medicaid, 15.4% on Medicare, 12.4% on non-group plans, and 1.99% 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 Fairfield County, SC see 2800 patients per year on average, which represents a 11.5% increase from the previous year (2512 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 3724 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 972 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

2,800 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Fairfield County, SC

Primary care physicians in Fairfield County, SC see an average of 2,800 patients per year. This represents a 11.5% increase from the previous year (2,512 patients).

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

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.
State with the Highest Prevalence
  1. 8.26% of the population affected
  2. 8.13% of the population affected
  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.
Most prevalent states
  1. 19.2% of adults
  2. 17.9% of adults
  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$7,311
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in South Carolina
$4,235
Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care
$5,491
Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care
$10,298
Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in South Carolina (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.15%, from $7,020 to $7,311.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

10.5%
Uninsured
37.7%
Employer Coverage
22%
Medicaid
15.4%
Medicare
12.4%
Non-Group
1.99%
Military or VA

Between 2018 and 2019, the percent of uninsured citizens in Fairfield County, SC declined by 12.6% from 12% to 10.5%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Fairfield County, SC changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.
Most at risk counties
  1. 23.4% prevalence
  2. 22.3% prevalence
  3. 21.4% prevalence

Williamsburg County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in South Carolina, at 23.4%.

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

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