Florence, SC

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Population

206,109

0.0751% decline

Median Age

39.6


Median Household Income

$40,888

1.08% growth

Poverty Rate

20.6%


Number of Employees

86,122

1.36% growth

Median Property Value

$112,600

1.72% growth

About

In 2017, Florence, SC had a population of 206k people with a median age of 39.6 and a median household income of $40,888. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Florence, SC declined from 206,264 to 206,109, a -0.0751% decrease and its median household income grew from $40,452 to $40,888, a 1.08% increase.

The population of Florence, SC is 53.4% White Alone, 41.7% Black or African American Alone, and 2.3% Hispanic or Latino. 3.31% of the people in Florence, SC speak a non-English language, and 98.7% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Florence, SC are Florence-Darlington Technical College (959 degrees awarded in 2016), Francis Marion University (705 degrees), and Coker College (276 degrees).

The median property value in Florence, SC is $112,600, and the homeownership rate is 66.8%. Most people in Florence, SC commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 22.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Florence, SC is 2 cars per household.

Florence, SC borders Columbia, SC, Sumter, SC, and Bennettsville, SC.

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Economy

The economy of Florence, SC employs 86.1k people. The largest industries in Florence, SC are Health Care & Social Assistance (14,439 people), Manufacturing (12,725 people), and Retail Trade (10,833 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($68,995), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($50,133), and Manufacturing ($42,498).

Median household income in Florence, SC is $40,888. Males in Florence, 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 Florence, SC (measured using the Gini index) is 0.46, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$40,888

2017 value

± $1,007

1.08%

1 Year Growth

± 3.24%

Households in Florence, SC have a median annual income of $40,888, 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 $40,452 in 2016, which represents a 1.08% 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 Florence, SC made 1.37 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $49,597 ± $53,271

  2. Asian

    $47,877 ± $7,789

  3. White

    $47,332 ± $1,044

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

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Florence, 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)

In 2017, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Florence, SC was Dorchester County, SC with a value of $64,148, followed by York County, SC and Lancaster County, SC, with respective values of $62,217 and $61,914.

The following map shows all of the counties in Florence, 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

20.6% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Florence, SC (41.4k out of 201k 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 Females 35 - 44.

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

    24,892 ± 1,194

  2. White

    14,655 ± 890

  3. Hispanic

    1,407 ± 312

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

86.1k

2017 Value

± 2,133

1.36%

1 Year growth

± 3.42%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Florence, SC grew at a rate of 1.36%, from 85k employees to 86.1k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Florence, SC, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (11,329 people), Sales & Related Occupations (9,424 people), and Management Occupations (7,463 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Florence, SC.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Florence, SC, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (11,329 people), Sales & Related Occupations (9,424 people), and Management Occupations (7,463 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Florence, SC has an unusually high number of residents working as Health Technologists & Technicians (1.66 times higher than expected), Production Occupations (1.48 times), and Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (1.43 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Florence, SC, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($80,887), Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($59,060), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($58,696).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

86.1k

2017 Value

± 2,133

1.36%

1 Year growth

± 3.42%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Florence, SC grew at a rate of 1.36%, from 85k employees to 86.1k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Florence, SC, are Health Care & Social Assistance (14,439 people), Manufacturing (12,725 people), and Retail Trade (10,833 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Florence, SC, though some of these residents may live in Florence, 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 Florence, SC, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (14,439 people), Manufacturing (12,725 people), and Retail Trade (10,833 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Florence, SC has an unusually high number of Utilities (2.03 times higher than expected), Manufacturing (1.46 times), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1.21 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Florence, SC, by median earnings, are Utilities ($68,995), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($50,133), and Manufacturing ($42,498).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from South Carolina to other states, or from other states to South Carolina.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $15.9B

  2. $15.2B

  3. $11.7B

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

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$163B

2015 Value

$244B

Projected 2045 Value

49.4% growth

In 2015, total outbound South Carolina trade was $163B. This is expected to increase 49.4% to $244B by 2045.

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

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from South Carolina to other states, or from other states to South Carolina.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $22.2B

  2. $13.4B

  3. $5.71B

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

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

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Health

88.7% of the population of Florence, SC has health coverage, with 41.8% on employee plans, 22.1% on Medicaid, 11.6% on Medicare, 11.1% on non-group plans, and 1.98% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Florence, 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

11.3%

Uninsured

41.8%

Employer Coverage

22.1%

Medicaid

11.6%

Medicare

11.1%

Non-Group

1.98%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Florence, SC declined by 11.6% from 12.8% to 11.3%.

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

Florence, SC is home to a population of 206k people, from which 98.7% are citizens. As of 2017, 2.41% of Florence, SC residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Florence, SC is composed of 110k White Alone residents (53.4%), 85.9k Black or African American Alone residents (41.7%), 4.74k Hispanic or Latino residents (2.3%), 2.76k Two or More Races residents (1.34%), 2.07k Asian Alone residents (1%), 465 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.226%), 84 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0408%), and 82 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0398%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Florence, SC are Spanish or Spanish Creole (3,824 speakers), German (319 speakers), and French (Incl. Patois, Cajun) (311 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

40

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

42

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 3.2

In 2017, the median age of all people in Florence, SC was 39.6. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 40, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 42. But people in Florence, SC are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Florence, SC residents was 39.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

2.41%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

2.38%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 2.41% of Florence, 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 Florence, SC was 2.38%, 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 Florence, SC was Mexico, the natal country of 68,828 Florence, SC residents, followed by India with 11,778 and Philippines with 9,880.

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Citizenship

98.7%

2017 Citizenship

98.7%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 98.7% of Florence, SC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Florence, SC was 98.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    110k ± 42

  2. Black or African American Alone

    85.9k ± 521

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    4.74k ± 580

In 2017, there were 1.28 times more White Alone residents (110k people) in Florence, SC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 85.9k Black or African American Alone and 4.74k 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 Florence, SC as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    3,824 speakers (1.98%)

  2. German

    319 speakers (0.165%)

  3. French (Incl. Patois, Cajun)

    311 speakers (0.161%)

3.31% of Florence, 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 Florence, SC was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 1.98% of the overall population of Florence, SC are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 0.165% speak German and 0.161% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    4,715 ± 401

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    1,861 ± 327

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    1,672 ± 319

Florence, 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 Florence, SC awarded 2,214 degrees. The student population of Florence, SC is skewed towards women, with 3,766 male students and 7,783 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Florence, SC are White (1,085 and 49.3%), followed by Black or African American (930 and 42.3%), Unknown (86 and 3.91%), and Hispanic or Latino (42 and 1.91%).

The largest universities in Florence, SC by number of degrees awarded are Florence-Darlington Technical College (959 and 43.3%), Francis Marion University (705 and 31.8%), and Coker College (276 and 12.5%).

The most popular majors in Florence, SC are Registered Nursing (188 and 8.49%), General Business Administration & Management (162 and 7.32%), and Liberal Arts & Sciences (118 and 5.33%).

The median tuition costs in Florence, SC are $27,624 for private four year colleges, and $9,880 and $19,760 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 82 degrees awarded

  2. 94 degrees awarded

  3. 89 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Florence, SC was General Psychology with 82 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 959 degrees awarded

  2. 705 degrees awarded

  3. 276 degrees awarded

$9,880

Median In-State Public

$27,624

Median Private

In 2016, the Florence, SC institution with the largest number of graduating students was Florence-Darlington Technical College with 959 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

716

Degrees Awarded to Men

1,498

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 716 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Florence, SC, which is 0.478 times less than the 1,498 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in Florence, SC by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    1,085 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    930 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    86 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Florence, SC were to White students. These 1,085 degrees mean that there were 1.17 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 930 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Florence, SC was $112,600 in 2017, which is 0.517 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $110,700 to $112,600, a 1.72% increase. The homeownership rate in Florence, SC is 66.8%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Florence, SC have an average commute time of 22.4 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Florence, SC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$40,888

Median Household Income

± $1,007

79k

Number of Households

± 1,891

In 2017, the median household income of the 79k households in Florence, SC grew to $40,888 from the previous year's value of $40,452.

The following chart displays the households in Florence, 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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Housing

Property Value

$112,600

2017 Median

± $2,822

$110,700

2016 Median

± $2,998

In 2017, the median property value in Florence, SC grew to to $112,600 from the previous year's value of $110,700.

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

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Rent vs Own

66.8%

2017 Homeownership

67.1%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 66.8% of the housing units in Florence, SC were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 67.1%.

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

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Commute Time

22.4 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Florence, SC have a shorter commute time (22.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 2.57% of the workforce in Florence, SC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    83.9%

  2. Carpooled

    10.1%

  3. Worked At Home

    3.12%

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

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