Greenville County, SC

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Population

506,837

1.62% growth

Median Age

38.2


Median Household Income

$55,914

1.03% growth

Poverty Rate

13.5%


Number of Employees

249,715

3.25% growth

Median Property Value

$182,300

5.13% growth

About

In 2017, Greenville County, SC had a population of 507k people with a median age of 38.2 and a median household income of $55,914. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Greenville County, SC grew from 498,766 to 506,837, a 1.62% increase and its median household income grew from $55,342 to $55,914, a 1.03% increase.

The population of Greenville County, SC is 68.3% White Alone, 16.9% Black or African American Alone, and 9.13% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Greenville County, SC speak a non-English language, and 94.8% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Greenville County, SC are Greenville Technical College (2,416 degrees awarded in 2016), Furman University (799 degrees), and Bob Jones University (643 degrees).

The median property value in Greenville County, SC is $182,300, and the homeownership rate is 67.3%. Most people in Greenville County, SC commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 21.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Greenville County, SC is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Greenville County, SC employs 250k people. The largest industries in Greenville County, SC are Manufacturing (44,141 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (29,687 people), and Retail Trade (25,677 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($58,302), Wholesale Trade ($52,153), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($51,733).

Median household income in Greenville County, SC is $55,914. Males in Greenville County, SC have an average income that is 1.41 times higher than the average income of females, which is $41,137. The income inequality in Greenville County, SC (measured using the Gini index) is 0.466, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$55,914

2017 value

± $2,441

1.03%

1 Year Growth

± 5.77%

Households in Greenville County, SC have a median annual income of $55,914, 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 $55,342 in 2016, which represents a 1.03% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$58,073

Average Male Salary

± $1,491

$41,137

Average Female Salary

± $1,052

In 2017, full-time male employees in Greenville County, SC made 1.41 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Greenville County, SC 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

  1. American Indian

    $53,504 ± $30,079

  2. Asian

    $49,436 ± $7,541

  3. White

    $49,064 ± $1,105

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Greenville County, SC workers was American Indian. These workers were paid 1.08 times more than Asian workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in Greenville County, SC by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Greenville County, SC is from South Carolina.

0.466

2017 Wage GINI

0.457

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in South Carolina was 0.466 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 1.89% 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 28.13

  2. Census Tract 28.15

  3. Census Tract 28.14

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Greenville County, SC was Census Tract 28.13 with a value of $149,488, followed by Census Tract 28.15 and Census Tract 28.14, with respective values of $125,824 and $109,617.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

13.5% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Greenville County, SC (64.3k out of 478k 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 35 - 44 and then Females 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. White

    38,017 ± 1,474

  2. Black

    19,675 ± 1,047

  3. Hispanic

    13,011 ± 892

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

250k

2017 Value

± 8,087

3.25%

1 Year growth

± 4.56%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Greenville County, SC grew at a rate of 3.25%, from 242k employees to 250k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Greenville County, SC, are Other Management Occupations Except Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers (14,831 people), Other Production Occupations (9,104 people), and Customer Service Representatives (7,128 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Greenville County, SC.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Greenville County, SC, by number of employees, are Other Management Occupations Except Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers (14,831 people), Other Production Occupations (9,104 people), and Customer Service Representatives (7,128 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Greenville County, SC has an unusually high number of residents working as Religious Workers (2.72 times higher than expected), Assemblers & Fabricators (2.57 times), and Nurses, All Other (2.2 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Greenville County, SC, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($82,553), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($79,625), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($70,701).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

250k

2017 Value

± 8,087

3.25%

1 Year growth

± 4.56%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Greenville County, SC grew at a rate of 3.25%, from 242k employees to 250k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Greenville County, SC, are Manufacturing (44,141 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (29,687 people), and Retail Trade (25,677 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Greenville County, SC, though some of these residents may live in Greenville 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 Greenville County, SC, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (44,141 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (29,687 people), and Retail Trade (25,677 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Greenville County, SC has an unusually high number of Manufacturing (1.83 times higher than expected), Other Services, Except Public Administration (1.2 times), and Information (1.15 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Greenville County, SC, by median earnings, are Utilities ($58,302), Wholesale Trade ($52,153), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($51,733).

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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

89.4% of the population of Greenville County, SC has health coverage, with 48.4% on employee plans, 12.9% on Medicaid, 12.8% on Medicare, 13.5% on non-group plans, and 1.78% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Greenville County, SC see 957 patients per year on average, which represents a 2.64% decrease from the previous year (983 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1604 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 509 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

957 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Greenville County, SC see an average of 957 patients per year. This represents a 2.64% decrease from the previous year (983 patients).

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

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

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

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

10.6%

Uninsured

48.4%

Employer Coverage

12.9%

Medicaid

12.8%

Medicare

13.5%

Non-Group

1.78%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Greenville County, SC declined by 0.803% from 10.6% to 10.6%.

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

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 20.1% prevalence

  2. 19.6% prevalence

  3. 18.7% prevalence

Dillon County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in South Carolina, at 20.1%.

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

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Diversity

Greenville County, SC is home to a population of 507k people, from which 94.8% are citizens. As of 2017, 7.64% of Greenville County, SC residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Greenville County, SC is composed of 346k White Alone residents (68.3%), 85.5k Black or African American Alone residents (16.9%), 46.3k Hispanic or Latino residents (9.13%), 11.4k Asian Alone residents (2.26%), 11.3k Two or More Races residents (2.23%), 4.22k Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.833%), 921 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.182%), and 774 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.153%).

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

Age

Age by Nativity

38

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.5

40

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.5

In 2017, the median age of all people in Greenville County, SC was 38.2. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 38, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 40. But people in Greenville County, SC are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Greenville County, SC residents was 38.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

7.64%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

7.59%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 7.64% of Greenville County, 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 Greenville County, SC was 7.59%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    60,790 ± 6,017 people

  2. India

    13,702 ± 2,870 people

  3. China

    10,651 ± 2,531 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Greenville County, SC was Mexico, the natal country of 60,790 Greenville County, SC residents, followed by India with 13,702 and China with 10,651.

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Citizenship

94.8%

2017 Citizenship

95.4%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 94.8% of Greenville County, SC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Greenville County, SC was 95.4%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    346k ± 770

  2. Black or African American Alone

    85.5k ± 4.84k

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    46.3k ± 5.39k

In 2017, there were 4.05 times more White Alone residents (346k people) in Greenville County, SC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 85.5k Black or African American Alone and 46.3k 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 Greenville County, SC as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Greenville County, SC citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.5%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Greenville County, SC was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Greenville County, SC are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    10,240 ± 1,302

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    6,561 ± 1,750

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    4,633 ± 1,091

Greenville County, SC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.56 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Greenville County, SC awarded 5,226 degrees. The student population of Greenville County, SC is skewed towards women, with 9,367 male students and 14,082 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Greenville County, SC are White (3,501 and 68.1%), followed by Black or African American (919 and 17.9%), Hispanic or Latino (293 and 5.7%), and Unknown (197 and 3.83%).

The largest universities in Greenville County, SC by number of degrees awarded are Greenville Technical College (2,416 and 46.2%), Furman University (799 and 15.3%), and Bob Jones University (643 and 12.3%).

The most popular majors in Greenville County, SC are Liberal Arts & Sciences (479 and 9.17%), General Business Administration & Management (390 and 7.46%), and Registered Nursing (316 and 6.05%).

The median tuition costs in Greenville County, SC are $32,189 for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 185 degrees awarded

  2. 82 degrees awarded

  3. 79 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Greenville County, SC was General Business Administration & Management with 185 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 2,416 degrees awarded

  2. 799 degrees awarded

  3. 643 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$32,189

Median Private

In 2016, the Greenville County, SC institution with the largest number of graduating students was Greenville Technical College with 2,416 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

2,124

Degrees Awarded to Men

3,102

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 2,124 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Greenville County, SC, which is 0.685 times less than the 3,102 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the top 5 institutions in Greenville County, SC by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    3,501 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    919 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    293 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Greenville County, SC were to White students. These 3,501 degrees mean that there were 3.81 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 919 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Greenville County, SC was $182,300 in 2017, which is 0.838 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $173,400 to $182,300, a 5.13% increase. The homeownership rate in Greenville County, SC is 67.3%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Greenville County, SC have an average commute time of 21.6 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Greenville County, SC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$55,914

Median Household Income

± $2,441

193k

Number of Households

± 7,052

In 2017, the median household income of the 193k households in Greenville County, SC grew to $55,914 from the previous year's value of $55,342.

The following chart displays the households in Greenville 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 $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$182,300

2017 Median

± $5,784

$173,400

2016 Median

± $4,101

In 2017, the median property value in Greenville County, SC grew to to $182,300 from the previous year's value of $173,400.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Greenville 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 Greenville County, SC the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Greenville County, SC distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Greenville County, SC the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

67.3%

2017 Homeownership

64.9%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 67.3% of the housing units in Greenville County, SC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 64.9%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Greenville County, SC compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Greenville County, SC distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Greenville County, SC have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

21.6 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Greenville County, SC have a shorter commute time (21.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 1.4% of the workforce in Greenville County, SC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    82.2%

  2. Carpooled

    9.21%

  3. Worked At Home

    5.44%

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

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