Horry County, SC

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Population

344,147

3.26% growth

Median Age

46.3


Median Household Income

$49,047

7.37% growth

Poverty Rate

17%


Number of Employees

150,377

4.31% growth

Median Property Value

$187,000

6.01% growth

About

In 2018, Horry County, SC had a population of 344k people with a median age of 46.3 and a median household income of $49,047. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of Horry County, SC grew from 333,268 to 344,147, a 3.26% increase and its median household income grew from $45,680 to $49,047, a 7.37% increase.

The population of Horry County, SC is 77.5% White Alone, 13.2% Black or African American Alone, and 6.08% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Horry County, SC speak a non-English language, and 96.8% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Horry County, SC are Coastal Carolina University (2,116 degrees awarded in 2017), Horry-Georgetown Technical College (1,551 degrees), and Miller-Motte Technical College-Conway (390 degrees).

The median property value in Horry County, SC is $187,000, and the homeownership rate is 73.5%. Most people in Horry County, SC commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 20.9 minutes. The average car ownership in Horry County, SC is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Horry County, SC employs 150k people. The largest industries in Horry County, SC are Accommodation & Food Services (26,485 people), Retail Trade (24,245 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (15,201 people), and the highest paying industries are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting ($230,258), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($230,027), and Management of Companies & Enterprises ($100,360).

Median household income in Horry County, SC is $49,047. Males in Horry County, SC have an average income that is 1.35 times higher than the average income of females, which is $44,129. The income inequality in Horry County, SC (measured using the Gini index) is 0.464, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$49,047

2018 value

± $2,005

7.37%

1 Year Growth

± 5.9%

Households in Horry County, SC have a median annual income of $49,047, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $45,680 in 2017, which represents a 7.37% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$59,728

Average Male Salary

± $1,565

$44,129

Average Female Salary

± $1,115

In 2018, full-time male employees in South Carolina made 1.35 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. Asian

    $58,374 ± $10,504

  2. White

    $51,299 ± $1,155

  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $40,072 ± $12,512

In 2018 the highest paid race/ethnicity of South Carolina workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.14 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

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

0.464

2018 Wage GINI

0.466

2017 Wage GINI

In 2018, the income inequality in South Carolina was 0.464 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.279% decline from 2017 to 2018, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2018 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 9801

  2. Census Tract 503.03

  3. Census Tract 516.05

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Horry County, SC was Census Tract 9801 with a value of $72,279, followed by Census Tract 503.03 and Census Tract 516.05, with respective values of $65,821 and $65,049.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Horry 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

17% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Horry County, SC (51.9k out of 306k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Males 6 - 11.

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

    32,469 ± 1,315

  2. Black

    14,369 ± 896

  3. Hispanic

    6,286 ± 567

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

150k

2018 Value

± 7,527

4.31%

1 Year growth

± 6.61%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Horry County, SC grew at a rate of 4.31%, from 144k employees to 150k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Horry County, SC, are Sales & Related Occupations (19,662 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (16,690 people), and Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (15,113 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Horry County, SC.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Horry County, SC, by number of employees, are Sales & Related Occupations (19,662 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (16,690 people), and Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (15,113 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Horry County, SC has an unusually high number of residents working as Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance Occupations (1.96 times higher than expected), Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (1.74 times), and Personal Care & Service Occupations (1.44 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Horry County, SC, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($61,998), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($54,094), and Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations ($50,842).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

150k

2018 Value

± 7,527

4.31%

1 Year growth

± 6.61%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Horry County, SC grew at a rate of 4.31%, from 144k employees to 150k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Horry County, SC, are Accommodation & Food Services (26,485 people), Retail Trade (24,245 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (15,201 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Horry County, SC, though some of these residents may live in Horry 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 Horry County, SC, by number of employees, are Accommodation & Food Services (26,485 people), Retail Trade (24,245 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (15,201 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Horry County, SC has an unusually high number of Accommodation & Food Services (2.33 times higher than expected), Management of Companies & Enterprises (1.93 times), and Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (1.67 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Horry County, SC, by median earnings, are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting ($230,258), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($230,027), and Management of Companies & Enterprises ($100,360).

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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. $17.8B

  2. $17.1B

  3. $12.6B

In 2015, the top outbound South Carolina product (by dollars) was Plastics/rubber with $17.8B, followed by Machinery ($17.1B) and Electronics ($12.6B).

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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$178B

2020 Value

$244B

Projected 2045 Value

37% growth

In 2020, total outbound South Carolina trade was $178B. This is expected to increase 37% 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. $24.2B

  2. $14.4B

  3. $6.22B

In 2015, the top outbound South Carolina domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was North Carolina with $24.2B, followed by Georgia with $14.4B and Tennessee and $6.22B.

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

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Health

85.3% of the population of Horry County, SC has health coverage, with 32.4% on employee plans, 17.3% on Medicaid, 18% on Medicare, 14.6% on non-group plans, and 2.95% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Horry County, SC see 1602 patients per year on average, which represents a 4.01% decrease from the previous year (1669 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2621 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 738 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

1,602 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Horry County, SC see an average of 1,602 patients per year. This represents a 4.01% decrease from the previous year (1,669 patients).

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

14.7%

Uninsured

32.4%

Employer Coverage

17.3%

Medicaid

18%

Medicare

14.6%

Non-Group

2.95%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Horry County, SC grew by 15.9% from 12.7% to 14.7%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Horry 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

Horry County, SC is home to a population of 344k people, from which 96.8% are citizens. As of 2017, 5.88% of Horry County, SC residents were born outside of the country (19.6k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Horry County, SC is composed of 267k White Alone residents (77.5%), 45.6k Black or African American Alone residents (13.2%), 20.9k Hispanic or Latino residents (6.08%), 5.02k Asian Alone residents (1.46%), 3.69k Two or More Races residents (1.07%), 2.15k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.625%), 214 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0622%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

Age

Age by Nativity

47

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.4

44

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2.5

In 2018, the median age of all people in Horry County, SC was 46.3. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 47, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 44. But people in Horry County, SC are getting getting older. In 2017, the average age of all Horry County, SC residents was 46.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

5.88%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

19.6k people

5.86%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

18.9k people

As of 2017, 5.88% of Horry County, SC residents (19.6k people) 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 Horry County, SC was 5.86%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    62,118 ± 6,082 people

  2. India

    17,415 ± 3,234 people

  3. Germany

    13,326 ± 2,830 people

In 2018, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of South Carolina was Mexico, the natal country of 62,118 South Carolina residents, followed by India with 17,415 and Germany with 13,326.

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Citizenship

96.8%

2018 Citizenship

96.6%

2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 96.8% of Horry County, SC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in Horry County, SC was 96.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    267k ± 323

  2. Black or African American Alone

    45.6k ± 1.48k

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    20.9k ± 2.77k

In 2018, there were 5.85 times more White Alone residents (267k people) in Horry County, SC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 45.6k Black or African American Alone and 20.9k 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 Horry County, SC as a share of the total population.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    12,932 ± 1,545

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    2,773 ± 928

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    2,453 ± 848

Horry County, SC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 4.66 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Horry County, SC awarded 4,181 degrees. The student population of Horry County, SC is skewed towards women, with 7,775 male students and 11,217 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Horry County, SC are White (2,962 and 71.6%), followed by Black or African American (827 and 20%), Hispanic or Latino (144 and 3.48%), and Two or More Races (124 and 3%).

The largest universities in Horry County, SC by number of degrees awarded are Coastal Carolina University (2,116 and 50.6%), Horry-Georgetown Technical College (1,551 and 37.1%), and Miller-Motte Technical College-Conway (390 and 9.33%).

The most popular majors in Horry County, SC are Liberal Arts & Sciences (611 and 14.6%), General Business Administration & Management (238 and 5.69%), and Speech Communication & Rhetoric (162 and 3.87%).

The median tuition costs in Horry County, SC are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $11,020 and $25,692 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 Horry County, SC was Kinesiology & Exercise Science with 147 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 2,116 degrees awarded

  2. 1,551 degrees awarded

  3. 390 degrees awarded

$11,020

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2017, the Horry County, SC institution with the largest number of graduating students was Coastal Carolina University with 2,116 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

1,656

Degrees Awarded to Men

2,525

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 1,656 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Horry County, SC, which is 0.656 times less than the 2,525 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    2,962 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    827 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    144 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Horry County, SC were to White students. These 2,962 degrees mean that there were 3.58 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 827 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Horry County, SC was $187,000 in 2018, which is 0.814 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $176,400 to $187,000, a 6.01% increase. The homeownership rate in Horry County, SC is 73.5%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Horry County, SC have an average commute time of 20.9 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Horry County, SC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$187,000

2018 Median

± $7,139

$176,400

2017 Median

± $5,756

In 2018, the median property value in Horry County, SC grew to to $187,000 from the previous year's value of $176,400.

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

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Household Income

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$49,047

Median Household Income

± $2,005

131k

Number of Households

± 5,950

In 2018, the median household income of the 131k households in Horry County, SC grew to $49,047 from the previous year's value of $45,680.

The following chart displays the households in Horry 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 $60k - $75k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

73.5%

2018 Homeownership

70.7%

2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 73.5% of the housing units in Horry County, SC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 70.7%.

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

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Commute Time

20.9 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Horry County, SC have a shorter commute time (20.9 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.4% of the workforce in Horry County, SC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    82.5%

  2. Carpooled

    7.47%

  3. Worked At Home

    6.12%

In 2018, the most common method of travel for workers in Horry County, SC was Drove Alone (82.5%), followed by those who Carpooled (7.47%) and those who Worked At Home (6.12%).

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 Horry County, SC distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Horry County, SC have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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