Lee County, SC

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2020 Population
17,144
1.27% 1-year decline
US Senator
Lindsey Graham
Republican Party
US Senator
Tim Scott
Republican Party
2020 Median Age
42
0.478% 1-year increase
2020 Poverty Rate
25.7%
2.87% 1-year increase
2020 Median Household Income
$32,851
1.48% 1-year growth
2020 Median Property Value
$79,000
0.254% 1-year growth
2020 Employed Population
5,905
0.589% 1-year decline

About

In 2020, Lee County, SC had a population of 17.1k people with a median age of 42 and a median household income of $32,851. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Lee County, SC declined from 17,365 to 17,144, a −1.27% decrease and its median household income grew from $32,371 to $32,851, a 1.48% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Lee County, SC are Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (63.5%), White (Non-Hispanic) (32.4%), Other (Hispanic) (1.36%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (1.31%), and White (Hispanic) (0.612%).

None of the households in Lee County, SC reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

99.4% of the residents in Lee County, SC are U.S. citizens.

In 2020, the median property value in Lee County, SC was $79,000, and the homeownership rate was 77.2%. Most people in Lee County, SC drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 27.1 minutes. The average car ownership in Lee County, SC was 2 cars per household.

Diversity

Lee County, SC is home to a population of 17.1k people, from which 99.4% are citizens. As of 2020, 1.6% of Lee County, SC residents were born outside of the country (274 people).

In 2020, there were 1.96 times more Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents (10.9k people) in Lee County, SC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 5.56k White (Non-Hispanic) and 233 Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Lee County, SC
  1. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    10.9k ± 116
  2. White (Non-Hispanic)
    5.56k ± 21
  3. Other (Hispanic)
    233 ± 146
2.5%
Hispanic Population
429 people

In 2020, there were 1.96 times more Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents (10.9k people) in Lee County, SC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 5.56k White (Non-Hispanic) and 233 Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

2.5% of the people in Lee County, SC are hispanic (429 people).

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

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

1.6%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
274 people
1.51%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
262 people

As of 2020, 1.6% of Lee County, SC residents (274 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.5%. In 2019, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Lee County, SC was 1.51%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

42
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.5
51
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 1.7

In 2020, the median age of all people in Lee County, SC was 42. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 42, were generally younger than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 51. But people in Lee County, SC are getting getting older. In 2019, the average age of all Lee County, SC residents was 42.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    62,463 ± 6,098 people
  2. India
    16,261 ± 3,126 people
  3. Honduras
    12,981 ± 2,794 people

In 2020, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of South Carolina was Mexico, the natal country of 62,463 South Carolina residents, followed by India with 16,261 and Honduras with 12,981.

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Citizenship

99.4%
2020 Citizenship
99.3%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 99.4% of Lee County, SC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in Lee 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
    333 ± 89
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    197 ± 90
  3. Gulf War (2001-)
    151 ± 85

Lee County, SC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.69 times greater than any other conflict.

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COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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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 Lee County, SC is $32,851. In 2020, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Lee County, SC was Census Tract 9201 with a value of $37,344, followed by Census Tract 9206 and Census Tract 9203.02, with respective values of $29,457 and $28,093.

Males in South Carolina have an average income that is 1.37 times higher than the average income of females, which is $45,267. The income inequality in South Carolina (measured using the Gini index) is 0.462, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Lee County, SC employs 5.91k people. The largest industries in Lee County, SC are Manufacturing (1,071 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (928 people), and Retail Trade (794 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($70,469), Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($53,277), and Wholesale Trade ($50,976).

Wages

Median Household Income

$32,851
2020 value
± $3,881
1.48%
1 Year Growth
± 15.4%

Households in Lee County, SC have a median annual income of $32,851, which is less than the median annual income of $64,994 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $32,371 in 2019, which represents a 1.48% annual growth.

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Wage by Sex in Common Jobs

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$62,242
Average Male Salary in South Carolina
± $1,580
$45,267
Average Female Salary in South Carolina
± $1,127

In 2020, full-time male employees in South Carolina made 1.37 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the sex-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
    $61,019 ± $9,586
  2. White
    $53,104 ± $1,170
  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
    $45,743 ± $14,232

In 2020 the highest paid race/ethnicity of South Carolina workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.15 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 Lee County, SC is from South Carolina.
0.462
2020 Wage GINI in South Carolina
0.461
2019 Wage GINI in South Carolina

In 2020, the income inequality in South Carolina was 0.462 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.305% growth from 2019 to 2020, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less 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 9201
  2. Census Tract 9206
  3. Census Tract 9203.02

In 2020, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Lee County, SC was Census Tract 9201 with a value of $37,344, followed by Census Tract 9206 and Census Tract 9203.02, with respective values of $29,457 and $28,093.

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

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Poverty by Age and Sex

Females 35 - 44
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

25.7% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Lee County, SC (4.05k out of 15.7k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.8%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 35 - 44, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females 12 - 14.

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
    3,072 ± 417
  2. White
    885 ± 206
  3. Two Or More
    62 ± 111

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Lee County, SC is Black, followed by White and Two Or More.

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

5.91k
2020 Value
± 533
−0.589%
1 Year decline
± 12.6%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Lee County, SC declined at a rate of −0.589%, from 5.94k employees to 5.91k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Lee County, SC, are Production Occupations (886 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (808 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (562 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Lee County, SC.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Lee County, SC, by number of employees, are Production Occupations (886 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (808 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (562 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Lee County, SC has an unusually high number of residents working as Production Occupations (2.69 times higher than expected), Material Moving Occupations (1.73 times), and Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (1.7 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Lee County, SC, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($90,156), Management Occupations ($69,375), and Management, Business, & Financial Occupations ($67,150).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

5.91k
2020 Value
± 533
−0.589%
1 Year decline
± 12.6%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Lee County, SC declined at a rate of −0.589%, from 5.94k employees to 5.91k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Lee County, SC, are Manufacturing (1,071 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (928 people), and Retail Trade (794 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Lee County, SC, though some of these residents may live in Lee 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 Lee County, SC, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (1,071 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (928 people), and Retail Trade (794 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Lee County, SC has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (4.46 times higher than expected), Utilities (1.99 times), and Manufacturing (1.81 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Lee County, SC, by median earnings, are Utilities ($70,469), Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($53,277), and Wholesale Trade ($50,976).

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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. $38.2B
  2. $32.1B
  3. $26.9B

In 2020, the top outbound South Carolina product (by dollars) was Motorized vehicles with $38.2B, followed by Plastics/rubber ($32.1B) and Machinery ($26.9B).

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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$285B
2020 Value in South Carolina
$613B
Projected 2050 Value in South Carolina
115% growth

In 2020, total outbound South Carolina trade was $285B. This is expected to increase 115% to $613B by 2050.

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. $30.1B
  2. $22.4B
  3. $13.2B

In 2020, the top outbound South Carolina domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was North Carolina with $30.1B, followed by Georgia with $22.4B and Texas and $13.2B.

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

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Lee County, SC went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 63.2% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (35.7%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (0.842%). The most partisan county was Allendale County, SC with 75.6% of the vote going to Joseph R Biden Jr. 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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Joseph R Biden Jr.
Popular Vote for Lee County, SC
63.2% for the Democratic Party
Most Partisan Counties in South Carolina
  1. 75.6% for Joseph R Biden Jr. (Democratic Party)
  2. 74.6% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 73% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

In the 2020 presidential election, the most partisan county in South Carolina was Allendale County, SC with 75.6% of the vote going to Joseph R Biden Jr. 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 Lee County, SC was $79,000 in 2020, which is 0.344 times smaller than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $78,800 to $79,000, a 0.254% increase. The homeownership rate in Lee County, SC is 77.2%, which is higher than the national average of 64.4%. People in Lee County, SC have an average commute time of 27.1 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Lee County, SC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$79,000
2020 Median
± $7,842
$78,800
2019 Median
± $5,085

In 2020, the median property value in Lee County, SC grew to to $79,000 from the previous year's value of $78,800.

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

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$32,851
Median Household Income
± $3,881
6.46k
Number of Households
± 559

In 2020, the median household income of the 6.46k households in Lee County, SC grew to $32,851 from the previous year's value of $32,371.

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

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Rent vs Own

77.2%
2020 Homeownership
74.7%
2019 Homeownership

In 2020, 77.2% of the housing units in Lee County, SC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 74.7%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 64.4%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Lee County, SC compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

27.1 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Lee County, SC have a longer commute time (27.1 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 1.97% of the workforce in Lee County, SC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2020
  1. Drove Alone (89.7%)
  2. Carpooled (5.42%)
  3. Walked (1.53%)

In 2020, 89.7% of workers in Lee County, SC drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (5.42%) and those who walked to work (1.53%).

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

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Health

89.6% of the population of Lee County, SC has health coverage, with 30.6% on employee plans, 29.1% on Medicaid, 13.5% on Medicare, 14.3% on non-group plans, and 2.09% 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 Lee County, SC see 5714 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.19% decrease from the previous year (5783 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 8414 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 886 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

5,714 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Lee County, SC

Primary care physicians in Lee County, SC see an average of 5,714 patients per year. This represents a 1.19% decrease from the previous year (5,783 patients).

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

10.4%
Uninsured
30.6%
Employer Coverage
29.1%
Medicaid
13.5%
Medicare
14.3%
Non-Group
2.09%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in Lee County, SC declined by 5.72% from 11.1% to 10.4%.

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