Marion County, SC

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Population

31,765

0.657% decline

Median Age

40


Median Household Income

$31,129

1.86% growth

Poverty Rate

26.5%


Number of Employees

11,778

3.51% decline

Median Property Value

$75,800

3.27% growth

About

In 2017, Marion County, SC had a population of 31.8k people with a median age of 40 and a median household income of $31,129. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Marion County, SC declined from 31,975 to 31,765, a -0.657% decrease and its median household income grew from $30,562 to $31,129, a 1.86% increase.

The population of Marion County, SC is 56.6% Black or African American Alone, 38.8% White Alone, and 2.7% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Marion County, SC speak a non-English language, and 98.2% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Marion County, SC are Academy for Careers and Technology (18 degrees awarded in 2016).

The median property value in Marion County, SC is $75,800, and the homeownership rate is 68.9%. Most people in Marion County, SC commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 29.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Marion County, SC is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Marion County, SC employs 11.8k people. The largest industries in Marion County, SC are Manufacturing (2,174 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,546 people), and Retail Trade (1,487 people), and the highest paying industries are Transportation & Warehousing ($49,535), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($49,236), and Utilities ($42,734).

Median household income in Marion County, SC is $31,129. Males in Marion County, 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 Marion County, SC (measured using the Gini index) is 0.46, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$31,129

2017 value

± $2,196

1.86%

1 Year Growth

± 8.89%

Households in Marion County, SC have a median annual income of $31,129, 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 $30,562 in 2016, which represents a 1.86% 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 South Carolina 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 South Carolina 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.

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 Marion County, 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)

  1. Census Tract 9502

  2. Census Tract 9505

  3. Census Tract 9501

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Marion County, SC was Census Tract 9502 with a value of $38,413, followed by Census Tract 9505 and Census Tract 9501, with respective values of $35,165 and $35,137.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Males 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

26.5% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Marion County, SC (8.31k out of 31.4k 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 Males 25 - 34, followed by Females 55 - 64 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

    6,014 ± 549

  2. White

    1,925 ± 306

  3. Hispanic

    372 ± 181

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

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

11.8k

2017 Value

± 847

-3.51%

1 Year decline

± 10.3%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Marion County, SC declined at a rate of -3.51%, from 12.2k employees to 11.8k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Marion County, SC, are Production Occupations (1,635 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,624 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (974 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Marion County, SC.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Marion County, SC, by number of employees, are Production Occupations (1,635 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,624 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (974 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Marion County, SC has an unusually high number of residents working as Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (2.87 times higher than expected), Production Occupations (2.39 times), and Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance Occupations (1.97 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Marion County, SC, by median earnings, are Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations ($100,163), Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($69,600), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($66,488).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

11.8k

2017 Value

± 847

-3.51%

1 Year decline

± 10.3%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Marion County, SC declined at a rate of -3.51%, from 12.2k employees to 11.8k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Marion County, SC, are Manufacturing (2,174 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,546 people), and Retail Trade (1,487 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Marion County, SC, though some of these residents may live in Marion 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 Marion County, SC, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (2,174 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,546 people), and Retail Trade (1,487 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Marion County, SC has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (3.8 times higher than expected), Utilities (2.03 times), and Manufacturing (1.82 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Marion County, SC, by median earnings, are Transportation & Warehousing ($49,535), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($49,236), and Utilities ($42,734).

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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 ($15.2B) and Mixed freight ($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

86% of the population of Marion County, SC has health coverage, with 32.1% on employee plans, 29.3% on Medicaid, 12.8% on Medicare, 10.1% on non-group plans, and 1.75% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Marion County, SC see 2646 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.564% decrease from the previous year (2661 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 4532 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1094 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

2,646 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Marion County, SC see an average of 2,646 patients per year. This represents a 0.564% decrease from the previous year (2,661 patients).

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

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 

$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%

Uninsured

32.1%

Employer Coverage

29.3%

Medicaid

12.8%

Medicare

10.1%

Non-Group

1.75%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Marion County, SC declined by 3.36% from 14.5% to 14%.

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

Marion County, SC is home to a population of 31.8k people, from which 98.2% are citizens. As of 2017, 2.42% of Marion County, SC residents were born outside of the country (770 people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Marion County, SC is composed of 18k Black or African American Alone residents (56.6%), 12.3k White Alone residents (38.8%), 859 Hispanic or Latino residents (2.7%), 245 Two or More Races residents (0.771%), 211 Asian Alone residents (0.664%), 160 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.504%), 9 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0283%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

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

Age

Age by Nativity

40

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.6

44

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 9.9

In 2017, the median age of all people in Marion County, SC was 40. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 40, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 44. But people in Marion County, SC are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Marion County, SC residents was 40.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

2.42%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

770 people

2.25%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

720 people

As of 2017, 2.42% of Marion County, SC residents (770 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 Marion County, SC was 2.25%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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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 South Carolina was Mexico, the natal country of 68,828 South Carolina residents, followed by India with 11,778 and Philippines with 9,880.

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Citizenship

98.2%

2017 Citizenship

98.3%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 98.2% of Marion County, SC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Marion County, SC was 98.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. Black or African American Alone

    18k ± 77

  2. White Alone

    12.3k ± 18

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    859 ± 222

In 2017, there were 1.46 times more Black or African American Alone residents (18k people) in Marion County, SC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 12.3k White Alone and 859 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 Marion 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 Marion County, SC citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Marion County, SC was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Marion 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

    632 ± 157

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    324 ± 145

  3. Korea

    200 ± 109

Marion County, SC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.95 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Marion County, SC awarded 18 degrees. The student population of Marion County, SC is skewed towards women, with 0 male students and 49 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Marion County, SC are Black or African American (15 and 83.3%), followed by White (3 and 16.7%), Asian (0 and 0%), and Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders (0 and 0%).

The largest universities in Marion County, SC by number of degrees awarded are Academy for Careers and Technology (18 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Marion County, SC are Licensed Practical & Vocational Nurse Training (18 and 100%).

The median tuition costs in Marion County, SC are $N/A 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. 18 degrees awarded

  2. N/A

    N/A degrees awarded

  3. N/A

    N/A degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate recipients in Marion County, SC was Licensed Practical & Vocational Nurse Training with 18 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate from schools in Marion County, SC according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

18 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Marion County, SC institution with the largest number of graduating students was Academy for Careers and Technology with 18 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

1

Degrees Awarded to Men

17

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 1 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Marion County, SC, which is 0.0588 times less than the 17 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. Black or African American

    15 degrees awarded

  2. White

    3 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    0 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Marion County, SC were to Black or African American students. These 15 degrees mean that there were 5 times more Black or African American students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, White, with 3 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Marion County, SC was $75,800 in 2017, which is 0.348 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $73,400 to $75,800, a 3.27% increase. The homeownership rate in Marion County, SC is 68.9%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Marion County, SC have an average commute time of 29.7 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Marion 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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$31,129

Median Household Income

± $2,196

11.9k

Number of Households

± 782

In 2017, the median household income of the 11.9k households in Marion County, SC grew to $31,129 from the previous year's value of $30,562.

The following chart displays the households in Marion 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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Housing

Property Value

$75,800

2017 Median

± $3,451

$73,400

2016 Median

± $3,286

In 2017, the median property value in Marion County, SC grew to to $75,800 from the previous year's value of $73,400.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Marion 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 Marion County, SC the largest share of households have a property value in the $70k - $80k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

68.9%

2017 Homeownership

70%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 68.9% of the housing units in Marion County, SC were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 70%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Marion 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 Marion County, SC distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Marion County, SC have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

29.7 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Marion County, SC have a longer commute time (29.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 4.58% of the workforce in Marion County, SC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    80.4%

  2. Carpooled

    15.6%

  3. Worked At Home

    1.94%

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

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