Richland County, SC

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2019 Population
415,759
0.285% 1-year growth
US Senator
Lindsey Graham
Republican Party
US Senator
Tim Scott
Republican Party
2019 Median Age
33.8
0.896% 1-year increase
2019 Poverty Rate
16.2%
0.362% 1-year decrease
2019 Median Household Income
$52,293
0.257% 1-year growth
2019 Median Property Value
$176,200
7.7% 1-year growth
2019 Employed Population
192,235
1.6% 1-year decline

About

In 2019, Richland County, SC had a population of 416k people with a median age of 33.8 and a median household income of $52,293. Between 2018 and 2019 the population of Richland County, SC grew from 414,576 to 415,759, a 0.285% increase and its median household income grew from $52,159 to $52,293, a 0.257% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Richland County, SC are Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (47.5%), White (Non-Hispanic) (41.4%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (3.03%), White (Hispanic) (2.53%), and Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.38%). 0% of the households in Richland County, SC speak a non-English language at home as their primary language.

96.4% of the residents in Richland County, SC are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Richland County, SC are University of South Carolina-Columbia (9,950 degrees awarded in 2019), Columbia College (217934) (543 degrees), and Columbia International University (428 degrees).

In 2019, the median property value in Richland County, SC was $176,200, and the homeownership rate was 59.2%. Most people in Richland County, SC drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 22.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Richland County, SC was 2 cars per household.

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Diversity

Richland County, SC is home to a population of 416k people, from which 96.4% are citizens. As of 2019, 5.6% of Richland County, SC residents were born outside of the country (23.3k people).

In 2019, there were 1.15 times more Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents (197k people) in Richland County, SC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 172k White (Non-Hispanic) and 12.6k Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Richland County, SC
  1. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    197k ± 1.99k
  2. White (Non-Hispanic)
    172k ± 466
  3. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
    12.6k ± 981
5.35%
Hispanic Population
22.2k people

In 2019, there were 1.15 times more Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents (197k people) in Richland County, SC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 172k White (Non-Hispanic) and 12.6k Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

5.35% of the people in Richland County, SC are hispanic (22.2k people).

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

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

5.6%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
23.3k people
5.4%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
22.4k people

As of 2019, 5.6% of Richland County, SC residents (23.3k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2018, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Richland County, SC was 5.4%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

33
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.4
39
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 2.2

In 2019, the median age of all people in Richland County, SC was 33.8. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 33, were generally younger than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 39. But people in Richland County, SC are getting getting older. In 2018, the average age of all Richland County, SC residents was 34.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    61,323 ± 6,043 people
  2. Honduras
    21,432 ± 3,587 people
  3. India
    16,010 ± 3,102 people

In 2019, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of South Carolina was Mexico, the natal country of 61,323 South Carolina residents, followed by Honduras with 21,432 and India with 16,010.

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Citizenship

96.4%
2019 Citizenship
97.4%
2018 Citizenship

As of 2019, 96.4% of Richland County, SC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2018, the percentage of US citizens in Richland County, SC was 97.4%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Gulf War (2001-)
    7,584 ± 1,380
  2. Vietnam
    7,335 ± 1,176
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    4,300 ± 1,069

Richland County, SC has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 1.03 times greater than any other conflict.

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COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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Y-Axis

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.

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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 Richland County, SC is $52,293. In 2019, the tract with the highest median household income in Richland County, SC was Census Tract 23 with a value of $125,147, followed by Census Tract 12 and Census Tract 103.07, with respective values of $111,838 and $100,631.

Males in South Carolina have an average income that is 1.38 times higher than the average income of females, which is $44,965. The income inequality in South Carolina (measured using the Gini index) is 0.459, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Richland County, SC employs 192k people. The largest industries in Richland County, SC are Educational Services (28,466 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (22,693 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (20,378 people), and the highest paying industries are Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($61,190), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($60,986), and Utilities ($56,463).

Wages

Median Household Income

$52,293
2019 value
± $2,456
0.257%
1 Year Growth
± 7.01%

Households in Richland County, SC have a median annual income of $52,293, which is less than the median annual income of $65,712 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $52,159 in 2018, which represents a 0.257% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$62,069
Average Male Salary in South Carolina
± $1,506
$44,965
Average Female Salary in South Carolina
± $1,052

In 2019, full-time male employees in South Carolina made 1.38 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-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
    $65,179 ± $9,434
  2. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
    $59,283 ± $12,739
  3. White
    $52,982 ± $1,123

In 2019 the highest paid race/ethnicity of South Carolina workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.1 times more than Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in South Carolina.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Richland County, SC is from South Carolina.
0.459
2019 Wage GINI in South Carolina
0.464
2018 Wage GINI in South Carolina

In 2019, the income inequality in South Carolina was 0.459 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 1.12% decline from 2018 to 2019, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more 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 23
  2. Census Tract 12
  3. Census Tract 103.07

In 2019, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Richland County, SC was Census Tract 23 with a value of $125,147, followed by Census Tract 12 and Census Tract 103.07, with respective values of $111,838 and $100,631.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

16.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Richland County, SC (61.9k out of 381k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.3%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34.

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
    36,798 ± 1,585
  2. White
    17,649 ± 1,005
  3. Hispanic
    4,811 ± 598

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

192k
2019 Value
± 8,572
−1.6%
1 Year decline
± 6.42%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Richland County, SC declined at a rate of −1.6%, from 195k employees to 192k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Richland County, SC, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (21,234 people), Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (20,506 people), and Management Occupations (20,162 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Richland County, SC.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Richland County, SC, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (21,234 people), Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (20,506 people), and Management Occupations (20,162 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Richland County, SC has an unusually high number of residents working as Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (1.88 times higher than expected), Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (1.72 times), and Community & Social Service Occupations (1.36 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Richland County, SC, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($107,847), Legal Occupations ($95,035), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($62,069).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

192k
2019 Value
± 8,572
−1.6%
1 Year decline
± 6.42%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Richland County, SC declined at a rate of −1.6%, from 195k employees to 192k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Richland County, SC, are Educational Services (28,466 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (22,693 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (20,378 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Richland County, SC, though some of these residents may live in Richland 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 Richland County, SC, by number of employees, are Educational Services (28,466 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (22,693 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (20,378 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Richland County, SC has an unusually high number of Public Administration (1.97 times higher than expected), Educational Services (1.58 times), and Accommodation & Food Services (1.41 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Richland County, SC, by median earnings, are Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($61,190), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($60,986), and Utilities ($56,463).

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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. $29B
  2. $25.7B
  3. $22.6B

In 2018, the top outbound South Carolina product (by dollars) was Machinery with $29B, followed by Motorized vehicles ($25.7B) and Plastics/rubber ($22.6B).

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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$252B
2018 Value in South Carolina
$524B
Projected 2045 Value in South Carolina
108% growth

In 2018, total outbound South Carolina trade was $252B. This is expected to increase 108% to $524B 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. $29.3B
  2. $19.1B
  3. $9.21B

In 2018, the top outbound South Carolina domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was North Carolina with $29.3B, followed by Georgia with $19.1B and Louisiana and $9.21B.

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

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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in Richland County, SC went to Hillary Rodham Clinton with 64% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (31.1%), followed by Other (4.89%). The most partisan county was Allendale County, SC with 76.1% of the vote going to Hillary Rodham Clinton 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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Showing data up to the 2016 election. Updated election results are currently being processed, and will be released in the coming months.
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Popular Vote for Richland County, SC
64% for the Democratic Party
Most Partisan Counties in South Carolina
  1. 76.1% for Hillary Rodham Clinton (Democratic Party)
  2. 73.9% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 71.9% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

In the 2016 presidential election, the most partisan county in South Carolina was Allendale County, SC with 76.1% of the vote going to Hillary Rodham Clinton 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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Education

In 2019, universities in Richland County, SC awarded 12,237 degrees. The student population of Richland County, SC is skewed towards women, with 18,559 male students and 24,729 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Richland County, SC are White (8,376 and 71.4%), followed by Black or African American (2,032 and 17.3%), Hispanic or Latino (465 and 3.96%), and Two or More Races (339 and 2.89%).

The largest universities in Richland County, SC by number of degrees awarded are University of South Carolina-Columbia (9,950 and 81.3%), Columbia College (217934) (543 and 4.44%), and Columbia International University (428 and 3.5%).

The most popular majors in Richland County, SC are General Business Administration & Management (665 and 5.43%), General Finance (557 and 4.55%), and General Marketing & Marketing Management (457 and 3.73%).

The median tuition costs in Richland County, SC are $14,280 for private four year colleges, and $12,288 and $33,528 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 557 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 457 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 436 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Richland County, SC was General Finance with 557 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 9,950 degrees awarded
  2. 543 degrees awarded
  3. 428 degrees awarded
$12,288
Median In-State Public
$14,280
Median Private

In 2019, the Richland County, SC institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of South Carolina-Columbia with 9,950 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

4,978
Degrees Awarded to Men
7,259
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2019, 4,978 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Richland County, SC, which is 0.686 times less than the 7,259 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    8,376 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    2,032 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    465 degrees awarded

In 2019 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Richland County, SC was White students. These 8,376 degrees mean that there were 4.12 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 2,032 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Richland County, SC was $176,200 in 2019, which is 0.733 times smaller than the national average of $240,500. Between 2018 and 2019 the median property value increased from $163,600 to $176,200, a 7.7% increase. The homeownership rate in Richland County, SC is 59.2%, which is lower than the national average of 64.1%. People in Richland County, SC have an average commute time of 22.5 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Richland County, SC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$176,200
2019 Median
± $6,350
$163,600
2018 Median
± $5,901

In 2019, the median property value in Richland County, SC grew to to $176,200 from the previous year's value of $163,600.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Richland 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 Richland County, SC the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k 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.
$52,293
Median Household Income
± $2,456
153k
Number of Households
± 7,055

In 2019, the median household income of the 153k households in Richland County, SC grew to $52,293 from the previous year's value of $52,159.

The following chart displays the households in Richland 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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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499
Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

59.2%
2019 Homeownership
58.1%
2018 Homeownership

In 2019, 59.2% of the housing units in Richland County, SC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 58.1%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 64.1%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Richland County, SC compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

22.5 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Richland County, SC have a shorter commute time (22.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (26 minutes). Additionally, 2.9% of the workforce in Richland County, SC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2019
  1. Drove Alone (76.1%)
  2. Walked (8.64%)
  3. Carpooled (8.25%)

In 2019, 76.1% of workers in Richland County, SC drove alone to work, followed by those who walked to work (8.64%) and those who carpooled to work (8.25%).

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

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Health

90.4% of the population of Richland County, SC has health coverage, with 46.6% on employee plans, 14.4% on Medicaid, 8.63% on Medicare, 16.3% on non-group plans, and 4.39% 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 Richland County, SC see 1178 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.29% increase from the previous year (1163 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1091 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 291 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

1,178 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Richland County, SC

Primary care physicians in Richland County, SC see an average of 1,178 patients per year. This represents a 1.29% increase from the previous year (1,163 patients).

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

9.63%
Uninsured
46.6%
Employer Coverage
14.4%
Medicaid
8.63%
Medicare
16.3%
Non-Group
4.39%
Military or VA

Between 2018 and 2019, the percent of uninsured citizens in Richland County, SC grew by 1.78% from 9.47% to 9.63%.

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