South Carolina

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Population

5.02M

1.27% growth

Median Age

39.4


Median Household Income

$50,570

2.16% growth

Poverty Rate

16.6%


Number of Employees

2.19M

0.982% growth

Median Property Value

$161,800

5.13% growth

About

In 2017, South Carolina had a population of 5.02M people with a median age of 39.4 and a median household income of $50,570. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of South Carolina grew from 4.96M to 5.02M, a 1.27% increase and its median household income grew from $49,501 to $50,570, a 2.16% increase.

The population of South Carolina is 63.6% White Alone, 26.8% Black or African American Alone, and 5.69% Hispanic or Latino. 6.76% of the people in South Carolina speak a non-English language, and 97.3% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in South Carolina are University of South Carolina-Columbia (8,921 degrees awarded in 2016), Clemson University (5,746 degrees), and Trident Technical College (3,053 degrees).

The median property value in South Carolina is $161,800, and the homeownership rate is 68.7%. Most people in South Carolina commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 23.4 minutes. The average car ownership in South Carolina is 2 cars per household.

South Carolina borders Georgia and North Carolina.

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Economy

The economy of South Carolina employs 2.19M people. The largest industries in South Carolina are Restaurants & Food Services (167,832 people), Construction (132,634 people), and Elementary & secondary schools (129,338 people), and the highest paying industries are Miscellaneous nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing ($121,497), Other professional, scientific & technical services ($99,909), and Computer Systems Design ($91,886).

Median household income in South Carolina is $50,570. Males in South Carolina have an average income that is 1.41 times higher than the average income of females, which is $41,137. The income inequality in South Carolina (measured using the Gini index) is 0.466, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$50,570

2017 value

± $532

2.16%

1 Year Growth

± 1.57%

Households in South Carolina have a median annual income of $50,570, 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 $49,501 in 2016, which represents a 2.16% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

$58,073

Average Male Salary

± $1,491

$41,137

Average Female Salary

± $1,052

In 2017, full-time male employees in South Carolina made 1.41 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. American Indian

    $53,504 ± $30,079

  2. Asian

    $49,436 ± $7,541

  3. White

    $49,064 ± $1,105

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

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in South Carolina by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

0.466

2017 Wage GINI

0.457

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in South Carolina was 0.466 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 1.89% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for South Carolina was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in South Carolina in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in South Carolina across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2017, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in South Carolina was Dorchester County, SC with a value of $64,148, followed by York County, SC and Lancaster County, SC, with respective values of $62,217 and $61,914.

The following map shows all of the counties in South Carolina colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

16.6% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in South Carolina (791k out of 4.75M people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 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. White

    384,133 ± 4,579

  2. Black

    342,247 ± 4,507

  3. Hispanic

    73,604 ± 2,174

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

2.19M

2017 Value

0.982%

1 Year growth

± 0.982%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in South Carolina grew at a rate of 0.982%, from 2.17M employees to 2.19M employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in South Carolina, are Elementary & middle school teachers (57,006 people), Driver/sales workers & truck drivers (54,918 people), and Cashiers (54,063 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of South Carolina.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of South Carolina, by number of employees, are Elementary & middle school teachers (57,006 people), Driver/sales workers & truck drivers (54,918 people), and Cashiers (54,063 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other states, South Carolina has an unusually high number of residents working as Textile knitting & weaving machine setters, operators, & tenders (6.41 times higher than expected), Textile winding, twisting, & drawing out machine setters, operators, & tenders (5.84 times), and Textile bleaching & dyeing, & cutting machine setters, operators, & tenders (5.7 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of South Carolina, by average salary, are Physicians & surgeons ($226,467), Dentists ($187,247), and Chief executives & legislators ($170,106).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

2.19M

2017 Value

0.982%

1 Year growth

± 0.982%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in South Carolina grew at a rate of 0.982%, from 2.17M employees to 2.19M employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in South Carolina, are Restaurants & Food Services (167,832 people), Construction (132,634 people), and Elementary & secondary schools (129,338 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of South Carolina, though some of these residents may live in South Carolina 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 South Carolina, by number of employees, are Restaurants & Food Services (167,832 people), Construction (132,634 people), and Elementary & secondary schools (129,338 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other states, South Carolina has an unusually high number of Tire manufacturing (11.8 times higher than expected), Fabric mills, except knitting mills (8.11 times), and Fiber, yarn, & thread mills (5.26 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in South Carolina, by average salary, are Miscellaneous nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing ($121,497), Other professional, scientific & technical services ($99,909), and Computer Systems Design ($91,886).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from South Carolina to other states, or from other states to South Carolina.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $15.9B

  2. $15.2B

  3. $11.7B

In 2015, the top outbound South Carolina product (by dollars) was Plastics/rubber with $15.9B, followed by Machinery with $15.2B and Mixed freight and $11.7B.

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound South Carolina products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

$163B

2015 Value

$244B

Projected 2045 Value

49.4% growth

In 2015, total outbound South Carolina trade was $163B. This is expected to increase 49.4% to $244B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound South Carolina trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from South Carolina to other states, or from other states to South Carolina.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $22.2B

  2. $13.4B

  3. $5.71B

In 2015, the top outbound South Carolina domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was North Carolina with $22.2B, followed by Georgia with $13.4B and Tennessee and $5.71B.

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

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Health

89% of the population of South Carolina has health coverage, with 43.4% on employee plans, 16.4% on Medicaid, 12.8% on Medicare, 13.8% on non-group plans, and 2.66% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in South Carolina see 1483 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.336% decrease from the previous year (1488 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1891 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 639 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

1,483 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in South Carolina see an average of 1,483 patients per year. This represents a 0.336% decrease from the previous year (1,488 patients).

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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

$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

11%

Uninsured

43.4%

Employer Coverage

16.4%

Medicaid

12.8%

Medicare

13.8%

Non-Group

2.66%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in South Carolina grew by 9.93% from 10% to 11%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in South Carolina 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

South Carolina is home to a population of 5.02M people, from which 97.3% are citizens. As of 2017, 4.73% of South Carolina residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of South Carolina is composed of 3.2M White Alone residents (63.6%), 1.34M Black or African American Alone residents (26.8%), 286k Hispanic or Latino residents (5.69%), 93.9k Two or More Races residents (1.87%), 74.9k Asian Alone residents (1.49%), 12.4k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.246%), 8.37k Some Other Race Alone residents (0.167%), and 6.29k Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.125%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in South Carolina are Spanish or Spanish Creole (198,039 speakers), Chinese (11,894 speakers), and German (11,859 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

39

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.2

41

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 0.7

In 2017, the median age of all people in South Carolina was 39.4. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 39, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 41. But people in South Carolina are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all South Carolina residents was 39.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

4.73%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

4.65%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 4.73% of South Carolina residents were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in South Carolina was 4.65%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    60,790 ± 6,017 people

  2. India

    13,702 ± 2,870 people

  3. China

    10,651 ± 2,531 people

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

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Citizenship

97.3%

2017 Citizenship

97.1%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 97.3% of South Carolina residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in South Carolina was 97.1%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    3.2M ± 2.44k

  2. Black or African American Alone

    1.34M ± 9k

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    286k ± 12.1k

In 2017, there were 2.38 times more White Alone residents (3.2M people) in South Carolina than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.34M Black or African American Alone and 286k 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 South Carolina as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    198,039 speakers (4.3%)

  2. Chinese

    11,894 speakers (0.258%)

  3. German

    11,859 speakers (0.257%)

6.76% of South Carolina citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is lower than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in South Carolina was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 4.3% of the overall population of South Carolina are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 0.258% speak Chinese and 0.257% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    126,824 ± 5,037

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    74,263 ± 5,033

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    57,006 ± 4,439

South Carolina has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.71 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in South Carolina awarded 57,950 degrees. The student population of South Carolina is skewed towards women, with 101,970 male students and 147,583 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in South Carolina are White (37,792 and 66.7%), followed by Black or African American (13,109 and 23.1%), Hispanic or Latino (1,992 and 3.51%), and Two or More Races (1,350 and 2.38%).

The largest universities in South Carolina by number of degrees awarded are University of South Carolina-Columbia (8,921 and 15.4%), Clemson University (5,746 and 9.92%), and Trident Technical College (3,053 and 5.27%).

The most popular majors in South Carolina are Liberal Arts & Sciences (4,387 and 7.57%), General Business Administration & Management (4,066 and 7.02%), and Registered Nursing (2,757 and 4.76%).

The median tuition costs in South Carolina are $22,762 for private four year colleges, and $10,696 and $20,300 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 1,432 degrees awarded

  2. 2,623 degrees awarded

  3. 1,481 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in South Carolina was Registered Nursing with 1,432 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in South Carolina according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 8,921 degrees awarded

  2. 5,746 degrees awarded

  3. 3,053 degrees awarded

$10,696

Median In-State Public

$22,762

Median Private

In 2016, the South Carolina institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of South Carolina-Columbia with 8,921 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

23,304

Degrees Awarded to Men

34,646

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 23,304 men were awarded degrees from institutions in South Carolina, which is 0.673 times less than the 34,646 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the top 5 institutions in South Carolina by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    37,792 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    13,109 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    1,992 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in South Carolina were to White students. These 37,792 degrees mean that there were 2.88 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 13,109 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in South Carolina was $161,800 in 2017, which is 0.744 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $153,900 to $161,800, a 5.13% increase. The homeownership rate in South Carolina is 68.7%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in South Carolina have an average commute time of 23.4 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in South Carolina is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.

$50,570

Median Household Income

± $532

1.91M

Number of Households

± 22,007

In 2017, the median household income of the 1.91M households in South Carolina grew to $50,570 from the previous year's value of $49,501.

The following chart displays the households in South Carolina distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$161,800

2017 Median

± $1,398

$153,900

2016 Median

± $1,435

In 2017, the median property value in South Carolina grew to to $161,800 from the previous year's value of $153,900.

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

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

68.7%

2017 Homeownership

68.6%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 68.7% of the housing units in South Carolina were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 68.6%.

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

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Commute Time

23.4 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in South Carolina have a shorter commute time (23.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 1.85% of the workforce in South Carolina have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    81.8%

  2. Carpooled

    9.49%

  3. Worked At Home

    4.66%

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

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