Spartanburg, SC

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Population

341,298

2.07% growth

Median Age

38.5


Median Household Income

$51,853

3.55% growth

Poverty Rate

15.9%


Number of Employees

155,913

1.5% growth

Median Property Value

$147,800

13% growth

About

In 2018, Spartanburg, SC had a population of 341k people with a median age of 38.5 and a median household income of $51,853. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of Spartanburg, SC grew from 334,391 to 341,298, a 2.07% increase and its median household income grew from $50,074 to $51,853, a 3.55% increase.

The population of Spartanburg, SC is 67.7% White Alone, 21% Black or African American Alone, and 6.61% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Spartanburg, SC speak a non-English language, and 97.1% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Spartanburg, SC are University of South Carolina-Upstate (1,227 degrees awarded in 2017), Spartanburg Community College (731 degrees), and Wofford College (489 degrees).

The median property value in Spartanburg, SC is $147,800, and the homeownership rate is 70.8%. Most people in Spartanburg, SC commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 22.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Spartanburg, SC is 2 cars per household.

About the photo: One Morgan Square in Downtown Spartanburg

Economy

The economy of Spartanburg, SC employs 156k people. The largest industries in Spartanburg, SC are Manufacturing (32,838 people), Retail Trade (19,355 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (19,172 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($58,693), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($42,648), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($42,195).

Median household income in Spartanburg, SC is $51,853. Males in Spartanburg, SC have an average income that is 1.35 times higher than the average income of females, which is $44,129. The income inequality in Spartanburg, SC (measured using the Gini index) is 0.464, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$51,853

2018 value

± $2,182

3.55%

1 Year Growth

± 5.64%

Households in Spartanburg, SC have a median annual income of $51,853, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $50,074 in 2017, which represents a 3.55% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$59,728

Average Male Salary

± $1,565

$44,129

Average Female Salary

± $1,115

In 2018, full-time male employees in South Carolina made 1.35 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $58,374 ± $10,504

  2. White

    $51,299 ± $1,155

  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $40,072 ± $12,512

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

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 Spartanburg, SC is from South Carolina.

0.464

2018 Wage GINI

0.466

2017 Wage GINI

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

The 2018 the GINI for South Carolina was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in South Carolina in comparison to the national average.

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

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2018, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Spartanburg, SC was Dorchester County, SC with a value of $66,438, followed by Beaufort County, SC and York County, SC, with respective values of $65,607 and $64,319.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

15.9% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Spartanburg, SC (50.3k out of 317k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Males 6 - 11.

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

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    28,816 ± 1,230

  2. Black

    17,111 ± 912

  3. Hispanic

    5,524 ± 588

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

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

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

156k

2018 Value

± 6,820

1.5%

1 Year growth

± 5.94%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Spartanburg, SC grew at a rate of 1.5%, from 154k employees to 156k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Spartanburg, SC, are Production Occupations (19,924 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (17,097 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (16,400 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Spartanburg, SC.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Spartanburg, SC, by number of employees, are Production Occupations (19,924 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (17,097 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (16,400 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Spartanburg, SC has an unusually high number of residents working as Production Occupations (2.34 times higher than expected), Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (1.67 times), and Material Moving Occupations (1.38 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Spartanburg, SC, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($81,573), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($72,443), and Legal Occupations ($65,404).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

156k

2018 Value

± 6,820

1.5%

1 Year growth

± 5.94%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Spartanburg, SC grew at a rate of 1.5%, from 154k employees to 156k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Spartanburg, SC, are Manufacturing (32,838 people), Retail Trade (19,355 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (19,172 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Spartanburg, SC, though some of these residents may live in Spartanburg, 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 Spartanburg, SC, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (32,838 people), Retail Trade (19,355 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (19,172 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Spartanburg, SC has an unusually high number of Manufacturing (2.16 times higher than expected), Management of Companies & Enterprises (2.05 times), and Other Services, Except Public Administration (1.16 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Spartanburg, SC, by median earnings, are Utilities ($58,693), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($42,648), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($42,195).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $17.8B

  2. $17.1B

  3. $12.6B

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

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$178B

2020 Value

$244B

Projected 2045 Value

37% growth

In 2020, total outbound South Carolina trade was $178B. This is expected to increase 37% to $244B by 2045.

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

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Interstate Trade

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $24.2B

  2. $14.4B

  3. $6.22B

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

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

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Health

89.7% of the population of Spartanburg, SC has health coverage, with 45.6% on employee plans, 18.2% on Medicaid, 13.3% on Medicare, 11.3% on non-group plans, and 1.15% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Spartanburg, SC 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

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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).

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

10.3%

Uninsured

45.6%

Employer Coverage

18.2%

Medicaid

13.3%

Medicare

11.3%

Non-Group

1.15%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Spartanburg, SC declined by 2.97% from 10.6% to 10.3%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Spartanburg, 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

Spartanburg, SC is home to a population of 341k people, from which 97.1% are citizens. As of 2017, 5.8% of Spartanburg, SC residents were born outside of the country (19.4k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Spartanburg, SC is composed of 231k White Alone residents (67.7%), 71.8k Black or African American Alone residents (21%), 22.6k Hispanic or Latino residents (6.61%), 8.34k Two or More Races residents (2.44%), 6.73k Asian Alone residents (1.97%), 515 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.151%), 235 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0689%), and 20 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.00586%).

Age

Age by Nativity

38

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.5

44

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 3.3

In 2018, the median age of all people in Spartanburg, SC was 38.5. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 38, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 44. But people in Spartanburg, SC are getting getting younger. In 2017, the average age of all Spartanburg, SC residents was 39.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

5.8%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

19.4k people

5.72%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

18.8k people

As of 2017, 5.8% of Spartanburg, SC residents (19.4k 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 Spartanburg, SC was 5.72%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    62,118 ± 6,082 people

  2. India

    17,415 ± 3,234 people

  3. Germany

    13,326 ± 2,830 people

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

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Citizenship

97.1%

2018 Citizenship

96.8%

2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 97.1% of Spartanburg, SC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in Spartanburg, SC was 96.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    231k ± 46

  2. Black or African American Alone

    71.8k ± 1.68k

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    22.6k ± 3.34k

In 2018, there were 3.22 times more White Alone residents (231k people) in Spartanburg, SC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 71.8k Black or African American Alone and 22.6k 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 Spartanburg, SC as a share of the total population.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    6,536 ± 1,076

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    5,846 ± 1,469

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    2,478 ± 782

Spartanburg, SC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.12 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Spartanburg, SC awarded 3,307 degrees. The student population of Spartanburg, SC is skewed towards women, with 5,989 male students and 10,305 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Spartanburg, SC are White (2,248 and 68.9%), followed by Black or African American (594 and 18.2%), Hispanic or Latino (175 and 5.36%), and Unknown (97 and 2.97%).

The largest universities in Spartanburg, SC by number of degrees awarded are University of South Carolina-Upstate (1,227 and 37.1%), Spartanburg Community College (731 and 22.1%), and Wofford College (489 and 14.8%).

The most popular majors in Spartanburg, SC are Liberal Arts & Sciences (483 and 14.6%), Registered Nursing (362 and 10.9%), and General Business Administration & Management (251 and 7.59%).

The median tuition costs in Spartanburg, SC are $28,595 for private four year colleges, and $11,040 and $22,368 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 130 degrees awarded

  2. 327 degrees awarded

  3. 190 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Spartanburg, SC was General Psychology with 130 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 1,227 degrees awarded

  2. 731 degrees awarded

  3. 489 degrees awarded

$11,040

Median In-State Public

$28,595

Median Private

In 2017, the Spartanburg, SC institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of South Carolina-Upstate with 1,227 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

1,168

Degrees Awarded to Men

2,139

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 1,168 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Spartanburg, SC, which is 0.546 times less than the 2,139 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the top 5 institutions in Spartanburg, SC by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    2,248 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    594 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    175 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Spartanburg, SC were to White students. These 2,248 degrees mean that there were 3.78 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 594 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Spartanburg, SC was $147,800 in 2018, which is 0.643 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $130,800 to $147,800, a 13% increase. The homeownership rate in Spartanburg, SC is 70.8%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Spartanburg, SC have an average commute time of 22.7 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Spartanburg, SC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$147,800

2018 Median

± $6,379

$130,800

2017 Median

± $5,954

In 2018, the median property value in Spartanburg, SC grew to to $147,800 from the previous year's value of $130,800.

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

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Household Income

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$51,853

Median Household Income

± $2,182

128k

Number of Households

± 5,696

In 2018, the median household income of the 128k households in Spartanburg, SC grew to $51,853 from the previous year's value of $50,074.

The following chart displays the households in Spartanburg, 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

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

70.8%

2018 Homeownership

69%

2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 70.8% of the housing units in Spartanburg, SC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 69%.

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

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Commute Time

22.7 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Spartanburg, SC have a shorter commute time (22.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.05% of the workforce in Spartanburg, SC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    83.7%

  2. Carpooled

    10.8%

  3. Worked At Home

    2.85%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Spartanburg, SC was Drove Alone (83.7%), followed by those who Carpooled (10.8%) and those who Worked At Home (2.85%).

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 Spartanburg, SC distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Spartanburg, SC have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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