Union County, SC

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2019 Population
27,490
0.557% 1-year decline
US Senator
Lindsey Graham
Republican Party
US Senator
Tim Scott
Republican Party
2019 Median Age
44
0.457% 1-year increase
2019 Poverty Rate
21.6%
0.427% 1-year decrease
2019 Median Household Income
$41,186
2.66% 1-year growth
2019 Median Property Value
$80,000
3.49% 1-year growth
2019 Employed Population
11,760
1.06% 1-year growth

About

In 2019, Union County, SC had a population of 27.5k people with a median age of 44 and a median household income of $41,186. Between 2018 and 2019 the population of Union County, SC declined from 27,644 to 27,490, a −0.557% decrease and its median household income grew from $40,120 to $41,186, a 2.66% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Union County, SC are White (Non-Hispanic) (64.6%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (30.4%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (3.31%), White (Hispanic) (0.946%), and Black or African American (Hispanic) (0.349%). 0% of the households in Union County, SC speak a non-English language at home as their primary language, and 99.5% of the residents in Union County, SC are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Union County, SC are University of South Carolina-Union (91 degrees awarded in 2019).

In 2019, the median property value in Union County, SC was $80,000, and the homeownership rate was 68.3%. Most people in Union County, SC drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 26.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Union County, SC was 2 cars per household.

COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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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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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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Diversity

Union County, SC is home to a population of 27.5k people, from which 99.5% are citizens. As of 2019, 3.52% of Union County, SC residents were born outside of the country (969 people).

In 2019, there were 2.13 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (17.8k people) in Union County, SC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 8.35k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 910 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Union County, SC
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    17.8k ± 24
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    8.35k ± 261
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    910 ± 266
1.55%
Hispanic Population
427 people

In 2019, there were 2.13 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (17.8k people) in Union County, SC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 8.35k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 910 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

1.55% of the people in Union County, SC are hispanic (427 people).

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

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

3.52%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
969 people
0.619%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
171 people

As of 2019, 3.52% of Union County, SC residents (969 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 34%. In 2018, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Union County, SC was 0.619%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

44
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.4
43
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 5.8

In 2019, the median age of all people in Union County, SC was 44. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 44, were generally older than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 43. But people in Union County, SC are getting getting older. In 2018, the average age of all Union County, SC residents was 44.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    64,736 ± 6,206 people
  2. India
    14,943 ± 2,997 people
  3. Honduras
    11,181 ± 2,593 people

In 2019, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of South Carolina was Mexico, the natal country of 64,736 South Carolina residents, followed by India with 14,943 and Honduras with 11,181.

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Citizenship

99.5%
2019 Citizenship
99.5%
2018 Citizenship

As of 2019, 99.5% of Union County, SC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2018, the percentage of US citizens in Union County, SC was 99.5%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    645 ± 128
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    343 ± 131
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    295 ± 120

Union County, SC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.88 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

Median household income in Union County, SC is $41,186. In 2019, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Union County, SC was Census Tract 305 with a value of $50,188, followed by Census Tract 307 and Census Tract 308, with respective values of $47,801 and $46,294.

Males in South Carolina have an average income that is 1.37 times higher than the average income of females, which is $43,921. The income inequality in South Carolina (measured using the Gini index) is 0.461, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Union County, SC employs 11.8k people. The largest industries in Union County, SC are Manufacturing (2,930 people), Retail Trade (1,832 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1,398 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($60,063), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($57,969), and Public Administration ($43,850).

Wages

Median Household Income

$41,186
2019 value
± $2,716
2.66%
1 Year Growth
± 9.07%

Households in Union County, SC have a median annual income of $41,186, 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 $40,120 in 2018, which represents a 2.66% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$60,300
Average Male Salary in South Carolina
± $1,526
$43,921
Average Female Salary in South Carolina
± $1,088

In 2019, full-time male employees in South Carolina made 1.37 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
    $57,024 ± $9,306
  2. White
    $51,354 ± $1,131
  3. American Indian
    $44,350 ± $16,152

In 2019 the highest paid race/ethnicity of South Carolina workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.11 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in South Carolina.

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

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Union County, SC is from South Carolina.
0.461
2019 Wage GINI in South Carolina
0.462
2018 Wage GINI in South Carolina

In 2019, the income inequality in South Carolina was 0.461 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.211% 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 305
  2. Census Tract 307
  3. Census Tract 308

In 2019, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Union County, SC was Census Tract 305 with a value of $50,188, followed by Census Tract 307 and Census Tract 308, with respective values of $47,801 and $46,294.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Union County, 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

21.6% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Union County, SC (5.83k out of 27k 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 25 - 34, followed by Females < 5 and then Males 45 - 54.

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
    3,438 ± 352
  2. Black
    2,054 ± 270
  3. Two Or More
    335 ± 166

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

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

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

11.8k
2019 Value
± 711
1.06%
1 Year growth
± 8.45%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Union County, SC grew at a rate of 1.06%, from 11.6k employees to 11.8k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Union County, SC, are Production Occupations (1,958 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,371 people), and Material Moving Occupations (1,024 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Union County, SC.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Union County, SC, by number of employees, are Production Occupations (1,958 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,371 people), and Material Moving Occupations (1,024 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Union County, SC has an unusually high number of residents working as Production Occupations (2.94 times higher than expected), Material Moving Occupations (2.34 times), and Health Technologists & Technicians (1.77 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Union County, SC, by median earnings, are Management Occupations ($59,063), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($57,500), and Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($49,844).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

11.8k
2019 Value
± 711
1.06%
1 Year growth
± 8.45%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Union County, SC grew at a rate of 1.06%, from 11.6k employees to 11.8k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Union County, SC, are Manufacturing (2,930 people), Retail Trade (1,832 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1,398 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Union County, SC, though some of these residents may live in Union 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 Union County, SC, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (2,930 people), Retail Trade (1,832 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1,398 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Union County, SC has an unusually high number of Manufacturing (2.49 times higher than expected), Retail Trade (1.4 times), and Utilities (1.34 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Union County, SC, by median earnings, are Utilities ($60,063), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($57,969), and Public Administration ($43,850).

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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 Union County, SC went to Donald J. Trump with 58.4% of the vote. The runner-up was Hillary Rodham Clinton (39.1%), followed by Other (2.5%). 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.
Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Union County, SC
58.4% for the Republican 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 Union County, SC awarded 91 degrees. The student population of Union County, SC is skewed towards women, with 529 male students and 624 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Union County, SC are White (61 and 68.5%), followed by Black or African American (21 and 23.6%), Hispanic or Latino (3 and 3.37%), and Unknown (3 and 3.37%).

The largest universities in Union County, SC by number of degrees awarded are University of South Carolina-Union (91 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Union County, SC are Liberal Arts & Sciences (91 and 100%) and General Studies (0 and 0%).

The median tuition costs in Union 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. 91 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 0 degree-majorss awarded
  3. N/A
    N/A degree-majorss awarded

In 2018, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Union County, SC was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 91 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
91 degrees awarded
$N/A
Median In-State Public
$N/A
Median Private

In 2019, the Union County, SC institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of South Carolina-Union with 91 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

37
Degrees Awarded to Men
54
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2019, 37 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Union County, SC, which is 0.685 times less than the 54 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    61 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    21 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    3 degrees awarded

In 2019 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Union County, SC was White students. These 61 degrees mean that there were 2.9 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 21 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Union County, SC was $80,000 in 2019, which is 0.333 times smaller than the national average of $240,500. Between 2018 and 2019 the median property value increased from $77,300 to $80,000, a 3.49% increase. The homeownership rate in Union County, SC is 68.3%, which is higher than the national average of 64.1%. People in Union County, SC have an average commute time of 26.4 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Union County, SC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$80,000
2019 Median
± $4,769
$77,300
2018 Median
± $6,220

In 2019, the median property value in Union County, SC grew to to $80,000 from the previous year's value of $77,300.

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

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$41,186
Median Household Income
± $2,716
11.4k
Number of Households
± 662

In 2019, the median household income of the 11.4k households in Union County, SC grew to $41,186 from the previous year's value of $40,120.

The following chart displays the households in Union 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 - $15k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800
Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

68.3%
2019 Homeownership
69.3%
2018 Homeownership

In 2019, 68.3% of the housing units in Union County, SC were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 69.3%.

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

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Commute Time

26.4 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Union County, SC have a longer commute time (26.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 2.67% of the workforce in Union County, SC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2019
  1. Drove Alone (86.1%)
  2. Carpooled (9.9%)
  3. Worked At Home (1.87%)

In 2019, 86.1% of workers in Union County, SC drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (9.9%) and those who worked at home (1.87%).

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

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Health

89.5% of the population of Union County, SC has health coverage, with 37.7% on employee plans, 23.5% on Medicaid, 15.8% on Medicare, 11% on non-group plans, and 1.55% 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 Union County, SC see 2284 patients per year on average, which represents a 8.75% decrease from the previous year (2503 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 4553 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1093 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

2,284 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Union County, SC

Primary care physicians in Union County, SC see an average of 2,284 patients per year. This represents a 8.75% decrease from the previous year (2,503 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Union County, SC in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.
State with the Highest Prevalence
  1. 8.26% of the population affected
  2. 8.13% of the population affected
  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.
Most prevalent states
  1. 19.2% of adults
  2. 17.9% of adults
  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$7,311
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in South Carolina
$4,235
Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care
$5,491
Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care
$10,298
Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in South Carolina (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.15%, from $7,020 to $7,311.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

10.5%
Uninsured
37.7%
Employer Coverage
23.5%
Medicaid
15.8%
Medicare
11%
Non-Group
1.55%
Military or VA

Between 2018 and 2019, the percent of uninsured citizens in Union County, SC grew by 8.43% from 9.67% to 10.5%.

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