South Carolina Demographics

Population - Employment - Households - Income / Financial - Housing - Education - Marital Status - Means of Transport to Work

What is the population of South Carolina?

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There are 5,078,903 residents in South Carolina, with a median age of 39.8. Of this, 48.71% are males and 51.29% are females. US-born citizens make up 93.64% of the resident pool in South Carolina, while non-US-born citizens account for 3.45%. Additionally, 2.91% of the population is represented by non-citizens.
A total of 4,343,951 people in South Carolina currently live in the same house as they did last year.
Y-o-Y Change
Total Population 5,078,903 -0.2%
Male Population 2,474,059 0.2%
Female Population 2,604,844 -0.7%
Male population 48.71%
Female population 51.29%
Y-o-Y Change
Median Age 39.8 0.2%
Citizen US Born 4,756,098 -0.3%
Citizen not US Born 175,254 2.7%
Not Citizen 147,551 -0.9%
Citizen US Born 93.64%
Citizen not US Born 3.45%
Not Citizen 2.91%
Y-o-Y Change
Moved from Abroad 20,544 0.6%
Moved from Same County 323,217 -4.4%
Moved from Same State 160,165 -2.4%
Moved from Different State 177,698 2.8%
Same House as Last Year 4,343,951 0.2%
Moved from Abroad 0.41%
Moved from Same County 6.43%
Moved from Same State 3.19%
Moved from Different State 3.54%
Same House as Last Year 86.44%

What are the employment statistics in South Carolina?

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White-collar workers make up 75.17% of the working population in South Carolina, while blue-collar employees account for 24.83%. There are also 222,185 entrepreneurs in South Carolina (9.6% of the workforce); 1,594,896 workers employed in private companies (68.94%); and 346,483 people working in governmental institutions (14.98%).
Y-o-Y Change
White Collar 1,738,959 0.0%
Blue Collar 574,419 0.0%
White Collar 75.17%
Blue Collar 24.83%
Y-o-Y Change
Self Employees 222,185 3.1%
Private Companies 1,594,896 -0.6%
Governmental Workers 346,483 -0.1%
Not for Profit Companies 149,814 2.7%
Self Employees 9.6%
Private Companies 68.94%
Governmental Workers 14.98%
Not for Profit Companies 6.48%

How many households are there in South Carolina?

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There are a total of 1,976,447 households in South Carolina, each made up of around 3 members. Family establishments represent 65.41% of these South Carolina households, while non-family units account for the remaining 34.59%. Additionally, 28.94% of households have children and 71.06% of households are without children.
Y-o-Y Change
Total Households 1,976,447 0.8%
Average People Per Household 3 -0.8%
Family Households 1,292,857 1.0%
Non-family Households 683,590 0.4%
Family Households 65.41%
Non-family Households 34.59%
Y-o-Y Change
Households with Children 571,926 0.7%
Households without Children 1,404,521 0.8%
Households with Children 28.94%
Households without Children 71.06%

What are the median and average incomes in South Carolina?

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The average annual household income in South Carolina is $81,142, while the median household income sits at $58,234 per year. Residents aged 25 to 44 earn $64,281, while those between 45 and 64 years old have a median wage of $67,842. In contrast, people younger than 25 and those older than 65 earn less, at $32,671 and $46,289, respectively.
Y-o-Y Change
Average Household Income $81,142 6.2%
Median Household Income $58,234 6.1%
People below Poverty Level 705,093 -0.8%
People above Poverty Level 4,189,231 0.2%

How many homeowners and renters are there in South Carolina?

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There are 2,325,248 housing units in South Carolina, and the median year in which these properties were built is 1989. Of the 1,976,447 occupied housing units in South Carolina, 70.33% are owner-occupied, while 29.67% have renters living in them.
Meanwhile, properties bought with mortgages account for 57.99% of the units, and the median value of a home with a mortgage is $207,400. In general, housing costs reach $924 per month in South Carolina.
Y-o-Y Change
Housing Units 2,325,248 0.3%
Median Year Built 1989 0.0%
Built in 1939 or Earlier 92,185 0.8%
Built between 1940 and 1949 64,960 -1.9%
Built between 1950 and 1959 149,417 -1.4%
Built between 1960 and 1969 197,863 -2.7%
Built between 1970 and 1979 323,172 -3.7%
Built between 1980 and 1989 359,005 -1.4%
Built between 1990 and 1999 427,479 -3.4%
Built between 2000 and 2009 432,551 -0.8%
Built between 2010 and 2019 270,879 N/A
Built in 2020 or Later 7,737 N/A
Y-o-Y Change
Occupied Housing Units 1,976,447 0.8%
Owner Occupied 1,390,017 1.1%
Renter Occupied 586,430 0.1%
Owner Occupied 70.33%
Renter Occupied 29.67%
Y-o-Y Change
With Mortgage 806,059 1.6%
Without Mortgage 583,958 0.4%
Median Value with Mortgage $207,400 7.9%
Median Value without Mortgage $146,100 8.2%
Median Housing Costs per Month $924 4.9%
With Mortgage 57.99%
Without Mortgage 42.01%

What is the level of education in South Carolina?

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Approximately 37.46% of the population in South Carolina holds a high school degree (that's 1,486,746 residents), while 22.38% have attained a college certificate (1,059,288 locals) and 17.62% have a bachelor's degree (699,167 people).
Y-o-Y Change
No High School 127,316 -5.0%
Some High School 1,486,746 -1.3%
Some College 1,059,288 -1.0%
Associate Degree 372,162 1.2%
Bachelor's Degree 699,167 2.5%
Graduate Degree 395,228 3.4%
No High School 3.21%
Some High School 37.46%
Some College 22.38%
Associate Degree 9.38%
Bachelor's Degree 17.62%
Graduate Degree 9.96%

What is the marital status of South Carolina residents?

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A total of 1,355,778 people in South Carolina have never been married (which represents 32.58% of the total population), while 2,095,413 of them are wedded (50.36%). Separated and divorced residents are in smaller numbers, at 106,438 (2.56%) and 441,257 (10.6%), respectively.
Y-o-Y Change
Never Married 1,355,778 -0.3%
Married 2,095,413 0.4%
Separated 106,438 -4.8%
Widowed 268,627 -3.9%
Divorced 441,257 -1.2%
Never Married 32.58%
Married 50.36%
Separated 2.56%
Widowed 6.46%
Divorced 10.6%

What are the most common means of transportation in South Carolina?

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The top three means of transportation people in South Carolina use to get to work are: car, walking and bus or trolley bus. A total of 2,051,744 residents commute by car, 42,783 prefer going to work by walking and 9,345 by bus or trolley bus.
Y-o-Y Change
Car 2,051,744 -1.6%
Bus or TrolleyBus 9,345 -7.8%
Subway or Elevated 356 N/A
Railroad 381 48.2%
Ferryboat 595 19.7%
Bicycle 4,672 -1.4%
Motorcycle 2,382 -0.3%
TaxiCab 3,535 10.2%
Walk 42,783 -4.7%

Methodology & Disclaimers


Demographic data shown in this section was gathered from the latest U.S. Census Bureau release, the 2021 American Community Survey. The information is updated yearly, as soon as new data is made available by the US Census Bureau.
No representation, guarantee or warranty is made as to the accuracy or completeness of information modified or aggregated for specific neighborhoods and/or zip codes.