U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts: South Carolina
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South Carolina

QuickFacts provides statistics for all states and counties, and for cities and towns with a population of 5,000 or more.


South Carolina
Population estimates, July 1, 2019, (V2019) 5,148,714
Population estimates, July 1, 2019, (V2019) 5,148,714
Population estimates base, April 1, 2010, (V2019) 4,625,366
Population, percent change - April 1, 2010 (estimates base) to July 1, 2019, (V2019) 11.3%
Population, Census, April 1, 2020 5,118,425
Population, Census, April 1, 2010 4,625,364
Age and Sex
Persons under 5 years, percent
Persons under 18 years, percent
Persons 65 years and over, percent
Female persons, percent
Race and Hispanic Origin
White alone, percent
Black or African American alone, percent(a)
American Indian and Alaska Native alone, percent(a)
Asian alone, percent(a)
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone, percent(a)
Two or More Races, percent
Hispanic or Latino, percent(b)
White alone, not Hispanic or Latino, percent
Population Characteristics
Veterans, 2015-2019 365,139
Foreign born persons, percent, 2015-2019 5.0%
Housing units, July 1, 2019, (V2019) 2,351,286
Owner-occupied housing unit rate, 2015-2019 69.4%
Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2015-2019 $162,300
Median selected monthly owner costs -with a mortgage, 2015-2019 $1,246
Median selected monthly owner costs -without a mortgage, 2015-2019 $375
Median gross rent, 2015-2019 $894
Building permits, 2020 42,340
Families & Living Arrangements
Households, 2015-2019 1,921,862
Persons per household, 2015-2019 2.54
Living in same house 1 year ago, percent of persons age 1 year+, 2015-2019 85.7%
Language other than English spoken at home, percent of persons age 5 years+, 2015-2019 7.2%
Computer and Internet Use
Households with a computer, percent, 2015-2019 88.3%
Households with a broadband Internet subscription, percent, 2015-2019 78.2%
High school graduate or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2015-2019 87.5%
Bachelor's degree or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2015-2019 28.1%
With a disability, under age 65 years, percent, 2015-2019 10.2%
Persons without health insurance, under age 65 years, percent
In civilian labor force, total, percent of population age 16 years+, 2015-2019 59.7%
In civilian labor force, female, percent of population age 16 years+, 2015-2019 55.9%
Total accommodation and food services sales, 2012 ($1,000)(c) 9,763,818
Total health care and social assistance receipts/revenue, 2012 ($1,000)(c) 22,941,292
Total manufacturers shipments, 2012 ($1,000)(c) 99,160,840
Total retail sales, 2012 ($1,000)(c) 58,093,824
Total retail sales per capita, 2012(c) $12,298
Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16 years+, 2015-2019 25.0
Income & Poverty
Median household income (in 2019 dollars), 2015-2019 $53,199
Per capita income in past 12 months (in 2019 dollars), 2015-2019 $29,426
Persons in poverty, percent
Total employer establishments, 2019 111,926
Total employment, 2019 1,949,406
Total annual payroll, 2019 ($1,000) 83,500,291
Total employment, percent change, 2018-2019 2.4%
Total nonemployer establishments, 2018 363,971
All firms, 2012 367,726
Men-owned firms, 2012 202,446
Women-owned firms, 2012 131,856
Minority-owned firms, 2012 83,233
Nonminority-owned firms, 2012 276,269
Veteran-owned firms, 2012 47,987
Nonveteran-owned firms, 2012 303,137
Population per square mile, 2010 153.9
Land area in square miles, 2010 30,060.70
FIPS Code 45
Value Notes

    Estimates are not comparable to other geographic levels due to methodology differences that may exist between different data sources.

    Some estimates presented here come from sample data, and thus have sampling errors that may render some apparent differences between geographies statistically indistinguishable. Click the Quick Info icon to the left of each row in TABLE view to learn about sampling error.

    The vintage year (e.g., V2019) refers to the final year of the series (2010 thru 2019). Different vintage years of estimates are not comparable.

    Fact Notes
    • (a)Includes persons reporting only one race
    • (c)Economic Census - Puerto Rico data are not comparable to U.S. Economic Census data
    • (b)Hispanics may be of any race, so also are included in applicable race categories
    Value Flags
    • -Either no or too few sample observations were available to compute an estimate, or a ratio of medians cannot be calculated because one or both of the median estimates falls in the lowest or upper interval of an open ended distribution.
    • FFewer than 25 firms
    • DSuppressed to avoid disclosure of confidential information
    • NData for this geographic area cannot be displayed because the number of sample cases is too small.
    • FNFootnote on this item in place of data
    • XNot applicable
    • SSuppressed; does not meet publication standards
    • NANot available
    • ZValue greater than zero but less than half unit of measure shown

    QuickFacts data are derived from: Population Estimates, American Community Survey, Census of Population and Housing, Current Population Survey, Small Area Health Insurance Estimates, Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates, State and County Housing Unit Estimates, County Business Patterns, Nonemployer Statistics, Economic Census, Survey of Business Owners, Building Permits.

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