South Carolina

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2020 Population
5.09M
1.41% 1-year growth
US Senator
Lindsey Graham
Republican Party
US Senator
Tim Scott
Republican Party
2020 Median Age
39.7
0.761% 1-year increase
2018 Poverty Rate
16%
3.8% 1-year decrease
2020 Median Household Income
$54,864
3.13% 1-year growth
2020 Median Property Value
$170,100
4.81% 1-year growth
2020 Employed Population
2.22M
1.39% 1-year growth

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In 2020, South Carolina had a population of 5.09M people with a median age of 39.7 and a median household income of $54,864. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of South Carolina grew from 5.02M to 5.09M, a 1.41% increase and its median household income grew from $53,199 to $54,864, a 3.13% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in South Carolina are White (Non-Hispanic) (63.4%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (26.3%), White (Hispanic) (3.07%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.23%), and Other (Hispanic) (1.75%).

7.36% of the households in South Carolina reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

97.1% of the residents in South Carolina are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in South Carolina are University of South Carolina-Columbia (10,191 degrees awarded in 2021), Clemson University (7,601 degrees), and Tri-County Technical College (2,542 degrees).

In 2020, the median property value in South Carolina was $170,100, and the homeownership rate was 70.1%.

Most people in South Carolina drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 25.1 minutes. The average car ownership in South Carolina was 2 cars per household.

South Carolina borders Georgia and North Carolina.

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geosearchPopulation & Diversity

South Carolina is home to a population of 5.09M people, from which 97.1% are citizens. As of 2020, 5.17% of South Carolina residents were born outside of the country (263k people).

In 2020, there were 2.42 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (3.23M people) in South Carolina than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.34M Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 156k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

The most common non-English languages spoken as the primary langauge in households in South Carolina are Spanish (221,714 households), German (12,601 households), and Chinese (Incl. Mandarin, Cantonese) (11,894 households).

Population by Location

Sex
RACE/ETHNICITY

In 2020 there were 5,091,517 residents in South Carolina.

The Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMA) with the highest resident population were Carr 2-Carr 111 PUMA, PR (149,549 people), Carr 2 (Noroeste) PUMA, PR (115,778 people), and Carr 2-Carr 100 PUMA, PR (123,359 people).

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Residents by Gender and Age

RACE/ETHNICITY
2,622,789
Women
51.5%
2,468,728
Men
48.5%

The resident population of United States in 2020 was 5,091,517 inhabitants, with 48.5% men, and 51.5% women.

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Citizenship

97.1%
2020 Citizenship
97.1%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 97.1% of South Carolina residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, 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

The 3 largest ethnic groups in South Carolina
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    3.23M ± 1.87k
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    1.34M ± 3.49k
  3. White (Hispanic)
    156k ± 3.85k
5.83%
Hispanic Population
297k people

In 2020, there were 2.42 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (3.23M people) in South Carolina than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.34M Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 156k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

5.83% of the people in South Carolina are hispanic (297k people).

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    62,463 ± 6,098 people
  2. India
    16,261 ± 3,126 people
  3. Honduras
    12,981 ± 2,794 people

In 2020, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of South Carolina was Mexico, the natal country of 62,463 South Carolina residents, followed by India with 16,261 and Honduras with 12,981.

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Foreign-Born Population

5.17%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
263k people
5.03%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
253k people

As of 2020, 5.17% of South Carolina residents (263k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.5%. In 2019, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in South Carolina was 5.03%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Non-English Households

Most Common Non-English Languages
  1. Spanish
    221,714 households (4.62%)
  2. German
    12,601 households (0.263%)
  3. Chinese (Incl. Mandarin, Cantonese)
    11,894 households (0.248%)

7.36% of the households in South Carolina reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language, which is lower than the national average of 21.5%. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

In 2020, the most common non-English language spoken in households in South Carolina was Spanish. 4.62% of the households in South Carolina reported speaking Spanish at home as the primary shared language between all members living in the household.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    128,745 ± 2,367
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    71,950 ± 1,941
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    56,169 ± 1,940

South Carolina has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.79 times greater than any other conflict.

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briefcaseEconomy

The economy of South Carolina employs 2.22M people. The largest industries in South Carolina are Restaurants & Food Services (161,099 people), Elementary & secondary schools (138,610 people), and Construction (135,915 people), and the highest paying industries are Aerospace products & parts manufacturing ($168,476), Professional & commercial equipment & supplies merchant wholesalers ($96,750), and Not specified metal industries ($95,827).

Males in South Carolina have an average income that is 1.37 times higher than the average income of females, which is $45,267. The income inequality in South Carolina (measured using the Gini index) is 0.462, which is lower than than the national average.

Workforce Diversity

Measure
RACE/ETHNICITY
1,085,069
Women
48.8%
1,137,741
Men
51.2%

The workforce of South Carolina in 2020 was 2,222,810 people, with 48.8% woman, and 51.2% men.

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Workforce and Wage by Location

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RACE/ETHNICITY

In 2020 there were 2,222,810 people working in South Carolina. The Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMA) that concentrated the largest workforce were Carr 2-Carr 111 PUMA, PR (38,236 people), Carr 2 (Noroeste) PUMA, PR (29,220 people), and Carr 2-Carr 100 PUMA, PR (29,330 people).

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Occupations

2.22M
2020 Value
1.39%
1 Year growth
± 1.39%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in South Carolina grew at a rate of 1.39%, from 2.19M employees to 2.22M employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in South Carolina, are Elementary & middle school teachers (56,277 people), Cashiers (55,049 people), and Driver/sales workers & truck drivers (53,585 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of South Carolina.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

2.22M
2020 Value
1.39%
1 Year growth
± 1.39%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in South Carolina grew at a rate of 1.39%, from 2.19M employees to 2.22M employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in South Carolina, are Restaurants & Food Services (161,099 people), Elementary & secondary schools (138,610 people), and Construction (135,915 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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Median Earnings by Industry

$41,246
Median earning men ± $258
$29,974
Median earning women ± $283

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2020 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($59,749), Information ($54,265), and Wholesale Trade ($51,930).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2020 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($39,800), Public Administration ($39,657), and Wholesale Trade ($38,958).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
2.75%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 155M people employed in South Carolina. This represents a 2.75% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 77,258
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 58,596
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 47,922
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services

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Payroll by Industry Sector

The industries with the highest total annual payroll
  1. $109M
    Manufacturing
  2. $56.6M
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  3. $37M
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services

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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. $39.9B
  2. $29.5B
  3. $26.9B

In 2020, the top outbound South Carolina product (by dollars) was Motorized vehicles with $39.9B, followed by Plastics/rubber ($29.5B) and Machinery ($26.9B).

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$273B
2020 Value in South Carolina
$613B
Projected 2050 Value in South Carolina
124% growth

In 2020, total outbound South Carolina trade was $273B. This is expected to increase 124% to $613B by 2050.

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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. $28.9B
  2. $21.4B
  3. $10.9B

In 2020, the top outbound South Carolina domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was North Carolina with $28.9B, followed by Georgia with $21.4B and Texas and $10.9B.

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In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in South Carolina went to Donald J. Trump with 55.1% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (43.4%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.11%).

The most partisan county was Allendale County, SC with 75.6% of the vote going to Joseph R Biden Jr. 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

Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for South Carolina
55.1% for the Republican Party
Most Partisan Counties in South Carolina
  1. 75.6% for Joseph R Biden Jr. (Democratic Party)
  2. 74.6% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 73% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

In the 2020 presidential election, the most partisan county in South Carolina was Allendale County, SC with 75.6% of the vote going to Joseph R Biden Jr. running for the Democratic Party.

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US Senators from South Carolina

Lindsey Graham
Senator from South Carolina2
Assumed office on January 3, 2003
Tim Scott
Senator from South Carolina3
Assumed office on January 2, 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.

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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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learningEducation

In 2021, universities in South Carolina awarded 60,506 degrees. The student population of South Carolina in 2021 is skewed towards women, with 188,300 male students and 288,242 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in South Carolina are White (39,882 and 67.6%), followed by Black or African American (11,603 and 19.7%), Hispanic or Latino (2,914 and 4.94%), and Two or More Races (1,956 and 3.32%).

The largest universities in South Carolina by number of degrees awarded are University of South Carolina-Columbia (10,191 and 16.8%), Clemson University (7,601 and 12.6%), and Tri-County Technical College (2,542 and 4.2%).

The most popular majors in South Carolina are Liberal Arts & Sciences (6,181 and 10.2%), General Business Administration & Management (3,507 and 5.8%), and Registered Nursing (2,852 and 4.71%).

The median tuition costs in South Carolina are $22,470 for private four year colleges, and $10,954 and $24,962 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2021 in South Carolina, the percentage of applicants admitted was 65.6%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 21%. The number of students enrolled in 2021 was 476,542 (39.5% men and 60.5% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2021 there were 476,542 students enrolled in South Carolina, 39.5% men and 60.5% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 290,262 records, of which 58.9% were women and 41.1% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 1,603 degree-majors awarded
  2. 2,102 degree-majors awarded
  3. 1,605 degree-majors awarded

In 2021, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in South Carolina was General Biological Sciences with 1,603 degrees awarded.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 10,191 degrees awarded
  2. 7,601 degrees awarded
  3. 2,542 degrees awarded

In 2021, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of South Carolina-Columbia with 10,191 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2021, 23,908 men were awarded degrees from institutions in South Carolina, which is 0.653 times less than the 36,598 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2021 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 39,882 degrees mean that there were 3.44 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 11,603 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($22,470) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2021.

Private for-profit, 2-year ($1,800) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2021.

Public, 2-year ($1,500) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

Measure

In 2020, 0.763% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.689% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population of South Carolina in 2020 were High School or Equivalent (1.19M), Some college (911k), and Bachelors Degree (677k).

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homeHousing & Living

The median property value in South Carolina was $170,100 in 2020, which is 0.74 times smaller than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $162,300 to $170,100, a 4.81% increase. The homeownership rate in South Carolina is 70.1%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.4%.

People in South Carolina have an average commute time of 25.1 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in South Carolina is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in South Carolina is $54,864. In 2020, the county with the highest Median Household Income in South Carolina was Beaufort County, SC with a value of $71,430, followed by York County, SC and Charleston County, SC, with respective values of $68,555 and $67,182.

In 2022, 14.3% of the population was living with severe housing problems in South Carolina. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 0.972%.

Property

$170,100
Median Property Value 2020
±$818
$1.38M
Median Property Taxes
±$9,308

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units 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

70.1%
Homeownership
2020
68.8%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2020

In 2020, 70.1% of the housing units in South Carolina were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 69.4%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2020, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in South Carolina was Beaufort County, SC with a value of $71,430, followed by York County, SC and Charleston County, SC, with respective values of $68,555 and $67,182.

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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.
$54,864
Median Household Income
± $343
1.96M
Number of Households
± 11,864

In 2020, the median household income of the 1.96M households in South Carolina grew to $54,864 from the previous year's value of $53,199.

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Wage Distribution

0.462
2020 Wage GINI in South Carolina
0.461
2019 Wage GINI in South Carolina

In 2020, the income inequality in South Carolina was 0.462 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.305% growth from 2019 to 2020, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less 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.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2018
  1. Drove Alone (82.4%)
  2. Carpooled (9.4%)
  3. Worked At Home (4.15%)

In 2018, 82.4% of workers in South Carolina drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (9.4%) and those who worked at home (4.15%).

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Commute Time

25.1 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in South Carolina have a shorter commute time (25.1 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 2% of the workforce in South Carolina have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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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.

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2022, 14.3% of the population was living with severe housing problems in South Carolina. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 0.972%.

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Poverty & Diversity

16% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in South Carolina (771k out of 4.81M people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.8%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females 55 - 64.

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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Children in Poverty

In 2022, 18.7% of the children was living in poverty in South Carolina. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 8.1%.

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Crimes & Accidents

Indicator

In 2022, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 500 in South Carolina. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 115 per 100,000 population.

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89.6% of the population of South Carolina has health coverage, with 43.6% on employee plans, 16% on Medicaid, 13% on Medicare, 14.5% on non-group plans, and 2.53% 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 South Carolina see 1485 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.602% decrease from the previous year (1494 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1768 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 524 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,485 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in South Carolina

Primary care physicians in South Carolina see an average of 1,485 patients per year. This represents a 0.602% decrease from the previous year (1,494 patients).

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Health Care Diversity

In 2020, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 23.5% under 18 years, 20.5% between 18 and 34 years, 38.3% between 35 and 64 years, and 17.7% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 47.2% were men and 52.8% were women.

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Uninsured People

10.4%
Uninsured
43.6%
Employer Coverage
16%
Medicaid
13%
Medicare
14.5%
Non-Group
2.53%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in South Carolina declined by 0.706% from 10.5% to 10.4%.

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Health Outcomes

Indicator

In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 59 in South Carolina.

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Health Behaviors

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 35.5% in South Carolina.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 13.2% in South Carolina.

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