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South Carolina State Profile

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Population

  • With 4,255,083 residents in 2005, South Carolina is the 25th most populated state in the U.S.
  • The total population of South Carolina grew 6.1 percent from 2000 to 2005 – a growth rate above the U.S. average of 5.3 percent.
  • South Carolina is becoming more diverse. The percentage of Whites is declining while the percentages of Hispanics and Asians are growing.

Distribution (%) of Total Population by Race/Ethnicity from 2000 to 2005
Race/Ethnicity 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
White 66.2% 66.0% 65.9% 65.7% 65.6% 65.5%
Hispanic, Latino 2.4% 2.6% 2.8% 2.9% 3.1% 3.3%
African-American 29.5% 29.4% 29.3% 29.3% 29.2% 29.0%
Native American, AK Native 0.3% 0.3% 0.3% 0.3% 0.3% 0.3%
Asian, Pacific Islander 0.9% 1.0% 1.0% 1.0% 1.1% 1.1%
Two or More Races 0.7% 0.7% 0.7% 0.8% 0.8% 0.8%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Estimates

South Carolina - Cities and Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs)

  • The four largest cities (Metropolitan Areas) in South Carolina are Columbia, Charleston, Greenville, and Spartanburg.
  • Columbia (the Capital of SC) had an estimated population of 689,878 in 2005 – the 70th largest MSA in the U.S.
  • The estimated population in Charleston in 2005 was 594,899 – the 81st largest metropolitan area in the U.S.
  • Greenville was the 83rd largest metropolitan area with 591,251 residents.
  • Spartanburg had 266,809 residents – the 165th largest MSA in the U.S.

South Carolina - Income and Poverty

  • In 2004, South Carolina ranked 44th among the 50 states in personal income per capita ($27,185 per resident).
  • South Carolina’s personal income relative to the U.S. rose from 63 percent in 1960 to 82 percent in 2004 – but remains well below the U.S. average (see below).

Personal Income per Capita in South Carolina as a Percent of the U.S. Average from 1960 to 2004
South Carolina per capita income map
Source: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

  • Among the 50 states, South Carolina has the 10th highest percentage of its total population living in poverty (15.6%) and the 9th highest percentage of children under 18 living in poverty (22.7%) – 2005 American Community Survey.

South Carolina - Educational Attainment

  • In 2005, South Carolina ranked 39th among the 50 states in the percentage of its adults aged 25 to 64 with at least high school diploma (85.3%).
  • South Carolina ranked 40th in the percentage of adults aged 25 to 64 with a bachelor’s degree or higher (24.1%) and 38th in the percentage with a graduate or professional degree (8.1%).
  • Relative to the U.S. average, South Carolina has larger percentages of adults who have less than a high school education and have completed just a high school diploma and smaller percentages with bachelor’s degrees and higher (see below).

Educational Attainment of 25 to 64 Year Olds in 2005 – South Carolina and the U.S. Average
South Carolina education attainment
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2005 American Community Survey

South Carolina - Workforce and Economy

  • In 2005, South Carolina had the 3rd highest unemployment rate of all states – 6.8 percent compared to the U.S. average of 5.1 percent. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • Relative to the U.S. average, South Carolina has a much larger percentage of its workforce employed in construction, production and transportation occupations and smaller percentages employed in all other occupational categories (see below).

Distribution (%) of Employment by Occupation in 2005
Distribution (%) of Employment by Occupation in 2005
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2005 American Community Survey

  • The distribution of employment by industry reveals a similar pattern of employment – with larger percentages of South Carolina’s employment in the manufacturing and construction industries relative to the U.S. average (see below).

Distribution (%) of Employment by Industry in 2005
Distribution (%) of Employment by Industry in 2005
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2005 American Community Survey

  • South Carolina ranked 41st among the 50 states on the Progressive Policy Institute’s 2002 State New Economy Index – an index that measures the degree to which states are structured according to the new “knowledge-based” economy. (Located at: http://www.neweconomyindex.org/states/index.html)

South Carolina - Health and Well-Being

  • 14.7 percent of South Carolina residents do not have health insurance – the 20th highest percentage in the U.S. (2005 Current Population Survey)
  • A quarter (25 percent) of South Carolina residents are overweight enough to be labeled obese – higher than the national average of 23.1 percent (Centers for Disease Control)
  • In South Carolina, 206 per 100,000 residents died of cancer during the years 2000 to 2002 – slightly higher than the U.S. average of 204 per 100,000 residents (Centers for Disease Control).
  • A higher proportion of South Carolina residents (340 of 100,000) died of cardiovascular complications from 2000 to 2002 – higher than the national average of 333 per 100,000 residents (Centers for Disease Control).
  • On the 2005 America’s Health Rankings (United Health Foundation), South Carolina ranked 47th among the states in overall health. The state rankings and measures can be accessed at http://www.unitedhealthfoundation.org/ahr2005.html.

South Carolina - Crime and Corrections

  • In 2004, South Carolina had the highest rate of violent crime among the 50 states (784 incidences per 100,000 residents). The U.S. rate was 466 incidences per 100,000 residents. (FBI, Uniform Crime Reports)
  • In the same year, there were 4,505 incidences of property crime per 100,000 residents in South Carolina – well above the U.S. average of 3,517 (the 5th highest rate among states).
  • South Carolina had the 10th highest incarceration rate per capita in 2004 – with 558 prisoners under federal and state jurisdiction per 100,000 residents. The rate of incarceration in South Carolina was well above the U.S. average from 1980 to 1995 and slightly above the U.S. average in recent years (see below).

Number of Prisoners (Federal and State) Per 100,000 Residents – South Carolina and the U.S. Average
Number of Prisoners (Federal and State) Per 100,000 Residents – South Carolina and the U.S. Average
Sources: U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau

South Carolina Counties

State averages often mask vast disparities within states. For example, the personal income per capita in South Carolina ranges from $17,991 in Allendale County to $36,570 in Beaufort County. Also, the percentage of adults aged 25 to 64 with a bachelor’s degree or higher ranges from 8.1 percent in Marlboro County to 34.2 percent in Richland County (a ratio of nearly 4 to 1).

Therefore, it is important to display regional and county differences. Many of these data are available to MyOnlineMaps.com subscribers at the state and county levels – and can be used to generate state and county maps or to download for research purposes. Furthermore, the “Resources” section of MyonlineMaps.com contains links to these and other valuable data sources.

South Carolina Counties

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