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United States; South Carolina

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Table

United States
South Carolina
Population Estimates, July 1 2021, (V2021)
331,893,745
5,190,705
People
Population
Population Estimates, July 1 2021, (V2021)
331,893,745
5,190,705
Population estimates base, April 1, 2020, (V2021)
331,449,281
5,118,425
Population, percent change - April 1, 2020 (estimates base) to July 1, 2021, (V2021)
0.1%
1.4%
Population, Census, April 1, 2020 331,449,281 5,118,425
Population, Census, April 1, 2010 308,745,538 4,625,364
Age and Sex
Persons under 5 years, percent
5.7%
5.5%
Persons under 18 years, percent
22.2%
21.5%
Persons 65 years and over, percent
16.8%
18.6%
Female persons, percent
50.5%
51.4%
Race and Hispanic Origin
White alone, percent
75.8%
68.6%
Black or African American alone, percent(a)
13.6%
26.7%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone, percent(a)
1.3%
0.6%
Asian alone, percent(a)
6.1%
1.9%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone, percent(a)
0.3%
0.1%
Two or More Races, percent
2.9%
2.1%
Hispanic or Latino, percent(b)
18.9%
6.4%
White alone, not Hispanic or Latino, percent
59.3%
63.4%
Population Characteristics
Veterans, 2016-2020 17,835,456 360,355
Foreign born persons, percent, 2016-2020 13.5% 5.2%
Housing
Housing units, July 1, 2021, (V2021) 142,153,010 2,395,943
Owner-occupied housing unit rate, 2016-2020 64.4% 70.1%
Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2016-2020 $229,800 $170,100
Median selected monthly owner costs -with a mortgage, 2016-2020 $1,621 $1,265
Median selected monthly owner costs -without a mortgage, 2016-2020 $509 $377
Median gross rent, 2016-2020 $1,096 $918
Building permits, 2021 1,736,982 50,680
Families & Living Arrangements
Households, 2016-2020 122,354,219 1,961,481
Persons per household, 2016-2020 2.60 2.53
Living in same house 1 year ago, percent of persons age 1 year+, 2016-2020 86.2% 86.2%
Language other than English spoken at home, percent of persons age 5 years+, 2016-2020 21.5% 7.4%
Computer and Internet Use
Households with a computer, percent, 2016-2020 91.9% 90.2%
Households with a broadband Internet subscription, percent, 2016-2020 85.2% 81.2%
Education
High school graduate or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2016-2020 88.5% 88.3%
Bachelor's degree or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2016-2020 32.9% 29.0%
Health
With a disability, under age 65 years, percent, 2016-2020 8.7% 10.2%
Persons without health insurance, under age 65 years, percent
10.2%
12.8%
Economy
In civilian labor force, total, percent of population age 16 years+, 2016-2020 63.0% 59.5%
In civilian labor force, female, percent of population age 16 years+, 2016-2020 58.4% 55.9%
Total accommodation and food services sales, 2017 ($1,000)(c) 938,237,077 13,384,956
Total health care and social assistance receipts/revenue, 2017 ($1,000)(c) 2,527,903,275 29,454,871
Total transportation and warehousing receipts/revenue, 2017 ($1,000)(c) 895,225,411 7,567,557
Total retail sales, 2017 ($1,000)(c) 4,949,601,481 69,980,063
Total retail sales per capita, 2017(c) $15,224 $13,921
Transportation
Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16 years+, 2016-2020 26.9 25.1
Income & Poverty
Median household income (in 2020 dollars), 2016-2020 $64,994 $54,864
Per capita income in past 12 months (in 2020 dollars), 2016-2020 $35,384 $30,727
Persons in poverty, percent
11.4%
13.8%
Businesses
Businesses
Total employer establishments, 2020 8,000,178 113,383
Total employment, 2020 134,163,349 1,986,776
Total annual payroll, 2020 ($1,000) 7,564,809,878 86,816,865
Total employment, percent change, 2019-2020 0.9% 1.9%
Total nonemployer establishments, 2019 27,104,006 380,729
All employer firms, Reference year 2017 5,744,643 76,687
Men-owned employer firms, Reference year 2017 3,480,438 47,619
Women-owned employer firms, Reference year 2017 1,134,549 14,249
Minority-owned employer firms, Reference year 2017 1,014,958 8,254
Nonminority-owned employer firms, Reference year 2017 4,371,152 62,728
Veteran-owned employer firms, Reference year 2017 351,237 7,123
Nonveteran-owned employer firms, Reference year 2017 4,968,606 61,908
Geography
Geography
Population per square mile, 2020 93.8 170.3
Population per square mile, 2010 87.4 153.9
Land area in square miles, 2020 3,533,038.28 30,064.28
Land area in square miles, 2010 3,531,905.43 30,060.70
FIPS Code 1 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., V2021) refers to the final year of the series (2020 thru 2021). Different vintage years of estimates are not comparable.

Users should exercise caution when comparing 2016-2020 ACS 5-year estimates to other ACS estimates. For more information, please visit the 2020 5-year ACS Comparison Guidance page.

Fact Notes Value Flags

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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