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Population
  2010 2019
Population 4,625,364 5,148,714
Rank 24 23
Median Age 37.9 39.9
   
Total 8 year-olds 59,031 61,600
Boys 30,035 31,393
Girls 28,996 30,207
Total 9 year-olds 60,677 62,654
Boys 30,835 31,651
Girls 29,842 31,003
Total 10 year-olds 61,796 64,002
Boys 31,414 32,392
Girls 30,382 31,610
Total 11 year-olds 59,474 65,498
Boys 30,315 33,128
Girls 29,159 32,370
Total 12 year-olds 59,009 66,430
Boys 30,397 33,800
Girls 28,612 32,630
Total 13 year-olds 58,315 64,545
Boys 29,920 32,781
Girls 28,395 31,764
Total 14 year-olds 58,692 63,465
Boys 30,120 32,342
Girls 28,572 31,123
 
How People Get to Work: 2010 2019
Drive Alone 82.9% 82.1%
Car Pool 9.3% 8.6%
Public Transportation 0.5% 0.6%
Work at Home 3.7% 5.1%
 
Computer and Internet Use: 2019
Homes with a Computer 92.0%

Geography
  2010
Capital Columbia
Largest City Columbia
Second Largest City Charleston
Persons Per Square Mile 153.9

Business
  2010 2018
Dentist Offices 1,482 1,671
Amusement Parks 13 9
Fast-Food Restaurants 3,388 3,786
Toy Stores 102 124
Video/Disc Rental Stores 167 16
Zoos & Botanical Gardens 8 11
Candy & Nut Stores 26 30
Pet & Pet Supply Stores 104 142
Ice Cream & Frozen Dessert Makers 5 NA

Note: As is the case with all surveys, statistics from sample surveys are subject to sampling and nonsampling error.

A value of NA indicates that there is no data for that time period, due to there being less than three establishments. A value of X indicates that data are not applicable for the current region.

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History

  • Date of Statehood: May 23, 1788
  • Population 1800: 345,591
  • Population 1860: 668,507
  • Population 1900: 1,340,316
  • Population 1950: 2,117,027
  • Population 2000: 4,012,012
  • Population 2010: 4,625,364

I never knew that! *

  • Nickname : Palmetto State
  • Flower : Carolina Yellow Jessamine
  • Tree : Palmetto
  • Bird : Great Carolina Wren
  • Dance : The Shag
  • Snack : Boiled Peanuts
  • Fruit : Peach
  • Dog : Boykin Spaniel

Who told you this stuff?

The U.S. Census Bureau takes a census of the population every 10 years, and censuses of economic activity and governments every five years. And every year, the Census Bureau conducts more than 100 other surveys. Data on this page come from the 2010 Census, the American Community Survey, Population Estimates, County Business Patterns, and Puerto Rico Community Survey.

How are these data collected?

The U.S. Census Bureau sends questionnaires in the mail or contacts businesses and households to participate in its surveys.

* State and Island Area symbol information was obtained from various non-Census Bureau resources including state web sites, educational web sites, and commercial entities.

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