Situation & Outlook Demographic-Economic Narrative Profile
Geographic area: South Carolina

Created 11/21/2012. Next update 12/21/2012. [S&O Profiles & Reports] [Narrative Profile Main] [Notes section]

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1. Population. The South Carolina total population increased from 4,012,012 (2000) to 4,679,230 (2011) -- a change of 667,218 ( 16.63%). The median age increased from 35.4 (2000) to 38.0 (2011). The population ages 5-to-17 changed from 744,962 (2000) to 779,292 (2011) -- a change of 34,330 ( 4.61%).

  Population by Gender/AgeCensus 2000ACS 2011Change
ItemValuePercentValuePercentValuePercent
Total Population 4,012,012 100.0 4,679,230 100.0 667,218 16.6
  Male 1,948,929 48.6 2,274,282 48.6 325,353 16.7
  Female 2,063,083 51.4 2,404,948 51.4 341,865 16.6
  Under 5 years 264,679 6.6 302,721 6.5 38,042 14.4
  5 to 9 years 285,243 7.1 300,725 6.4 15,482 5.4
  10 to 14 years 290,479 7.2 299,636 6.4 9,157 3.2
  15 to 19 years 295,377 7.4 326,831 7.0 31,454 10.6
  20 to 24 years 281,714 7.0 338,785 7.2 57,071 20.3
  25 to 34 years 560,831 14.0 590,872 12.6 30,041 5.4
  35 to 44 years 625,124 15.6 605,218 12.9 -19,906 -3.2
  45 to 54 years 550,321 13.7 651,098 13.9 100,777 18.3
  55 to 59 years 206,762 5.2 310,751 6.6 103,989 50.3
  60 to 64 years 166,149 4.1 297,706 6.4 131,557 79.2
  65 to 74 years 270,048 6.7 384,726 8.2 114,678 42.5
  75 to 84 years 165,016 4.1 200,396 4.3 35,380 21.4
  85 years and over 50,269 1.3 69,765 1.5 19,496 38.8
  Median age 35.4... 38.0... 2.6 7.3

Census 2010 Population by 5-Year Age Group & Gender with Population Pyramid [
ranking table ... population pyramids]
Age Male Male% Female Female%
  0- 4153,4323.3148,8653.2
  5- 9150,3013.2145,5523.1
  10-14152,1663.3145,1203.1
  15-19168,2503.6160,7393.5
  20-24168,5463.6163,9483.5
  25-29151,6203.3152,7583.3
  30-34142,8813.1144,7973.1
  35-39145,9053.2150,7773.3
  40-44149,3193.2155,2913.4
  45-49161,8483.5170,9183.7
  50-54156,9073.4169,7553.7
  55-59142,6823.1160,5583.5
  60-64132,7622.9147,7933.2
  65-69101,7272.2113,8342.5
  70-7470,3401.583,1421.8
  75-7949,2941.163,9541.4
  80-8430,7100.748,1561.0
  85+ 21,4110.549,3061.1

2. Race/Origin. Among major race groups, the Asian population increased from 36,014 (2000) to 63,356 (2011) -- a change of 27,342 ( 75.92%). Among 'race alone or in combination with other race(s),' the Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander population changed from 3,778 (2000) to 6,077 (2011) -- a change of 2,299 ( 60.85%).

  Population by Race/OriginCensus 2000ACS 2011Change
ItemValuePercentValuePercentValuePercent
Total Population 4,012,012 100.0 4,679,230 100.0 667,218 16.6
One Race 3,972,062 99.0 4,594,839 98.2 622,777 15.7
  White 2,695,560 67.2 3,135,216 67.0 439,656 16.3
  Black or African American 1,185,216 29.5 1,305,093 27.9 119,877 10.1
  American Indian and Alaska Native 13,718 0.3 13,244 0.3 -474 -3.5
  Asian 36,014 0.9 63,356 1.4 27,342 75.9
    Asian Indian 8,356 0.2 14,707 0.3 6,351 76.0
    Chinese 5,967 0.1 10,173 0.2 4,206 70.5
    Filipino 6,423 0.2 12,788 0.3 6,365 99.1
    Japanese 2,448 0.1 3,590 0.1 1,142 46.7
    Korean 3,665 0.1 6,197 0.1 2,532 69.1
    Vietnamese 4,248 0.1 6,696 0.1 2,448 57.6
    Other Asian 4,907 0.1 9,205 0.2 4,298 87.6
  Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 1,628 0.0 2,042 0.0 414 25.4
    Native Hawaiian 391 0.0 -1 0.0 -392 -100.3
    Guamanian or Chamorro 489 0.0 -1 0.0 -490 -100.2
    Samoan 277 0.0 -1 0.0 -278 -100.4
    Other Pacific Islander 471 0.0 -1 0.0 -472 -100.2
  Some other race 39,926 1.0 75,888 1.6 35,962 90.1
Two or more races 39,950 1.0 84,391 1.8 44,441 111.2
Race alone or in comb. with one or more other races      
  White 2,727,208 68.0 3,207,551 68.5 480,343 17.6
  Black or African American 1,200,901 29.9 1,350,958 28.9 150,057 12.5
  American Indian and Alaska Native 27,456 0.7 41,839 0.9 14,383 52.4
  Asian 44,931 1.1 77,233 1.7 32,302 71.9
  Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 3,778 0.1 6,077 0.1 2,299 60.9
  Some other race 51,346 1.3 84,956 1.8 33,610 65.5
Hispanic 95,076 2.4 241,008 5.2 145,932 153.5

3. Households and Families. The number of households (occupied housing units) increased from 1,533,854 (2000) to 1,768,834 (2011) -- a change of 234,980 ( 15.32%). The number of families increased from 1,072,822 (2000) to 1,201,688 (2011) -- a change of 128,866 ( 12.01%).

  Households and FamiliesCensus 2000ACS 2011Change
ItemValuePercentValuePercentValuePercent
Total households 1,533,854 100.0 1,768,834 100.0 234,980 15.3
  Family households (families) 1,072,822 69.9 1,201,688 67.9 128,866 12.0
    Married-couple family 783,142 51.1 855,034 48.3 71,892 9.2
  Nonfamily households 461,032 30.1 567,146 32.1 106,114 23.0
    Householder living alone 383,142 25.0 483,491 27.3 100,349 26.2
      Householder 65 years and over 132,302 8.6 167,971 9.5 35,669 27.0

4. Educational Attainment. The number of high school graduates increased from 778,054 (2000) to 955,509 (2011) -- a change of 177,455 ( 22.81%).

  Educational AttainmentCensus 2000ACS 2011Change
ItemValuePercentValuePercentValuePercent
Population 25 years and over 2,596,010 100.0 3,110,532 100.0 514,522 19.8
  Less than 9th grade 215,776 8.3 173,282 5.6 -42,494 -19.7
  9th to 12th grade, no diploma 398,503 15.4 319,721 10.3 -78,782 -19.8
  High school graduate (includes equivalency) 778,054 30.0 955,509 30.7 177,455 22.8
  Some college, no degree 500,194 19.3 647,172 20.8 146,978 29.4
  Associate's degree 173,428 6.7 266,173 8.6 92,745 53.5
  Bachelor's degree 351,526 13.5 486,569 15.6 135,043 38.4
  Graduate or professional degree 178,529 6.9 262,106 8.4 83,577 46.8
  Percent high school graduate or higher... 76.3... 84.2 7.9 10.4
  Percent bachelor's degree or higher... 20.4... 24.1 3.7 18.1

5. School Enrollment. Total school enrollment for population 3 years and over increased from 1,053,152 (2000) to 1,199,462 (2011) -- a change of 146,310 ( 13.89%).

  School EnrollmentCensus 2000ACS 2011Change
ItemValuePercentValuePercentValuePercent
Population 3 years and over enrolled in school 1,053,152 100.0 1,199,462 100.0 146,310 13.9
  Nursery school, preschool 68,727 6.5 64,773 5.4 -3,954 -5.8
  Kindergarten 62,867 6.0 75,316 6.3 12,449 19.8
  Elementary school (grades 1-8) 474,360 45.0 479,004 39.9 4,644 1.0
  High school (grades 9-12) 230,359 21.9 250,915 20.9 20,556 8.9
  College or graduate school 216,839 20.6 329,454 27.5 112,615 51.9

6. Language. The population 5 years and over who spoke a language other than English at home, but spoke English less than "very well," increased from 82,279 (2000) to 119,615 (2011) -- a change of 37,336 ( 45.38%).

  Language Spoken at HomeCensus 2000ACS 2011Change
ItemValuePercentValuePercentValuePercent
Population 5 years and over 3,748,669 100.0 4,376,509 100.0 627,840 16.7
  English only 3,552,240 94.8 4,087,505 93.4 535,265 15.1
  Language other than English 196,429 5.2 289,004 6.6 92,575 47.1
    Speak English less than "very well" 82,279 2.2 119,615 2.7 37,336 45.4
  Spanish 110,030 2.9 187,394 4.3 77,364 70.3
    Speak English less than "very well" 53,604 1.4 88,217 2.0 34,613 64.6
  Other Indo-European languages 55,116 1.5 56,306 1.3 1,190 2.2
    Speak English less than "very well" 14,485 0.4 11,970 0.3 -2,515 -17.4
  Asian and Pacific Islander languages 25,534 0.7 38,682 0.9 13,148 51.5
    Speak English less than "very well" 12,489 0.3 17,618 0.4 5,129 41.1

7. Employment. Total employment (civilian labor force) for population 16 years and over increased from 1,824,700 (2000) to 1,968,925 (2011) -- a change of 144,225 ( 7.90%).

  Labor Force StatusCensus 2000ACS 2011Change
ItemValuePercentValuePercentValuePercent
Population 16 years and over 3,114,016 100.0 3,715,023 100.0 601,007 19.3
  In labor force 1,974,222 63.4 2,268,934 61.1 294,712 14.9
    Civilian labor force 1,938,195 62.2 2,235,219 60.2 297,024 15.3
      Employed 1,824,700 58.6 1,968,925 53.0 144,225 7.9
      Unemployed 113,495 3.6 266,294 7.2 152,799 134.6
      Percent of civilian labor force... 5.9... 11.9 6.0 101.7
    Armed Forces 36,027 1.2 33,715 0.9 -2,312 -6.4
  Not in labor force 1,139,794 36.6 1,446,089 38.9 306,295 26.9

  Employment by IndustryCensus 2000ACS 2011Change
ItemValuePercentValuePercentValuePercent
Civilian employed population 16 years and over 1,824,700 100.0 1,968,925 100.0 144,225 7.9
  Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and mining 20,785 1.1 23,028 1.2 2,243 10.8
  Construction 150,608 8.3 131,243 6.7 -19,365 -12.9
  Manufacturing 354,386 19.4 277,403 14.1 -76,983 -21.7
  Wholesale trade 60,503 3.3 49,473 2.5 -11,030 -18.2
  Retail trade 217,604 11.9 248,981 12.6 31,377 14.4
  Transportation and warehousing,and utilities 91,698 5.0 93,849 4.8 2,151 2.3
  Information 38,554 2.1 32,036 1.6 -6,518 -16.9
  Finance, insurance, real estate, and rental and leasing 102,764 5.6 111,989 5.7 9,225 9.0
  Prof, scientific, mgmt, admin & waste mgmt services 125,514 6.9 178,424 9.1 52,910 42.2
  Educational, health and social services 339,708 18.6 425,071 21.6 85,363 25.1
  Arts, entertainment, recreation, accom & food services 151,099 8.3 194,432 9.9 43,333 28.7
  Other services (except public administration) 85,794 4.7 100,196 5.1 14,402 16.8
  Public administration 85,683 4.7 102,800 5.2 17,117 20.0

Monthly Labor Force Characteristics. The total employment (civilian labor force) for population 16 years and over decreased from 2,153,627 (May 2012) to 2,137,825 (Oct 2012) -- a change of -15,802 ( -0.7%).

  Monthly Labor Force Characteristics
Item (seasonally adjusted)May 2012Jun 2012Jul 2012Aug 2012Sep 2012Oct 2012
Civilian Labor Force2,153,6272,150,4662,143,9042,131,6882,133,9342,137,825
  Employed1,957,3271,948,0321,936,9421,926,6971,940,0961,954,801
  Unemployed196,300202,434206,962204,991193,838183,024
  Unemployment rate 9.1 9.4 9.7 9.6 9.1 8.6

8. Commuting to Work. In 2000, the mean travel time to work was 24.3 minutes for workers 16 years and over ( 1,822,969). In 2011, the mean travel time to work was 23.6 minutes for workers 16 years and over ( 1,957,707).

9. Geographic Mobility. In 2000, 44.05% ( 1,651,476) of the population 5 years and over ( 3,748,669) lived in a different house than in 1995. In 2011, 15.67% ( 724,475) of the population 1 year and over ( 4,624,180) lived in a different house than in 2010. There are no 5 year earlier place of residence data for 2011.

10. Income. The median household income increased from $37,082 (2000) to $42,367 (2011) -- a change of $5,285 ( 14.25%). The per capita income increased from $18,795 (2000) to $22,598 (2011) -- a change of $3,803 ( 20.23%).

Household income recent change: 2010 to 2011. The median household income decreased from $43,311 (2010) to $42,367 (2011) -- a change of ($944) ( -2.18%). The Gini Index measure of income inequality changed from 0.461 (2010) to 0.465 (2011) -- a change of 0.004 ( 0.868%). See related details:
http://proximityone.com/statetrends_income.htm.

  Household IncomeCensus 2000ACS 2011Change
ItemValuePercentValuePercentValuePercent
Total Households 1,534,334 100.0 1,768,834 100.0 234,500 15.3
  Less than $10,000 181,777 11.8 171,594 9.7 -10,183 -5.6
  $10,000 to $14,999 106,693 7.0 126,149 7.1 19,456 18.2
  $15,000 to $24,999 220,065 14.3 233,002 13.2 12,937 5.9
  $25,000 to $34,999 213,504 13.9 209,418 11.8 -4,086 -1.9
  $35,000 to $49,999 269,559 17.6 263,444 14.9 -6,115 -2.3
  $50,000 to $74,999 288,757 18.8 321,389 18.2 32,632 11.3
  $75,000 to $99,999 129,518 8.4 181,831 10.3 52,313 40.4
  $100,000 to $149,999 81,624 5.3 172,406 9.7 90,782 111.2
  $150,000 to $199,999 19,873 1.3 49,613 2.8 29,740 149.7
  $200,000 or more 22,964 1.5 39,988 2.3 17,024 74.1
  Median household income (dollars) 37,082... 42,367... 5,285 14.3
  Median family income (dollars) 44,227... 52,240... 8,013 18.1
  Per capita income (dollars) 18,795... 22,598... 3,803 20.2

Personal Income. Total personal income increased from $156,412M (2011Q2) to $161,344M (2012Q2) -- a change of $4,932M ( 3.2%). Per capita personal income increased from $33,736 (2011Q2) to $34,481 (2012Q2) -- a change of $1,373 ( 4.1%).

  Personal Income by Component
Item ($ millions; seasonally adjusted)2011Q12011Q22011Q32011Q42012Q12012Q2
Personal income 155,078156,412156,524156,909159,652161,344
  Nonfarm personal income 10.1/ 154,757156,120156,259156,661159,236160,957
  Farm income 10.2/ 321293266248416387
Derivation of personal income       
Earnings by place of work 105,678106,888107,113107,317109,489110,454
  Less: cont. for govt social insurance 10.3/ 11,16311,35511,40811,45311,68911,774
  Employee & self-empl. cont. for govt social insurance 5,1925,2605,2625,2785,3465,386
  Employer cont. for government social insurance 5,9706,0956,1466,1756,3436,388
  Plus: Adjustment for residence 10.4/ 2,4482,4422,4612,4492,5262,546
  Equals: Net earnings by place of residence 96,96497,97598,16698,314100,326101,225
  Plus: Dividends, interest, and rent 10.5/ 21,73022,13522,21122,35122,65523,184
  Plus: Personal current transfer receipts 36,38436,30236,14736,24436,67136,935
Components of earnings by place of work       
Wage and salary disbursements 75,69176,49776,53476,57178,04478,754
Supplements to wages and salaries 20,08520,42120,60420,73421,00921,181
  Employer cont. for employee pensions & insurance 14,11414,32614,45814,55914,66514,793
  Employer cont. for government social insurance 5,9706,0956,1466,1756,3436,388
Proprietors' income 10.6/ 9,9029,9709,97510,01210,43710,518
  Farm proprietors' income 176146119100226221
  Nonfarm proprietors' income 9,7269,8249,8569,91210,21110,297
Per Capita Personal Income (dollars) 33,44933,73633,76033,84334,11934,481

11. Poverty. The percent families in poverty changed from 10.74 (2000) to 14.30 (2011). The percent individuals in poverty changed from 14.11 (2000) to 18.90 (2011).

12. Health Insurance. In 2011, the civilian noninstitutionalized population ( 4,579,231) with health insurance was 3,812,927. Of those with health insurance, 2,862,292 had private health insurance and 1,489,467 had public health insurance. Corresponding data for 2000 are not available.

13. Disability. In 2000, 22.20% ( 810,857) of the civilian noninstitutionalized population 5 years and over ( 3,652,809) had a disability. In 2011, 13.78% ( 630,828) of the civilian noninstitutionalized population ( 4,579,231) had a disability. Note that the tabulation universes vary between 2000 and 2011.

14. Housing Units & Tenure. The total number of housing units increased changed from 1,753,670 (2000) to 2,157,063 (2011) -- a change of 403,393 ( 23.00%).

  Housing Occupancy/Vacancy & TenureCensus 2000ACS 2011Change
ItemValuePercentValuePercentValuePercent
Total housing units 1,753,670 100.0 2,157,063 100.0 403,393 23.0
  Occupied housing units 1,533,854 87.5 1,768,834 82.0 234,980 15.3
    Owner-occupied housing units 1,107,617 63.2 1,223,474 56.7 115,857 10.5
    Renter-occupied housing units 426,237 24.3 545,360 25.3 119,123 27.9
  Vacant housing units 219,816 12.5 388,229 18.0 168,413 76.6

15. Housing Value. The median housing value changed from $94,900 (2000) to $136,000 (2011) -- a change of $41,100 ( 43.31%).

  Housing ValueCensus 2000ACS 2011Change
ItemValuePercentValuePercentValuePercent
Owner-Occupied Housing Units by Value 1,107,617 100.0 1,223,474 100.0 115,857 10.5
  Less than $50,000 103,516 9.3 178,667 14.6 75,151 72.6
  $50,000 to $99,999 320,410 28.9 250,489 20.5 -69,921 -21.8
  $100,000 to $149,999 173,497 15.7 246,673 20.2 73,176 42.2
  $150,000 to $199,999 86,657 7.8 188,106 15.4 101,449 117.1
  $200,000 to $299,999 58,246 5.3 182,465 14.9 124,219 213.3
  $300,000 to $499,999 28,626 2.6 108,299 8.9 79,673 278.3
  $500,000 to $999,999 9,893 0.9 52,775 4.3 42,882 433.5
  $1,000,000 or more 3,064 0.3 16,000 1.3 12,936 422.2
Median value (dollars) 94,900... 136,000... 41,100 43.3

16. Housing Gross Rent. The median gross rent changed from $510 (2000) to $741 (2011) -- a change of $231 ( 45.29%).

17. Housing Costs. The median monthly housing costs for mortgaged owners changed from $894 (2000) to $1,175 (2011) -- a change of $281 ( 31.43%).

  Mortgage Status; Monthly Owner CostsCensus 2000ACS 2011Change
ItemValuePercentValuePercentValuePercent
Housing units with a mortgage 523,848 100.0 759,498 100.0 235,650 45.0
  Less than $300 6,288 1.2 2,228 0.3 -4,060 -64.6
  $300 to $499 45,330 8.7 23,649 3.1 -21,681 -47.8
  $500 to $699 98,514 18.8 70,964 9.3 -27,550 -28.0
  $700 to $999 163,177 31.1 179,797 23.7 16,620 10.2
  $1,000 to $1,499 136,760 26.1 254,001 33.4 117,241 85.7
  $1,500 to $1,999 44,792 8.6 122,153 16.1 77,361 172.7
  $2,000 or more 28,987 5.5 106,706 14.0 77,719 268.1
  Median monthly owner costs (dollars) 894... 1,175... 281 31.4
Housing units without a mortgage 260,061 49.6 463,976 100.0 203,915 78.4
  Median monthly owner costs (dollars) 240... 340... 100 41.7


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  • When "2011" is referenced, the data are from ACS 2011.
  • Monthly employment data are from BLS Local Area Unemployment Statistics; Current Employment Statistics programs
  • Quarterly personal income data are from BEA personal income estimates

Table Notes
10.1/ Nonfarm personal income is total personal income less farm income.
10.2/ Farm income is farm earnings less farm employer contributions for social insurance.
10.3/ Contributions for government social insurance are included in earnings by type and industry, but excluded from personal income.
10.4/ Adjustment for residence is the net inflow of the earnings of interarea commuters. For the U.S., it consists of adjustments for border workers and for certain temporary and migratory workers: Wage and salary disbursements to U.S. residents commuting or working temporarily outside U.S. borders less wage and salary disbursements to foreign residents commuting or working temporarily inside U.S. borders.
10.5/ Rental income of persons includes the capital consumption adjustment.
10.6/ Proprietors' income includes inventory valuation adjustment and capital consumption adjustment.
Government Social Insurance: Employee and self-employed contributions for social insurance consists of the payments by employees, by the self-employed, and by other individuals who participate in the following programs: Old-age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI, or social security); Hospital Insurance (HI) and Supplementary Medical Insurance (Medicare); railroad retirement; state unemployment insurance; temporary disability insurance; and veterans’ life insurance.

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