South Carolina Population and Demographics

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In this article, we'll explore most of the 190+ data points we have for South Carolina, covering popular demographics statistics like household income, race, age and gender, educational attainment, poverty, housing, and transportation.

The data on this page is from the 2021 American Community Survey (ACS) 5-Year survey from the US Census Bureau.

Richest Zip Codes in South Carolina

In the table below, we've ranked the richest zip codes in South Carolina based on the average (or mean) household income. To do this, we only look at zip codes that have a population of at least 500 people and a reasonable margin of error for the data.

If the margin of error for the mean income is greater than 50% of the estimate, we don't use it. This is to try and make the data less likely to be skewed by outliers with very small population areas or estimates that are not very accurate.

Rank ZIP Code County Mean Income
1 29482 Charleston County $259,204.00
2 29451 Charleston County $234,790.00
3 29401 Charleston County $176,837.00
4 29915 Beaufort County $168,522.00
5 29492 Berkeley County $160,627.00
6 29466 Charleston County $153,550.00
7 29676 Oconee County $153,131.00
8 29928 Beaufort County $149,865.00
9 29838 Edgefield County, McCormick County $146,313.00
10 29708 York County $143,511.00

To view details demographics data for a specific zip code, click on the link in the table above. You can also read our article here on the richest zip codes in South Carolina.

Richest Cities in South Carolina

We can also find the same information for the richest cities in South Carolina. The table below ranks the top 10 cities in South Carolina by average household income by using the same criteria as we did with the zip codes.

Rank City County Mean Income
1 Kiawah Island Charleston County $366,392.00
2 Sullivan's Island Charleston County $259,204.00
3 Isle of Palms Charleston County $228,977.00
4 Briarcliffe Acres Horry County $216,648.00
5 Seabrook Island Charleston County $169,389.00
6 Tega Cay York County $159,616.00
7 Mount Pleasant Charleston County $143,691.00
8 Hilton Head Island Beaufort County $133,967.00
9 Fort Mill York County $132,405.00
10 Bluffton Beaufort County $127,522.00

To view details demographics data for a specific city, click on the link in the table above. You can also read our article here on the richest cities in South Carolina.

Median Household Income

According to the latest ACS 5-year survey in 2020, the median household income in South Carolina is $54,864.00.

The chart below shows the average household income by age in South Carolina.

  • Under 25
    $32,671.00
  • 25 to 44
    $64,281.00
  • 45 to 64
    $67,842.00
  • 65 and over
    $46,289.00

Average Household Income

A very commonly asked question is "what is the average household income in South Carolina?". The official term for the average household income is the mean household income. The mean household income is the total income of all households divided by the number of households.

The average (or mean) household income in South Carolina is $76,390.00.

5.94% of households in South Carolina are classed as high income households (making $200,000+ per year).

The difference between a median and an average income

The difference between a median and mean household income is that the median income is the middle point of the set of numbers whereas the mean income is an average of all numbers.

Both metrics are important when looking at the income statistics for South Carolina but because the median value doesn't depend on other numbers in the dataset, it doesn't change as much when some of the values are extremely low or extremely high.

Household Income Tiers for South Carolina

We can also look at the household income tiers. This lets you see how many households fall into each of the earnings brackets and what percentage that bracket is of the total number of households.

The chart below shows the household income brackets to see which age groups have the highest median income. The actual data is more granular than these brackets, but we've simplified them into bigger categories to make reviewing the data for South Carolina easier to view.

You can purchase the raw data above, which will have the full income tiers with smaller jumps in household income.

  • Less than $24,999
    20.62%
  • $25,000 to $49,999
    22.71%
  • $50,000 to $74,999
    17.95%
  • $75,000 to $99,999
    12.75%
  • $100,000 to $149,999
    14.25%
  • $150,000 to $199,999
    5.79%
  • $200,000 or more
    5.94%

Per Capita Income

The per capita income is the average income of all people in South Carolina. This is calculated by dividing the total income of all people in South Carolina by the total number of people in South Carolina.

It differs from the average or mean household income because it includes all people in South Carolina and not just the people who earn an income (i.e. children, retirees, unemployed, etc.).

The per capita income in South Carolina is $30,727.00.

Population in South Carolina by Race and Ethnicity

The total population in South Carolina is currently 5,091,517 people.

The race and ethnicity of the population in South Carolina can be very important for social research, economics, and marketing to a multi-culturial society.

Whether you want to target products or services to a particular race or ethnicity, or provide housing and new businesses to improve areas with a larger ethnic minority population, this data is very valuable for discovering suitable areas.

The chart below breaks down the population and percentage for each race and ethnicity in South Carolina.

  • 63.10% White
    3,206,780
  • 26.00% Black/African American
    1,319,130
  • 0.20% Native
    11,355
  • 6.00% Hispanic
    306,230
  • 1.60% Asian
    82,488
  • 0.10% Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
    4,324
  • 2.60% Two or more races
    133,344
  • 0.30% Other
    15,252

Population of South Carolina by Age and Gender

Another very important demographics statistic for South Carolina is the age and gender of the population. The age and gender of the population can be used to track trends in population growth or decline, and for businesses, the data can be used to identify people important to you and your business need.

In the table below, we show age groups at a 10 year granularity for ease of use. The raw data, which can be purchased above, includes age and gender at a 5 year granularity.

Age Group Male Female
0 to 9 Years 301,503 290,955
10 to 19 Years 338,111 318,174
20 to 29 Years 330,586 328,131
30 to 39 Years 313,273 330,180
40 to 49 Years 303,303 315,057
50 to 59 Years 321,451 345,281
60 to 69 Years 301,969 345,563
70 Years and over 263,863 331,503

Education Levels

Educational attainment is a very useful statistic that can give insights into other data such as the average household income, unemployment levels, and literacy.

What this means is that it is likely for areas that have higher levels of education to have higher average household incomes, lower unemployment rates, and higher literacy rates.

The chart below shows the educational attainment of the population in South Carolina.

  • Master's degree or higher
    13.90%
  • Bachelor's degree
    31.51%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    10.38%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    41.04%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3.16%

Unemployment Rates

The unemployment rate is the percentage of the population that is actively looking for work but is unable to find a job. The unemployment rate is a very important statistic for South Carolina because it can show how many people are actively looking for work and how many people are unable to find a job.

Lower levels of unemployment is generally seen as a positive sign for the economy. It also makes the government in South Carolina look good because it shows that they are doing a good job of creating jobs, working to capacity, being efficient, and keeping the economy strong.

The unemployment rate is calculated using the total population in South Carolina that are over the age of 16.

The current population in South Carolina that are over the age of 16 is 4,097,365 people.

The unemployment rate in South Carolina is 39.50%, which means 1,617,675 people are unemployed.

Median Age in South Carolina

The median age is an interesting metric because it gives us an idea of the age distribution of people in South Carolina. You know when you see a median age that it is the age where half of the population is older and half is younger than it.

For demographic studies, this can be used to infer and compare date to things such as birth rates, the age of parents, and so on.

An increasing median age can be a sign of an aging population, which can be a sign of a declining population. This is because older people tend to have fewer children and die more often than younger people.

The median age in South Carolina is 39.8 years old.

We can also look at the median age by gender to compare the see how each group compares to the total median age:

Median age by gender in South Carolina

39.8

Total

38.5

Male

41

Female

Households and Families

There are a total of 1,976,447 households in South Carolina, and the average household size is 2.51 people.

For families, the total number is 1,292,857, and the average family size is 3.1 people.

10.40% of those families in South Carolina are living below the poverty line.

The table below shows the poverty thresholds for South Carolina in 2022.

Household Size Poverty Threshold
1 Person $13,590.00
2 People $18,310.00
3 People $23,030.00
4 People $27,750.00
5 People $32,470.00
6 People $37,190.00
7 People $41,910.00
8 People $46,630.00

Please note that the poverty thresholds shown above are from 2022, while the latest demographics data we have is from 2020.

Households and Families by Marital Status

There are four types of household and family, as defined by the Census Bureau:

  • Married-couple
  • Male householder, no spouse present
  • Female householder, no spouse present
  • Nonfamily household

In the table below, you can see the total households and families in South Carolina for each type, as well as the average sizes.

Married Male Female Nonfamily
Total Households 933,016 87,268 272,573 683,590
Average Household Size 3.08 3.25 3.48 1.24
Total Families 933,016 87,268 272,573 0
Average Household Size 3.06 2.88 3.31 0

Housing Data in South Carolina

There are total of 2,325,248 housing units in South Carolina. Of those units, 1,976,447 (85.00%) are occupied, and 348,801 (15.00%) are vacant.

Rental Rates

Of the 2,325,248 housing units in South Carolina, 533,671 (22.95%) are occupied by renters. The median rent paid by renters is $970.00.

Owner occupied housing units make up the remaining 59.78% of housing units, with 1,390,017 housing units in total.

The table below breaks down how much rent is paid by renters in South Carolina.

  • No rent paid
    52,759
  • Less than $500
    50,232
  • $500 to $999
    233,395
  • $1,000 to $1,499
    174,875
  • $1,500 to $1,999
    51,057
  • $2,000 to $2,499
    15,129
  • $2,500 to $2,999
    4,289
  • $3,000 or more
    4,694

Property Values

The median value of a property in South Carolina is $181,800.00.

The table below breaks down the range of valuations for all properties in South Carolina.

  • Less than $50,000
    138,637
  • $50,000 to $99,999
    195,444
  • $100,000 to $149,999
    204,056
  • $150,000 to $199,999
    224,472
  • $200,000 to $299,999
    286,513
  • $300,000 to $499,999
    220,115
  • $500,000 to $999,999
    96,169
  • $1,000,000 or more
    24,611

Property Age

We can also look at the number of properties built in a given year to see the spread of property age in South Carolina.

  • 1939 or earlier
    92,185
  • 1940 to 1949
    64,960
  • 1950 to 1959
    149,417
  • 1960 to 1969
    197,863
  • 1970 to 1979
    323,172
  • 1980 to 1989
    359,005
  • 1990 to 1999
    427,479
  • 2000 to 2009
    432,551
  • 2010 to 2013
    270,879
  • 2014 or later
    7,737

Vehicles Available per Household

Finally, we have data on how many vehicles each household in South Carolina has. The table below breaks down the number of vehicles available per household.

  • No vehicles available
    115,534
  • 1 vehicle available
    636,327
  • 2 vehicles available
    763,144
  • 3 or more vehicles available
    461,442

Commuting to Work in South Carolina

The time and means of commuting to work are useful metrics to look at because they can be correlated against other data such as income and education level.

Does a longer commuting time indicate a higher average income? If so, has the huge increase in home working during the pandemic changed this?

Using these metrics, we can get a better understanding of the demographics of South Carolina, how they commute, and how that correlates to other data points.

The average travel time is 25.3 minutes, and the chart below covers the range of travel times across the population of South Carolina.

  • Less than 5 minutes
    61,752
  • 5 to 9 minutes
    186,097
  • 10 to 14 minutes
    286,697
  • 15 to 19 minutes
    359,501
  • 20 to 24 minutes
    338,092
  • 25 to 29 minutes
    146,897
  • 30 to 34 minutes
    311,633
  • 35 to 39 minutes
    70,870
  • 40 to 44 minutes
    71,441
  • 45 to 59 minutes
    168,848
  • 60 to 89 minutes
    92,768
  • 90 or more minutes
    44,808

We can also look at the means of transport in South Carolina to see which modes of transport people are using to commute to work.

  • Drove alone
    1,852,760
  • Carpooled
    198,984
  • Public transportation
    11,032
  • Walked
    42,783
  • Other means
    33,845
  • Worked from home
    165,295

Conclusion

Hopefully this article has given you the demographics data you were looking for in South Carolina.

If you need more demographics data, or you need the data listed above in spreadsheet form with more granular grouping, head back to the top of this page where you can purchase the complete demographics data for South Carolina.

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