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Columbia, South Carolina

South Carolina is the 24th most populous and the 40th largest (30,061 square miles) of the 50 states and capital district in the US. Its capital city is Columbia (featured on the picture above). Majority of occupations in South Carolina is management and professional (31.90%), followed by sales and office (25.00%). Black or African American is the second largest race in this state after White.

State Stats and Facts

  1. South Carolina is often referred to as the Palmetto State and Sandlapper State
  2. South Carolina has one of the highest property crime rates (3,822 whereas national median 2,859)
  3. South Carolina has one of the highest number of property crime, per 100K (3,822 whilst national average 2,859)
  4. South Carolina has one of the lowest number of GDP state per capita ($31,345.00 compared to USA median $42,069.00)
  5. South Carolina has one of the highest rate of larceny-theft (2,588 while USA median 1,959)

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Total population compared to the USA
Population distribution by race or ethnicity
Female vs male population
Education, home ownership and poverty rate
Land area, population density and life expectancy
Unemployment rate and occupation types
Business ownerships
Production and sales per business sector

Population Charts

Based on 2013 estimate, South Carolina population was 4,774,839 which ranks the 24th among the 50 states and capital district in the US. The most populous city in South Carolina is Columbia. In this part, you’ll learn various state profiles on population by race, age and gender.


Total population compared to the USA

Between April 1, 2010 and July 1, 2013, net population change is 3.20%. This is higher than national average, which is 2.40%. South Carolina population represents only 1.51% of the USA’s whole population as pictured in the following chart.

South Carolina total population compared to the USA

Population distribution by race or age

Census 2013 shows the following 5 races or ethnicities representing population in South Carolina (sortedin descending order):

  • White ancestry 68.30%
  • Black or African American 27.90%
  • Others (two or more races) 1.70%
  • Asian ethnicity 1.50%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native 0.50%
  • Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander 0.10%

The following chart compares South Carolina population distribution to national average:

Comparison of South Carolina population distribution by rate or ethnicity to USA average

Based on Census QuickFacts 2013, 6.10% of South Carolina population are under 5 years old, 22.60% are under 18 years and 15.20% are 65 years or older. Furthermore 6.80% of South Carolina population (over the age of five) speak language other than English at home, which is lower than the US average of 20.50%.

Female vs male population

Female population in 2013 is 51.30% which is slightly more than male population. South Carolina female population number ranks the 10th nation-wide. USA’s average female population is 50.80% whereas male population average is 49.20%.  The following chart shows comparison of female and male population between South Carolina and the USA.

Female and male population in South Carolina vs USA average

Demographics Charts

In this section, you’ll find a collection of statistical profiles on education, property ownerships, poverty, land area, population density and life expectancy.  For analysis purposes, each state data is compared to national average.  Data is sourced from last census.

Education, home ownership and poverty rate

In the chart below, you’ll find:

  • Rate of high school graduates is 84.00%, this is lower than US median of 85.70%
  • Rate of bachelor’s degree is 24.60% which is lower than US average of 28.50%
  • Home ownership rate is 69.50%, higher than US average of 65.50%
  • People who live below poverty rate is 17.60%, this is higher than US average of 14.90%

Data is obtained from Census 2008-2012.

Comparison of South Carolina Education, Home Ownership and Poverty to USA average

Land area, population density and life expectancy

Featured on the table below is:

  • Land area is 0.85% of total land area
  • South Carolina has more population density than the USA average (153.9 people per square mile vs 87.4)
  • Life expectancy in South Carolina is lower by 1.91 years than national average

Data is based on Census 2010.

South Carolina land area, population density & life expectancy
Demographic Attribute South Carolina USA
Land area (square miles) 30,060.70 3,531,905.43
Population density (people per square mile) 153.9 87.4
Life expectancy (years) 77.0 78.9

Unemployment rate and occupation types

South Carolina unemployment rate (May 2013 to June 2014) is 6.70% (higher than national average). South Carolina did not have minimum wage information available at the time this page was developed. The table and chart below show various occupation types based on data obtained from 2010.

Occupation types in South Carolina based on Census 2010
Occupation South Carolina USA
Management or professional-related job 31.90% 34.90%
Service-related job 17.10% 17.10%
Sales and office job 25.00% 25.50%
Farming, fishing, and forestry 0.40% 0.70%
Construction, extraction, maintenance and repair 10.30% 9.30%
Production, transportation and material moving 15.30% 12.50%
Comparison of South Carolina Occupation Types to USA Average

In terms of travel time to work, workers in South Carolina usually took less time than US average. Data from American Community Survey shows travel time in South Carolina was 23.4 minutes on average, whereas national average was 25.4 minutes. Average travel time is obtained by calculating time required to get from home to work each day during the week.

Business ownerships

Latest census business data shows:

  • Black-owned firms 12.10%, higher than national average of 7.10%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native-owned firms 0.50%, lower than national median of 0.90%
  • Asian-owned firms 1.80%, lower than US average of 5.70%
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander-owned firms 0.10%, same as the country’s average of 0.10%
  • Hispanic-owned firms 1.70%, lower than national average of 8.30%
  • Women-owned firms 27.60%, lower than US median of 28.80%

For comparison purpose, the following chart includes data from US average.

Comparison of Business Ownership Percentage to USA Average

Production and sales

The following table and chart show manufacturers production shipments and sales figures per business area. These highlight which specific business area South Carolina is strong at.

Manufacturers Production Shipments and Sales Figures
Description South Carolina USA
Manufacturers shipments ($1000) 93,977,455 5,319,456,312
Merchant wholesaler sales ($1000) 40,498,047 4,174,286,516
Retail sales ($1000) 54,298,410 3,917,663,456
Accommodation and food services ($1000) 8,383,463 613,795,732
South Carolina Manufacturers Production Shipments and Sales Figures

Retail spending per person is $12,273.00, which is lower than national average of $12,990.00. In 2012, number of building permits issued in South Carolina was 18,708.
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