South Carolina : What you need to know

Seafood festivals, beautiful parks, rivers and beaches give people living in South Carolina plenty to do. Barbecue restaurants, historic attractions, museums and theaters create cultural connections in South Carolina. The state’s subtropical climate allows residents to enjoy outdoor activities throughout most of the year. The best places to live in South Carolina include Charleston, Greenville and Rock Hill. Agriculture, textiles, paper making and tourism drive the economy in South Carolina.


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South Carolina Profile

Quick Facts

Population 4777576
Latest Population Increase 1.05%
Median Household Income $4777576
Median Home Price $139900
Median Property Tax $1183
Median Rent $68.6

Employment Rate

  Employed 95.6%
  Unemployed 4.4%

Race

  Ethnicity White 67.2%
  Ethnicity Black 27.5%
  Ethnicity Asian 1.4%
  Ethnicity Hawaiian 0.1%
  Ethnicity Hispanic 5.3%
  Ethnicity Indian 0.3%
  Ethnicity Other 1.5%

Employment Rate

  Employed 95.6%
  Unemployed 4.4%

Educational Levels

  Bachelor's Degree 16.5%
  Associate's Degree 8.9%
  Graduate or Professional Degree 9.3%
  High School Graduate 29.8%
  Some College, No Degree 21%
  Percent Bachelor's Degree or Higher 25.8%
  Percent High School Graduate or Higher 85.6%

Industry

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting and Mining 1%
Construction 6.4%
Manufacturing 13.8%
Wholesale Trade 2.7%
Retail Trade 12.2%
Transportation and Warehousing, and Utilities 4.6%
Information 1.8%
Finance and Insurance, and Real Estate and Rental and Leasing 5.8%
Professional, Scientific and Management and Administrative and Waste 9.6%
Educational Services and Health Care and Social Assistance 21.7%
Arts, Entertainment and recreation and Accommodation and food Services 10.5%
Other Services, Except Public Administration 5%
Public Administration 4.9%

Housing

  Homes Rent 68.6%
  Homes Owned 31.4%

South Carolina Rankings


Best places to Live in South Carolina
Title Population Median Home Price Median Household Income
Abbeville 5,197 $73,100 $20,440
Aiken 30,183 $175,200 $55,502
Alcolu 470 $152,300 $23,750
Allendale 3,261 $56,900 $21,918
Anderson 26,978 $125,000 $30,526
Andrews 2,842 $82,300 $31,173
Antreville 120 $88,100 $27,446
Arcadia 3,159 $71,700 $30,662
Arcadia Lakes 956 $282,500 $73,438
Arial 2,155 $94,500 $32,375
Atlantic Beach 285 $113,900 $20,000
Awendaw 1,415 $184,400 $38,500
Aynor 713 $131,900 $32,917
Bamberg 3,501 $75,000 $38,500
Barnwell 4,664 $93,400 $22,672
Batesburg-Leesville 5,251 $87,800 $28,750
Beaufort 12,839 $241,300 $42,630
Belton 4,247 $90,400 $31,778
Belvedere 5,706 $92,100 $39,381
Bennettsville 8,834 $79,000 $27,684