North Charleston, SC

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Population

108,186

1.95% growth

Median Age

32.5


Median Household Income

$39,944

0.607% growth

Poverty Rate

22.8%


Number of Employees

50,403

2.61% growth

Median Property Value

$155,900

8.11% growth

About

In 2017, North Charleston, SC had a population of 108k people with a median age of 32.5 and a median household income of $39,944. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of North Charleston, SC grew from 106,113 to 108,186, a 1.95% increase and its median household income grew from $39,703 to $39,944, a 0.607% increase.

The population of North Charleston, SC is 46.8% Black or African American Alone, 37.4% White Alone, and 10.4% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in North Charleston, SC speak a non-English language, and 94.4% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in North Charleston, SC are Trident Technical College (2,892 degrees awarded in 2017), Charleston Southern University (653 degrees), and Miller-Motte Technical College-Charleston (370 degrees).

The median property value in North Charleston, SC is $155,900, and the homeownership rate is 44.5%. Most people in North Charleston, SC commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 22.3 minutes. The average car ownership in North Charleston, SC is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of North Charleston, SC employs 50.4k people. The largest industries in North Charleston, SC are Health Care & Social Assistance (6,707 people), Retail Trade (5,975 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (5,790 people), and the highest paying industries are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($54,848), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($49,722), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting ($47,778).

Median household income in North Charleston, SC is $39,944. Males in North Charleston, SC have an average income that is 1.37 times higher than the average income of females, which is $40,985. The income inequality in North Charleston, SC (measured using the Gini index) is 0.46, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$39,944

2017 value

± $1,719

0.607%

1 Year Growth

± 5.65%

Households in North Charleston, SC have a median annual income of $39,944, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $39,703 in 2016, which represents a 0.607% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$56,080

Average Male Salary

± $1,419

$40,985

Average Female Salary

± $1,018

In 2017, full-time male employees in South Carolina made 1.37 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $49,597 ± $53,271

  2. Asian

    $47,877 ± $7,789

  3. White

    $47,332 ± $1,044

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of South Carolina workers was Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander. These workers were paid 1.04 times more than Asian workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in South Carolina by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for North Charleston, SC is from South Carolina.

0.46

2017 Wage GINI

0.456

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in South Carolina was 0.46 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.695% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for South Carolina was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in South Carolina in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in South Carolina across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 108.19

  2. Census Tract 108.17

  3. Census Tract 108.20

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in North Charleston, SC was Census Tract 108.19 with a value of $85,563, followed by Census Tract 108.17 and Census Tract 108.20, with respective values of $76,422 and $68,769.

The following map shows all of the places in North Charleston, SC colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

22.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in North Charleston, SC (23.5k out of 103k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females < 5 and then Females 6 - 11.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. Black

    15,038 ± 986

  2. White

    6,979 ± 611

  3. Hispanic

    3,622 ± 448

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in North Charleston, SC is Black, followed by White and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

50.4k

2017 Value

± 1,754

2.61%

1 Year growth

± 4.77%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in North Charleston, SC grew at a rate of 2.61%, from 49.1k employees to 50.4k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in North Charleston, SC, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (6,777 people), Sales & Related Occupations (5,708 people), and Management Occupations (3,857 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of North Charleston, SC.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of North Charleston, SC, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (6,777 people), Sales & Related Occupations (5,708 people), and Management Occupations (3,857 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, North Charleston, SC has an unusually high number of residents working as Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance Occupations (1.85 times higher than expected), Construction & Extraction Occupations (1.54 times), and Health Technologists & Technicians (1.38 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of North Charleston, SC, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($66,943), Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($65,956), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($65,907).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

50.4k

2017 Value

± 1,754

2.61%

1 Year growth

± 4.77%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in North Charleston, SC grew at a rate of 2.61%, from 49.1k employees to 50.4k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in North Charleston, SC, are Health Care & Social Assistance (6,707 people), Retail Trade (5,975 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (5,790 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of North Charleston, SC, though some of these residents may live in North Charleston, SC and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in North Charleston, SC, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (6,707 people), Retail Trade (5,975 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (5,790 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, North Charleston, SC has an unusually high number of Administrative & Support & Waste Management Services (1.93 times higher than expected), Accommodation & Food Services (1.51 times), and Construction (1.32 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in North Charleston, SC, by median earnings, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($54,848), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($49,722), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting ($47,778).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from South Carolina to other states, or from other states to South Carolina.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $17.8B

  2. $17.1B

  3. $12.6B

In 2015, the top outbound South Carolina product (by dollars) was Plastics/rubber with $17.8B, followed by Machinery ($17.1B) and Electronics ($12.6B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound South Carolina products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$178B

2020 Value

$244B

Projected 2045 Value

37% growth

In 2020, total outbound South Carolina trade was $178B. This is expected to increase 37% to $244B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound South Carolina trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from South Carolina to other states, or from other states to South Carolina.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $24.2B

  2. $14.4B

  3. $6.22B

In 2015, the top outbound South Carolina domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was North Carolina with $24.2B, followed by Georgia with $14.4B and Tennessee and $6.22B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that South Carolina shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

81.1% of the population of North Charleston, SC has health coverage, with 37% on employee plans, 21.1% on Medicaid, 7.04% on Medicare, 11.2% on non-group plans, and 4.7% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the place of North Charleston, SC was $7,311 in 2014. This is a 4.15% increase from the previous year ($7,020).

Primary care physicians in North Charleston, SC see 1483 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.336% decrease from the previous year (1488 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1891 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 639 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Dillon County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (20.1%). Additionally, Lee County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (42.8%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,483 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in South Carolina see an average of 1,483 patients per year. This represents a 0.336% decrease from the previous year (1,488 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in South Carolina in comparison to neighboring states.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$7,311

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,235

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$5,491

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,298

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in South Carolina (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.15%, from $7,020 to $7,311.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

18.9%

Uninsured

37%

Employer Coverage

21.1%

Medicaid

7.04%

Medicare

11.2%

Non-Group

4.7%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in North Charleston, SC declined by 2.52% from 19.4% to 18.9%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in North Charleston, SC changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 20.1% prevalence

  2. 19.6% prevalence

  3. 18.7% prevalence

Dillon County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in South Carolina, at 20.1%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in South Carolina by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

North Charleston, SC is home to a population of 108k people, from which 94.4% are citizens. As of 2017, 7.88% of North Charleston, SC residents were born outside of the country (8.52k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of North Charleston, SC is composed of 50.6k Black or African American Alone residents (46.8%), 40.4k White Alone residents (37.4%), 11.3k Hispanic or Latino residents (10.4%), 3.16k Two or More Races residents (2.92%), 2.22k Asian Alone residents (2.05%), 217 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.201%), 180 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.166%), and 100 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0924%).

Age

Age by Nativity

32

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.7

36

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.6

In 2017, the median age of all people in North Charleston, SC was 32.5. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 32, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 36. But people in North Charleston, SC are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all North Charleston, SC residents was 32.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

7.88%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

8.52k people

7.94%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

8.43k people

As of 2017, 7.88% of North Charleston, SC residents (8.52k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in North Charleston, SC was 7.94%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    68,828 ± 6,396 people

  2. India

    11,778 ± 2,661 people

  3. Philippines

    9,880 ± 2,438 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of South Carolina was Mexico, the natal country of 68,828 South Carolina residents, followed by India with 11,778 and Philippines with 9,880.

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Citizenship

94.4%

2017 Citizenship

94.6%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 94.4% of North Charleston, SC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in North Charleston, SC was 94.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. Black or African American Alone

    50.6k ± 1.3k

  2. White Alone

    40.4k ± 1.4k

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    11.3k ± 1.28k

In 2017, there were 1.25 times more Black or African American Alone residents (50.6k people) in North Charleston, SC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 40.4k White Alone and 11.3k Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in North Charleston, SC as a share of the total population.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Gulf War (2001-)

    2,526 ± 381

  2. Vietnam

    2,087 ± 266

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    1,899 ± 297

North Charleston, SC has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 1.21 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in North Charleston, SC awarded 4,360 degrees. The student population of North Charleston, SC is skewed towards women, with 6,871 male students and 11,285 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in North Charleston, SC are White (2,609 and 59.9%), followed by Black or African American (1,199 and 27.5%), Unknown (190 and 4.36%), and Hispanic or Latino (119 and 2.73%).

The largest universities in North Charleston, SC by number of degrees awarded are Trident Technical College (2,892 and 66.3%), Charleston Southern University (653 and 15%), and Miller-Motte Technical College-Charleston (370 and 8.49%).

The most popular majors in North Charleston, SC are Liberal Arts & Sciences (588 and 13.5%), Registered Nursing (235 and 5.39%), and Pre-Nursing Studies (200 and 4.59%).

The median tuition costs in North Charleston, SC are $24,800 for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 588 degrees awarded

  2. 170 degrees awarded

  3. 128 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in North Charleston, SC was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 588 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in North Charleston, SC according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 2,892 degrees awarded

  2. 653 degrees awarded

  3. 370 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$24,800

Median Private

In 2017, the North Charleston, SC institution with the largest number of graduating students was Trident Technical College with 2,892 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

1,701

Degrees Awarded to Men

2,659

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 1,701 men were awarded degrees from institutions in North Charleston, SC, which is 0.64 times less than the 2,659 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the top 5 institutions in North Charleston, SC by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    2,609 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    1,199 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    190 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in North Charleston, SC were to White students. These 2,609 degrees mean that there were 2.18 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 1,199 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in North Charleston, SC was $155,900 in 2017, which is 0.679 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $144,200 to $155,900, a 8.11% increase. The homeownership rate in North Charleston, SC is 44.5%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in North Charleston, SC have an average commute time of 22.3 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in North Charleston, SC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$155,900

2017 Median

± $4,556

$144,200

2016 Median

± $5,202

In 2017, the median property value in North Charleston, SC grew to to $155,900 from the previous year's value of $144,200.

The following charts display, first, the property values in North Charleston, SC compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In North Charleston, SC the largest share of households have a property value in the $150k - $175k range.

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Household Income

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$39,944

Median Household Income

± $1,719

40.6k

Number of Households

± 1,397

In 2017, the median household income of the 40.6k households in North Charleston, SC grew to $39,944 from the previous year's value of $39,703.

The following chart displays the households in North Charleston, SC distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $60k - $75k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

This chart shows the households in North Charleston, SC distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In North Charleston, SC the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

44.5%

2017 Homeownership

46.2%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 44.5% of the housing units in North Charleston, SC were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 46.2%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in North Charleston, SC compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

22.3 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in North Charleston, SC have a shorter commute time (22.3 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 0.646% of the workforce in North Charleston, SC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    78.7%

  2. Carpooled

    11.6%

  3. Worked At Home

    3.36%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in North Charleston, SC was Drove Alone (78.7%), followed by those who Carpooled (11.6%) and those who Worked At Home (3.36%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in North Charleston, SC distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in North Charleston, SC have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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