Beaufort County, SC

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Population
182,658
1.86% 1-year growth
US Senator
Lindsey Graham
Republican Party
US Senator
Tim Scott
Republican Party
Median Age
44.8

Poverty Rate
11.1%

Median Household Income
$63,110
4.14% 1-year growth
Median Property Value
$288,900
1.8% 1-year growth
Number of Employees
74,418
0.333% 1-year growth

About

In 2018, Beaufort County, SC had a population of 183k people with a median age of 44.8 and a median household income of $63,110. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of Beaufort County, SC grew from 179,316 to 182,658, a 1.86% increase and its median household income grew from $60,603 to $63,110, a 4.14% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Beaufort County, SC are White (Non-Hispanic) (67.6%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (17.9%), White (Hispanic) (7.63%), Other (Hispanic) (2.74%), and Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (1.63%). NaNk% of the people in Beaufort County, SC speak a non-English language, and 95.1% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Beaufort County, SC are Technical College of the Lowcountry (465 degrees awarded in 2017) and University of South Carolina-Beaufort (351 degrees).

The median property value in Beaufort County, SC is $288,900, and the homeownership rate is 71.6%. Most people in Beaufort County, SC commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 21.1 minutes. The average car ownership in Beaufort County, SC is 2 cars per household.

Beaufort County, SC borders Colleton County, SC, Hampton County, SC, and Jasper County, SC.

COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in South Carolina, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Impact on Employment

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in South Carolina (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of South Carolina across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in South Carolina went to Donald J. Trump with 54.7% of the vote. The runner-up was Hillary Rodham Clinton (40.9%), followed by Other (4.41%). The most partisan county was Allendale County, SC with 76.1% of the vote going to Hillary Rodham Clinton running for the Democratic Party.

Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott are the senators currently representing the state of South Carolina. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Beaufort County, SC is currently represented by 7 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for South Carolina
54.7% for the Republican Party
Most Partisan Counties in South Carolina
  1. 76.1% for Hillary Rodham Clinton (Democratic Party)
  2. 73.9% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 71.9% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

In the 2016 presidential election, the most partisan county in South Carolina was Allendale County, SC with 76.1% of the vote going to Hillary Rodham Clinton running for the Democratic Party.

The following map shows the counties in South Carolina colored by their party leaning.

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US Senators from South Carolina

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Lindsey Graham
Senator from South Carolina2
Assumed office on January 3, 2003
Tim Scott
Senator from South Carolina3
Assumed office on January 2, 2013

Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott are the senators currently representing South Carolina.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in South Carolina over time, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from South Carolina

South Carolina is currently represented by 7 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Beaufort County, SC have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Diversity

Beaufort County, SC is home to a population of 183k people, from which 95.1% are citizens. As of 2018, 8.31% of Beaufort County, SC residents were born outside of the country (15.2k people).

In 2018, there were 3.78 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (124k people) in Beaufort County, SC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 32.7k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 13.9k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Beaufort County, SC
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    124k ± 169
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    32.7k ± 524
  3. White (Hispanic)
    13.9k ± 890
11.2%
Hispanic Population
20.4k people

In 2018, there were 3.78 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (124k people) in Beaufort County, SC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 32.7k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 13.9k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

11.2% of the people in Beaufort County, SC are hispanic (20.4k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Beaufort County, SC as a share of the total population.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

8.31%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
15.2k people
8.56%
2017 Foreign-Born Population
15.3k people

As of 2018, 8.31% of Beaufort County, SC residents (15.2k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2017, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Beaufort County, SC was 8.56%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Age by Nativity

45
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.3
44
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 1.3

In 2018, the median age of all people in Beaufort County, SC was 44.8. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 45, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 44. But people in Beaufort County, SC are getting getting older. In 2017, the average age of all Beaufort County, SC residents was 44.

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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

95.1%
2018 Citizenship
94.6%
2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 95.1% of Beaufort County, SC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in Beaufort County, SC was 94.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    6,991 ± 492
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    3,331 ± 457
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    1,997 ± 326

Beaufort County, SC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.1 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

Median household income in Beaufort County, SC is $63,110. In 2018, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Beaufort County, SC was Census Tract 21.01 with a value of $140,865, followed by Census Tract 21.03 and Census Tract 107, with respective values of $95,658 and $95,441.

Males in South Carolina have an average income that is 1.37 times higher than the average income of females, which is $40,985. The income inequality in South Carolina (measured using the Gini index) is 0.46, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Beaufort County, SC employs 74.4k people. The largest industries in Beaufort County, SC are Retail Trade (10,300 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (9,316 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (9,170 people), and the highest paying industries are Manufacturing ($56,988), Utilities ($55,208), and Wholesale Trade ($49,755).

Wages

Median Household Income

$63,110
2018 value
± $1,983
4.14%
1 Year Growth
± 3.86%

Households in Beaufort County, SC have a median annual income of $63,110, which is more than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $60,603 in 2017, which represents a 4.14% annual growth.

The following chart shows how the median household income in Beaufort County, SC compares to that of its neighboring and parent geographies.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$56,080
Average Male Salary in South Carolina
± $1,419
$40,985
Average Female Salary in South Carolina
± $1,018

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

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in South Carolina by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity in South Carolina
  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 in South Carolina.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Beaufort County, SC is from South Carolina.
0.46
2017 Wage GINI in South Carolina
0.456
2016 Wage GINI in South Carolina

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 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 21.01
  2. Census Tract 21.03
  3. Census Tract 107

In 2018, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Beaufort County, SC was Census Tract 21.01 with a value of $140,865, followed by Census Tract 21.03 and Census Tract 107, with respective values of $95,658 and $95,441.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Beaufort County, 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

11.1% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Beaufort County, SC (19.7k out of 177k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Males 6 - 11 and then Females 55 - 64.

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. White
    9,493 ± 793
  2. Black
    8,036 ± 784
  3. Hispanic
    3,782 ± 483

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Beaufort County, SC is White, followed by Black 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

74.4k
2018 Value
± 2,205
0.333%
1 Year growth
± 4.18%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Beaufort County, SC grew at a rate of 0.333%, from 74.2k employees to 74.4k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Beaufort County, SC, are Sales & Related Occupations (9,469 people), Management Occupations (8,383 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (7,185 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Beaufort County, SC.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Beaufort County, SC, by number of employees, are Sales & Related Occupations (9,469 people), Management Occupations (8,383 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (7,185 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Beaufort County, SC has an unusually high number of residents working as Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (1.57 times higher than expected), Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance Occupations (1.51 times), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (1.33 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Beaufort County, SC, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($70,679), Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($68,622), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($63,750).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

74.4k
2018 Value
± 2,205
0.333%
1 Year growth
± 4.18%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Beaufort County, SC grew at a rate of 0.333%, from 74.2k employees to 74.4k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Beaufort County, SC, are Retail Trade (10,300 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (9,316 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (9,170 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Beaufort County, SC, though some of these residents may live in Beaufort County, 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 Beaufort County, SC, by number of employees, are Retail Trade (10,300 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (9,316 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (9,170 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Beaufort County, SC has an unusually high number of Real Estate & Rental & Leasing (1.93 times higher than expected), Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (1.69 times), and Accommodation & Food Services (1.63 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Beaufort County, SC, by median earnings, are Manufacturing ($56,988), Utilities ($55,208), and Wholesale Trade ($49,755).

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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. $15.9B
  2. $15.2B
  3. $11.7B

In 2015, the top outbound South Carolina product (by dollars) was Plastics/rubber with $15.9B, followed by Machinery ($15.2B) and Mixed freight ($11.7B).

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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$163B
2015 Value in South Carolina
$244B
Projected 2045 Value in South Carolina
49.4% growth

In 2015, total outbound South Carolina trade was $163B. This is expected to increase 49.4% 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. $22.2B
  2. $13.4B
  3. $5.71B

In 2015, the top outbound South Carolina domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was North Carolina with $22.2B, followed by Georgia with $13.4B and Tennessee and $5.71B.

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

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Education

In 2017, universities in Beaufort County, SC awarded 816 degrees. The student population of Beaufort County, SC is skewed towards women, with 1,390 male students and 3,001 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Beaufort County, SC are White (475 and 58.6%), followed by Black or African American (213 and 26.3%), Hispanic or Latino (57 and 7.03%), and Unknown (37 and 4.56%).

The largest universities in Beaufort County, SC by number of degrees awarded are Technical College of the Lowcountry (465 and 57%) and University of South Carolina-Beaufort (351 and 43%).

The most popular majors in Beaufort County, SC are Registered Nursing (97 and 11.9%), Liberal Arts & Sciences (87 and 10.7%), and General Business Administration & Management (70 and 8.58%).

The median tuition costs in Beaufort County, SC are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $10,086 and $20,862 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 70 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 43 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 38 degree-majorss awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Beaufort County, SC was General Business Administration & Management with 70 degree-majorss awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Beaufort County, SC according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 465 degrees awarded
  2. 351 degrees awarded
$10,086
Median In-State Public
$N/A
Median Private

In 2017, the Beaufort County, SC institution with the largest number of graduating students was Technical College of the Lowcountry with 465 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

240
Degrees Awarded to Men
576
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 240 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Beaufort County, SC, which is 0.417 times less than the 576 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in Beaufort County, SC by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    475 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    213 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    57 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Beaufort County, SC were to White students. These 475 degrees mean that there were 2.23 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 213 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Beaufort County, SC was $288,900 in 2018, which is 1.26 times larger than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $283,800 to $288,900, a 1.8% increase. The homeownership rate in Beaufort County, SC is 71.6%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Beaufort County, SC have an average commute time of 21.1 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Beaufort County, SC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$288,900
2018 Median
± $6,174
$283,800
2017 Median
± $6,688

In 2018, the median property value in Beaufort County, SC grew to to $288,900 from the previous year's value of $283,800.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Beaufort County, 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 Beaufort County, SC the largest share of households have a property value in the N/A range.

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$63,110
Median Household Income
± $1,983
70.6k
Number of Households
± 1,993

In 2018, the median household income of the 70.6k households in Beaufort County, SC grew to $63,110 from the previous year's value of $60,603.

The following chart displays the households in Beaufort County, 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 $75k - $100k range.

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499
Average Range

This chart shows the households in Beaufort County, SC distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Beaufort County, SC the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

71.6%
2018 Homeownership
70.5%
2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 71.6% of the housing units in Beaufort County, SC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 70.5%.

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

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Commute Time

21.1 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Beaufort County, SC have a shorter commute time (21.1 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.3 minutes). Additionally, 1.97% of the workforce in Beaufort County, SC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel
  1. Drove Alone
    77.4%
  2. Carpooled
    10.7%
  3. Worked At Home
    7.37%

In 2018, the most common method of travel for workers in Beaufort County, SC was Drove Alone (77.4%), followed by those who Carpooled (10.7%) and those who Worked At Home (7.37%).

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

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Health

88.6% of the population of Beaufort County, SC has health coverage, with 33.7% on employee plans, 11.1% on Medicaid, 19.2% on Medicare, 19% on non-group plans, and 5.59% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in South Carolina was $7,311 in 2014. This is a 4.15% increase from the previous year ($7,020).

Primary care physicians in Beaufort County, SC see 1448 patients per year on average, which represents a 2.12% increase from the previous year (1418 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1012 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 751 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

1,448 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Beaufort County, SC

Primary care physicians in Beaufort County, SC see an average of 1,448 patients per year. This represents a 2.12% increase from the previous year (1,418 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Beaufort County, SC in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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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 in South Carolina
$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

11.4%
Uninsured
33.7%
Employer Coverage
11.1%
Medicaid
19.2%
Medicare
19%
Non-Group
5.59%
Military or VA

Between 2017 and 2018, the percent of uninsured citizens in Beaufort County, SC declined by 12.6% from 13.1% to 11.4%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Beaufort County, 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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