Charleston County, SC

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Population

401,438

1.25% growth

Median Age

37.8


Median Household Income

$60,555

6.56% growth

Poverty Rate

15.3%


Number of Employees

210,217

6.37% growth

Median Property Value

$330,300

15.5% growth

About

In 2017, Charleston County, SC had a population of 401k people with a median age of 37.8 and a median household income of $60,555. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Charleston County, SC grew from 396,484 to 401,438, a 1.25% increase and its median household income grew from $56,827 to $60,555, a 6.56% increase.

The population of Charleston County, SC is 64.4% White Alone, 26.6% Black or African American Alone, and 5.11% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Charleston County, SC speak a non-English language, and 96.7% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Charleston County, SC are Trident Technical College (3,053 degrees awarded in 2016), College of Charleston (2,857 degrees), and Citadel Military College of South Carolina (1,064 degrees).

The median property value in Charleston County, SC is $330,300, and the homeownership rate is 59.9%. Most people in Charleston County, SC commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 21.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Charleston County, SC is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Charleston County, SC employs 210k people. The largest industries in Charleston County, SC are Health Care & Social Assistance (29,660 people), Retail Trade (21,895 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (21,382 people), and the highest paying industries are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($61,575), Finance & Insurance ($54,485), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($52,334).

Median household income in Charleston County, SC is $60,555. Males in Charleston County, SC have an average income that is 1.41 times higher than the average income of females, which is $41,137. The income inequality in Charleston County, SC (measured using the Gini index) is 0.466, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$60,555

2017 value

± $3,263

6.56%

1 Year Growth

± 6.27%

Households in Charleston County, SC have a median annual income of $60,555, which is more than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $56,827 in 2016, which represents a 6.56% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$58,073

Average Male Salary

± $1,491

$41,137

Average Female Salary

± $1,052

In 2017, full-time male employees in South Carolina made 1.41 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

  1. American Indian

    $53,504 ± $30,079

  2. Asian

    $49,436 ± $7,541

  3. White

    $49,064 ± $1,105

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of South Carolina workers was American Indian. These workers were paid 1.08 times more than Asian workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

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

0.466

2017 Wage GINI

0.457

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in South Carolina was 0.466 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 1.89% 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 46.13

  2. Census Tract 21.04

  3. Census Tract 2

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Charleston County, SC was Census Tract 46.13 with a value of $154,519, followed by Census Tract 21.04 and Census Tract 2, with respective values of $143,988 and $140,357.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

15.3% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Charleston County, SC (57.6k out of 376k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Males 18 - 24.

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

    28,339 ± 1,289

  2. White

    25,644 ± 1,260

  3. Hispanic

    6,225 ± 577

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Charleston County, 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

210k

2017 Value

± 9,052

6.37%

1 Year growth

± 5.59%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Charleston County, SC grew at a rate of 6.37%, from 198k employees to 210k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Charleston County, SC, are Management Occupations (25,836 people), Sales & Related Occupations (23,948 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (21,733 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Charleston County, SC.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Charleston County, SC, by number of employees, are Management Occupations (25,836 people), Sales & Related Occupations (23,948 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (21,733 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Charleston County, SC has an unusually high number of residents working as Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations (1.51 times higher than expected), Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media Occupations (1.37 times), and Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (1.28 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Charleston County, SC, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($91,624), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($75,266), and Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($70,901).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

210k

2017 Value

± 9,052

6.37%

1 Year growth

± 5.59%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Charleston County, SC grew at a rate of 6.37%, from 198k employees to 210k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Charleston County, SC, are Health Care & Social Assistance (29,660 people), Retail Trade (21,895 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (21,382 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Charleston County, SC, though some of these residents may live in Charleston 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 Charleston County, SC, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (29,660 people), Retail Trade (21,895 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (21,382 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Charleston County, SC has an unusually high number of Administrative & Support & Waste Management Services (1.52 times higher than expected), Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (1.38 times), and Real Estate & Rental & Leasing (1.34 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Charleston County, SC, by median earnings, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($61,575), Finance & Insurance ($54,485), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($52,334).

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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

$244B

Projected 2045 Value

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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Health

87.7% of the population of Charleston County, SC has health coverage, with 49.8% on employee plans, 11.5% on Medicaid, 11.1% on Medicare, 13.3% on non-group plans, and 1.99% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Charleston County, SC see 808 patients per year on average, which represents a 2.28% increase from the previous year (790 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 972 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 322 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

808 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Charleston County, SC see an average of 808 patients per year. This represents a 2.28% increase from the previous year (790 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Charleston County, SC 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%).

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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

12.3%

Uninsured

49.8%

Employer Coverage

11.5%

Medicaid

11.1%

Medicare

13.3%

Non-Group

1.99%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Charleston County, SC grew by 11% from 11.1% to 12.3%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Charleston 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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Diversity

Charleston County, SC is home to a population of 401k people, from which 96.7% are citizens. As of 2017, 4.79% of Charleston County, SC residents were born outside of the country (19.2k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Charleston County, SC is composed of 259k White Alone residents (64.4%), 107k Black or African American Alone residents (26.6%), 20.5k Hispanic or Latino residents (5.11%), 9.19k Two or More Races residents (2.29%), 4.84k Asian Alone residents (1.21%), 804 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.2%), 464 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.116%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Charleston County, SC are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

38

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.5

38

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.6

In 2017, the median age of all people in Charleston County, SC was 37.8. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 38, were generally the same age as than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 38. But people in Charleston County, SC are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Charleston County, SC residents was 37.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

4.79%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

19.2k people

4.67%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

18.5k people

As of 2017, 4.79% of Charleston County, SC residents (19.2k 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 Charleston County, SC was 4.67%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    60,790 ± 6,017 people

  2. India

    13,702 ± 2,870 people

  3. China

    10,651 ± 2,531 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of South Carolina was Mexico, the natal country of 60,790 South Carolina residents, followed by India with 13,702 and China with 10,651.

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Citizenship

96.7%

2017 Citizenship

97.1%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 96.7% of Charleston County, SC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Charleston County, SC was 97.1%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    259k ± 715

  2. Black or African American Alone

    107k ± 1.73k

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    20.5k ± 2.11k

In 2017, there were 2.42 times more White Alone residents (259k people) in Charleston County, SC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 107k Black or African American Alone and 20.5k 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 Charleston County, SC as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Charleston County, SC citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Charleston County, SC was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Charleston County, SC are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    8,395 ± 1,236

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    5,475 ± 1,489

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    4,264 ± 992

Charleston County, SC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.53 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Charleston County, SC awarded 9,794 degrees. The student population of Charleston County, SC is skewed towards women, with 15,369 male students and 21,939 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Charleston County, SC are White (6,944 and 71.3%), followed by Black or African American (1,711 and 17.6%), Hispanic or Latino (330 and 3.39%), and Unknown (263 and 2.7%).

The largest universities in Charleston County, SC by number of degrees awarded are Trident Technical College (3,053 and 31.2%), College of Charleston (2,857 and 29.2%), and Citadel Military College of South Carolina (1,064 and 10.9%).

The most popular majors in Charleston County, SC are General Business Administration & Management (747 and 7.63%), Liberal Arts & Sciences (498 and 5.08%), and Registered Nursing (485 and 4.95%).

The median tuition costs in Charleston County, SC are $24,100 for private four year colleges, and $150 and $410 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 237 degrees awarded

  2. 501 degrees awarded

  3. 262 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Charleston County, SC was General Biological Sciences with 237 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 3,053 degrees awarded

  2. 2,857 degrees awarded

  3. 1,064 degrees awarded

$150

Median In-State Public

$24,100

Median Private

In 2016, the Charleston County, SC institution with the largest number of graduating students was Trident Technical College with 3,053 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

3,938

Degrees Awarded to Men

5,856

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 3,938 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Charleston County, SC, which is 0.672 times less than the 5,856 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    6,944 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    1,711 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    330 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Charleston County, SC were to White students. These 6,944 degrees mean that there were 4.06 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 1,711 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Charleston County, SC was $330,300 in 2017, which is 1.52 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $286,000 to $330,300, a 15.5% increase. The homeownership rate in Charleston County, SC is 59.9%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Charleston County, SC have an average commute time of 21.7 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Charleston County, SC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$60,555

Median Household Income

± $3,263

159k

Number of Households

± 6,918

In 2017, the median household income of the 159k households in Charleston County, SC grew to $60,555 from the previous year's value of $56,827.

The following chart displays the households in Charleston 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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Housing

Property Value

$330,300

2017 Median

± $13,472

$286,000

2016 Median

± $14,431

In 2017, the median property value in Charleston County, SC grew to to $330,300 from the previous year's value of $286,000.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Charleston 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 Charleston County, SC the largest share of households have a property value in the $300k - $400k range.

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

59.9%

2017 Homeownership

61.1%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 59.9% of the housing units in Charleston County, SC were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 61.1%.

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

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

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

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Commute Time

21.7 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Charleston County, SC have a shorter commute time (21.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 0.884% of the workforce in Charleston County, SC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    79%

  2. Carpooled

    8.63%

  3. Worked At Home

    7.37%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Charleston County, SC was Drove Alone (79%), followed by those who Carpooled (8.63%) 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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