Charleston County, SC

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2022 Population
409,840
1.21% 1-year growth
US Senator
Lindsey Graham
Republican Party
US Senator
Tim Scott
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
38.9
1.3% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
12.3%
2.04% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$78,795
11.3% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$415,000
17.6% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
211,159
1.57% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Charleston County, SC had a population of 410k people with a median age of 38.9 and a median household income of $78,795. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Charleston County, SC grew from 404,946 to 409,840, a 1.21% increase and its median household income grew from $70,807 to $78,795, a 11.3% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Charleston County, SC are White (Non-Hispanic) (65.2%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (24.5%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.64%), Other (Hispanic) (2.03%), and White (Hispanic) (1.78%).

None of the households in Charleston County, SC reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

96.8% of the residents in Charleston County, SC are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Charleston County, SC are Trident Technical College (2,581 degrees awarded in 2022), College of Charleston (2,414 degrees), and Citadel Military College of South Carolina (1,158 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Charleston County, SC was $415,000, and the homeownership rate was 63.2%.

Most people in Charleston County, SC drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 24.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Charleston County, SC was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Charleston County, SC is home to a population of 410k people, from which 96.8% are citizens. As of 2022, 5.78% of Charleston County, SC residents were born outside of the country (23.7k people).

In 2022, there were 2.66 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (267k people) in Charleston County, SC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 101k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 10.8k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

96.8%
2022 Citizenship
96.6%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 96.8% of Charleston County, SC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Charleston County, SC was 96.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Charleston County, SC
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    267k ± 749
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    101k ± 894
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    10.8k ± 1.16k
5.41%
Hispanic Population
22.2k people

In 2022, there were 2.66 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (267k people) in Charleston County, SC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 101k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 10.8k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

5.41% of the people in Charleston County, SC are hispanic (22.2k people).

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

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    58,419 ± 5,900 people
  2. India
    18,341 ± 3,319 people
  3. Honduras
    13,844 ± 2,885 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of South Carolina was Mexico, the natal country of 58,419 South Carolina residents, followed by India with 18,341 and Honduras with 13,844.

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Foreign-Born Population

5.78%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
23.7k people
5.89%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
23.9k people

As of 2022, 5.78% of Charleston County, SC residents (23.7k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Charleston County, SC was 5.89%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    8,678 ± 747
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    7,190 ± 871
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    5,015 ± 676

Charleston County, SC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.21 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Charleston County, SC employs 211k people. The largest industries in Charleston County, SC are Health Care & Social Assistance (29,193 people), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (23,828 people), and Retail Trade (21,019 people), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($85,128), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($82,066), and Utilities ($76,170).

Males in South Carolina have an average income that is 1.37 times higher than the average income of females, which is $52,636. The income inequality in South Carolina (measured using the Gini index) is 0.464, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

211k
2022 Value
± 4,419
1.57%
1 Year growth
± 2.97%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Charleston County, SC grew at a rate of 1.57%, from 208k employees to 211k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Charleston County, SC, are Management Occupations (29,392 people), Sales & Related Occupations (23,192 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (17,943 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Charleston County, SC.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

211k
2022 Value
± 4,419
1.57%
1 Year growth
± 2.97%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Charleston County, SC grew at a rate of 1.57%, from 208k employees to 211k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Charleston County, SC, are Health Care & Social Assistance (29,193 people), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (23,828 people), and Retail Trade (21,019 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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Median Earnings by Industry

$57,001
Median earning men ± $1,294
$43,296
Median earning women ± $1,713

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($78,678), Wholesale Trade ($75,421), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($73,892).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($54,192), Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($53,077), and Construction ($50,837).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.54%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 2.26M people employed in South Carolina. This represents a 2.54% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 13.4%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in South Carolina.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 5,763
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 3,502
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services
  3. 3,344
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Charleston County, SC went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 55.5% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (42.6%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.45%).

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.

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

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
Appointed to the seat following the resignation of Jim DeMint.

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.

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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 South Carolina have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Charleston County, SC awarded 8,752 degrees. The student population of Charleston County, SC in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 13,469 male students and 21,017 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Charleston County, SC are White (5,616 and 64.5%), followed by Black or African American (1,273 and 14.6%), Unknown (810 and 9.3%), and Hispanic or Latino (446 and 5.12%).

The largest universities in Charleston County, SC by number of degrees awarded are Trident Technical College (2,581 and 29.5%), College of Charleston (2,414 and 27.6%), and Citadel Military College of South Carolina (1,158 and 13.2%).

The most popular majors in Charleston County, SC are Liberal Arts & Sciences (517 and 5.91%), Registered Nursing (464 and 5.3%), and General Business (345 and 3.94%).

The median tuition costs in Charleston County, SC are $24,681 for private four year colleges, and $12,518 and $30,857 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Charleston County, SC, the percentage of applicants admitted was 79.4%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 15.9%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 34,486 (39.1% men and 60.9% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 34,486 students enrolled in Charleston County, SC, 39.1% men and 60.9% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 22,472 records, of which 59.3% were women and 40.7% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 299 degrees awarded
  2. 218 degrees awarded
  3. 208 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Charleston County, SC was Registered Nursing with 299 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

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 2,581 degrees awarded
  2. 2,414 degrees awarded
  3. 1,158 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Trident Technical College with 2,581 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 3,424 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Charleston County, SC, which is 0.643 times less than the 5,328 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 5,616 degrees mean that there were 4.41 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 1,273 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($24,681) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Private for-profit, 2-year ($1,800) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($4,703) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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Measure

In 2022, 0.83% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.688% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (1.18M), Some college (892k), and Bachelors Degree (705k).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Charleston County, SC was $415,000 in 2022, which is 1.47 times larger than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $352,800 to $415,000, a 17.6% increase. The homeownership rate in Charleston County, SC is 63.2%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Charleston County, SC have an average commute time of 24.5 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Charleston County, SC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Charleston County, SC is $78,795. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Charleston County, SC was Census Tract 46.13 with a value of $228,214, followed by Census Tract 21.04 and Census Tract 2, with respective values of $214,250 and $180,491.

In 2022, 17.9% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Charleston County, SC. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 2.36%.

Property

$415,000
Median Property Value 2022
±$8,451
$108,650
Median Property Taxes
±$2,697

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units 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

63.2%
Homeownership
2022
66.5%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 63.2% of the housing units in Charleston County, SC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 62.6%.

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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 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Charleston County, SC was Census Tract 46.13 with a value of $228,214, followed by Census Tract 21.04 and Census Tract 2, with respective values of $214,250 and $180,491.

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

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Household Income

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$78,795
Median Household Income
± $2,075
172k
Number of Households
± 4,022

In 2022, the median household income of the 172k households in Charleston County, SC grew to $78,795 from the previous year's value of $70,807.

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 $200k+ range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Charleston County, SC is from South Carolina.
0.464
2022 Wage GINI in South Carolina
0.463
2021 Wage GINI in South Carolina

In 2022, the income inequality in South Carolina was 0.464 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.334% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for South Carolina was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in South Carolina in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (74%)
  2. Worked At Home (13.1%)
  3. Carpooled (7.45%)

In 2022, 74% of workers in Charleston County, SC drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (13.1%) and those who carpooled to work (7.45%).

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Commute Time

24.5 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Charleston County, SC have a shorter commute time (24.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.43% of the workforce in Charleston County, SC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2022, 17.9% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Charleston County, SC. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 2.36%.

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Poverty & Diversity

12.3% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Charleston County, SC (49k out of 399k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Females 55 - 64.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Charleston 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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Children in Poverty

In 2022, 15% of the children was living in poverty in Charleston County, SC. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 13.1%.

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Crimes & Accidents

Indicator

In 2022, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 426 in Charleston County, SC. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 143 per 100,000 population.

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Health

91.1% of the population of Charleston County, SC has health coverage, with 49.6% on employee plans, 10.4% on Medicaid, 12.3% on Medicare, 16.2% on non-group plans, and 2.57% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Charleston County, SC see 800 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.11% decrease from the previous year (809 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 917 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 261 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 47.1% were men and 52.9% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

800 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Charleston County, SC

Primary care physicians in Charleston County, SC see an average of 800 patients per year. This represents a 1.11% decrease from the previous year (809 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 its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 20.9% under 18 years, 22.9% between 18 and 34 years, 38.9% between 35 and 64 years, and 17.3% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 47.1% were men and 52.9% were women.

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Uninsured People

8.95%
Uninsured
49.6%
Employer Coverage
10.4%
Medicaid
12.3%
Medicare
16.2%
Non-Group
2.57%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Charleston County, SC declined by 8.96% from 9.83% to 8.95%.

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Health Outcomes

Indicator

In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 57.5 in Charleston County, SC.

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Health Behaviors

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 30.3% in Charleston County, SC.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 13.1% in Charleston County, SC.

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