Information About South Carolina

The total estimated population is 4,012,012. Density is very low at 133 persons per square mile.

Races of Residents

Population by Race: White: 3,972,062; Black: 2,695,560; American Indian: 1,185,216; Two or More Races: 39,926; Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander: 36,014; Asian: 13,718; Other Race: 1,628; Hispanic Population: Hispanic or Latino: 4,012,012 (100%); Not Hispanic or Latino: 0 (0%)

There are 115,978 foreign born residents, of which 37.1% are naturalized citizens.

Most Common Birthplaces

Foreign Born: Mexico: 31,719; Germany: 7,873; United Kingdom: 6,890; Canada: 5,512; India: 5,130; Philippines: 5,108; Colombia: 3,394; U.S. Born: This State: 2,568,954; South: 703,050; Northeast: 309,460; Midwest: 202,319; West: 78,689;

Most Common Foreign Birthplaces in South Carolina Most Common US Birthplaces in South Carolina

The sex distribution is 49% male and 51% female. The median age is 35 years.

Age Distribution

There are 289,680 married couples with children and 230,615 single-parent households (3,657 men, 226,958 women).

The median household income is $37,082 in 1999 dollars.

Median Household Income Comparisons

U.S.: $41,994; South Carolina: $37,082;

14% of the population lives below the poverty line.

Poverty Level Comparisons

U.S.: 12%; South Carolina: 14%;

Household Income Distribution

In thousands of dollars.

Work Type and Occupations

Work Type: Private wage and salary: 1,341,510; Government: 289,867; Self-employed: 99,410; Unpaid family work: 9,407; Occupation: Management, professional, and related: 530,117; Sales and office: 459,724; Production, transportation, and material moving: 346,471; Professional and related: 324,832; Service: 268,661; Office and administrative support: 253,020;

Work Types in South Carolina Common Occupations in South Carolina

The average commute time is 26 minutes to and from work.

Transportation to Work

Car or truck (drove alone): 1,447,338; Car or truck (carpooled): 255,857; Walked: 42,567; Worked at home: 38,235; Public transportation: 15,468; Bicycle: 3,874; Motorcycle: 2,103;

Transportation to work methods in South Carolina

Educational Attainment

Percent of population in South Carolina.

There are 1,753,670 housing units, of which 1,118,863 are single family homes.

Owner vs. Renter Occupied Housing

All Housing Units: Owner: 1,107,617; Renter: 426,237; Vacant: 219,816; Owner-Occupied: Mortgaged: 740,166; Not Mortgaged: 367,451;

Owner vs. Renter Occupied Housing in South Carolina

The median single family home value is $94,900.

Median Monthly Cost for Mortgaged Homes

U.S.: $1,088; South Carolina: $894;

Median Rent for Rental Units

U.S.: $519; South Carolina: $397;

The average household size is 3 and the median number of rooms in housing units is 5.

Housing Units By Year Built

1939 or earlier: 107,139; 1940 to 1949: 87,322; 1950 to 1959: 166,116; 1960 to 1969: 227,757; 1970 to 1979: 349,513; 1980 to 1989: 362,092; 1990 to 1994: 184,176; 1995 to 1998: 206,016; 1999 to March 2000: 63,539;

1.0% of homes lack plumbing and 4.2% lack telephone service.

Commonly Used Home Heating Fuel

Electricity: 895,132; Utility Gas: 402,555; Bottled, tank, or LP gas: 131,334; Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.: 78,331;