Berkeley County, SC

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2020 Population
222,103
3.28% 1-year growth
US Senator
Lindsey Graham
Republican Party
US Senator
Tim Scott
Republican Party
2020 Median Age
36.5
1.11% 1-year increase
2020 Poverty Rate
11.9%
0.137% 1-year increase
2020 Median Household Income
$65,443
3.37% 1-year growth
2020 Median Property Value
$197,300
6.36% 1-year growth

About

In 2020, Berkeley County, SC had a population of 222k people with a median age of 36.5 and a median household income of $65,443. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Berkeley County, SC grew from 215,044 to 222,103, a 3.28% increase and its median household income grew from $63,309 to $65,443, a 3.37% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Berkeley County, SC are White (Non-Hispanic) (62.7%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (23.1%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (3.81%), White (Hispanic) (3.04%), and Other (Hispanic) (2.67%).

None of the households in Berkeley 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.

97.4% of the residents in Berkeley County, SC are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Berkeley County, SC are Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology-Goose Creek (109 degrees awarded in 2020).

In 2020, the median property value in Berkeley County, SC was $197,300, and the homeownership rate was 72.3%.

Most people in Berkeley County, SC drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 28.3 minutes. The average car ownership in Berkeley County, SC was 2 cars per household.

geosearchPopulation & Diversity

Berkeley County, SC is home to a population of 222k people, from which 97.4% are citizens. As of 2020, 5.33% of Berkeley County, SC residents were born outside of the country (11.8k people).

In 2020, there were 2.71 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (139k people) in Berkeley County, SC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 51.3k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 8.45k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

97.4%
2020 Citizenship
97%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 97.4% of Berkeley County, SC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in Berkeley County, SC was 97%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Berkeley County, SC
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    139k ± 1.27k
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    51.3k ± 1.13k
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    8.45k ± 1.18k
6.8%
Hispanic Population
15.1k people

In 2020, there were 2.71 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (139k people) in Berkeley County, SC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 51.3k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 8.45k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

6.8% of the people in Berkeley County, SC are hispanic (15.1k people).

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

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Foreign-Born Population

5.33%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
11.8k people
5.57%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
12k people

As of 2020, 5.33% of Berkeley County, SC residents (11.8k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.5%. In 2019, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Berkeley County, SC was 5.57%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Gulf War (2001-)
    6,727 ± 788
  2. Vietnam
    5,925 ± 542
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    5,481 ± 897

Berkeley County, SC has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 1.14 times greater than any other conflict.

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briefcaseEconomy

The economy of Berkeley County, SC employs 103k people. The largest industries in Berkeley County, SC are Retail Trade (12,619 people), Manufacturing (12,581 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (10,952 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($63,766), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($59,370), and Manufacturing ($55,077).

Occupations

103k
2020 Value
± 2,979
2.82%
1 Year growth
± 3.64%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Berkeley County, SC grew at a rate of 2.82%, from 100k employees to 103k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Berkeley County, SC, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (13,773 people), Sales & Related Occupations (11,004 people), and Management Occupations (9,424 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Berkeley County, SC.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

103k
2020 Value
± 2,979
2.82%
1 Year growth
± 3.64%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Berkeley County, SC grew at a rate of 2.82%, from 100k employees to 103k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Berkeley County, SC, are Retail Trade (12,619 people), Manufacturing (12,581 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (10,952 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Berkeley County, SC, though some of these residents may live in Berkeley 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

$46,523
Median earning men ± $1,699
$31,341
Median earning women ± $1,083

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2020 are Information ($69,280), Manufacturing ($62,806), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($55,588).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2020 are Information ($44,615), Public Administration ($44,295), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($41,851).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in South Carolina. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

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. 859
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 785
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 727
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services

The visualization shows the distribution of establishments by industry and by size according to the number of employees.

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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. $38.2B
  2. $32.1B
  3. $26.9B

In 2020, the top outbound South Carolina product (by dollars) was Motorized vehicles with $38.2B, followed by Plastics/rubber ($32.1B) and Machinery ($26.9B).

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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$285B
2020 Value in South Carolina
$613B
Projected 2050 Value in South Carolina
115% growth

In 2020, total outbound South Carolina trade was $285B. This is expected to increase 115% to $613B by 2050.

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. $30.1B
  2. $22.4B
  3. $13.2B

In 2020, the top outbound South Carolina domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was North Carolina with $30.1B, followed by Georgia with $22.4B and Texas and $13.2B.

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

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In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Berkeley County, SC went to Donald J. Trump with 54.9% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (43.3%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.42%).

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 3, 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.

The following chart shows elected senators in South Carolina over time, excluding special elections, 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 South Carolina have changed over time starting in 2008.

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In 2020, universities in Berkeley County, SC awarded 109 degrees. The student population of Berkeley County, SC in 2020 is skewed towards women, with 3 male students and 154 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Berkeley County, SC are White (55 and 50.5%), followed by Black or African American (47 and 43.1%), Hispanic or Latino (4 and 3.67%), and Asian (1 and 0.917%).

The largest universities in Berkeley County, SC by number of degrees awarded are Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology-Goose Creek (109 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Berkeley County, SC are Aesthetician & Skin Care Specialist (86 and 78.9%), General Cosmetology (23 and 21.1%), and Cosmetology, Barber, & Nail Instructor (0 and 0%).

Awarded Degrees over Time

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2020, 0.763% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.689% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2020 were High School or Equivalent (1.19M), Some college (911k), and Bachelors Degree (677k).

This visualization illustrates the percentage distribution of the population according to the highest educational level reached. You can filter the data by race by using the selector above.

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homeHousing & Living

The median property value in Berkeley County, SC was $197,300 in 2020, which is 0.859 times smaller than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $185,500 to $197,300, a 6.36% increase. The homeownership rate in Berkeley County, SC is 72.3%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.4%.

People in Berkeley County, SC have an average commute time of 28.3 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Berkeley County, SC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Berkeley County, SC is $65,443. In 2020, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Berkeley County, SC was Census Tract 207.21 with a value of $118,958, followed by Census Tract 207.22 and Census Tract 204.04, with respective values of $101,094 and $100,329.

Property

$197,300
Median Property Value 2020
±$4,184
$57,554
Median Property Taxes
±$1,725

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 Berkeley County, SC the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Berkeley County, SC compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

72.3%
Homeownership
2020
68.6%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2020

In 2020, 72.3% of the housing units in Berkeley County, SC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 71.9%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 207.21
  2. Census Tract 207.22
  3. Census Tract 204.04

In 2020, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Berkeley County, SC was Census Tract 207.21 with a value of $118,958, followed by Census Tract 207.22 and Census Tract 204.04, with respective values of $101,094 and $100,329.

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

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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.
$65,443
Median Household Income
± $1,721
79.6k
Number of Households
± 2,402

In 2020, the median household income of the 79.6k households in Berkeley County, SC grew to $65,443 from the previous year's value of $63,309.

The following chart displays the households in Berkeley 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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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Berkeley County, SC is from South Carolina.
0.462
2020 Wage GINI in South Carolina
0.461
2019 Wage GINI in South Carolina

In 2020, the income inequality in South Carolina was 0.462 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.305% growth from 2019 to 2020, 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.

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

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2020
  1. Drove Alone (82.8%)
  2. Carpooled (8.37%)
  3. Worked At Home (4.92%)

In 2020, 82.8% of workers in Berkeley County, SC drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (8.37%) and those who worked at home (4.92%).

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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Commute Time

28.3 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Berkeley County, SC have a longer commute time (28.3 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 1.96% of the workforce in Berkeley County, SC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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

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Poverty & Diversity

11.9% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Berkeley County, SC (26k out of 218k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.8%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 6 - 11 and then Females 55 - 64.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Berkeley 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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89.5% of the population of Berkeley County, SC has health coverage, with 43.4% on employee plans, 15.1% on Medicaid, 9.27% on Medicare, 16.9% on non-group plans, and 4.82% 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 Berkeley County, SC see 3114 patients per year on average, which represents a 2.84% decrease from the previous year (3205 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 3798 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 867 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.4% were men and 51.6% were women.

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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Patient to Clinician Ratios

3,114 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Berkeley County, SC

Primary care physicians in Berkeley County, SC see an average of 3,114 patients per year. This represents a 2.84% decrease from the previous year (3,205 patients).

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

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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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Health Care Diversity

In 2020, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 25.6% under 18 years, 21.3% between 18 and 34 years, 38.9% between 35 and 64 years, and 14.2% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.4% were men and 51.6% were women.

The following chart shows the number of people with health coverage by gender.

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Uninsured People

10.5%
Uninsured
43.4%
Employer Coverage
15.1%
Medicaid
9.27%
Medicare
16.9%
Non-Group
4.82%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in Berkeley County, SC declined by 2.78% from 10.8% to 10.5%.

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

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Health Outcomes

Indicator

In 2021, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 45.2 in Berkeley County, SC.

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Health Behaviors

Indicator

In 2021, 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 37.8% in Berkeley County, SC.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2021, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 12% in Berkeley County, SC.

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