Charleston County, SC

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2020 Population
407,543
1.59% 1-year growth
US Senator
Lindsey Graham
Republican Party
US Senator
Tim Scott
Republican Party
2020 Median Age
38
0.529% 1-year increase
2020 Poverty Rate
12.8%
6.5% 1-year decrease
2020 Median Household Income
$67,182
4.94% 1-year growth
2020 Median Property Value
$334,600
6.02% 1-year growth
2020 Employed Population
207,897
1.73% 1-year growth

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In 2020, Charleston County, SC had a population of 408k people with a median age of 38 and a median household income of $67,182. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Charleston County, SC grew from 401,165 to 407,543, a 1.59% increase and its median household income grew from $64,022 to $67,182, a 4.94% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Charleston County, SC are White (Non-Hispanic) (64.2%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (27.1%), White (Hispanic) (4.05%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (1.91%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (1.41%).

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.

96.7% of the residents in Charleston County, SC are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Charleston County, SC are College of Charleston (2,549 degrees awarded in 2020), Trident Technical College (2,138 degrees), and Citadel Military College of South Carolina (1,085 degrees).

In 2020, the median property value in Charleston County, SC was $334,600, and the homeownership rate was 62.2%.

Most people in Charleston County, SC drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 24.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Charleston County, SC was 2 cars per household.

geosearchPopulation & Diversity

Charleston County, SC is home to a population of 408k people, from which 96.7% are citizens. As of 2020, 5.82% of Charleston County, SC residents were born outside of the country (23.7k people).

In 2018, there were 2.37 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (253k people) in Charleston County, SC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 107k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 16k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

96.7%
2020 Citizenship
96.7%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 96.7% of Charleston County, SC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in Charleston County, SC was 96.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Charleston County, SC
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    253k ± 185
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    107k ± 600
  3. White (Hispanic)
    16k ± 848
5.05%
Hispanic Population
19.9k people

In 2018, there were 2.37 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (253k people) in Charleston County, SC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 107k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 16k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

5.05% of the people in Charleston County, SC are hispanic (19.9k 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

The PUMS dataset is not available at the County level, so we are showing data for South Carolina.
Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    62,463 ± 6,098 people
  2. India
    16,261 ± 3,126 people
  3. Honduras
    12,981 ± 2,794 people

In 2020, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of South Carolina was Mexico, the natal country of 62,463 South Carolina residents, followed by India with 16,261 and Honduras with 12,981.

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Foreign-Born Population

5.82%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
23.7k people
5.42%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
21.7k people

As of 2020, 5.82% of Charleston County, SC residents (23.7k 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 Charleston County, SC was 5.42%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    9,083 ± 694
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    6,796 ± 880
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    5,451 ± 735

Charleston County, SC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.34 times greater than any other conflict.

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briefcaseEconomy

The economy of Charleston County, SC employs 208k people. The largest industries in Charleston County, SC are Health Care & Social Assistance (28,519 people), Retail Trade (21,741 people), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (20,820 people), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($77,380), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($70,719), and Finance & Insurance ($59,144).

Males in South Carolina have an average income that is 1.37 times higher than the average income of females, which is $45,267. The income inequality in South Carolina (measured using the Gini index) is 0.462, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

208k
2020 Value
± 4,378
1.73%
1 Year growth
± 2.75%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Charleston County, SC grew at a rate of 1.73%, from 204k employees to 208k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Charleston County, SC, are Management Occupations (26,522 people), Sales & Related Occupations (22,690 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (19,053 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

208k
2020 Value
± 4,378
1.73%
1 Year growth
± 2.75%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Charleston County, SC grew at a rate of 1.73%, from 204k employees to 208k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Charleston County, SC, are Health Care & Social Assistance (28,519 people), Retail Trade (21,741 people), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (20,820 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

$50,401
Median earning men ± $1,040
$36,561
Median earning women ± $1,029

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2020 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($71,801), Wholesale Trade ($66,885), and Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($65,562).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2020 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($47,017), Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($45,903), and Construction ($45,612).

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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. 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

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

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Payroll by Industry Sector

The industries with the highest total annual payroll
  1. $4.55M
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. $4.12M
    Manufacturing
  3. $2.32M
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services

The chart shows the total annual payroll and the average annual payroll by industry.

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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 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 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 Charleston County, SC awarded 8,308 degrees. The student population of Charleston County, SC in 2020 is skewed towards women, with 13,593 male students and 20,134 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Charleston County, SC are White (5,850 and 70.8%), followed by Black or African American (1,235 and 15%), Hispanic or Latino (358 and 4.34%), and Unknown (294 and 3.56%).

The largest universities in Charleston County, SC by number of degrees awarded are College of Charleston (2,549 and 30.7%), Trident Technical College (2,138 and 25.7%), and Citadel Military College of South Carolina (1,085 and 13.1%).

The most popular majors in Charleston County, SC are Liberal Arts & Sciences (527 and 6.34%), Registered Nursing (520 and 6.26%), and General Business Administration & Management (410 and 4.94%).

The median tuition costs in Charleston County, SC are $23,836 for private four year colleges, and $12,518 and $24,508 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
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In 2020 in Charleston County, SC, the percentage of applicants admitted was 70.6%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 20.5%. The number of students enrolled in 2020 was 33,727 (40.3% men and 59.7% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2020 there were 33,727 students enrolled in Charleston County, SC, 40.3% men and 59.7% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 22,680 records, of which 57.9% were women and 42.1% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 312 degree-majors awarded
  2. 231 degree-majors awarded
  3. 229 degree-majors awarded

In 2020, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Charleston County, SC was Registered Nursing with 312 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. 2,549 degrees awarded
  2. 2,138 degrees awarded
  3. 1,085 degrees awarded

In 2020, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was College of Charleston with 2,549 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2020, 3,402 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Charleston County, SC, which is 0.693 times less than the 4,906 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2020 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 5,850 degrees mean that there were 4.74 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 1,235 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 ($23,836) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2020.

Public, 4-year or above ($1,325) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2020.

Public, 4-year or above ($4,618) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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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 Charleston County, SC was $334,600 in 2020, which is 1.46 times larger than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $315,600 to $334,600, a 6.02% increase. The homeownership rate in Charleston County, SC is 62.2%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.4%.

People in Charleston County, SC have an average commute time of 24.2 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 $67,182. In 2020, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Charleston County, SC was Census Tract 46.13 with a value of $240,027, followed by Census Tract 21.04 and Census Tract 2, with respective values of $202,885 and $159,514.

In 2021, 18.4% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Charleston County, SC. From 2014 to 2021, the indicator declined 1.91%.

Property

$334,600
Median Property Value 2020
±$6,396
$101,589
Median Property Taxes
±$2,843

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.

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

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Rent vs Own

62.2%
Homeownership
2020
67%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2020

In 2020, 62.2% of the housing units in Charleston County, SC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 61.6%.

This chart shows the percentage of owner in Charleston County, SC compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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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 2020, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Charleston County, SC was Census Tract 46.13 with a value of $240,027, followed by Census Tract 21.04 and Census Tract 2, with respective values of $202,885 and $159,514.

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

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$67,182
Median Household Income
± $1,600
163k
Number of Households
± 3,661

In 2020, the median household income of the 163k households in Charleston County, SC grew to $67,182 from the previous year's value of $64,022.

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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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Charleston 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 (78.2%)
  2. Worked At Home (8.64%)
  3. Carpooled (7.64%)

In 2020, 78.2% of workers in Charleston County, SC drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (8.64%) and those who carpooled to work (7.64%).

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

24.2 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Charleston County, SC have a shorter commute time (24.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 1.23% 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

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.

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2021, 18.4% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Charleston County, SC. From 2014 to 2021, the indicator declined 1.91%.

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Poverty & Diversity

12.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Charleston County, SC (50.8k out of 396k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.8%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Males 6 - 11.

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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Children in Poverty

In 2021, 16.1% of the children was living in poverty in Charleston County, SC. From 2014 to 2021, the indicator declined 12%.

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Crimes & Accidents

Indicator

In 2021, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 426 in Charleston County, SC. From 2014 to 2021, the indicator declined 143 per 100,000 population.

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pulseHealth

89.7% of the population of Charleston County, SC has health coverage, with 49.6% on employee plans, 10.8% on Medicaid, 11.6% on Medicare, 15.1% on non-group plans, and 2.57% 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 Charleston County, SC see 809 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.7% decrease from the previous year (823 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 912 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 276 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 46.8% were men and 53.2% 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

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

Primary care physicians in Charleston County, SC see an average of 809 patients per year. This represents a 1.7% decrease from the previous year (823 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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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 21.3% under 18 years, 23.8% between 18 and 34 years, 38.5% between 35 and 64 years, and 16.5% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 46.8% were men and 53.2% were women.

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

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Uninsured People

10.3%
Uninsured
49.6%
Employer Coverage
10.8%
Medicaid
11.6%
Medicare
15.1%
Non-Group
2.57%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in Charleston County, SC declined by 3.89% from 10.7% to 10.3%.

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 Outcomes

Indicator

In 2021, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 59.9 in Charleston 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 28.6% in Charleston County, SC.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2021, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 10.9% in Charleston County, SC.

The graphic shows the trend of the indicator in Charleston County, SC.

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