Columbia, SC

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2020 Population
832,925
1.05% 1-year growth
US Senator
Lindsey Graham
Republican Party
US Senator
Tim Scott
Republican Party
2020 Median Age
36.9
0.82% 1-year increase
2020 Poverty Rate
14.8%
0.871% 1-year decrease
2020 Median Household Income
$56,680
1.27% 1-year growth
2020 Median Property Value
$159,700
3.43% 1-year growth
2020 Employed Population
394,051
1.44% 1-year growth

About

In 2020, Columbia, SC had a population of 833k people with a median age of 36.9 and a median household income of $56,680. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Columbia, SC grew from 824,278 to 832,925, a 1.05% increase and its median household income grew from $55,971 to $56,680, a 1.27% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Columbia, SC are White (Non-Hispanic) (55.9%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (33.2%), White (Hispanic) (2.78%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.34%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (2.16%).

None of the households in Columbia, 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.

97.1% of the residents in Columbia, SC are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Columbia, SC are University of South Carolina-Columbia (9,815 degrees awarded in 2020), Midlands Technical College (2,141 degrees), and Columbia College (217934) (387 degrees).

In 2020, the median property value in Columbia, SC was $159,700, and the homeownership rate was 68.4%.

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

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geosearchPopulation & Diversity

Columbia, SC is home to a population of 833k people, from which 97.1% are citizens. As of 2020, 5.25% of Columbia, SC residents were born outside of the country (43.7k people).

In 2020, there were 1.68 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (466k people) in Columbia, SC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 277k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 23.2k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

97.1%
2020 Citizenship
97.1%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 97.1% of Columbia, SC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in Columbia, SC was 97.1%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Columbia, SC
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    466k ± 583
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    277k ± 1.61k
  3. White (Hispanic)
    23.2k ± 1.36k
5.68%
Hispanic Population
47.3k people

In 2020, there were 1.68 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (466k people) in Columbia, SC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 277k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 23.2k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

5.68% of the people in Columbia, SC are hispanic (47.3k people).

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

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Global Diversity

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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

5.25%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
43.7k people
5.04%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
41.5k people

As of 2020, 5.25% of Columbia, SC residents (43.7k 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 Columbia, SC was 5.04%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    19,515 ± 770
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    16,415 ± 1,005
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    11,408 ± 894

Columbia, SC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.19 times greater than any other conflict.

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briefcaseEconomy

The economy of Columbia, SC employs 394k people. The largest industries in Columbia, SC are Health Care & Social Assistance (52,689 people), Retail Trade (43,940 people), and Educational Services (40,964 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($59,449), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($54,285), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($52,102).

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

394k
2020 Value
± 5,800
1.44%
1 Year growth
± 1.9%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Columbia, SC grew at a rate of 1.44%, from 388k employees to 394k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Columbia, SC, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (49,067 people), Sales & Related Occupations (40,090 people), and Management Occupations (39,744 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Columbia, SC.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in South Carolina (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

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Employment by Industries

394k
2020 Value
± 5,800
1.44%
1 Year growth
± 1.9%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Columbia, SC grew at a rate of 1.44%, from 388k employees to 394k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Columbia, SC, are Health Care & Social Assistance (52,689 people), Retail Trade (43,940 people), and Educational Services (40,964 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Columbia, SC, though some of these residents may live in Columbia, 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

$41,287
Median earning men ± $516
$31,423
Median earning women ± $488

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2020 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($58,272), Public Administration ($50,862), and Manufacturing ($50,591).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2020 are Public Administration ($42,751), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($41,642), and Information ($39,811).

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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. 6,454
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 5,242
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 4,071
    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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Payroll by Industry Sector

The industries with the highest total annual payroll
  1. $5.73M
    Manufacturing
  2. $5.1M
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  3. $4.94M
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing

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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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 Columbia, SC awarded 14,016 degrees. The student population of Columbia, SC in 2020 is skewed towards women, with 21,595 male students and 30,571 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Columbia, SC are White (9,224 and 68.7%), followed by Black or African American (2,427 and 18.1%), Hispanic or Latino (646 and 4.81%), and Two or More Races (479 and 3.57%).

The largest universities in Columbia, SC by number of degrees awarded are University of South Carolina-Columbia (9,815 and 70%), Midlands Technical College (2,141 and 15.3%), and Columbia College (217934) (387 and 2.76%).

The most popular majors in Columbia, SC are Liberal Arts & Sciences (725 and 5.17%), General Business Administration & Management (600 and 4.28%), and General Finance (536 and 3.82%).

The median tuition costs in Columbia, SC are $14,600 for private four year colleges, and $12,288 and $33,528 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2020 in Columbia, SC, the percentage of applicants admitted was 69.2%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 20.2%. The number of students enrolled in 2020 was 52,166 (41.4% men and 58.6% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2020 there were 52,166 students enrolled in Columbia, SC, 41.4% men and 58.6% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 31,459 records, of which 56.7% were women and 43.3% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 536 degree-majors awarded
  2. 399 degree-majors awarded
  3. 374 degree-majors awarded

In 2020, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Columbia, SC was General Finance with 536 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 9,815 degrees awarded
  2. 2,141 degrees awarded
  3. 387 degrees awarded

In 2020, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of South Carolina-Columbia with 9,815 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2020, 5,513 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Columbia, SC, which is 0.648 times less than the 8,503 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 9,224 degrees mean that there were 3.8 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 2,427 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private for-profit, 4-year or above ($16,920) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2020.

Private for-profit, 4-year or above ($1,080) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2020.

Public, 2-year ($1,640) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

The graph shows the average net price by sector and year.

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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 Columbia, SC was $159,700 in 2020, which is 0.695 times smaller than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $154,400 to $159,700, a 3.43% increase. The homeownership rate in Columbia, SC is 68.4%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.4%.

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

Median household income in Columbia, SC is $56,680. In 2020, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Columbia, SC was Beaufort County, SC with a value of $71,430, followed by York County, SC and Charleston County, SC, with respective values of $68,555 and $67,182.

Property

$159,700
Median Property Value 2020
±$1,796
$217,967
Median Property Taxes
±$3,577

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

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

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Rent vs Own

68.4%
Homeownership
2020
68.4%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2020

In 2020, 68.4% of the housing units in Columbia, SC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 67.9%.

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

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2020, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Columbia, SC was Beaufort County, SC with a value of $71,430, followed by York County, SC and Charleston County, SC, with respective values of $68,555 and $67,182.

The following map shows all of the counties in Columbia, 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.
$56,680
Median Household Income
± $1,123
319k
Number of Households
± 4,824

In 2020, the median household income of the 319k households in Columbia, SC grew to $56,680 from the previous year's value of $55,971.

The following chart displays the households in Columbia, 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 Columbia, 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 (79.5%)
  2. Carpooled (8.4%)
  3. Worked At Home (5.22%)

In 2020, 79.5% of workers in Columbia, SC drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (8.4%) and those who worked at home (5.22%).

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

24.5 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Columbia, SC have a shorter commute time (24.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 2.06% of the workforce in Columbia, 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 Columbia, SC distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Columbia, SC have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

14.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Columbia, SC (118k out of 797k 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 18 - 24.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Columbia, 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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90.3% of the population of Columbia, SC has health coverage, with 46.5% on employee plans, 14.4% on Medicaid, 10.1% on Medicare, 15.6% on non-group plans, and 3.73% 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 South Carolina see 1494 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.267% decrease from the previous year (1498 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1767 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 546 patients per year.

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

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1,494 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in South Carolina

Primary care physicians in South Carolina see an average of 1,494 patients per year. This represents a 0.267% decrease from the previous year (1,498 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in South Carolina 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 24.3% under 18 years, 22.4% between 18 and 34 years, 38.2% between 35 and 64 years, and 15.1% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 47.2% were men and 52.8% were women.

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

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Uninsured People

9.67%
Uninsured
46.5%
Employer Coverage
14.4%
Medicaid
10.1%
Medicare
15.6%
Non-Group
3.73%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in Columbia, SC grew by 2.23% from 9.46% to 9.67%.

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

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