Fairfield County, SC

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2022 Population
20,942
1.15% 1-year decline
US Senator
Lindsey Graham
Republican Party
US Senator
Tim Scott
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
46.6
1.48% 1-year decrease
2022 Poverty Rate
18.7%
4.96% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$44,521
6.62% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$123,200
12% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Fairfield County, SC had a population of 20.9k people with a median age of 46.6 and a median household income of $44,521. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Fairfield County, SC declined from 21,186 to 20,942, a −1.15% decrease and its median household income grew from $41,755 to $44,521, a 6.62% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Fairfield County, SC are Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (55.9%), White (Non-Hispanic) (38.6%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.72%), Two+ (Hispanic) (2.12%), and Asian (Hispanic) (0.248%).

None of the households in Fairfield 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.

99.8% of the residents in Fairfield County, SC are U.S. citizens.

In 2022, the median property value in Fairfield County, SC was $123,200, and the homeownership rate was 75.1%.

Most people in Fairfield County, SC drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 30.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Fairfield County, SC was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Fairfield County, SC is home to a population of 20.9k people, from which 99.8% are citizens. As of 2022, 0.988% of Fairfield County, SC residents were born outside of the country (207 people).

In 2022, there were 1.45 times more Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents (11.7k people) in Fairfield County, SC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 8.08k White (Non-Hispanic) and 569 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

99.8%
2022 Citizenship
99.7%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 99.8% of Fairfield County, SC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Fairfield County, SC was 99.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Fairfield County, SC
  1. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    11.7k ± 188
  2. White (Non-Hispanic)
    8.08k ± 53
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    569 ± 202
2.63%
Hispanic Population
551 people

In 2022, there were 1.45 times more Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents (11.7k people) in Fairfield County, SC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 8.08k White (Non-Hispanic) and 569 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

2.63% of the people in Fairfield County, SC are hispanic (551 people).

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

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Foreign-Born Population

0.988%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
207 people
0.557%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
118 people

As of 2022, 0.988% of Fairfield County, SC residents (207 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 Fairfield County, SC was 0.557%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    399 ± 134
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    226 ± 97
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    223 ± 90

Fairfield County, SC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.77 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Fairfield County, SC employs 9.23k people. The largest industries in Fairfield County, SC are Manufacturing (2,065 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,164 people), and Retail Trade (904 people), and the highest paying industries are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($177,661), Utilities ($110,119), and Wholesale Trade ($61,654).

Occupations

9.23k
2022 Value
± 754
1.11%
1 Year growth
± 12.6%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Fairfield County, SC grew at a rate of 1.11%, from 9.13k employees to 9.23k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Fairfield County, SC, are Production Occupations (1,272 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (996 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (879 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Fairfield County, SC.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

9.23k
2022 Value
± 754
1.11%
1 Year growth
± 12.6%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Fairfield County, SC grew at a rate of 1.11%, from 9.13k employees to 9.23k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Fairfield County, SC, are Manufacturing (2,065 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,164 people), and Retail Trade (904 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Fairfield County, SC, though some of these residents may live in Fairfield 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

$47,107
Median earning men ± $3,058
$30,401
Median earning women ± $3,184

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($177,823), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($83,750), and Wholesale Trade ($70,880).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($59,009), Public Administration ($47,036), and Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($32,857).

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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. 80
    Manufacturing
  2. 79
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 71
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Fairfield County, SC went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 60.8% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (38.1%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (0.643%).

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

Awarded Degrees over Time

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Educational Pyramid

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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.

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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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).

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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Housing & Living

The median property value in Fairfield County, SC was $123,200 in 2022, which is 0.437 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $110,000 to $123,200, a 12% increase. The homeownership rate in Fairfield County, SC is 75.1%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Fairfield County, SC have an average commute time of 30.6 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Fairfield County, SC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Property

$123,200
Median Property Value 2022
±$7,972
$6,609
Median Property Taxes
±$589

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

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

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Rent vs Own

75.1%
Homeownership
2022
68.4%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 75.1% of the housing units in Fairfield County, SC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 74.6%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 9601
  2. Census Tract 9602

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

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Household Income

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$44,521
Median Household Income
± $4,757
8.8k
Number of Households
± 748

In 2022, the median household income of the 8.8k households in Fairfield County, SC grew to $44,521 from the previous year's value of $41,755.

The following chart displays the households in Fairfield 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 < $10k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Fairfield 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 (86.2%)
  2. Carpooled (6.33%)
  3. Worked At Home (3.27%)

In 2022, 86.2% of workers in Fairfield County, SC drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (6.33%) and those who worked at home (3.27%).

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

30.6 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Fairfield County, SC have a longer commute time (30.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 2.57% of the workforce in Fairfield 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 Fairfield County, SC distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Fairfield County, SC have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

18.7% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Fairfield County, SC (3.87k out of 20.7k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 55 - 64, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Females 75+.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Fairfield 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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Health

92.5% of the population of Fairfield County, SC has health coverage, with 42.1% on employee plans, 20.3% on Medicaid, 15.7% on Medicare, 12.5% on non-group plans, and 1.91% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Fairfield County, SC see 2483 patients per year on average, which represents a 11.3% decrease from the previous year (2800 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 3676 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 959 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49.2% were men and 50.8% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

2,483 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Fairfield County, SC

Primary care physicians in Fairfield County, SC see an average of 2,483 patients per year. This represents a 11.3% decrease from the previous year (2,800 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Fairfield 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 20.5% under 18 years, 17.1% between 18 and 34 years, 40.4% between 35 and 64 years, and 22% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49.2% were men and 50.8% were women.

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Uninsured People

7.49%
Uninsured
42.1%
Employer Coverage
20.3%
Medicaid
15.7%
Medicare
12.5%
Non-Group
1.91%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Fairfield County, SC declined by 1.63% from 7.62% to 7.49%.

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Health Outcomes

Indicator

In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 118 in Fairfield 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 42.5% in Fairfield County, SC.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 12.1% in Fairfield County, SC.

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