Gaffney, SC

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2022 Population
56,200
0.00712% 1-year decline
US Senator
Lindsey Graham
Republican Party
US Senator
Tim Scott
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
40
2.04% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
18%
0.0597% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$47,011
13.7% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$124,500
17.3% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
24,212
2.1% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Gaffney, SC had a population of 56.2k people with a median age of 40 and a median household income of $47,011. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Gaffney, SC declined from 56,204 to 56,200, a −0.00712% decrease and its median household income grew from $41,330 to $47,011, a 13.7% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Gaffney, SC are White (Non-Hispanic) (70.8%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (19.6%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (3.22%), Two+ (Hispanic) (1.87%), and Other (Hispanic) (1.74%).

None of the households in Gaffney, 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.

98.1% of the residents in Gaffney, SC are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Gaffney, SC are Limestone University (529 degrees awarded in 2022).

In 2022, the median property value in Gaffney, SC was $124,500, and the homeownership rate was 70.8%.

Most people in Gaffney, SC drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 25 minutes. The average car ownership in Gaffney, SC was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Gaffney, SC is home to a population of 56.2k people, from which 98.1% are citizens. As of 2022, 2.56% of Gaffney, SC residents were born outside of the country (1.44k people).

In 2022, there were 3.61 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (39.8k people) in Gaffney, SC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 11k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 1.81k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

98.1%
2022 Citizenship
98.4%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 98.1% of Gaffney, SC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Gaffney, SC was 98.4%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Gaffney, SC
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    39.8k ± 438
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    11k ± 380
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    1.81k ± 412
4.92%
Hispanic Population
2.77k people

In 2022, there were 3.61 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (39.8k people) in Gaffney, SC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 11k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 1.81k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

4.92% of the people in Gaffney, SC are hispanic (2.77k people).

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

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    58,419 ± 5,900 people
  2. India
    18,341 ± 3,319 people
  3. Honduras
    13,844 ± 2,885 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of South Carolina was Mexico, the natal country of 58,419 South Carolina residents, followed by India with 18,341 and Honduras with 13,844.

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Foreign-Born Population

2.56%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
1.44k people
2.37%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
1.33k people

As of 2022, 2.56% of Gaffney, SC residents (1.44k 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 Gaffney, SC was 2.37%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    1,052 ± 207
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    709 ± 213
  3. Gulf War (2001-)
    692 ± 219

Gaffney, SC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.48 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Gaffney, SC employs 24.2k people. The largest industries in Gaffney, SC are Manufacturing (5,553 people), Retail Trade (2,763 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (2,500 people), and the highest paying industries are Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($55,604), Utilities ($47,270), and Information ($46,250).

Males in South Carolina have an average income that is 1.37 times higher than the average income of females, which is $52,636. The income inequality in South Carolina (measured using the Gini index) is 0.464, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

24.2k
2022 Value
± 1,376
2.1%
1 Year growth
± 7.97%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Gaffney, SC grew at a rate of 2.1%, from 23.7k employees to 24.2k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Gaffney, SC, are Production Occupations (3,158 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,460 people), and Management Occupations (1,931 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Gaffney, SC.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

24.2k
2022 Value
± 1,376
2.1%
1 Year growth
± 7.97%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Gaffney, SC grew at a rate of 2.1%, from 23.7k employees to 24.2k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Gaffney, SC, are Manufacturing (5,553 people), Retail Trade (2,763 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (2,500 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Gaffney, SC, though some of these residents may live in Gaffney, 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

$40,281
Median earning men ± $2,412
$28,816
Median earning women ± $1,954

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Manufacturing ($47,917), Information ($46,750), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($46,600).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Construction ($55,392), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($39,615), and Manufacturing ($34,672).

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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. 269
    Retail Trade
  2. 244
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 225
    Manufacturing

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in South Carolina went to Donald J. Trump with 55.1% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (43.4%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.11%).

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.

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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Education

In 2022, universities in Gaffney, SC awarded 529 degrees. The student population of Gaffney, SC in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 856 male students and 930 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Gaffney, SC are White (259 and 50.7%), followed by Black or African American (195 and 38.2%), Hispanic or Latino (20 and 3.91%), and Two or More Races (15 and 2.94%).

The largest universities in Gaffney, SC by number of degrees awarded are Limestone University (529 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Gaffney, SC are Other Business Administration, Management, & Operations (142 and 26.8%), Social Work (98 and 18.5%), and Liberal Arts & Sciences (33 and 6.24%).

The median tuition cost in Gaffney, SC for private four year colleges is $25,200.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Gaffney, SC, the percentage of applicants admitted was 89.5%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 16.5%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 1,786 (47.9% men and 52.1% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 1,786 students enrolled in Gaffney, SC, 47.9% men and 52.1% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 822 records, of which 50.4% were women and 49.6% men.

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Concentrations

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Gaffney, SC was Other Business Administration, Management, & Operations with 94 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
529 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Limestone University with 529 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 211 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Gaffney, SC, which is 0.664 times less than the 318 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 259 degrees mean that there were 1.33 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 195 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 ($25,200) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($1,100) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($2,304) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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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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Race

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).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Gaffney, SC was $124,500 in 2022, which is 0.442 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $106,100 to $124,500, a 17.3% increase. The homeownership rate in Gaffney, SC is 70.8%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Gaffney, SC have an average commute time of 25 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Gaffney, SC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Gaffney, SC is $47,011. In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Gaffney, SC was Beaufort County, SC with a value of $81,260, followed by York County, SC and Charleston County, SC, with respective values of $80,158 and $78,795.

Property

$124,500
Median Property Value 2022
±$8,441
$15,079
Median Property Taxes
±$922

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

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Rent vs Own

70.8%
Homeownership
2022
67.6%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 70.8% of the housing units in Gaffney, SC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 70.1%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Gaffney, SC was Beaufort County, SC with a value of $81,260, followed by York County, SC and Charleston County, SC, with respective values of $80,158 and $78,795.

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

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Household Income

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$47,011
Median Household Income
± $2,783
21.3k
Number of Households
± 1,134

In 2022, the median household income of the 21.3k households in Gaffney, SC grew to $47,011 from the previous year's value of $41,330.

The following chart displays the households in Gaffney, 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 Gaffney, 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 (83.8%)
  2. Carpooled (9.24%)
  3. Worked At Home (4.77%)

In 2022, 83.8% of workers in Gaffney, SC drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (9.24%) and those who worked at home (4.77%).

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Commute Time

25 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Gaffney, SC have a shorter commute time (25 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 2.54% of the workforce in Gaffney, 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 Gaffney, SC distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Gaffney, SC have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

18% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Gaffney, SC (9.92k out of 55.2k 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 25 - 34, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Females 55 - 64.

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

89% of the population of Gaffney, SC has health coverage, with 37.4% on employee plans, 21.5% on Medicaid, 13.1% on Medicare, 14.9% on non-group plans, and 2.21% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in South Carolina see 1485 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.602% decrease from the previous year (1494 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1768 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 524 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,485 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in South Carolina

Primary care physicians in South Carolina see an average of 1,485 patients per year. This represents a 0.602% decrease from the previous year (1,494 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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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 24% under 18 years, 21.2% between 18 and 34 years, 38.1% between 35 and 64 years, and 16.6% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 47.9% were men and 52.1% were women.

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Uninsured People

11%
Uninsured
37.4%
Employer Coverage
21.5%
Medicaid
13.1%
Medicare
14.9%
Non-Group
2.21%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Gaffney, SC declined by 9.15% from 12.1% to 11%.

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