South Carolina Census Data


South Carolina Census Data

The tables below provide updated data and demographic estimates for South Carolina as of July 1, 2016. Our South Carolina Census Data Comparison Tool allows you to compare and rank SC cities, towns, ZIP Codes and Counties.

South Carolina Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 4,943,188
Population in Households 4,805,830
Population in Familes 3,890,614
Population in Group Qrtrs 137,358
Population Density1 164
Diversity Index2 55


Total Households 1,921,215
Average Household Size 2.5
Family Households 1,280,857
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 2,287,091 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,294,762 (56.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 626,453 (27.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 365,876 (16.0%)
Median Home Value $152,094
Average Home Value $209,000


Median Household Income $45,563
Average Household Income $63,220
Per Capita Income $25,046
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.07% 1.15%
Households 1.04% 1.14%
Families 0.83% 1.01%
Median Household Income   2.3%
Per Capita Income   1.8%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.