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Central, South Carolina - Basic Facts

The Town of Central had a population of 5,264 as of July 1, 2019. Central ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in South Carolina. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Central is located at latitude 34.7243 and longitude -82.7812 in Pickens County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Central encompass a land area of 2.74 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Pickens County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 906 feet.

The Town of Central (GNIS ID: 2406246) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

South Carolina is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The Town of Central is located within Central Division of Pickens County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Central: Center, Garvin.

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Central, SC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2019)

HOUSING AFFORDABILITY INDEX

Central, SC Housing Affordability Index is 97
State of South Carolina Housing Affordability Index is 149
The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.

WEALTH INDEX

Central, SC Wealth Index is 32
State of South Carolina Wealth Index is 81
The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

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POPULATION

Total Population 5,264 (100%)
Population in Households 5,132 (97.5%)
Population in Families 2,460 (46.7%)
Population in Group Quarters1 132 ( 2.5%)
Population Density 1,903
Diversity Index2 47
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $26,840
Average Household Income $41,282
Per Capita Income $16,472
Wealth Index4 32

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 2,261 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 627 (27.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,344 (59.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 290 (12.8%)
Median Home Value $152,134
Housing Affordability Index3 97
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 1,971
Average Household Size 2.6
Family Households 746
Average Family Size 3
NOTES
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2019 2019-2024
Population 0.1% 0.48%
Households -0.14% 0.32%
Families 1.45% 0.13%
Median Household Income   1.03%
Per Capita Income   1.69%

Central, SC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Central to the other 397 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in South Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2019 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 97 76th
Population Density # 33 92nd
Diversity Index # 242 40th
Median Household Income # 368 8th
Per Capita Income # 348 13th

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