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State Demographics Data - SC

South Carolina

Demographics & Social
2014
2000
1990
Demographics

Note: The term "foreign born" refers to people residing in the United States at the time of the population survey who were not U.S. citizens at birth. The foreign-born population includes naturalized U.S. citizens, lawful permanent immigrants (or green-card holders), refugees and asylees, certain legal nonimmigrants (including those on student, work, or some other temporary visas), and persons residing in the country without authorization.

Foreign Born
Number 228,553
% Foreign Born 4.7%
Population Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2013 97.1%
% change: 1990-2000 132.1%
Race (%)  
One race 97.5%
White
53.8%
Black or African American
7.0%
American Indian and Alaska Native
0.1%
Asian
20.8%
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander
0.4%
Other race
15.4%
Two or more races 2.5%
Latino Origin (of any race)  
Number 106,972
% Latino 46.8%
Age Groups (%)  
Under 5 0.9%
5-17 6.4%
18-64 81.3%
65 and older 11.4%
Median Age

Note: 1) Data for Alaska, Maine, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming are from the Census Bureau's pooled 2010-2014 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2014 ACS. 2) The letter N Indicates that a number could not be provided by the Census Bureau because the number of sample cases was too small for this state.

39.6
Gender (% female) 48.3%
Marital Status (15 and older) (%)  
Never married 25.2%
Married 60.5%
Separated, divorced, or widowed 14.3%

Note: The term "U.S. born" refers to people residing in the United States who were U.S. citizens in one of three categories: people born in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia; people born in U.S. Insular Areas such as Puerto Rico or Guam; or people who were born abroad to at least one U.S. citizen parent.

U.S. Born
Number 4,603,929
% Foreign Born  
Population Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2011 18.2%
% change: 1990-2000 13.4%
Race (%)  
One race 97.9%
White 68.0%
Black or African American 28.3%
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3%
Asian 0.5%
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander 0.0%
Other race 0.7%
Two or more races 2.1%
Latino Origin (of any race)  
Number 150,432
% Latino 3.3%
Age Groups (%)  
Under 5 6.2%
5-17 17.0%
18-64 60.8%
65 and older 16.0%
Median Age 38.7
Gender (% female) 51.5%
Marital Status (15 and older) (%)  
Never married 32.8%
Married 45.8%
Separated, divorced, or widowed 21.4%
Foreign Born
Number 115,978
% Foreign Born 2.9%
Population Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2011  
 
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U.S. Born
Number 3,896,034
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Foreign Born
Number 49,964
% Foreign Born 1.4%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
U.S. Born
Number 3,436,739
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
Foreign Born
Foreign Born
Foreign Born
Place of Birth Number
Region of Birth (excluding born at sea)

Note: For 1990, 2000, and current ACS year, the total for the region of birth of the foreign born is different from the total foreign born. This is because the 1990 total excludes those who did not report a country of birth and those born at sea, while the 2000 and the current ACS year totals exclude those born at sea.

228,553
Born in Africa 11,582
Born in Asia 53,699
Born in Europe 36,975
Born in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean) 117,381
Born in Northern America (Canada, Bermuda, Greenland, and St. Pierre and Miquelon) 6,544
Born in Oceania 2,372
Top 3 Countries of Birth

Note: These are the largest countries of birth reported by the Census Bureau. Some countries are only listed as part of a larger geographic region. For example, those born in Somalia are included only among those born in Eastern Africa. Therefore, a few states may have larger populations of foreign-born persons born in countries not listed individually in census data. For each of the three years, countries of birth reflect geographic boundaries as of that year. The estimate for China excludes Taiwan.

 
Country #1 Mexico
Country #2 Colombia
Country #3 United Kingdom
Detailed Region/Country of Birth

Note: These are the largest countries of birth reported by the Census Bureau. Some countries are only listed as part of a larger geographic region. For example, those born in Somalia are included only among those born in Eastern Africa. Therefore, a few states may have larger populations of foreign-born persons born in countries not listed individually in census data. For each of the three years, countries of birth reflect geographic boundaries as of that year.

228,553
Europe 36,975
Northern Europe 10,015
United Kingdom
8,197
Ireland
863
Other Northern Europe
955
Western Europe 12,023
France
1,586
Germany
9,043
Other Western Europe
1,394
Southern Europe 4,208
Italy
978
Portugal
659
Other Southern Europe
2,571
Eastern Europe 10,363
Poland
1,112
Russia
2,510
Other Eastern Europe
6,741
Other Europe (no country specified) 366
Asia 53,699
Eastern Asia 15,494
China
10,045

China, excluding Taiwan

9,234

Taiwan

811
Japan
1,261
Korea
4,188
Other Eastern Asia
0
South Central Asia 16,373
India
11,919
Iran
635
Other South Central Asia
3,819
Southeastern Asia 17,341
Philippines
8,587
Vietnam
3,644
Other Southeastern Asia
5,110
Western Asia 4,085
Israel
1,151
Lebanon
545
Other Western Asia
2,389
Other Asia (no country specified) 406
Africa 11,582
Eastern Africa 2,420
Northern Africa
1,881
Western Africa
5,075
Middle and Southern Africa
1,962
Other Africa (no country specified)
244
Oceania 2,372
Australia and New Zealand subregion 1,158
Oceania (no country specified) 1,214
Americas 123,925
Latin America 117,381
Caribbean
8,266

Cuba

1,271

Jamaica

3,563

Other Caribbean

3,432
Central America
94,369

Mexico

75,743

El Salvador

2,531

Other Central America

16,095
South America
14,746

Brazil

2,246

Colombia

6,109

Other South America

6,391
Northern America 6,544
Canada
6,544
Other Northern America
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Period of Entry into U.S.  
Before 1990 58,585
1990-1999 54,772
2000-2009 77,468
Since 2010 37,728
%
Region of Birth (excluding born at the sea)* 100%
Born in Africa 5.1%
Born in Asia 23.5%
Born in Europe 16.2%
Born in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean) 51.4%
Born in Northern America (Canada, Bermuda, Greenland, and St. Pierre and Miquelon) 2.9%
Born in Oceania 1.0%
Top 3 Countries of Birth*  
Country #1 32.6%
Country #2 4.7%
Country #3 4.4%
Detailed Region/Country of Birth* 100%
Europe 16.2%
Northern Europe 4.4%
United Kingdom 3.6%
Ireland 0.4%
Other Northern Europe 0.4%
Western Europe 5.3%
France 0.7%
Germany 4.0%
Other Western Europe 0.6%
Southern Europe 1.8%
Italy 0.4%
Portugal 0.3%
Other Southern Europe 1.1%
Eastern Europe 4.5%
Poland 0.5%
Russia 1.1%
Other Eastern Europe 2.9%
Other Europe (no country specified) 0.2%
Asia 23.5%
Eastern Asia 6.8%
China 4.4%
China, excluding Taiwan 4.0%
Taiwan 0.4%
Japan 0.6%
Korea 1.8%
Other Eastern Asia 0.0%
South Central Asia 7.2%
India 5.2%
Iran 0.3%
Other South Central Asia 1.7%
Southeastern Asia 7.6%
Philippines 3.8%
Vietnam 1.6%
Other Southeastern Asia 2.2%
Western Asia 1.8%
Israel 0.5%
Lebanon 0.2%
Other Western Asia 1.0%
Other Asia (no country specified) 0.2%
Africa 5.1%
Eastern Africa 1.1%
Northern Africa 0.8%
Western Africa 2.2%
Middle and Southern Africa 0.9%
Other Africa (no country specified) 0.1%
Oceania 1.0%
Australia and New Zealand subregion 0.5%
Oceania (no country specified) 0.5%
Americas 54.2%
Latin America 51.4%
Caribbean 3.6%
Cuba 0.6%
Jamaica 1.6%
Other Caribbean 1.5%
Central America 41.3%
Mexico 33.1%
El Salvador 1.1%
Other Central America 7.0%
South America 6.5%
Brazil 1.0%
Colombia 2.7%
Other South America 2.8%
Northern America 2.9%
Canada 2.9%
Other Northern America 0.0%
Period of Entry into U.S.  
Before 1980 25.6%
1980-1989 24.0%
1990-1999 33.9%
Since 2000 16.5%
Number
Region of Birth (excluding born at the sea)* 115,978
Born in Africa 3,248
Born in Asia 29,402
Born in Europe 27,177
Born in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean) 49,608
Born in Northern America (Canada, Bermuda, Greenland, and St. Pierre and Miquelon) 5,718
Cat28 825
Top 3 Countries of Birth*  
Country #1 Mexico
Country #2 Germany
Country #3 United Kingdom
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
%
Region of birth 100%
Born in Africa 2.8%
Born in Asia 25.4%
Born in Europe 23.4%
Born in Latin America 42.8%
Born in Northern America 4.9%
Born in Oceania 0.7%
Top 3 Countries of Birth*  
Country #1 27.3%
Country #2 6.8%
Country #3 5.9%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Number
Region of Birth (excluding born at the sea)* 47,881
Born in Africa 1,869
Born in Asia 15,556
Born in Europe 18,957
Born in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean) 7,833
Born in Northern America (Canada, Bermuda, Greenland, and St. Pierre and Miquelon) 3,331
Cat21 335
Top 3 Countries of Birth*  
Country #1 Germany
Country #2 United Kingdom
Country #3 Canada
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
%
Region of birth 100%
Born in Africa 3.9%
Born in Asia 32.5%
Born in Europe 39.6%
Born in Latin America 16.4%
Born in Northern America 7.0%
Born in Oceania 0.7%
Top 3 Countries of Birth*  
Country #1 13.2%
Country #2 10.1%
Country #3 6.7%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
Foreign Born
Foreign Born
Foreign Born
Naturalization Number
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 228,553
Naturalized citizens 86,647
Noncitizens 141,906
Naturalized Citizens by Period of Naturalization 86,647
Before 1980 15,146
1980-1989 9,215
1990-1999 16,821
2000-2009 27,728
Since 2010 17,737
%
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 100%
Naturalized citizens 37.9%
Noncitizens 62.1%
Naturalized Citizens by Period of Naturalization 100%
Before 1980 17.5%
1980-1989 10.6%
1990-1999 19.4%
2000-2009 32.0%
Since 2010 20.5%
Number
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 115,978
Naturalized citizens 42,983
Noncitizens 72,995
   
   
   
   
   
   
%
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 100%
Naturalized citizens 37.1%
Noncitizens 62.9%
   
   
   
   
   
   
Number
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 49,964
Naturalized citizens 25,411
Noncitizens 24,553
   
   
   
   
   
   
%
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 100%
Naturalized citizens 50.9%
Noncitizens 49.1%
   
   
   
   
   
   
Fertility Foreign Born
Female Population (ages 15-50) 67,864
Women (ages 15-50) who gave birth in the last 12 months 4
% married among women who gave birth
91,000.0%
% unmarried (never married, divorced, or widowed) among women who gave birth
24,450.0%
U.S. Born
Female Population (ages 15-50) 1,075,011
Women (ages 15-50) who gave birth in the last 12 months 51
% married among women who gave birth 52,794.1%
% unmarried (never married, divorced, or widowed) among women who gave birth 48,062.7%
Foreign Born
   
   
   
   
U.S. Born
   
   
   
   
Foreign Born
   
   
   
   
U.S. Born
   
   
   
   
Household and Family Size

Note: Data for Alaska, Maine, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming are from the Census Bureau's pooled 2010-2014 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2014 ACS. 2) The letter N indicates that a number could not be provided by the Census Bureau because the number of sample cases was too small for this state.

Foreign Born
Average household size 3.19
Average family size 3.66
U.S. Born
Average household size 2.54
Average family size 3.15
Foreign Born
   
   
U.S. Born
   
   
Foreign Born
   
   
U.S. Born
   
   
 
Population
Population
Population
Children under 18 Number
Children with Foreign- and Native-Born Parents

Note: Refers only to children under 18 who resided with at least one parent. Beginning with the 2014 ACS, the Census Bureau is excluding children of same-sex married couples from the total number of children. This means that the total number of children may be smaller than in previous years.

 
Children under age 18 with 1,013,030
Only native parent(s)
906,590
One or more foreign-born parents
106,440

Child is native

93,622

Child is foreign born

12,818
Children under age 6 with 332,450
Only native parent(s)
295,174
One or more foreign-born parents
37,276

Child is native

35,258

Child is foreign born

2,018
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 680,580
Only native parent(s)
611,416
One or more foreign-born parents
69,164

Child is native

58,364

Child is foreign born

10,800
Children in Low-Income Families

Note: Refers only to children under 18 who resided with at least one parent. Beginning with the 2014 American Community Survey, the Census Bureau is excluding children of same-sex married couples from the total number of children. This means that the total number of children may be smaller than in previous years. The term "low-income families" refers to families with annual incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty threshold.

511,465
Only native parents 446,339
One or more foreign-born parents 65,126
%
Children with Foreign- and Native-Born Parents*  
Children under age 18 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 89.5%
One or more foreign-born parents 10.5%
Child is native 9.2%
Child is foreign born 1.3%
Children under age 6 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 88.8%
One or more foreign-born parents 11.2%
Child is native 10.6%
Child is foreign born 0.6%
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 89.8%
One or more foreign-born parents 10.2%
Child is native 8.6%
Child is foreign born 1.6%
Children in Low-Income Families* 100%
Only native parents 87.3%
One or more foreign-born parents 12.7%
Number
Children with Foreign- and Native-Born Parents  
Children under age 18 with 942,364
Only native parent(s) 897,567
One or more foreign-born parents 44,797
Child is native 34,503
Child is foreign born 10,294
Children under age 6 with 292,552
Only native parent(s) 276,582
One or more foreign-born parents 15,970
Child is native 13,944
Child is foreign born 2,026
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 649,812
Only native parent(s) 620,985
One or more foreign-born parents 28,827
Child is native 20,559
Child is foreign born 8,268
Children in Low-Income Families* 387,448
Only native parents 368,277
One or more foreign-born parents 19,171
%
Children with Foreign- and Native-Born Parents  
Children under age 18 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 95.2%
One or more foreign-born parents 4.8%
Child is native 3.7%
Child is foreign born 1.1%
Children under age 6 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 94.5%
One or more foreign-born parents 5.5%
Child is native 4.8%
Child is foreign born 0.7%
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 95.6%
One or more foreign-born parents 4.4%
Child is native 3.2%
Child is foreign born 1.3%
Children in Low-Income Families* 100%
Only native parents 95.1%
One or more foreign-born parents 4.9%
Number
Children with Foreign- and Native-Born Parents  
Children under age 18 with 869,094
Only native parent(s) 848,601
One or more foreign-born parents 20,493
Child is native 17,139
Child is foreign born 3,354
Children under age 6 with 293,292
Only native parent(s) 286,392
One or more foreign-born parents 6,900
Child is native 6,255
Child is foreign born 645
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 575,802
Only native parent(s) 562,209
One or more foreign-born parents 13,593
Child is native 10,884
Child is foreign born 2,709
Children in Low-Income Families* 392,535
Only native parents 384,897
One or more foreign-born parents 7,638
%
Children with Foreign- and Native-Born Parents  
Children under age 18 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 97.6%
One or more foreign-born parents 2.4%
Child is native 2.0%
Child is foreign born 0.4%
Children under age 6 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 97.6%
One or more foreign-born parents 2.4%
Child is native 2.1%
Child is foreign born 0.2%
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 97.6%
One or more foreign-born parents 2.4%
Child is native 1.9%
Child is foreign born 0.5%
Children in Low-Income Families* 100%
Only native parents 98.1%
One or more foreign-born parents 1.9%

Sources: Migration Policy Institute tabulations of data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) and Decennial Census. Unless stated otherwise, 2014 data are from the one-year ACS file. For information about ACS definitions, methodology, sampling error, and nonsampling error, click here. Estimates from 1990 and 2000 Decennial Census data as well as ACS microdata are from Steven Ruggles, Matthew Sobek, Trent Alexander, Catherine A. Fitch, Ronald Goeken, Patricia Kelly Hall, Miriam King, and Chad Ronnander, "Integrated Public Use Microdata Series: Version 4.0" (Machine-readable database, Minnesota Population Center [producer and distributor], 2011).

Definitions

  • The term "foreign born" refers to people residing in the United States at the time of the population survey who were not U.S. citizens at birth. The foreign-born population includes naturalized U.S. citizens, lawful permanent immigrants (or green-card holders), refugees and asylees, certain legal nonimmigrants (including those on student, work, or some other temporary visas), and persons residing in the country without authorization.
  • The term "U.S. born" refers to people residing in the United States who were U.S. citizens in one of three categories: people born in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia; people born in U.S. Insular Areas such as Puerto Rico or Guam; or people who were born abroad to at least one U.S. citizen parent.
  • The term "low-income families" refers to families with annual incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty threshold.

Data-related notes

  • The letter N indicates that an estimate could not be provided by the Census Bureau because the number of sample cases was too small for this state.
  • For “Median Age” and “Household Size”: Data for Alaska, Maine, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming are from the U.S. Census Bureau's pooled 2010-2014 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2014 ACS.
  • Region of birth: For 1990, 2000, and current ACS year, the total for the region of birth of the foreign born is different from the total foreign born. This is because the 1990 total excludes those who did not report a country of birth and those born at sea, while the 2000 census and the current ACS year totals exclude those born at sea.
  • Countries of birth: These are the largest countries of birth reported by the Census Bureau. Some countries are only listed as part of a larger geographic region. For example, those born in Somalia are included only among those born in Eastern Africa. Therefore, a few states may have larger populations of foreign-born persons born in countries not listed individually in census data. For each of the three years, countries of birth reflect geographic boundaries as of that year.
  • Beginning with the 2014 ACS, the Census Bureau is excluding children of same-sex married couples from the total number of children. This means that the total number of children may be smaller than in previous years.
  • Children of immigrants: Refers only to children under age 18 who resided with at least one parent. These figures do not include children under age 18 who reside in a home with no parents.