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State Demographics Data - SC

South Carolina

Demographics & Social
2013
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 231,278
% Foreign Born 4.8%
Population Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2013 99.4%
% change: 1990-2000 132.1%
Race (%)  
One race 98.5%
White
57.7%
Black or African American
5.9%
American Indian and Alaska Native
0.1%
Asian
18.6%
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander
0.4%
Other race
15.8%
Two or more races 1.5%
Latino Origin (of any race)  
Number 111,047
% Latino 48.0%
Age Groups (%)  
Under 5 0.8%
5-17 6.8%
18-64 81.5%
65 and older 10.9%
Median Age

Note: 1) Data for Alaska, Maine, Mississippi, South Dakota, Vermont, and West Virginia are from the U.S. Census Bureau's pooled 2011-2013 American Community Survey (ACS), and Montana, North Dakota, and Wyoming data are from pooled 2009-2013 ACS. Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2013 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.

39.5
Gender (% female) 48.8%
Marital Status (15 and older) (%)  
Never married 26.8%
Married 59.8%
Separated, divorced, or widowed 13.5%

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 4,543,561
% Foreign Born  
Population Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2011 16.6%
% change: 1990-2000 13.4%
Race (%)  
One race 98.1%
White 67.7%
Black or African American 28.8%
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3%
Asian 0.5%
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander 0.0%
Other race 0.8%
Two or more races 1.9%
Latino Origin (of any race)  
Number 142,313
% Latino 3.1%
Age Groups (%)  
Under 5 6.4%
5-17 16.9%
18-64 61.2%
65 and older 15.4%
Median Age 38.5
Gender (% female) 51.5%
Marital Status (15 and older) (%)  
Never married 32.6%
Married 45.9%
Separated, divorced, or widowed 21.5%
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.

231,278
Born in Africa 8,796
Born in Asia 49,350
Born in Europe 36,183
Born in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean) 125,890
Born in Northern America (Canada, Bermuda, Greenland, and St. Pierre and Miquelon) 9,494
Born in Oceania 1,565
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.

231,278
Europe 36,183
Northern Europe 9,779
United Kingdom
8,062
Ireland
551
Other Northern Europe
1,166
Western Europe 11,667
France
1,530
Germany
8,558
Other Western Europe
1,579
Southern Europe 3,817
Italy
1,728
Portugal
458
Other Southern Europe
1,631
Eastern Europe 10,920
Poland
998
Russia
2,583
Other Eastern Europe
7,339
Other Europe (no country specified) 0
Asia 49,350
Eastern Asia 17,126
China
9,581

China, excluding Taiwan

8,269

Taiwan

1,312
Japan
2,032
Korea
5,513
Other Eastern Asia
0
South Central Asia 11,897
India
9,142
Iran
582
Other South Central Asia
2,173
Southeastern Asia 14,058
Philippines
7,608
Vietnam
3,403
Other Southeastern Asia
3,047
Western Asia 5,657
Israel
664
Lebanon
617
Other Western Asia
4,376
Other Asia (no country specified) 612
Africa 8,796
Eastern Africa 1,103
Northern Africa
2,713
Western Africa
1,935
Middle and Southern Africa
2,011
Other Africa (no country specified)
1,034
Oceania 1,565
Australia and New Zealand subregion 980
Oceania (no country specified) 585
Americas 135,384
Latin America 125,890
Caribbean
10,669

Cuba

1,865

Jamaica

3,230

Other Caribbean

5,574
Central America
96,413

Mexico

73,771

El Salvador

3,229

Other Central America

19,413
South America
18,808

Brazil

3,972

Colombia

7,870

Other South America

6,966
Northern America 9,494
Canada
9,458
Other Northern America
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Period of Entry into U.S.  
Before 1990 61,429
1990-1999 59,623
2000-2009 89,641
Since 2010 20,585
%
Region of Birth (excluding born at the sea)* 100%
Born in Africa 3.8%
Born in Asia 21.3%
Born in Europe 15.6%
Born in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean) 54.4%
Born in Northern America (Canada, Bermuda, Greenland, and St. Pierre and Miquelon) 4.1%
Born in Oceania 0.7%
Top 3 Countries of Birth*  
Country #1 32.6%
Country #2 4.7%
Country #3 4.4%
Detailed Region/Country of Birth* 100%
Europe 15.6%
Northern Europe 4.2%
United Kingdom 3.5%
Ireland 0.2%
Other Northern Europe 0.5%
Western Europe 5.0%
France 0.7%
Germany 3.7%
Other Western Europe 0.7%
Southern Europe 1.7%
Italy 0.7%
Portugal 0.2%
Other Southern Europe 0.7%
Eastern Europe 4.7%
Poland 0.4%
Russia 1.1%
Other Eastern Europe 3.2%
Other Europe (no country specified) 0.0%
Asia 21.3%
Eastern Asia 7.4%
China 4.1%
China, excluding Taiwan 3.6%
Taiwan 0.6%
Japan 0.9%
Korea 2.4%
Other Eastern Asia 0.0%
South Central Asia 5.1%
India 4.0%
Iran 0.3%
Other South Central Asia 0.9%
Southeastern Asia 6.1%
Philippines 3.3%
Vietnam 1.5%
Other Southeastern Asia 1.3%
Western Asia 2.4%
Israel 0.3%
Lebanon 0.3%
Other Western Asia 1.9%
Other Asia (no country specified) 0.3%
Africa 3.8%
Eastern Africa 0.5%
Northern Africa 1.2%
Western Africa 0.8%
Middle and Southern Africa 0.9%
Other Africa (no country specified) 0.4%
Oceania 0.7%
Australia and New Zealand subregion 0.4%
Oceania (no country specified) 0.3%
Americas 58.5%
Latin America 54.4%
Caribbean 4.6%
Cuba 0.8%
Jamaica 1.4%
Other Caribbean 2.4%
Central America 41.7%
Mexico 31.9%
El Salvador 1.4%
Other Central America 8.4%
South America 8.1%
Brazil 1.7%
Colombia 3.4%
Other South America 3.0%
Northern America 4.1%
Canada 4.1%
Other Northern America 0.0%
Period of Entry into U.S.  
Before 1980 26.6%
1980-1989 25.8%
1990-1999 38.8%
Since 2000 8.9%
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 231,278
Naturalized citizens 89,661
Noncitizens 141,617
Naturalized Citizens by Period of Naturalization 89,661
Before 1980 14,119
1980-1989 11,131
1990-1999 18,076
2000-2009 31,777
Since 2010 14,558
%
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 100%
Naturalized citizens 38.8%
Noncitizens 61.2%
Naturalized Citizens by Period of Naturalization 100%
Before 1980 15.7%
1980-1989 12.4%
1990-1999 20.2%
2000-2009 35.4%
Since 2010 16.2%
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) 70,268
Women (ages 15-50) who gave birth in the last 12 months 4,840
% married among women who gave birth
79.8%
% unmarried (never married, divorced, or widowed) among women who gave birth
20.2%
U.S. Born
Female Population (ages 15-50) 1,069,725
Women (ages 15-50) who gave birth in the last 12 months 53,691
% married among women who gave birth 54.0%
% unmarried (never married, divorced, or widowed) among women who gave birth 46.0%
Foreign Born
   
   
   
   
U.S. Born
   
   
   
   
Foreign Born
   
   
   
   
U.S. Born
   
   
   
   
Household and Family Size

Note: 1) Data for Alaska, Maine, Mississippi, South Dakota, Vermont, and West Virginia are from the U.S. Census Bureau's pooled 2011-2013 American Community Survey (ACS), and Montana, North Dakota, and Wyoming data are from pooled 2009-2013 ACS. Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2013 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 3.29
Average family size 3.73
U.S. Born
Average household size 2.55
Average family size 3.14
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. These figures do not include children under 18 who reside in a home with no parents.

 
Children under age 18 with 1,007,780
Only native parent(s)
910,305
One or more foreign-born parents
96,594

Child is native

84,005

Child is foreign born

12,589
Children under age 6 with 334,061
Only native parent(s)
297,503
One or more foreign-born parents
36,128

Child is native

34,311

Child is foreign born

1,817
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 673,719
Only native parent(s)
612,802
One or more foreign-born parents
60,466

Child is native

49,694

Child is foreign born

10,772
Children in Low-Income Families

Note: Refers only to children under 18 who resided with at least one parent. These figures do not include children under 18 who reside in a home with no parents. The term "low-income families" refers to families with annual incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty threshold.

509,460
Only native parents 448,269
One or more foreign-born parents 60,461
%
Children with Foreign- and Native-Born Parents*  
Children under age 18 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 90.3%
One or more foreign-born parents 9.6%
Child is native 8.3%
Child is foreign born 1.2%
Children under age 6 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 89.1%
One or more foreign-born parents 10.8%
Child is native 10.3%
Child is foreign born 0.5%
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 91.0%
One or more foreign-born parents 9.0%
Child is native 7.4%
Child is foreign born 1.6%
Children in Low-Income Families* 100%
Only native parents 88.0%
One or more foreign-born parents 11.9%
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 the U.S. Bureau of the Census’ American Community Survey (ACS) and Decennial Census. Unless stated otherwise, 2013 data are from the one-year ACS file. For information about ACS definitions, methodology, sampling error, and nonsampling error, click here. Estimates from the 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 a number 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, Mississippi, South Dakota, Vermont, and West Virginia are from the U.S. Census Bureau's pooled 2011-2013 American Community Survey (ACS), and Montana, North Dakota, and Wyoming data are from pooled 2009-2013 ACS. Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2013 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 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 2013 ACS, the U.S. Census Bureau includes children of same-sex married couples in the total number of children; the same information is unavailable by parental nativity. This means that the sum of children of natives and children of immigrants (in absolute and percent terms) may be smaller than the total number of children.
  • Children of immigrants: Refers only to children under 18 who resided with at least one parent. These figures do not include children under 18 who reside in a home with no parents.