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State Demographics Data - SC

South Carolina

Demographics & Social
2012
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 221,976
% Foreign Born 4.7%
Population Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2012 91.4%
% change: 1990-2000 132.1%
Race (%)  
One race 96.8%
White
54.6%
Black or African American
5.5%
American Indian and Alaska Native
0.2%
Asian
17.3%
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander
0.0%
Other race
19.1%
Two or more races 3.2%
Latino Origin (of any race)  
Number 109,255
% Latino 49.2%
Age Groups (%)  
Under 5 0.8%
5-17 6.6%
18-64 80.9%
65 and older 11.7%
Median Age

Note: 1) Data for Alaska, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, South Dakota, Vermont, and West Virginia are from the U.S. Census Bureau's pooled 2009-2011 American Community Survey (ACS), and data for North Dakota and Wyoming are from pooled 2007-2011 ACS. Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2012 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.

38.2
Gender (% female) 48.8%
Marital Status (15 and older) (%)  
Never married 25.7%
Married 61.2%
Separated, divorced, or widowed 13.1%

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 4,501,747
% Foreign Born  
Population Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2011 15.5%
% change: 1990-2000 13.4%
Race (%)  
One race 98.1%
White 67.6%
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 140,507
% Latino 3.1%
Age Groups (%)  
Under 5 6.5%
5-17 17.1%
18-64 61.5%
65 and older 14.9%
Median Age 38.4
Gender (% female) 51.5%
Marital Status (15 and older) (%)  
Never married 32.3%
Married 46.4%
Separated, divorced, or widowed 21.3%
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.

221,976
Born in Africa 6,422
Born in Asia 46,691
Born in Europe 40,063
Born in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean) 120,950
Born in Northern America (Canada, Bermuda, Greenland, and St. Pierre and Miquelon) 7,153
Born in Oceania 697
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.

221,976
Europe 40,063
Northern Europe 11,318
United Kingdom
9,671
Ireland
721
Other Northern Europe
926
Western Europe 12,176
France
1,678
Germany
9,077
Other Western Europe
1,421
Southern Europe 3,279
Italy
1,078
Portugal
598
Other Southern Europe
1,603
Eastern Europe 13,290
Poland
1,155
Russia
3,355
Other Eastern Europe
8,780
Other Europe (no country specified) 0
Asia 46,691
Eastern Asia 11,198
China
5,652

China, excluding Taiwan

5,222

Taiwan

430
Japan
2,689
Korea
2,857
Other Eastern Asia
0
South Central Asia 12,985
India
9,648
Iran
1,105
Other South Central Asia
2,232
Southeastern Asia 19,545
Philippines
8,532
Vietnam
5,541
Other Southeastern Asia
5,472
Western Asia 2,963
Israel
346
Lebanon
489
Other Western Asia
2,128
Other Asia (no country specified) 0
Africa 6,422
Eastern Africa 1,548
Northern Africa
2,538
Western Africa
1,574
Middle and Southern Africa
716
Other Africa (no country specified)
46
Oceania 697
Australia and New Zealand subregion 550
Oceania (no country specified) 147
Americas 128,103
Latin America 120,950
Caribbean
11,786

Cuba

2,099

Jamaica

3,246

Other Caribbean

6,441
Central America
89,996

Mexico

72,277

El Salvador

2,344

Other Central America

15,375
South America
19,168

Brazil

3,089

Colombia

10,407

Other South America

5,672
Northern America 7,153
Canada
6,902
Other Northern America
251
Period of Entry into U.S.  
Before 1990 60,105
1990-1999 51,659
2000-2009 92,260
Since 2010 17,952
%
Region of Birth (excluding born at the sea)* 100%
Born in Africa 2.9%
Born in Asia 21.0%
Born in Europe 18.0%
Born in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean) 54.5%
Born in Northern America (Canada, Bermuda, Greenland, and St. Pierre and Miquelon) 3.2%
Born in Oceania 0.3%
Top 3 Countries of Birth*  
Country #1 32.6%
Country #2 4.7%
Country #3 4.4%
Detailed Region/Country of Birth* 100%
Europe 18.0%
Northern Europe 5.1%
United Kingdom 4.4%
Ireland 0.3%
Other Northern Europe 0.4%
Western Europe 5.5%
France 0.8%
Germany 4.1%
Other Western Europe 0.6%
Southern Europe 1.5%
Italy 0.5%
Portugal 0.3%
Other Southern Europe 0.7%
Eastern Europe 6.0%
Poland 0.5%
Russia 1.5%
Other Eastern Europe 4.0%
Other Europe (no country specified) 0.0%
Asia 21.0%
Eastern Asia 5.0%
China 2.5%
China, excluding Taiwan 2.4%
Taiwan 0.2%
Japan 1.2%
Korea 1.3%
Other Eastern Asia 0.0%
South Central Asia 5.8%
India 4.3%
Iran 0.5%
Other South Central Asia 1.0%
Southeastern Asia 8.8%
Philippines 3.8%
Vietnam 2.5%
Other Southeastern Asia 2.5%
Western Asia 1.3%
Israel 0.2%
Lebanon 0.2%
Other Western Asia 1.0%
Other Asia (no country specified) 0.0%
Africa 2.9%
Eastern Africa 0.7%
Northern Africa 1.1%
Western Africa 0.7%
Middle and Southern Africa 0.3%
Other Africa (no country specified) 0.0%
Oceania 0.3%
Australia and New Zealand subregion 0.2%
Oceania (no country specified) 0.1%
Americas 57.7%
Latin America 54.5%
Caribbean 5.3%
Cuba 0.9%
Jamaica 1.5%
Other Caribbean 2.9%
Central America 40.5%
Mexico 32.6%
El Salvador 1.1%
Other Central America 6.9%
South America 8.6%
Brazil 1.4%
Colombia 4.7%
Other South America 2.6%
Northern America 3.2%
Canada 3.1%
Other Northern America 0.1%
Period of Entry into U.S.  
Before 1980 27.1%
1980-1989 23.3%
1990-1999 41.6%
Since 2000 8.1%
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 221,976
Naturalized citizens 81,907
Noncitizens 140,069
Naturalized Citizens by Period of Naturalization 81,907
Before 1980 13,760
1980-1989 9,618
1990-1999 16,531
2000-2009 30,535
Since 2010 11,463
%
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 100%
Naturalized citizens 36.9%
Noncitizens 63.1%
Naturalized Citizens by Period of Naturalization 100%
Before 1980 16.8%
1980-1989 11.7%
1990-1999 20.2%
2000-2009 37.3%
Since 2010 14.0%
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) 69,459
Women (ages 15-50) who gave birth in the last 12 months 4,831
% married among women who gave birth
83.6%
% unmarried (never married, divorced, or widowed) among women who gave birth
16.4%
U.S. Born
Female Population (ages 15-50) 1,066,215
Women (ages 15-50) who gave birth in the last 12 months 55,903
% married among women who gave birth 47.7%
% unmarried (never married, divorced, or widowed) among women who gave birth 52.3%
Foreign Born
   
   
   
   
U.S. Born
   
   
   
   
Foreign Born
   
   
   
   
U.S. Born
   
   
   
   
Household and Family Size

Note: 1) Data for Alaska, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, South Dakota, Vermont, and West Virginia are from the U.S. Census Bureau's pooled 2009-2011 American Community Survey (ACS), and data for North Dakota and Wyoming are from pooled 2007-2011 ACS. Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2012 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 3.2
Average family size 3.59
U.S. Born
Average household size 2.53
Average family size 3.1
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 1,019,411
Only native parent(s)
920,023
One or more foreign-born parents
99,388

Child is native

85,646

Child is foreign born

13,742
Children under age 6 with 341,686
Only native parent(s)
304,292
One or more foreign-born parents
37,394

Child is native

35,666

Child is foreign born

1,728
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 677,725
Only native parent(s)
615,731
One or more foreign-born parents
61,994

Child is native

49,980

Child is foreign born

12,014
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.

521,209
Only native parents 462,513
One or more foreign-born parents 58,696
%
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 9.7%
Child is native 8.4%
Child is foreign born 1.3%
Children under age 6 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 89.1%
One or more foreign-born parents 10.9%
Child is native 10.4%
Child is foreign born 0.5%
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 90.9%
One or more foreign-born parents 9.1%
Child is native 7.4%
Child is foreign born 1.8%
Children in Low-Income Families* 100%
Only native parents 88.7%
One or more foreign-born parents 11.3%
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, 2012 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, Montana, South Dakota, Vermont, and West Virginia are from the U.S. Census Bureau's pooled 2009-2011 American Community Survey (ACS), and North Dakota and Wyoming data are from pooled 2007-2011 ACS. Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2012 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.
  • 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.