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State Demographics Data - SC

South Carolina

Demographics & Social
2016
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 237,964
% Foreign Born 4.8%
Population Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2016 105.2%
% change: 1990-2000 132.1%
Race (%)  
One race 98.5%
White
57.4%
Black or African American
5.0%
American Indian and Alaska Native
0.2%
Asian
21.6%
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander
0.0%
Other race
14.2%
Two or more races 1.5%
Latino Origin (of any race)  
Number 110,978
% Latino 46.6%
Age Groups (%)  
Under 5 0.9%
5-17 6.4%
18-64 78.2%
65 and older 14.5%
Median Age

Note: 1) Data for Alaska, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming are from the Census Bureau's pooled 2012-2016 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2016 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.

40.5
Gender (% female) 50.4%
Marital Status (15 and older) (%)  
Never married 23.8%
Married 59.4%
Separated, divorced, or widowed 16.9%

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 4,723,155
% Foreign Born  
Population Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2011 21.2%
% change: 1990-2000 13.4%
Race (%)  
One race 97.8%
White 67.9%
Black or African American 28.1%
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3%
Asian 0.5%
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander 0.0%
Other race 0.9%
Two or more races 2.2%
Latino Origin (of any race)  
Number 161,813
% Latino 3.4%
Age Groups (%)  
Under 5 6.1%
5-17 16.8%
18-64 60.2%
65 and older 16.8%
Median Age 38.9
Gender (% female) 51.6%
Marital Status (15 and older) (%)  
Never married 33.2%
Married 45.4%
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.

237,964
Born in Africa 7,332
Born in Asia 57,585
Born in Europe 44,577
Born in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean) 119,377
Born in Northern America (Canada, Bermuda, Greenland, and St. Pierre and Miquelon) 8,405
Born in Oceania 688
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.

237,964
Europe 44,577
Northern Europe 14,606
United Kingdom
12,535
Ireland
1,256
Other Northern Europe
815
Western Europe 12,662
France
2,678
Germany
8,186
Other Western Europe
1,798
Southern Europe 3,538
Italy
1,038
Portugal
436
Other Southern Europe
2,064
Eastern Europe 13,771
Poland
1,546
Russia
2,709
Other Eastern Europe
9,516
Other Europe (no country specified) 0
Asia 57,585
Eastern Asia 16,645
China
8,911

China, excluding Taiwan

8,056

Taiwan

855
Japan
2,528
Korea
5,206
Other Eastern Asia
0
South Central Asia 15,416
India
12,106
Iran
1,264
Other South Central Asia
2,046
Southeastern Asia 22,628
Philippines
10,759
Vietnam
6,278
Other Southeastern Asia
5,591
Western Asia 2,896
Israel
339
Lebanon
262
Other Western Asia
2,295
Other Asia (no country specified) 0
Africa 7,332
Eastern Africa 1,990
Northern Africa
1,469
Western Africa
739
Middle and Southern Africa
2,795
Other Africa (no country specified)
339
Oceania 688
Australia and New Zealand subregion 623
Oceania (no country specified) 65
Americas 127,782
Latin America 119,377
Caribbean
9,651

Cuba

1,795

Jamaica

2,990

Other Caribbean

4,866
Central America
91,484

Mexico

67,361

El Salvador

3,961

Other Central America

20,162
South America
18,242

Brazil

2,342

Colombia

9,626

Other South America

6,274
Northern America 8,405
Canada
8,201
Other Northern America
204
Period of Entry into U.S.  
Before 1990 62,198
1990-1999 52,294
2000-2009 75,457
Since 2010 48,015
%
Region of Birth (excluding born at the sea)* 100%
Born in Africa 3.1%
Born in Asia 24.2%
Born in Europe 18.7%
Born in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean) 50.2%
Born in Northern America (Canada, Bermuda, Greenland, and St. Pierre and Miquelon) 3.5%
Born in Oceania 0.3%
Top 3 Countries of Birth*  
Country #1 32.60
Country #2 4.70%
Country #3 4.40
Detailed Region/Country of Birth* 100%
Europe 18.7%
Northern Europe 6.1%
United Kingdom 5.3%
Ireland 0.5%
Other Northern Europe 0.3%
Western Europe 5.3%
France 1.1%
Germany 3.4%
Other Western Europe 0.8%
Southern Europe 1.5%
Italy 0.4%
Portugal 0.2%
Other Southern Europe 0.9%
Eastern Europe 5.8%
Poland 0.6%
Russia 1.1%
Other Eastern Europe 4.0%
Other Europe (no country specified) 0.0%
Asia 24.2%
Eastern Asia 7.0%
China 3.7%
China, excluding Taiwan 3.4%
Taiwan 0.4%
Japan 1.1%
Korea 2.2%
Other Eastern Asia 0.0%
South Central Asia 6.5%
India 5.1%
Iran 0.5%
Other South Central Asia 0.9%
Southeastern Asia 9.5%
Philippines 4.5%
Vietnam 2.6%
Other Southeastern Asia 2.3%
Western Asia 1.2%
Israel 0.1%
Lebanon 0.1%
Other Western Asia 1.0%
Other Asia (no country specified) 0.0%
Africa 3.1%
Eastern Africa 0.8%
Northern Africa 0.6%
Western Africa 0.3%
Middle and Southern Africa 1.2%
Other Africa (no country specified) 0.1%
Oceania 0.3%
Australia and New Zealand subregion 0.3%
Oceania (no country specified) 0.0%
Americas 53.7%
Latin America 50.2%
Caribbean 4.1%
Cuba 0.8%
Jamaica 1.3%
Other Caribbean 2.0%
Central America 38.4%
Mexico 28.3%
El Salvador 1.7%
Other Central America 8.5%
South America 7.7%
Brazil 1.0%
Colombia 4.0%
Other South America 2.6%
Northern America 3.5%
Canada 3.4%
Other Northern America 0.1%
Period of Entry into U.S.  
Before 1980 26.1%
1980-1989 22.0%
1990-1999 31.7%
Since 2000 20.2%
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 27.30
Country #2 6.80%
Country #3 5.90
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
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 13.20
Country #2 10.10
Country #3 6.70%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
Foreign Born
Foreign Born
Foreign Born
Naturalization Number
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 237,964
Naturalized citizens 94,759
Noncitizens 143,205
Naturalized Citizens by Period of Naturalization 94,759
Before 1980 16,765
1980-1989 12,149
1990-1999 16,025
2000-2009 26,740
Since 2010 23,080
%
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 100%
Naturalized citizens 39.8%
Noncitizens 60.2%
Naturalized Citizens by Period of Naturalization 100%
Before 1980 17.7%
1980-1989 12.8%
1990-1999 16.9%
2000-2009 28.2%
Since 2010 24.4%
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) 71,617
Women (ages 15-50) who gave birth in the last 12 months 6,369
% married among women who gave birth
85.6%
% unmarried (never married, divorced, or widowed) among women who gave birth
14.4%
U.S. Born
Female Population (ages 15-50) 1,088,486
Women (ages 15-50) who gave birth in the last 12 months 53,711
% married among women who gave birth 56.2%
% unmarried (never married, divorced, or widowed) among women who gave birth 43.8%
Foreign Born
   
   
   
   
U.S. Born
   
   
   
   
Foreign Born
   
   
   
   
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Household and Family Size

Note: Data for Alaska, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming are from the Census Bureau's pooled 2012-2016 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2016 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 3.12
Average family size 3.62
U.S. Born
Average household size 2.54
Average family size 3.16
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 1,025,117
Only native parent(s)
914,623
One or more foreign-born parents
110,494

Child is native

96,768

Child is foreign born

13,726
Children under age 6 with 329,263
Only native parent(s)
291,560
One or more foreign-born parents
37,703

Child is native

35,045

Child is foreign born

2,658
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 695,854
Only native parent(s)
623,063
One or more foreign-born parents
72,791

Child is native

61,723

Child is foreign born

11,068
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.

471,485
Only native parents 409,359
One or more foreign-born parents 62,126
%
Children with Foreign- and Native-Born Parents*  
Children under age 18 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 89.2%
One or more foreign-born parents 10.8%
Child is native 9.4%
Child is foreign born 1.3%
Children under age 6 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 88.5%
One or more foreign-born parents 11.5%
Child is native 10.6%
Child is foreign born 0.8%
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 89.5%
One or more foreign-born parents 10.5%
Child is native 8.9%
Child is foreign born 1.6%
Children in Low-Income Families* 100%
Only native parents 86.8%
One or more foreign-born parents 13.2%
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, 2016 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, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming are from the U.S. Census Bureau's pooled 2012-2016 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2016 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.