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State Demographics Data - SC

South Carolina

Demographics & Social
2015
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 232,749
% Foreign Born 4.8%
Population Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2015 100.7%
% change: 1990-2000 132.1%
Race (%)  
One race 98.4%
White
54.8%
Black or African American
7.2%
American Indian and Alaska Native
0.3%
Asian
21.6%
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander
0.5%
Other race
13.9%
Two or more races 1.6%
Latino Origin (of any race)  
Number 105,948
% Latino 45.5%
Age Groups (%)  
Under 5 1.0%
5-17 6.1%
18-64 81.2%
65 and older 11.7%
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 2011-2015 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2015 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.

40.6
Gender (% female) 48.6%
Marital Status (15 and older) (%)  
Never married 26.6%
Married 58.8%
Separated, divorced, or widowed 14.6%

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 4,663,397
% Foreign Born  
Population Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2011 19.7%
% change: 1990-2000 13.4%
Race (%)  
One race 97.9%
White 67.9%
Black or African American 28.5%
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3%
Asian 0.4%
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander 0.0%
Other race 0.8%
Two or more races 2.1%
Latino Origin (of any race)  
Number 156,607
% Latino 3.4%
Age Groups (%)  
Under 5 6.1%
5-17 16.9%
18-64 60.6%
65 and older 16.4%
Median Age 38.8
Gender (% female) 51.4%
Marital Status (15 and older) (%)  
Never married 33.0%
Married 45.8%
Separated, divorced, or widowed 21.2%
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.

232,749
Born in Africa 8,771
Born in Asia 58,362
Born in Europe 36,780
Born in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean) 118,663
Born in Northern America (Canada, Bermuda, Greenland, and St. Pierre and Miquelon) 7,915
Born in Oceania 2,258
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.

232,749
Europe 36,780
Northern Europe 8,802
United Kingdom
7,438
Ireland
626
Other Northern Europe
738
Western Europe 11,586
France
1,541
Germany
8,564
Other Western Europe
1,481
Southern Europe 4,921
Italy
1,254
Portugal
318
Other Southern Europe
3,349
Eastern Europe 11,374
Poland
1,449
Russia
3,046
Other Eastern Europe
6,879
Other Europe (no country specified) 97
Asia 58,362
Eastern Asia 16,269
China
11,161

China, excluding Taiwan

10,396

Taiwan

765
Japan
2,193
Korea
2,915
Other Eastern Asia
0
South Central Asia 14,685
India
11,493
Iran
921
Other South Central Asia
2,271
Southeastern Asia 22,993
Philippines
10,349
Vietnam
5,142
Other Southeastern Asia
7,502
Western Asia 4,231
Israel
1,029
Lebanon
527
Other Western Asia
2,675
Other Asia (no country specified) 184
Africa 8,771
Eastern Africa 2,136
Northern Africa
1,726
Western Africa
2,436
Middle and Southern Africa
1,545
Other Africa (no country specified)
928
Oceania 2,258
Australia and New Zealand subregion 803
Oceania (no country specified) 1,455
Americas 126,578
Latin America 118,663
Caribbean
13,081

Cuba

2,737

Jamaica

4,823

Other Caribbean

5,521
Central America
85,623

Mexico

65,485

El Salvador

3,813

Other Central America

16,325
South America
19,959

Brazil

3,651

Colombia

8,026

Other South America

8,282
Northern America 7,915
Canada
7,866
Other Northern America
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Period of Entry into U.S.  
Before 1990 52,088
1990-1999 57,273
2000-2009 81,288
Since 2010 42,100
%
Region of Birth (excluding born at the sea)* 100%
Born in Africa 3.8%
Born in Asia 25.1%
Born in Europe 15.8%
Born in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean) 51.0%
Born in Northern America (Canada, Bermuda, Greenland, and St. Pierre and Miquelon) 3.4%
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 15.8%
Northern Europe 3.8%
United Kingdom 3.2%
Ireland 0.3%
Other Northern Europe 0.3%
Western Europe 5.0%
France 0.7%
Germany 3.7%
Other Western Europe 0.6%
Southern Europe 2.1%
Italy 0.5%
Portugal 0.1%
Other Southern Europe 1.4%
Eastern Europe 4.9%
Poland 0.6%
Russia 1.3%
Other Eastern Europe 3.0%
Other Europe (no country specified) 0.0%
Asia 25.1%
Eastern Asia 7.0%
China 4.8%
China, excluding Taiwan 4.5%
Taiwan 0.3%
Japan 0.9%
Korea 1.3%
Other Eastern Asia 0.0%
South Central Asia 6.3%
India 4.9%
Iran 0.4%
Other South Central Asia 1.0%
Southeastern Asia 9.9%
Philippines 4.4%
Vietnam 2.2%
Other Southeastern Asia 3.2%
Western Asia 1.8%
Israel 0.4%
Lebanon 0.2%
Other Western Asia 1.1%
Other Asia (no country specified) 0.1%
Africa 3.8%
Eastern Africa 0.9%
Northern Africa 0.7%
Western Africa 1.0%
Middle and Southern Africa 0.7%
Other Africa (no country specified) 0.4%
Oceania 1.0%
Australia and New Zealand subregion 0.3%
Oceania (no country specified) 0.6%
Americas 54.4%
Latin America 51.0%
Caribbean 5.6%
Cuba 1.2%
Jamaica 2.1%
Other Caribbean 2.4%
Central America 36.8%
Mexico 28.1%
El Salvador 1.6%
Other Central America 7.0%
South America 8.6%
Brazil 1.6%
Colombia 3.4%
Other South America 3.6%
Northern America 3.4%
Canada 3.4%
Other Northern America 0.0%
Period of Entry into U.S.  
Before 1980 22.4%
1980-1989 24.6%
1990-1999 34.9%
Since 2000 18.1%
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 232,749
Naturalized citizens 92,001
Noncitizens 140,748
Naturalized Citizens by Period of Naturalization 92,001
Before 1980 13,649
1980-1989 10,203
1990-1999 16,189
2000-2009 31,191
Since 2010 20,769
%
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 100%
Naturalized citizens 39.5%
Noncitizens 60.5%
Naturalized Citizens by Period of Naturalization 100%
Before 1980 14.8%
1980-1989 11.1%
1990-1999 17.6%
2000-2009 33.9%
Since 2010 22.6%
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) 72,778
Women (ages 15-50) who gave birth in the last 12 months 5,024
% married among women who gave birth
79.6%
% unmarried (never married, divorced, or widowed) among women who gave birth
20.4%
U.S. Born
Female Population (ages 15-50) 1,071,861
Women (ages 15-50) who gave birth in the last 12 months 56,292
% married among women who gave birth 53.3%
% unmarried (never married, divorced, or widowed) among women who gave birth 46.7%
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 2011-2015 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2015 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 3.15
Average family size 3.66
U.S. Born
Average household size 2.53
Average family size 3.13
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 1,020,296
Only native parent(s)
920,528
One or more foreign-born parents
99,768

Child is native

86,700

Child is foreign born

13,068
Children under age 6 with 328,564
Only native parent(s)
292,521
One or more foreign-born parents
36,043

Child is native

33,516

Child is foreign born

2,527
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 691,732
Only native parent(s)
628,007
One or more foreign-born parents
63,725

Child is native

53,184

Child is foreign born

10,541
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.

482,841
Only native parents 429,535
One or more foreign-born parents 53,306
%
Children with Foreign- and Native-Born Parents*  
Children under age 18 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 90.2%
One or more foreign-born parents 9.8%
Child is native 8.5%
Child is foreign born 1.3%
Children under age 6 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 89.0%
One or more foreign-born parents 11.0%
Child is native 10.2%
Child is foreign born 0.8%
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 90.8%
One or more foreign-born parents 9.2%
Child is native 7.7%
Child is foreign born 1.5%
Children in Low-Income Families* 100%
Only native parents 89.0%
One or more foreign-born parents 11.0%
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, 2015 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 2011-2015 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2015 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.