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State Demographics Data - SC

South Carolina

Demographics & Social
2017
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 244,294
% Foreign Born 4.9%
Population Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2017 110.6%
% change: 1990-2000 132.1%
Race (%)  
One race 97.7%
White
52.2%
Black or African American
5.9%
American Indian and Alaska Native
0.4%
Asian
22.0%
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander
0.2%
Other race
17.0%
Two or more races 2.3%
Latino Origin (of any race)  
Number 109,775
% Latino 44.9%
Age Groups (%)  
Under 5 0.8%
5-17 7.0%
18-64 78.8%
65 and older 13.4%
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 2013-2017 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2017 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.

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Gender (% female) 49.3%
Marital Status (15 and older) (%)  
Never married 26.2%
Married 59.8%
Separated, divorced, or widowed 14.0%

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 4,780,075
% Foreign Born  
Population Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2011 22.7%
% change: 1990-2000 13.4%
Race (%)  
One race 97.9%
White 68.0%
Black or African American 28.1%
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3%
Asian 0.5%
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander 0.1%
Other race 0.8%
Two or more races 2.1%
Latino Origin (of any race)  
Number 176,215
% Latino 3.7%
Age Groups (%)  
Under 5 6.0%
5-17 16.6%
18-64 59.9%
65 and older 17.4%
Median Age 39.2
Gender (% female) 51.6%
Marital Status (15 and older) (%)  
Never married 33.7%
Married 46.2%
Separated, divorced, or widowed 20.0%
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.

244,294
Born in Africa 10,083
Born in Asia 62,382
Born in Europe 41,141
Born in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean) 120,966
Born in Northern America (Canada, Bermuda, Greenland, and St. Pierre and Miquelon) 7,803
Born in Oceania 1,919
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.

244,294
Europe 41,141
Northern Europe 8,144
United Kingdom
6,759
Ireland
904
Other Northern Europe
481
Western Europe 12,371
France
1,141
Germany
8,991
Other Western Europe
2,239
Southern Europe 4,274
Italy
1,062
Portugal
691
Other Southern Europe
2,521
Eastern Europe 16,318
Poland
2,587
Russia
4,253
Other Eastern Europe
9,478
Other Europe (no country specified) 34
Asia 62,382
Eastern Asia 18,392
China
11,824

China, excluding Taiwan

9,963

Taiwan

1,861
Japan
1,682
Korea
4,820
Other Eastern Asia
66
South Central Asia 18,487
India
14,243
Iran
1,436
Other South Central Asia
2,808
Southeastern Asia 21,812
Philippines
10,392
Vietnam
6,006
Other Southeastern Asia
5,414
Western Asia 3,691
Israel
1,224
Lebanon
220
Other Western Asia
2,247
Other Asia (no country specified) 0
Africa 10,083
Eastern Africa 1,157
Northern Africa
1,921
Western Africa
4,402
Middle and Southern Africa
1,229
Other Africa (no country specified)
1,374
Oceania 1,919
Australia and New Zealand subregion 1,116
Oceania (no country specified) 803
Americas 128,769
Latin America 120,966
Caribbean
9,449

Cuba

1,899

Jamaica

2,937

Other Caribbean

4,613
Central America
88,591

Mexico

63,781

El Salvador

4,441

Other Central America

20,369
South America
22,926

Brazil

3,376

Colombia

10,520

Other South America

9,030
Northern America 7,803
Canada
7,568
Other Northern America
235
Period of Entry into U.S.  
Before 1990 58,387
1990-1999 49,941
2000-2009 78,328
Since 2010 57,638
%
Region of Birth (excluding born at the sea)* 100%
Born in Africa 4.1%
Born in Asia 25.5%
Born in Europe 16.8%
Born in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean) 49.5%
Born in Northern America (Canada, Bermuda, Greenland, and St. Pierre and Miquelon) 3.2%
Born in Oceania 0.8%
Top 3 Countries of Birth*  
Country #1 32.6
Country #2 4.70%
Country #3 4.4
Detailed Region/Country of Birth* 100%
Europe 16.8%
Northern Europe 3.3%
United Kingdom 2.8%
Ireland 0.4%
Other Northern Europe 0.2%
Western Europe 5.1%
France 0.5%
Germany 3.7%
Other Western Europe 0.9%
Southern Europe 1.7%
Italy 0.4%
Portugal 0.3%
Other Southern Europe 1.0%
Eastern Europe 6.7%
Poland 1.1%
Russia 1.7%
Other Eastern Europe 3.9%
Other Europe (no country specified) 0.0%
Asia 25.5%
Eastern Asia 7.5%
China 4.8%
China, excluding Taiwan 4.1%
Taiwan 0.8%
Japan 0.7%
Korea 2.0%
Other Eastern Asia 0.0%
South Central Asia 7.6%
India 5.8%
Iran 0.6%
Other South Central Asia 1.1%
Southeastern Asia 8.9%
Philippines 4.3%
Vietnam 2.5%
Other Southeastern Asia 2.2%
Western Asia 1.5%
Israel 0.5%
Lebanon 0.1%
Other Western Asia 0.9%
Other Asia (no country specified) 0.0%
Africa 4.1%
Eastern Africa 0.5%
Northern Africa 0.8%
Western Africa 1.8%
Middle and Southern Africa 0.5%
Other Africa (no country specified) 0.6%
Oceania 0.8%
Australia and New Zealand subregion 0.5%
Oceania (no country specified) 0.3%
Americas 52.7%
Latin America 49.5%
Caribbean 3.9%
Cuba 0.8%
Jamaica 1.2%
Other Caribbean 1.9%
Central America 36.3%
Mexico 26.1%
El Salvador 1.8%
Other Central America 8.3%
South America 9.4%
Brazil 1.4%
Colombia 4.3%
Other South America 3.7%
Northern America 3.2%
Canada 3.1%
Other Northern America 0.1%
Period of Entry into U.S.  
Before 1980 23.9%
1980-1989 20.4%
1990-1999 32.1%
Since 2000 23.6%
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
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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 6.80%
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 #1 235
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 6.70%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
Foreign Born
Foreign Born
Foreign Born
Naturalization Number
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 244,294
Naturalized citizens 106,194
Noncitizens 138,100
Naturalized Citizens by Period of Naturalization 106,194
Before 1980 13,551
1980-1989 13,113
1990-1999 15,636
2000-2009 30,873
Since 2010 33,021
%
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 100%
Naturalized citizens 43.5%
Noncitizens 56.5%
Naturalized Citizens by Period of Naturalization 100%
Before 1980 12.8%
1980-1989 12.3%
1990-1999 14.7%
2000-2009 29.1%
Since 2010 31.1%
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) 73,429
Women (ages 15-50) who gave birth in the last 12 months 5,112
% married among women who gave birth
78.1%
% unmarried (never married, divorced, or widowed) among women who gave birth
21.9%
U.S. Born
Female Population (ages 15-50) 1,092,692
Women (ages 15-50) who gave birth in the last 12 months 61,763
% married among women who gave birth 54.6%
% unmarried (never married, divorced, or widowed) among women who gave birth 45.4%
Foreign Born
   
   
   
   
U.S. Born
   
   
   
   
Foreign Born
   
   
   
   
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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 2012-2017 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2017 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 3.17
Average family size 3.69
U.S. Born
Average household size 2.53
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. 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 1,031,143
Only native parent(s)
919,446
One or more foreign-born parents
111,697

Child is native

96,534

Child is foreign born

15,163
Children under age 6 with 328,016
Only native parent(s)
293,884
One or more foreign-born parents
34,132

Child is native

32,319

Child is foreign born

1,813
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 703,127
Only native parent(s)
625,562
One or more foreign-born parents
77,565

Child is native

64,215

Child is foreign born

13,350
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.

479,390
Only native parents 416,154
One or more foreign-born parents 63,236
%
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 1.5%
Children under age 6 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 89.6%
One or more foreign-born parents 10.4%
Child is native 9.9%
Child is foreign born 0.6%
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 89.0%
One or more foreign-born parents 11.0%
Child is native 9.1%
Child is foreign born 1.9%
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 the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS) and Decennial Census. Unless stated otherwise, 2017 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, Sarah Flood, Ronald Goeken, Josiah Grover, Erin Meyer, Jose Pacas, and Matthew Sobek. Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS) USA: Version 8.0 [dataset]. Minneapolis, MN: IPUMS, 2018. https://doi.org/10.18128/D010.V8.0.

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 2013-2017 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2017 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.