E.g., 04/14/2024
E.g., 04/14/2024
State Income Data - SC
 

South Carolina

Income & Poverty
2022
2000
1990
Poverty

Note: Poverty status is not determined for unrelated individuals under the age of 15 (such as foster children) or for persons lacking conventional housing.

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
Population (for whom poverty status is determined) (%)

Note: Data for Alaska, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming are from the U.S. Census Bureau's pooled 2018-2022 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2022 ACS.

269,026
Below 100% of the poverty level 14.6%
100-199% of the poverty level 20.4%
At or above 200% of the poverty level 65.0%
People in Poverty: Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2022 78.8%
% change: 1990-2000 320.3%
% Families in Poverty by Family Type

Note: Data for Alaska, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming are from the U.S. Census Bureau's pooled 2018-2022 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2022 ACS.

 
All families (among those for whom poverty status is determined) 14.4%
With related children under age 18
19.4%
With related children under age 5
18.1%
Married-couple families 10.1%
With related children under age 18
11.7%
With related children under age 5
17.3%
Families with female householder, no husband present 34.1%
With related children under age 18
45.9%
With related children under age 5
32.3%
Poverty by U.S. Citizenship Status (among the foreign born)  
Naturalized citizens 132,043
Below 100% of the poverty level
9.5%
100-199% of the poverty level
14.8%
At or above 200% of the poverty level
75.7%
Noncitizens 136,983
Below 100% of the poverty level
19.5%
100-199% of the poverty level
25.8%
At or above 200% of the poverty level
54.7%
Foreign Born Living in Poverty by Region of Birth

Note: 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.

 
Born in Africa N
Below 100% of the poverty level
N
Born in Asia 66,572
Below 100% of the poverty level
10.4%
Born in Europe 50,333
Below 100% of the poverty level
11.8%
Born in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean) 129,595
Below 100% of the poverty level
18.4%
Born in Northern America (Canada, Bermuda, Greenland, and St. Pierre and Miquelon) N
Below 100% of the poverty level
N
Born in Oceania N
Below 100% of the poverty level
N

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
Population (for whom poverty status is determined) (%) 4,871,222
Below 100% of the poverty level 13.9%
100-199% of the poverty level 17.6%
At or above 200% of the poverty level 68.5%
People in Poverty: Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2011 29.0%
% change: 1990-2000 2.1%
% Families in Poverty by Family Type  
All families (among those for whom poverty status is determined) 9.7%
With related children under age 18
16.3%
With related children under age 5
16.5%
Married-couple families 4.2%
With related children under age 18
5.5%
With related children under age 5
4.0%
Families with female householder, no husband present 27.0%
With related children under age 18
36.6%
With related children under age 5
42.7%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Foreign Born
Population (for whom poverty status is determined) (%) 115,624
Below 100% of the poverty level 19.0%
100-199% of the poverty level 21.2%
At or above 200% of the poverty level 59.8%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
U.S. Born
Population (for whom poverty status is determined) (%) 3,775,428
Below 100% of the poverty level 13.9%
100-199% of the poverty level 19.1%
At or above 200% of the poverty level 67.1%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Foreign Born
Population (for whom poverty status is determined) (%) 45,852
Below 100% of the poverty level 11.4%
100-199% of the poverty level 17.6%
At or above 200% of the poverty level 71.0%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
U.S. Born
Population (for whom poverty status is determined) (%) 3,315,579
Below 100% of the poverty level 15.5%
100-199% of the poverty level 21.5%
At or above 200% of the poverty level 62.9%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
Population (age 5 and older)
 
 
Poverty by Language Spoken at Home Number
Household population (among those for whom poverty status is determined, age 5 and older) 4,864,632
Below 100% of the poverty level 660,950
Speaks only English
4,486,077
Below 100% of the poverty level 597,958
Speaks Spanish
230,194
Below 100% of the poverty level 43,317
Speaks other Indo-European languages
91,844
Below 100% of the poverty level 11,767
Speaks Asian or Pacific Island languages
42,087
Below 100% of the poverty level 5,140
Speaks other languages
14,430
Below 100% of the poverty level 2,768
%
Household population (among those for whom poverty status is determined, age 5 and older) 100%
Below 100% of the poverty level 13.6%
Speaks only English 100%
Below 100% of the poverty level 13.3%
Speaks only Spanish 100%
Below 100% of the poverty level 18.8%
Speaks other Indo-European languages 100%
Below 100% of the poverty level 12.8%
Speaks Asian or Pacific Island languages 100%
Below 100% of the poverty level 12.2%
Speaks other languages 100%
Below 100% of the poverty level 19.2%
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Earnings

Note: Data for Alaska, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming are from the U.S. Census Bureau's pooled 2018-2022 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2022 ACS.

Foreign Born
Full-Time, Year-Round Workers (age 16 and older). Earnings in the Current Year Inflation-Adjusted Dollars (%) 124,465
Earned $1-$9,999, or incurred a loss 2.2%
Earned $10,000-$14,999 2.8%
Earned $15,000-$24,999 12.1%
Earned $25,000-$34,999 14.9%
Earned $35,000-$49,999 22.1%
Earned $50,000-$74,999 18.9%
Earned $75,000 or more 26.9%
Full-Time, Year-Round Workers (age 16 and older) Earnings in the Current Year Inflation-Adjusted Dollars (%) by U.S. Citizenship  
Naturalized citizens (%) 61,358
Earned $1-$9,999, or incurred a loss
2.5%
Earned $10,000-$14,999
1.7%
Earned $15,000-$24,999
6.2%
Earned $25,000-$34,999
11.8%
Earned $35,000-$49,999
21.9%
Earned $50,000-$74,999
25.1%
Earned $75,000 or more
30.9%
Noncitizens (%) 63,107
Earned $1-$9,999, or incurred a loss
1.9%
Earned $10,000-$14,999
3.8%
Earned $15,000-$24,999
17.9%
Earned $25,000-$34,999
17.9%
Earned $35,000-$49,999
22.2%
Earned $50,000-$74,999
13.0%
Earned $75,000 or more
23.1%
Median Earnings of Full-Time, Year-Round Workers (age 16 and older) in the Current Year Inflation-Adjusted Dollars by Gender Foreign Born
Male $48,164
Female $42,435
Median Earnings of Foreign-Born Full-Time, Year-Round Workers (age 16 and older) in the Current Year Inflation-Adjusted Dollars by U.S. Citizenship Status and Gender  
Naturalized citizens  
Male
$60,012
Female
$47,243
Noncitizens  
Male
$40,040
Female
$36,148
U.S. Born
Earnings of Full-Time, Year-Round Workers (age 16 and older) in the Current Year Inflation-Adjusted Dollars (%) 1,697,244
Earned $1-$9,999, or incurred a loss 1.5%
Earned $10,000-$14,999 2.0%
Earned $15,000-$24,999 8.7%
Earned $25,000-$34,999 14.6%
Earned $35,000-$49,999 22.4%
Earned $50,000-$74,999 23.9%
Earned $75,000 or more 26.7%
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Native Born Native Born
Male $55,797
Female $43,689
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Median Household Income

Note: Data for Alaska, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming are from the U.S. Census Bureau's pooled 2018-2022 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2022 ACS.

Foreign Born
Median Household Income $67,177
Median Household Income by U.S. Citizenship Status  
Naturalized citizens $76,552
Noncitizens $55,436
U.S. Born
Median Household Income $64,017
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
Home Ownership Rate

Note: 1) Refers to the percentage owner households represent among all occupied households. 2) Data for Alaska, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming are from the U.S. Census Bureau's pooled 2018-2022 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2022 ACS. 3) 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
Home Ownership Rate 64.7%
Home Ownership Rate by Householder's U.S. Citizenship Status  
Naturalized citizens 80.2%
Noncitizens 46.6%
U.S. Born
Home Ownership Rate 72.5%
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
Health Insurance Coverage

Note: Since some people may hold both private and public health insurance coverage at the same time, estimates of those with private health insurance and those with public coverage may overlap. Their sum therefore may be greater than the total number of people with health insurance.

Foreign Born
Civilian noninstitutionalized population (%) 270,640
With health insurance 72.0%
With private health insurance
59.3%
With public coverage
22.5%
No health insurance coverage 28.0%
Health Insurance Coverage by U.S. Citizenship Status  
Naturalized Citizens (%) 131,557
With health insurance 89.4%
With private health insurance
71.6%
With public coverage
33.0%
No health insurance coverage 10.6%
Noncitizens (%) 139,083
With health insurance 55.6%
With private health insurance
47.6%
With public coverage
12.5%
No health insurance coverage 44.4%
U.S. Born
Civilian noninstitutionalized population (%) 4,914,849
With health insurance 92.0%
With private health insurance
67.3%
With public coverage
39.5%
No health insurance coverage 8.0%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

Sources: Migration Policy Institute tabulations of the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) and Decennial Census. Unless stated otherwise, 2022 data are from the one-year ACS file. For information about ACS definitions, click here. For ACS 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, Matthew Sobek, Daniel Backman, Annie Chen, Grace Cooper, Stephanie Richards, Renae Rogers, and Megan Schouweiler. IPUMS USA: Version 14.0 [dataset]. Minneapolis, MN: IPUMS, 2023. https://doi.org/10.18128/D010.V14.0​.

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.
  • Poverty status is not determined for unrelated individuals under the age of 15 (such as foster children) or for persons lacking conventional housing. 
  • The term “home ownership rate” refers to the percentage owner households represent among all occupied households.

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 “Poverty,” “Earnings,” “Median Household Income,” and “Home Ownership Rate”: Data for Alaska, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming are from the Census Bureau's pooled 2018-2022 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2022 ACS.
  • In the “% Families in Poverty by Family Type” section, “related children” refer to “related children of the householder.”
  • “Health Insurance Coverage”: Private coverage includes employer- or union-provided insurance, insurance purchased directly, and TRICARE (the health program of the U.S. military) or other military health care. Public coverage includes Medicare, Medicaid, or another governmental medical assistance program, and Veterans Administration health care. Individuals can be covered by more than one type of insurance, and they can be covered by both private and public insurers. Since some people may hold both private and public health insurance coverage at the same time, estimates of those with private health insurance and those with public coverage may overlap. Their sum therefore may be greater than the total number of people with health insurance.