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January 17, 2008

South Carolina Snapshot

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South Carolina in Focus: Census Bureau Pre-Primary Snapshot

South Carolina, the site of one of the next stops in the presidential primaries, is the nation’s 11th fastest-growing state. Its 2007 population of 4.4 million grew 9.9 percent between 2000 and 2007. The U.S. population grew by 7.2 percent during that same time period.

South Carolina has a higher percentage of blacks, a lower percentage of Hispanics and a lower percentage of foreign born than the nation as a whole, according to U.S. Census Bureau statistics.

These and other statistics about South Carolina’s population at the state and local levels on topics ranging from language spoken to commute times can be found in the American FactFinder section of the Census Bureau Web site <http://factfinder.census.gov/>.

Highlights include the following:

Selected Characteristics South Carolina U.S.
Population change: 2000-2007 9.9% 7.2%
Median age 37.1 36.4
Women 51.3% 50.7%
White alone, not Hispanic or Latino 65.4% 66.4%
Black alone 29.0% 12.8%
Hispanic or Latino 3.5% 14.8%
Median household income $41,100 $48,451
Foreign born 4.1% 12.5%
Persons below poverty 15.7% 13.3%
Bachelor’s degree or higher (age 25+) 22.7% 27.0%
Median home value $122,400 $185,200

Source: U.S Census Bureau Total Population Estimates (2007), State Population Estimates by Characteristics (2006), American Community Survey (2006).

South Carolina’s Republican primary is Jan. 19; its Democratic primary is Jan. 26. About 63 percent of South Carolina’s voting-age citizens cast a ballot in the 2004 general election, which was not statistically different from the national figure of 64 percent. More information can be found at Voting and Registration in the Election of November 2004 at <http://www.census.gov/population/www/socdemo/voting.html>.

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