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South Carolina

Key Contact for South Carolina

South Carolina Office of Rural Health

Phone: 803.454.3850

Dedicated to ensuring equitable access to quality healthcare for all rural South Carolinians. Also functions as the South Carolina State Rural Health Association.
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South Carolina Nonmetro Population

Estimated population
737,562 (14.5%)
People living in nonmetro areas
Source: U.S. Census ACS 2020 estimate

South Carolina Rural Healthcare Facilities

Critical Access Hospitals
Rural Health Clinics
Federally Qualified Health Centers*
Short Term/PPS Hospitals*
*Sites located outside of Urbanized Areas according to July 2022.

Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural South Carolina

8.3% of South Carolina residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2021). According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the average per capita income for South Carolina residents in 2020 was $48,021, with the rural per capita income at $40,315. The ERS reports, based on 2020 ACS data, that the poverty rate in rural South Carolina is 18.1%, compared with 13.1% in urban areas of the state. 16.6% of the rural population has not completed high school, while 10.8% of the urban population lacks a high school diploma according to 2016-2020 ACS data reported by ERS. The unemployment rate in rural South Carolina is 5.1%, while in urban South Carolina, it is 3.8% (USDA-ERS, 2021).

For a national comparison, please see an overview of the United States.

Data Sources
Kaiser Family Foundation State Health Facts; USDA Economic Research Service: State Fact Sheets


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Last Reviewed: 11/2/2022