South Carolina covers 30,109 square miles, with a 2016 estimated population of 4,961,119 people – with 746,920 living in rural South Carolina (USDA-ERS). Columbia is the state capital. The state’s largest cities are Columbia, Charleston, and North Charleston. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 68.4% of the state’s population is white, 27.6% is Black/African-American, and 5.5% is of Hispanic/Latino origin (U.S. Census, 2015).
South Carolina Rural Healthcare Facilities
There are 68 hospitals in South Carolina (Kaiser, 2015), 4 of which are identified as Critical Access Hospitals (Flex Team, 2/2017). There are 93 Rural Health Clinics in South Carolina (CMS, 2016) and 22 Federally Qualified Health Centers provide services at 173 sites in the state (NACHC, 2015).
Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural South Carolina
11% of South Carolina residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2015). According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the average per-capita income for South Carolina residents in 2015 was $38,302, although rural per-capita income lagged at $31,540. The ERS reports, based on 2015 ACS data, that the poverty rate in rural South Carolina is 22.4%, compared with 15.6% in urban areas of the state. 20.1% of the rural population has not completed high school, while 13.3% of the urban population lacks a high school diploma according to 2011-2015 ACS data reported by ERS. The unemployment rate in rural South Carolina is 6.2%, while in urban South Carolina, it is 4.6% (USDA-ERS, 2016).For a national comparison, please see an overview of the United States.
Flex Monitoring Team: Critical Access Hospital List; Kaiser Family Foundation State Health Facts; South Carolina State Office of Rural Health (SCORH); U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts; USDA Economic Research Service: State Fact Sheets Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Rural Health Clinic List; National Association of Community Health Centers: Key Health Center Data By State
Seeks to improve the health status of rural and underserved people throughout the state through advocacy, education, and assistance to providers, communities and policy-makers. Also functions as the South Carolina State Rural Health Association.
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Last Reviewed: 10/17/2014