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South Carolina

South Carolina covers 30,109 square miles, with a 2017 estimated population of 5,024,369 people – with 745,781 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 2017 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, 68.5% of the state’s population is white, 27.3% is African-American, 1.7% is Asian, 0.5% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.1% is Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, and 5.7% is of Hispanic or Latino origin.

South Carolina Rural Healthcare Facilities

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According to data.HRSA.gov, as of July 2018 South Carolina had:

  • 5 Critical Access Hospitals
  • 86 Rural Health Clinics
  • 117 Federally Qualified Health Centers located outside of Urbanized Areas
  • 27 short term hospitals located outside of Urbanized Areas

Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural South Carolina

11% of South Carolina residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2017). According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the average per capita income for South Carolina residents in 2016 was $39,517, although rural per capita income lagged at $32,656. The ERS reports, based on 2017 ACS data, that the poverty rate in rural South Carolina is 22.3%, compared with 14.2% in urban areas of the state. 19.4% of the rural population has not completed high school, while 12.9% of the urban population lacks a high school diploma according to 2012-2016 ACS data reported by ERS. The unemployment rate in rural South Carolina is 5.4%, while in urban South Carolina, it is 4.1% (USDA-ERS, 2017).

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


Data Sources
Kaiser Family Foundation State Health Facts; U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts; USDA Economic Research Service: State Fact Sheets

Contacts

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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Last Reviewed: 12/27/2017