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South Carolina

South Carolina covers 30,109 square miles, with a 2021 estimated population of 5,190,705 people – with 726,012 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 2021 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, an estimated 68.6% of the state's population is White, 26.7% is African-American, 1.9% is Asian, 0.6% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.1% is Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, and 6.4% is of Hispanic or Latino origin.

South Carolina Rural Healthcare Facilities

4
Critical Access Hospitals
99
Rural Health Clinics
119
Federally Qualified Health Centers*
26
Short Term/PPS Hospitals*
*Sites located outside of Urbanized Areas according to data.HRSA.gov. April 2022.

Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural South Carolina

8.5% of South Carolina residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2020). 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; 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: 1/27/2021