South Carolina

South Carolina covers 30,109 square miles, with a 2014 estimated population of 4,832,482 people – with 751,465 living in rural South Carolina (USDA-ERS). Columbia is the state capital. The state’s largest cities are Columbia, Charleston, Greenville, and North Charleston. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 68.3% of the state’s population is white, 27.8% is Black/African-American, and 5.4% is of Hispanic/Latino origin (U.S. Census, 2014).

South Carolina Rural Healthcare Facilities

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There are 65 hospitals in South Carolina (SCORH, 2013), 5 of which are identified as Critical Access Hospitals (Flex Team, 12/2015). There are 118 Rural Health Clinics in South Carolina (SCORH, 2013) and 18 Federally Qualified Health Centers provide services at 153 sites in the state (SCORH, 2013).

Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural South Carolina

13% of South Carolina residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2014). According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the average per-capita income for South Carolina residents in 2014 was $36,677, although rural per-capita income lagged at $30,698. The ERS reports, based on 2010-2014 ACS data, that the poverty rate in rural South Carolina is 24.5%, compared with 17.1% in urban areas of the state. 20.9% of the rural population has not completed high school, while 13.8% of the urban population lacks a high school diploma according to 2010-2014 ACS data reported by ERS. The unemployment rate in rural South Carolina is 8.4%, while in urban South Carolina, it is 6.1% (USDA-ERS, 2014).

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Data Sources
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


South Carolina Office of Rural Health
Phone: 803.454.3850
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.
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