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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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There are 68 hospitals in South Carolina (Kaiser, 2016), 5 of which are identified as Critical Access Hospitals (Flex Team, 7/2018). There are 87 Rural Health Clinics in South Carolina (CMS, 2017) and 23 Federally Qualified Health Centers provide services at 188 sites in the state (NACHC, 2017).

Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural South Carolina

9% of South Carolina residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2016). 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 2016 ACS data, that the poverty rate in rural South Carolina is 20.4%, compared with 14.4% 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
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


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