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Cities & States

Greenville County
Population: 474,903
Richland County
Population: 397,899
Charleston County
Population: 372,904
Spartanburg County
Population: 291,240
Horry County
Population: 290,730
Lexington County
Population: 273,843
York County
Population: 240,076
Berkeley County
Population: 193,613
Anderson County
Population: 191,215
Beaufort County
Population: 171,420

South Carolina

State of South Carolina Demographics

Located in the heart of the fast growing markets of the Southeast region, the Palmetto State’s economy continues transitioning from traditional manufacturing (such as textiles), to an economy built around advanced manufacturing that is thoroughly engaged in the global economy. New plants from Volvo and Boeing are examples of the influx of new capital projects, and construction and distribution is bettered by improvements to the Port of Charleston. Population growth is supported by in-migration of new residents and retirees.

The latest employment scorecard for the State of South Carolina for August 2016 to August 2017 is listed below, based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The South Carolina employment scorecard reveals labor force growth of 0.93 percent, but a falling labor force participation rate by 0.2 percent. The unemployment rate fell 0.6 percent to 4.0 percent. You can view what jobs are available in South Carolina, as well as which sectors of the economy are growing most quickly, on our Job Listings page.

South Carolina demographics

View more South Carolina demographics, largest cities and counties, news sources, investor relations sites, and a directory to the individual page for each city and county in the State of South Carolina below. More employment information for the State of South Carolina and each of the state’s metropolitan areas in our Employment Database. This database includes 10-years rolling data on the unemployment rate and total labor force for all 50 states, the United States, and every metropolitan area in the country, including comparative analysis relating metropolitan areas to their main state and the nation.

Based on 2013 statistics, the government sector employs the greatest percentage of workers in the state, followed by retail trade; manufacturing; accommodation and food services; and health care and social assistance, respectively.

The largest employers in the state (as of December 2013) include Bi-Lo, Inc., Blue Cross/Blue Shield of South Carolina, U.S. Department of Defense, Greenville Hospital System, Michelin North America, Inc., Palmetto Health Alliance, Inc., Greenville County School District, University of South Carolina, U.S. Postal Service, and Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. (Source: Merritt Research Services, LLC)

Total Population (2000, 2010, 2015*)

Based on 2000, 2010 and 2015* U.S. Census data
14.27% increase since 2000 census.
(* 2009-2015’ ACS 5-Year Estimates)

Directory of, Cities, Towns and Villages in South Carolina

Directory of Counties in South Carolina

South Carolina Unemployment Data
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