South Carolina Demographics

The total population of South Carolina is estimated to be 5.14 million with 2.51 million males (48.81%) and 2.63 million females (51.19%). There are 122,712 more females than males in South Carolina.
The median household income in South Carolina was $62,946 in 2021, which marked an an increase of 777(1.25%) from $62,169 in 2020. This income is 84.37% of the U.S. median household income of $74,606 (all incomes in 2022 inflation-adjusted dollars).
Per the latest American Community Survey by the Census Bureau, South Carolina sees its highest median household income among householders in the age group of 45 to 64 years old, at $76,234. Overall, the median household income for the state of South Carolina stands at $64,115.
In South Carolina, the median income for all workers aged 15 years and older, regardless of work hours, was $41,394 for males and $28,030 for females. However, when specifically considering full-time, year-round workers within the same age group, the median income was $57,868 for males and $45,229 for females.
In South Carolina, the demographic landscape is diverse, spanning 7 distinct racial categories among households. Among these, Asian households have the highest median household income at $87,807, while Black or African American households represent the opposite end with the lowest median household income of $44,187.
In 2022, the population of South Carolina was 5,282,634, a 1.72% increase year-by-year from 2021. Previously, in 2021, South Carolina's population was 5,193,266, an increase of 1.20% compared to a population of 5,131,848 in 2020.
The median age in South Carolina is 39.8, as per 2021 ACS 5-Year Estimates. Of the total population, 18.07% were under the age of 15, 19.49% aged 15 to 29, 44.69% aged 30 to 64, 16.06% aged 65 to 84, and 1.69% were 85 years of age and older.
Racial distribution of South Carolina population: 65.66% are White, 26.16% are Black or African American, 0.31% are American Indian and Alaska Native, 1.64% are Asian, 0.09% are Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander, 2.16% are some other race and 3.97% are multiracial.