Dorchester County PUMA, SC

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2022 Population
162,143
4.44% 1-year decline
US Senator
Lindsey Graham
Republican Party
US Senator
Tim Scott
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
37.7
0.265% 1-year decrease
2022 Poverty Rate
12.3%
15.2% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$73,681
15.9% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$273,000
31.6% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Dorchester County PUMA, SC had a population of 162k people with a median age of 37.7 and a median household income of $73,681. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Dorchester County PUMA, SC declined from 169,674 to 162,143, a −4.44% decrease and its median household income grew from $63,568 to $73,681, a 15.9% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Dorchester County PUMA, SC are White (Non-Hispanic) (62.4%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (25%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (3.46%), White (Hispanic) (2.04%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (1.98%).

7.03% of the households in Dorchester County PUMA, SC reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

97.1% of the residents in Dorchester County PUMA, SC are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Dorchester County PUMA, SC are Charleston Cosmetology Institute (96 degrees awarded in 2022).

In 2022, the median property value in Dorchester County PUMA, SC was $273,000, and the homeownership rate was 74.8%.

Most people in Dorchester County PUMA, SC drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 31 minutes. The average car ownership in Dorchester County PUMA, SC was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Dorchester County PUMA, SC is home to a population of 162k people, from which 97.1% are citizens. As of 2022, 5.42% of Dorchester County PUMA, SC residents were born outside of the country (8.79k people).

In 2022, there were 2.5 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (101k people) in Dorchester County PUMA, SC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 40.5k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 5.6k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

The most common non-English languages spoken as the primary langauge in households in Dorchester County PUMA, SC are Spanish (5,920 households), Chinese (Incl. Mandarin, Cantonese) (815 households), and German (517 households).

Citizenship

97.1%
2022 Citizenship
97.7%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 97.1% of Dorchester County PUMA, SC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Dorchester County PUMA, SC was 97.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Dorchester County PUMA, SC
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    101k ± 605
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    40.5k ± 792
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    5.6k ± 1.01k
6.11%
Hispanic Population
9.91k people

In 2022, there were 2.5 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (101k people) in Dorchester County PUMA, SC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 40.5k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 5.6k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

6.11% of the people in Dorchester County PUMA, SC are hispanic (9.91k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Dorchester County PUMA, SC as a share of the total population.

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Foreign-Born Population

5.42%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
8.79k people
4.66%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
7.91k people

As of 2022, 5.42% of Dorchester County PUMA, SC residents (8.79k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Dorchester County PUMA, SC was 4.66%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Non-English Households

Most Common Non-English Languages
  1. Spanish
    5,920 households (3.87%)
  2. Chinese (Incl. Mandarin, Cantonese)
    815 households (0.533%)
  3. German
    517 households (0.338%)

7.03% of the households in Dorchester County PUMA, SC reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language, which is lower than the national average of 21.7%. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

In 2022, the most common non-English language spoken in households in Dorchester County PUMA, SC was Spanish. 3.87% of the households in Dorchester County PUMA, SC reported speaking Spanish at home as the primary shared language between all members living in the household.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Gulf War (2001-)
    4,764 ± 692
  2. Vietnam
    3,557 ± 479
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    3,444 ± 552

Dorchester County PUMA, SC has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 1.34 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Dorchester County PUMA, SC employs 71.5k people. The largest industries in Dorchester County PUMA, SC are Construction (5,200 people), Elementary & secondary schools (4,208 people), and Restaurants & Food Services (3,990 people), and the highest paying industries are Legal services ($123,065), Electric & gas, and other combinations ($122,176), and Structural metals, & boiler, tank, & shipping container manufacturing ($104,554).

Workforce Diversity

Measure
RACE/ETHNICITY
38,238
Women
49%
39,748
Men
51%

The workforce of Dorchester County PUMA, SC in 2020 was 77,986 people, with 49% woman, and 51% men.

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Occupations

71.5k
2022 Value
−6.98%
1 Year decline
± −6.98%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Dorchester County PUMA, SC declined at a rate of −6.98%, from 76.9k employees to 71.5k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Dorchester County PUMA, SC, are Registered nurses (2,031 people), Other managers (1,941 people), and Customer service representatives (1,741 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Dorchester County PUMA, SC.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

71.5k
2022 Value
−6.98%
1 Year decline
± −6.98%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Dorchester County PUMA, SC declined at a rate of −6.98%, from 76.9k employees to 71.5k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Dorchester County PUMA, SC, are Construction (5,200 people), Elementary & secondary schools (4,208 people), and Restaurants & Food Services (3,990 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Dorchester County PUMA, SC, though some of these residents may live in Dorchester County PUMA, SC and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$54,157
Median earning men ± $2,151
$36,566
Median earning women ± $2,074

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($74,744), Public Administration ($74,000), and Information ($73,194).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Wholesale Trade ($56,375), Manufacturing ($51,584), and Public Administration ($50,217).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
2.54%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 2.26M people employed in South Carolina. This represents a 2.54% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 13.4%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in South Carolina.

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in South Carolina went to Donald J. Trump with 55.1% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (43.4%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.11%).

Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott are the senators currently representing the state of South Carolina. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

South Carolina is currently represented by 7 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from South Carolina

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Lindsey Graham
Senator from South Carolina2
Assumed office on January 3, 2003
Tim Scott
Senator from South Carolina3
Assumed office on January 2, 2013
Appointed to the seat following the resignation of Jim DeMint.

Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott are the senators currently representing South Carolina.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from South Carolina

South Carolina is currently represented by 7 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for South Carolina have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Dorchester County PUMA, SC awarded 96 degrees. The student population of Dorchester County PUMA, SC in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 1 male students and 100 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Dorchester County PUMA, SC are Black or African American (62 and 64.6%), followed by White (25 and 26%), Hispanic or Latino (4 and 4.17%), and Two or More Races (2 and 2.08%).

The largest universities in Dorchester County PUMA, SC by number of degrees awarded are Charleston Cosmetology Institute (96 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Dorchester County PUMA, SC are Nail Specialist & Manicurist (36 and 37.5%), Aesthetician & Skin Care Specialist (34 and 35.4%), and General Cosmetology (26 and 27.1%).

Awarded Degrees over Time

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Educational Pyramid

Measure

In 2022, 0.899% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.927% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population of Dorchester County PUMA, SC in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (33k), Some college (27.2k), and Bachelors Degree (19.5k).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Dorchester County PUMA, SC was $273,000 in 2022, which is 0.968 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $207,500 to $273,000, a 31.6% increase. The homeownership rate in Dorchester County PUMA, SC is 74.8%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Dorchester County PUMA, SC have an average commute time of 31 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Dorchester County PUMA, SC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Dorchester County PUMA, SC is $73,681. In 2022, the PUMA with the highest Median Household Income in Dorchester County PUMA, SC was York County (North & East)--Fort Mill Town PUMA, SC with a value of $111,579, followed by Charleston (Northeast) County--Mount Pleasant Town PUMA, SC and Greenville (South & East)--Outside Greenville & Greer (South) Cities PUMA, SC, with respective values of $110,978 and $94,075.

Property

$273,000
Median Property Value 2022
±$5,293
$44,701
Median Property Taxes
±$1,851

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Dorchester County PUMA, SC the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

74.8%
Homeownership
2022
70.2%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 74.8% of the housing units in Dorchester County PUMA, SC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 73.5%.

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Income by Location

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In 2022, the PUMA with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Dorchester County PUMA, SC was York County (North & East)--Fort Mill Town PUMA, SC with a value of $111,579, followed by Charleston (Northeast) County--Mount Pleasant Town PUMA, SC and Greenville (South & East)--Outside Greenville & Greer (South) Cities PUMA, SC, with respective values of $110,978 and $94,075.

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$73,681
Median Household Income
± $3,416
59.7k
Number of Households
± 2,279

In 2022, the median household income of the 59.7k households in Dorchester County PUMA, SC grew to $73,681 from the previous year's value of $63,568.

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Wage Distribution

0.424
2022 Wage GINI in Dorchester County PUMA, SC
0.422
2021 Wage GINI in Dorchester County PUMA, SC

In 2022, the income inequality in Dorchester County PUMA, SC was 0.424 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.431% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for Dorchester County PUMA, SC was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Dorchester County PUMA, SC in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (83.1%)
  2. Worked At Home (7.55%)
  3. Carpooled (6.96%)

In 2022, 83.1% of workers in Dorchester County PUMA, SC drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (7.55%) and those who carpooled to work (6.96%).

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Commute Time

31 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Dorchester County PUMA, SC have a longer commute time (31 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 2.61% of the workforce in Dorchester County PUMA, SC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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Poverty & Diversity

12.3% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Dorchester County PUMA, SC (19.7k out of 159k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 6 - 11 and then Females 35 - 44.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Dorchester County PUMA, SC is White, followed by Black and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

89.5% of the population of Dorchester County PUMA, SC has health coverage, with 45.2% on employee plans, 14.5% on Medicaid, 10.7% on Medicare, 14.6% on non-group plans, and 4.4% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in South Carolina see 1485 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.602% decrease from the previous year (1494 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1768 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 524 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,485 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in South Carolina

Primary care physicians in South Carolina see an average of 1,485 patients per year. This represents a 0.602% decrease from the previous year (1,494 patients).

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 25.8% under 18 years, 19.8% between 18 and 34 years, 39.6% between 35 and 64 years, and 14.8% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.1% were men and 51.9% were women.

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Uninsured People

10.5%
Uninsured
45.2%
Employer Coverage
14.5%
Medicaid
10.7%
Medicare
14.6%
Non-Group
4.4%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Dorchester County PUMA, SC declined by 7.94% from 11.4% to 10.5%.

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