Chester County, SC

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2022 Population
32,171
0.316% 1-year decline
US Senator
Lindsey Graham
Republican Party
US Senator
Tim Scott
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
41.8
0% 1-year change
2022 Poverty Rate
18.9%
4.26% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$50,022
7.71% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$133,600
27.4% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Chester County, SC had a population of 32.2k people with a median age of 41.8 and a median household income of $50,022. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Chester County, SC declined from 32,273 to 32,171, a −0.316% decrease and its median household income grew from $46,441 to $50,022, a 7.71% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Chester County, SC are White (Non-Hispanic) (58.1%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (36.1%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.37%), White (Hispanic) (1.41%), and Two+ (Hispanic) (0.867%).

None of the households in Chester County, 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.

99.5% of the residents in Chester County, SC are U.S. citizens.

In 2022, the median property value in Chester County, SC was $133,600, and the homeownership rate was 77.4%.

Most people in Chester County, SC drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 30.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Chester County, SC was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Chester County, SC is home to a population of 32.2k people, from which 99.5% are citizens. As of 2022, 1.33% of Chester County, SC residents were born outside of the country (428 people).

In 2022, there were 1.61 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (18.7k people) in Chester County, SC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 11.6k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 764 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

99.5%
2022 Citizenship
99.4%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 99.5% of Chester County, SC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Chester County, SC was 99.4%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Chester County, SC
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    18.7k ± 110
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    11.6k ± 239
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    764 ± 271
2.36%
Hispanic Population
758 people

In 2022, there were 1.61 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (18.7k people) in Chester County, SC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 11.6k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 764 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

2.36% of the people in Chester County, SC are hispanic (758 people).

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

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Foreign-Born Population

1.33%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
428 people
1.45%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
469 people

As of 2022, 1.33% of Chester County, SC residents (428 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 Chester County, SC was 1.45%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    806 ± 168
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    411 ± 165
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    254 ± 117

Chester County, SC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.96 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Chester County, SC employs 13.7k people. The largest industries in Chester County, SC are Manufacturing (3,151 people), Retail Trade (1,665 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1,546 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($88,281), Wholesale Trade ($55,020), and Finance & Insurance ($51,458).

Occupations

13.7k
2022 Value
± 842
2.49%
1 Year growth
± 8.46%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Chester County, SC grew at a rate of 2.49%, from 13.4k employees to 13.7k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Chester County, SC, are Production Occupations (1,971 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,399 people), and Material Moving Occupations (1,264 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Chester County, SC.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

13.7k
2022 Value
± 842
2.49%
1 Year growth
± 8.46%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Chester County, SC grew at a rate of 2.49%, from 13.4k employees to 13.7k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Chester County, SC, are Manufacturing (3,151 people), Retail Trade (1,665 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1,546 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Chester County, SC, though some of these residents may live in Chester County, 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

$41,447
Median earning men ± $3,734
$29,659
Median earning women ± $1,838

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Wholesale Trade ($55,925), Manufacturing ($49,670), and Public Administration ($46,571).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($48,594), Wholesale Trade ($48,333), and Information ($41,667).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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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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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 206
    Manufacturing
  2. 134
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  3. 119
    Retail Trade

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Chester County, SC went to Donald J. Trump with 55% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (44.1%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (0.685%).

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

Awarded Degrees over Time

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.83% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.688% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (1.18M), Some college (892k), and Bachelors Degree (705k).

This visualization illustrates the percentage distribution of the population according to the highest educational level reached. You can filter the data by race by using the selector above.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Chester County, SC was $133,600 in 2022, which is 0.474 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $104,900 to $133,600, a 27.4% increase. The homeownership rate in Chester County, SC is 77.4%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Chester County, SC have an average commute time of 30.7 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Chester County, SC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Chester County, SC is $50,022. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Chester County, SC was Census Tract 205 with a value of $66,250, followed by Census Tract 204 and Census Tract 206.01, with respective values of $64,063 and $55,000.

Property

$133,600
Median Property Value 2022
±$12,263
$9,972
Median Property Taxes
±$654

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 Chester County, SC the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

77.4%
Homeownership
2022
62.8%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 77.4% of the housing units in Chester County, SC were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 78.9%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 205
  2. Census Tract 204
  3. Census Tract 206.01

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Chester County, SC was Census Tract 205 with a value of $66,250, followed by Census Tract 204 and Census Tract 206.01, with respective values of $64,063 and $55,000.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Chester County, SC colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$50,022
Median Household Income
± $4,445
12.9k
Number of Households
± 784

In 2022, the median household income of the 12.9k households in Chester County, SC grew to $50,022 from the previous year's value of $46,441.

The following chart displays the households in Chester County, SC distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the < $10k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Chester County, SC is from South Carolina.
0.464
2022 Wage GINI in South Carolina
0.463
2021 Wage GINI in South Carolina

In 2022, the income inequality in South Carolina was 0.464 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.334% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for South Carolina was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in South Carolina in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (82.6%)
  2. Carpooled (10.2%)
  3. Worked At Home (4.36%)

In 2022, 82.6% of workers in Chester County, SC drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (10.2%) and those who worked at home (4.36%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

30.7 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Chester County, SC have a longer commute time (30.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 2.82% of the workforce in Chester County, SC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Chester County, SC distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Chester County, SC have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

18.9% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Chester County, SC (6.05k out of 31.9k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 35 - 44, followed by Females 55 - 64 and then Males 55 - 64.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Chester County, SC is Black, followed by White and Two Or More.

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

88.2% of the population of Chester County, SC has health coverage, with 39.4% on employee plans, 22% on Medicaid, 15.5% on Medicare, 9.98% on non-group plans, and 1.36% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Chester County, SC see 4030 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.0248% decrease from the previous year (4031 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 8058 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 2014 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 46.7% were men and 53.3% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

4,030 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Chester County, SC

Primary care physicians in Chester County, SC see an average of 4,030 patients per year. This represents a 0.0248% decrease from the previous year (4,031 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Chester County, SC in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 23.5% under 18 years, 18.8% between 18 and 34 years, 39.2% between 35 and 64 years, and 18.5% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 46.7% were men and 53.3% were women.

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Uninsured People

11.8%
Uninsured
39.4%
Employer Coverage
22%
Medicaid
15.5%
Medicare
9.98%
Non-Group
1.36%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Chester County, SC grew by 4.59% from 11.3% to 11.8%.

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Health Outcomes

Indicator

In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 79.2 in Chester County, SC.

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Health Behaviors

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 38.3% in Chester County, SC.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 12.4% in Chester County, SC.

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