Fairfield County, SC

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Population

22,868

0.682% decline

Median Age

45.4


Median Household Income

$35,551

5.19% growth

Poverty Rate

21.3%


Number of Employees

8,726

0.908% decline

Median Property Value

$101,100

4.98% growth

About

In 2017, Fairfield County, SC had a population of 22.9k people with a median age of 45.4 and a median household income of $35,551. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Fairfield County, SC declined from 23,025 to 22,868, a -0.682% decrease and its median household income grew from $33,798 to $35,551, a 5.19% increase.

The population of Fairfield County, SC is 54.9% Black or African American Alone, 37.4% White Alone, and 5.11% Two or More Races. N/A% of the people in Fairfield County, SC speak a non-English language, and 98.8% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in Fairfield County, SC is $101,100, and the homeownership rate is 74.4%. Most people in Fairfield County, SC commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 30.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Fairfield County, SC is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Fairfield County, SC employs 8.73k people. The largest industries in Fairfield County, SC are Manufacturing (1,385 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (899 people), and Retail Trade (756 people), and the highest paying industries are Finance & Insurance ($69,414), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($57,014), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($52,333).

Median household income in Fairfield County, SC is $35,551. Males in Fairfield County, SC have an average income that is 1.37 times higher than the average income of females, which is $40,985. The income inequality in Fairfield County, SC (measured using the Gini index) is 0.46, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$35,551

2017 value

± $4,292

5.19%

1 Year Growth

± 14.9%

Households in Fairfield County, SC have a median annual income of $35,551, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $33,798 in 2016, which represents a 5.19% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$56,080

Average Male Salary

± $1,419

$40,985

Average Female Salary

± $1,018

In 2017, full-time male employees in South Carolina made 1.37 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $49,597 ± $53,271

  2. Asian

    $47,877 ± $7,789

  3. White

    $47,332 ± $1,044

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of South Carolina workers was Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander. These workers were paid 1.04 times more than Asian workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Fairfield County, SC is from South Carolina.

0.46

2017 Wage GINI

0.456

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in South Carolina was 0.46 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.695% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for South Carolina was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in South Carolina in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in South Carolina across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 9602

  2. Census Tract 9605

  3. Census Tract 9601

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Fairfield County, SC was Census Tract 9602 with a value of $43,841, followed by Census Tract 9605 and Census Tract 9601, with respective values of $42,609 and $35,781.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 45 - 54

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

21.3% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Fairfield County, SC (4.81k out of 22.6k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 45 - 54, followed by Females 35 - 44 and then Females 18 - 24.

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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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. Black

    3,059 ± 472

  2. White

    1,119 ± 264

  3. Two Or More

    580 ± 329

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Fairfield 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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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

8.73k

2017 Value

± 717

-0.908%

1 Year decline

± 11.9%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Fairfield County, SC declined at a rate of -0.908%, from 8.81k employees to 8.73k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Fairfield County, SC, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,321 people), Production Occupations (1,149 people), and Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (681 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Fairfield County, SC.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Fairfield County, SC, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,321 people), Production Occupations (1,149 people), and Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (681 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Fairfield County, SC has an unusually high number of residents working as Production Occupations (2.27 times higher than expected), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (2.18 times), and Legal Occupations (1.91 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Fairfield County, SC, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($103,750), Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($72,064), and Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($71,948).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

8.73k

2017 Value

± 717

-0.908%

1 Year decline

± 11.9%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Fairfield County, SC declined at a rate of -0.908%, from 8.81k employees to 8.73k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Fairfield County, SC, are Manufacturing (1,385 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (899 people), and Retail Trade (756 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Fairfield County, SC, though some of these residents may live in Fairfield County, SC and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Fairfield County, SC, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (1,385 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (899 people), and Retail Trade (756 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Fairfield County, SC has an unusually high number of Utilities (8.54 times higher than expected), Public Administration (1.67 times), and Manufacturing (1.57 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Fairfield County, SC, by median earnings, are Finance & Insurance ($69,414), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($57,014), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($52,333).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from South Carolina to other states, or from other states to South Carolina.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $15.9B

  2. $15.2B

  3. $11.7B

In 2015, the top outbound South Carolina product (by dollars) was Plastics/rubber with $15.9B, followed by Machinery ($15.2B) and Mixed freight ($11.7B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound South Carolina products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$163B

2015 Value

$244B

Projected 2045 Value

49.4% growth

In 2015, total outbound South Carolina trade was $163B. This is expected to increase 49.4% to $244B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound South Carolina trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from South Carolina to other states, or from other states to South Carolina.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $22.2B

  2. $13.4B

  3. $5.71B

In 2015, the top outbound South Carolina domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was North Carolina with $22.2B, followed by Georgia with $13.4B and Tennessee and $5.71B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that South Carolina shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

85.8% of the population of Fairfield County, SC has health coverage, with 36% on employee plans, 21.4% on Medicaid, 13.7% on Medicare, 11.8% on non-group plans, and 2.96% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Fairfield County, SC was $7,311 in 2014. This is a 4.15% increase from the previous year ($7,020).

Primary care physicians in Fairfield County, SC see 2275 patients per year on average, which represents a 1% decrease from the previous year (2298 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 3776 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1192 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Dillon County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (20.1%). Additionally, Lee County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (42.8%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

2,275 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Fairfield County, SC see an average of 2,275 patients per year. This represents a 1% decrease from the previous year (2,298 patients).

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

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$7,311

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,235

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$5,491

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,298

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in South Carolina (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.15%, from $7,020 to $7,311.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

14.2%

Uninsured

36%

Employer Coverage

21.4%

Medicaid

13.7%

Medicare

11.8%

Non-Group

2.96%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Fairfield County, SC declined by 8.74% from 15.5% to 14.2%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Fairfield County, SC changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 20.1% prevalence

  2. 19.6% prevalence

  3. 18.7% prevalence

Dillon County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in South Carolina, at 20.1%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in South Carolina by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Fairfield County, SC is home to a population of 22.9k people, from which 98.8% are citizens. As of 2017, 1.72% of Fairfield County, SC residents were born outside of the country (394 people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Fairfield County, SC is composed of 12.6k Black or African American Alone residents (54.9%), 8.55k White Alone residents (37.4%), 1.17k Two or More Races residents (5.11%), 457 Hispanic or Latino residents (2%), 71 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.31%), 62 Asian Alone residents (0.271%), 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%), and 0 Some Other Race Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Fairfield County, SC are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

45

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.4

38

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 18.4

In 2017, the median age of all people in Fairfield County, SC was 45.4. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 45, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 38. But people in Fairfield County, SC are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Fairfield County, SC residents was 45.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

1.72%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

394 people

1.9%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

438 people

As of 2017, 1.72% of Fairfield County, SC residents (394 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Fairfield County, SC was 1.9%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    68,828 ± 6,396 people

  2. India

    11,778 ± 2,661 people

  3. Philippines

    9,880 ± 2,438 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of South Carolina was Mexico, the natal country of 68,828 South Carolina residents, followed by India with 11,778 and Philippines with 9,880.

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Citizenship

98.8%

2017 Citizenship

98.7%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 98.8% of Fairfield County, SC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Fairfield County, SC was 98.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. Black or African American Alone

    12.6k ± 553

  2. White Alone

    8.55k ± 124

  3. Two or More Races

    1.17k ± 570

In 2017, there were 1.47 times more Black or African American Alone residents (12.6k people) in Fairfield County, SC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 8.55k White Alone and 1.17k Two or More Races residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Fairfield County, SC as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Fairfield County, SC citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Fairfield County, SC was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Fairfield County, SC are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    473 ± 134

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    212 ± 129

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    175 ± 124

Fairfield County, SC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.23 times greater than any other conflict.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Fairfield County, SC was $101,100 in 2017, which is 0.465 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $96,300 to $101,100, a 4.98% increase. The homeownership rate in Fairfield County, SC is 74.4%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Fairfield County, SC have an average commute time of 30.2 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Fairfield County, SC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$35,551

Median Household Income

± $4,292

8.88k

Number of Households

± 718

In 2017, the median household income of the 8.88k households in Fairfield County, SC grew to $35,551 from the previous year's value of $33,798.

The following chart displays the households in Fairfield 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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Housing

Property Value

$101,100

2017 Median

± $9,565

$96,300

2016 Median

± $8,439

In 2017, the median property value in Fairfield County, SC grew to to $101,100 from the previous year's value of $96,300.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Fairfield County, SC compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Fairfield County, SC the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Fairfield County, SC distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Fairfield County, SC the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

74.4%

2017 Homeownership

73.9%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 74.4% of the housing units in Fairfield County, SC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 73.9%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Fairfield County, SC compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Fairfield County, SC distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Fairfield County, SC have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

30.2 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Fairfield County, SC have a longer commute time (30.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 2.68% of the workforce in Fairfield County, SC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    84.5%

  2. Carpooled

    11.1%

  3. Worked At Home

    2.87%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Fairfield County, SC was Drove Alone (84.5%), followed by those who Carpooled (11.1%) and those who Worked At Home (2.87%).

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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