Oconee County, SC

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Population

75,926

0.731% growth

Poverty Rate

18.6%


Median Age

45


Median Household Income

$43,978

5.17% growth

Number of Employees

31,227

4.71% growth

Median Property Value

$153,300

1.46% growth

About

In 2017, Oconee County, SC had a population of 75.9k people with a median age of 45 and a median household income of $43,978. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Oconee County, SC grew from 75,375 to 75,926, a 0.731% increase and its median household income grew from $41,818 to $43,978, a 5.17% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Oconee County, SC are White (Non-Hispanic) (84.8%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (7.1%), White (Hispanic) (3.2%), Two or More Races (Non-Hispanic) (1.98%), and Some Other Race (Hispanic) (1.45%). N/A% of the people in Oconee County, SC speak a non-English language, and 97.6% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in Oconee County, SC is $153,300, and the homeownership rate is 72.9%. Most people in Oconee County, SC commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 23.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Oconee County, SC is 2 cars per household.

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COVID-19

Total Confirmed Cases by Date

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Impact on Employment

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of South Carolina across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Economy

The economy of Oconee County, SC employs 31.2k people. The largest industries in Oconee County, SC are Manufacturing (6,254 people), Educational Services (3,729 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (3,283 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($90,833), Management of Companies & Enterprises ($70,931), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($57,727).

Median household income in Oconee County, SC is $43,978. Males in Oconee 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 Oconee County, SC (measured using the Gini index) is 0.46, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$43,978

2017 value

± $2,030

5.17%

1 Year Growth

± 5.53%

Households in Oconee County, SC have a median annual income of $43,978, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $41,818 in 2016, which represents a 5.17% 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.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in South Carolina by number of full-time 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.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in South Carolina by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Oconee 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 303

  2. Census Tract 306.01

  3. Census Tract 302

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Oconee County, SC was Census Tract 303 with a value of $61,338, followed by Census Tract 306.01 and Census Tract 302, with respective values of $59,821 and $58,381.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

18.6% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Oconee County, SC (14k out of 75.2k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Males 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. White

    11,765 ± 831

  2. Hispanic

    1,566 ± 258

  3. Black

    1,023 ± 241

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

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

31.2k

2017 Value

± 1,230

4.71%

1 Year growth

± 5.37%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Oconee County, SC grew at a rate of 4.71%, from 29.8k employees to 31.2k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Oconee County, SC, are Production Occupations (4,093 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,846 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (2,817 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Oconee County, SC.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Oconee County, SC, by number of employees, are Production Occupations (4,093 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,846 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (2,817 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Oconee County, SC has an unusually high number of residents working as Production Occupations (2.26 times higher than expected), Construction & Extraction Occupations (1.39 times), and Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (1.33 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Oconee County, SC, by median earnings, are Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($75,938), Legal Occupations ($66,827), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($62,273).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

31.2k

2017 Value

± 1,230

4.71%

1 Year growth

± 5.37%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Oconee County, SC grew at a rate of 4.71%, from 29.8k employees to 31.2k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Oconee County, SC, are Manufacturing (6,254 people), Educational Services (3,729 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (3,283 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Oconee County, SC, though some of these residents may live in Oconee 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 Oconee County, SC, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (6,254 people), Educational Services (3,729 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (3,283 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Oconee County, SC has an unusually high number of Utilities (3.64 times higher than expected), Management of Companies & Enterprises (2.11 times), and Manufacturing (1.98 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Oconee County, SC, by median earnings, are Utilities ($90,833), Management of Companies & Enterprises ($70,931), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($57,727).

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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. $17.8B

  2. $17.1B

  3. $12.6B

In 2015, the top outbound South Carolina product (by dollars) was Plastics/rubber with $17.8B, followed by Machinery ($17.1B) and Electronics ($12.6B).

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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$178B

2020 Value

$244B

Projected 2045 Value

37% growth

In 2020, total outbound South Carolina trade was $178B. This is expected to increase 37% 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. $24.2B

  2. $14.4B

  3. $6.22B

In 2015, the top outbound South Carolina domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was North Carolina with $24.2B, followed by Georgia with $14.4B and Tennessee and $6.22B.

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

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Health

87% of the population of Oconee County, SC has health coverage, with 38.6% on employee plans, 15.7% on Medicaid, 17.3% on Medicare, 14.1% on non-group plans, and 1.3% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Oconee County, SC see 1847 patients per year on average, which represents a 8.07% increase from the previous year (1709 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2009 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1497 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

1,847 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Oconee County, SC see an average of 1,847 patients per year. This represents a 8.07% increase from the previous year (1,709 patients).

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

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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%).

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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%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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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

13%

Uninsured

38.6%

Employer Coverage

15.7%

Medicaid

17.3%

Medicare

14.1%

Non-Group

1.3%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Oconee County, SC declined by 8.38% from 14.2% to 13%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Oconee 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

Oconee County, SC is home to a population of 75.9k people, from which 97.6% are citizens. As of 2017, 3.86% of Oconee County, SC residents were born outside of the country (2.93k people).

In 2017, there were 11.9 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (64.4k people) in Oconee County, SC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 5.39k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 2.43k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Age

Age by Nativity

45

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.4

38

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 4.3

In 2017, the median age of all people in Oconee County, SC was 45. 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 Oconee County, SC are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Oconee County, SC residents was 45.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

3.86%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

2.93k people

3.75%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

2.82k people

As of 2017, 3.86% of Oconee County, SC residents (2.93k 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 Oconee County, SC was 3.75%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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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

97.6%

2017 Citizenship

97.8%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 97.6% of Oconee County, SC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Oconee County, SC was 97.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Oconee County, SC

  1. White (Non-Hispanic)

    64.4k ± 42

  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)

    5.39k ± 219

  3. White (Hispanic)

    2.43k ± 458

In 2017, there were 11.9 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (64.4k people) in Oconee County, SC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 5.39k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 2.43k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

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

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    2,959 ± 320

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    801 ± 234

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    610 ± 207

Oconee County, SC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.69 times greater than any other conflict.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Oconee County, SC was $153,300 in 2017, which is 0.667 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $151,100 to $153,300, a 1.46% increase. The homeownership rate in Oconee County, SC is 72.9%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Oconee County, SC have an average commute time of 23.7 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Oconee County, SC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$153,300

2017 Median

± $6,019

$151,100

2016 Median

± $6,086

In 2017, the median property value in Oconee County, SC grew to to $153,300 from the previous year's value of $151,100.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Oconee 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 Oconee County, SC the largest share of households have a property value in the $150k - $175k range.

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Household Income

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$43,978

Median Household Income

± $2,030

31.4k

Number of Households

± 1,202

In 2017, the median household income of the 31.4k households in Oconee County, SC grew to $43,978 from the previous year's value of $41,818.

The following chart displays the households in Oconee 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 $60k - $75k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

72.9%

2017 Homeownership

72.9%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 72.9% of the housing units in Oconee County, SC were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 72.9%.

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

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Commute Time

23.7 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Oconee County, SC have a shorter commute time (23.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 3.09% of the workforce in Oconee County, SC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    84.1%

  2. Carpooled

    9.92%

  3. Worked At Home

    3.35%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Oconee County, SC was Drove Alone (84.1%), followed by those who Carpooled (9.92%) and those who Worked At Home (3.35%).

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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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

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

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