Laurens County, SC

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2022 Population
67,456
0.459% 1-year growth
US Senator
Lindsey Graham
Republican Party
US Senator
Tim Scott
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
41.2
0.733% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
18.8%
9.35% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$52,077
11.4% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$138,600
17.7% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
29,264
2.98% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Laurens County, SC had a population of 67.5k people with a median age of 41.2 and a median household income of $52,077. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Laurens County, SC grew from 67,148 to 67,456, a 0.459% increase and its median household income grew from $46,754 to $52,077, a 11.4% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Laurens County, SC are White (Non-Hispanic) (66.9%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (23%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (3.61%), Other (Hispanic) (2.89%), and White (Hispanic) (1.74%).

None of the households in Laurens 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.

97.6% of the residents in Laurens County, SC are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Laurens County, SC are Presbyterian College (295 degrees awarded in 2022).

In 2022, the median property value in Laurens County, SC was $138,600, and the homeownership rate was 71.3%.

Most people in Laurens County, SC drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 25.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Laurens County, SC was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Laurens County, SC is home to a population of 67.5k people, from which 97.6% are citizens. As of 2022, 3.37% of Laurens County, SC residents were born outside of the country (2.28k people).

In 2022, there were 2.91 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (45.1k people) in Laurens County, SC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 15.5k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 2.43k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

97.6%
2022 Citizenship
97.9%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 97.6% of Laurens County, SC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Laurens County, SC was 97.9%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Laurens County, SC
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    45.1k ± 305
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    15.5k ± 410
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    2.43k ± 521
5.6%
Hispanic Population
3.78k people

In 2022, there were 2.91 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (45.1k people) in Laurens County, SC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 15.5k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 2.43k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

5.6% of the people in Laurens County, SC are hispanic (3.78k people).

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

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    58,419 ± 5,900 people
  2. India
    18,341 ± 3,319 people
  3. Honduras
    13,844 ± 2,885 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of South Carolina was Mexico, the natal country of 58,419 South Carolina residents, followed by India with 18,341 and Honduras with 13,844.

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Foreign-Born Population

3.37%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
2.28k people
3.08%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
2.07k people

As of 2022, 3.37% of Laurens County, SC residents (2.28k 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 Laurens County, SC was 3.08%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    1,458 ± 251
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    541 ± 216
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    513 ± 173

Laurens County, SC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.7 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Laurens County, SC employs 29.3k people. The largest industries in Laurens County, SC are Manufacturing (6,333 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (3,839 people), and Retail Trade (2,909 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($55,326), Wholesale Trade ($49,868), and Finance & Insurance ($47,478).

Males in South Carolina have an average income that is 1.37 times higher than the average income of females, which is $52,636. The income inequality in South Carolina (measured using the Gini index) is 0.464, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

29.3k
2022 Value
± 1,379
2.98%
1 Year growth
± 6.44%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Laurens County, SC grew at a rate of 2.98%, from 28.4k employees to 29.3k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Laurens County, SC, are Production Occupations (3,803 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,041 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (2,664 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Laurens County, SC.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

29.3k
2022 Value
± 1,379
2.98%
1 Year growth
± 6.44%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Laurens County, SC grew at a rate of 2.98%, from 28.4k employees to 29.3k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Laurens County, SC, are Manufacturing (6,333 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (3,839 people), and Retail Trade (2,909 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Laurens County, SC, though some of these residents may live in Laurens 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

$39,514
Median earning men ± $2,532
$29,958
Median earning women ± $1,265

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Public Administration ($52,100), Wholesale Trade ($50,321), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($47,881).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Information ($41,645), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($39,561), and Wholesale Trade ($38,625).

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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. 323
    Manufacturing
  2. 254
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  3. 233
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Laurens County, SC went to Donald J. Trump with 65.6% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (33.3%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (0.781%).

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.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Laurens County, SC awarded 295 degrees. The student population of Laurens County, SC in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 510 male students and 689 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Laurens County, SC are White (211 and 72.8%), followed by Black or African American (37 and 12.8%), Hispanic or Latino (21 and 7.24%), and Asian (16 and 5.52%).

The largest universities in Laurens County, SC by number of degrees awarded are Presbyterian College (295 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Laurens County, SC are Pharmacy (52 and 17.6%), General Biological Sciences (44 and 14.9%), and General Psychology (37 and 12.5%).

The median tuition cost in Laurens County, SC for private four year colleges is $38,990.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Laurens County, SC, the percentage of applicants admitted was 59.4%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 13.8%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 1,199 (42.5% men and 57.5% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 1,199 students enrolled in Laurens County, SC, 42.5% men and 57.5% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 799 records, of which 62.6% were women and 37.4% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 44 degrees awarded
  2. 37 degrees awarded
  3. 34 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Laurens County, SC was General Biological Sciences with 44 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Laurens County, SC according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
295 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Presbyterian College with 295 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 108 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Laurens County, SC, which is 0.578 times less than the 187 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 211 degrees mean that there were 5.7 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 37 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($38,990) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($2,910) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($1,200) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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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.

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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).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Laurens County, SC was $138,600 in 2022, which is 0.492 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $117,800 to $138,600, a 17.7% increase. The homeownership rate in Laurens County, SC is 71.3%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Laurens County, SC have an average commute time of 25.7 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Laurens County, SC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Laurens County, SC is $52,077. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Laurens County, SC was Census Tract 9205.01 with a value of $70,625, followed by Census Tract 9209 and Census Tract 9210.01, with respective values of $69,231 and $62,932.

In 2022, 15% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Laurens County, SC. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 1.83%.

Property

$138,600
Median Property Value 2022
±$9,419
$18,366
Median Property Taxes
±$976

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

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Rent vs Own

71.3%
Homeownership
2022
69.2%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 71.3% of the housing units in Laurens County, SC were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 72.2%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 9205.01
  2. Census Tract 9209
  3. Census Tract 9210.01

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Laurens County, SC was Census Tract 9205.01 with a value of $70,625, followed by Census Tract 9209 and Census Tract 9210.01, with respective values of $69,231 and $62,932.

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

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Household Income

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$52,077
Median Household Income
± $2,105
25.8k
Number of Households
± 1,229

In 2022, the median household income of the 25.8k households in Laurens County, SC grew to $52,077 from the previous year's value of $46,754.

The following chart displays the households in Laurens 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 $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Laurens 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 (80%)
  2. Carpooled (11.7%)
  3. Worked At Home (5.67%)

In 2022, 80% of workers in Laurens County, SC drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (11.7%) and those who worked at home (5.67%).

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Commute Time

25.7 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Laurens County, SC have a shorter commute time (25.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 0.982% of the workforce in Laurens 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 Laurens County, SC distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Laurens County, SC have 2 cars.

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2022, 15% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Laurens County, SC. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 1.83%.

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Poverty & Diversity

18.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Laurens County, SC (12.3k out of 65.2k 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 25 - 34, followed by Females 6 - 11 and then Females 45 - 54.

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

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Children in Poverty

In 2022, 24% of the children was living in poverty in Laurens County, SC. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 11%.

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Crimes & Accidents

Indicator

In 2022, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 551 in Laurens County, SC. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 208 per 100,000 population.

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Health

86.3% of the population of Laurens County, SC has health coverage, with 37.5% on employee plans, 20.7% on Medicaid, 15% on Medicare, 11.6% on non-group plans, and 1.41% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Laurens County, SC see 2045 patients per year on average, which represents a 6.84% increase from the previous year (1914 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 3771 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1476 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 47.1% were men and 52.9% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

2,045 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Laurens County, SC

Primary care physicians in Laurens County, SC see an average of 2,045 patients per year. This represents a 6.84% increase from the previous year (1,914 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Laurens 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 23.4% under 18 years, 19.8% between 18 and 34 years, 39% between 35 and 64 years, and 17.8% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 47.1% were men and 52.9% were women.

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Uninsured People

13.7%
Uninsured
37.5%
Employer Coverage
20.7%
Medicaid
15%
Medicare
11.6%
Non-Group
1.41%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Laurens County, SC grew by 0.577% from 13.6% to 13.7%.

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Health Outcomes

Indicator

In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 69.6 in Laurens 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 39.6% in Laurens County, SC.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 14.2% in Laurens County, SC.

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