Oconee County, SC

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2021 Population
77,932
0.488% 1-year decline
US Senator
Lindsey Graham
Republican Party
US Senator
Tim Scott
Republican Party
2021 Median Age
46.5
0.868% 1-year increase
2021 Poverty Rate
15.4%
0.913% 1-year increase
2021 Median Household Income
$52,842
6.34% 1-year growth
2021 Median Property Value
$169,900
3.6% 1-year growth

About

In 2021, Oconee County, SC had a population of 77.9k people with a median age of 46.5 and a median household income of $52,842. Between 2020 and 2021 the population of Oconee County, SC declined from 78,314 to 77,932, a −0.488% decrease and its median household income grew from $49,691 to $52,842, a 6.34% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Oconee County, SC are White (Non-Hispanic) (84%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (7.01%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.17%), White (Hispanic) (1.81%), and Other (Hispanic) (1.64%).

None of the households in Oconee 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.

98.2% of the residents in Oconee County, SC are U.S. citizens.

In 2021, the median property value in Oconee County, SC was $169,900, and the homeownership rate was 74.4%.

Most people in Oconee County, SC drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 24.8 minutes. The average car ownership in Oconee County, SC was 2 cars per household.

geosearchPopulation & Diversity

Oconee County, SC is home to a population of 77.9k people, from which 98.2% are citizens. As of 2021, 3.41% of Oconee County, SC residents were born outside of the country (2.66k people).

In 2021, there were 12 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (65.5k people) in Oconee County, SC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 5.46k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 1.69k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

98.2%
2021 Citizenship
97.9%
2020 Citizenship

As of 2021, 98.2% of Oconee County, SC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2020, the percentage of US citizens in Oconee County, SC was 97.9%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Oconee County, SC
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    65.5k ± 79
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    5.46k ± 292
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    1.69k ± 335
5.72%
Hispanic Population
4.46k people

In 2021, there were 12 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (65.5k people) in Oconee County, SC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 5.46k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 1.69k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

5.72% of the people in Oconee County, SC are hispanic (4.46k people).

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

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Foreign-Born Population

3.41%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
2.66k people
3.93%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
3.07k people

As of 2021, 3.41% of Oconee County, SC residents (2.66k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2020, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Oconee County, SC was 3.93%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    2,355 ± 307
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    1,093 ± 283
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    774 ± 230

Oconee County, SC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.15 times greater than any other conflict.

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The economy of Oconee County, SC employs 32.4k people. The largest industries in Oconee County, SC are Manufacturing (6,233 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (3,983 people), and Retail Trade (3,372 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($97,680), Management of Companies & Enterprises ($78,214), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($66,651).

Occupations

32.4k
2021 Value
± 1,519
−1.93%
1 Year decline
± 6.53%

From 2020 to 2021, employment in Oconee County, SC declined at a rate of −1.93%, from 33k employees to 32.4k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Oconee County, SC, are Production Occupations (3,936 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,157 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (3,084 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Oconee County, SC.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in South Carolina (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

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Employment by Industries

32.4k
2021 Value
± 1,519
−1.93%
1 Year decline
± 6.53%

From 2020 to 2021, employment in Oconee County, SC declined at a rate of −1.93%, from 33k employees to 32.4k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Oconee County, SC, are Manufacturing (6,233 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (3,983 people), and Retail Trade (3,372 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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Median Earnings by Industry

$41,122
Median earning men ± $2,389
$29,167
Median earning women ± $2,252

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2021 are Information ($75,924), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($60,917), and Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($57,553).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2021 are Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($52,083), Information ($50,565), and Public Administration ($41,417).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.75%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 155M people employed in South Carolina. This represents a 2.75% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

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. 458
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 379
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 326
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services

The visualization shows the distribution of establishments by industry and by size according to the number of employees.

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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. $39.9B
  2. $29.5B
  3. $26.9B

In 2020, the top outbound South Carolina product (by dollars) was Motorized vehicles with $39.9B, followed by Plastics/rubber ($29.5B) and Machinery ($26.9B).

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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$273B
2020 Value in South Carolina
$613B
Projected 2050 Value in South Carolina
124% growth

In 2020, total outbound South Carolina trade was $273B. This is expected to increase 124% to $613B by 2050.

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. $28.9B
  2. $21.4B
  3. $10.9B

In 2020, the top outbound South Carolina domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was North Carolina with $28.9B, followed by Georgia with $21.4B and Texas and $10.9B.

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

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In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Oconee County, SC went to Donald J. Trump with 73% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (25.6%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.09%).

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.

The following chart shows elected senators in South Carolina over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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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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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2021, 0.829% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.722% 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 2021 were High School or Equivalent (1.18M), Some college (890k), and Bachelors Degree (688k).

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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The median property value in Oconee County, SC was $169,900 in 2021, which is 0.694 times smaller than the national average of $244,900. Between 2020 and 2021 the median property value increased from $164,000 to $169,900, a 3.6% increase. The homeownership rate in Oconee County, SC is 74.4%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.6%.

People in Oconee County, SC have an average commute time of 24.8 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Oconee County, SC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Oconee County, SC is $52,842. In 2021, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Oconee County, SC was Census Tract 306.01 with a value of $79,750, followed by Census Tract 304.02 and Census Tract 305, with respective values of $57,227 and $53,087.

Property

$169,900
Median Property Value 2021
±$4,050
$24,131
Median Property Taxes
±$1,186

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

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Oconee County, SC compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

74.4%
Homeownership
2021
67.6%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2021

In 2021, 74.4% of the housing units in Oconee County, SC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 73.2%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 306.01
  2. Census Tract 304.02
  3. Census Tract 305

In 2021, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Oconee County, SC was Census Tract 306.01 with a value of $79,750, followed by Census Tract 304.02 and Census Tract 305, with respective values of $57,227 and $53,087.

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

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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.
$52,842
Median Household Income
± $2,293
32.4k
Number of Households
± 1,469

In 2021, the median household income of the 32.4k households in Oconee County, SC grew to $52,842 from the previous year's value of $49,691.

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 $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Oconee County, SC is from South Carolina.
0.463
2021 Wage GINI in South Carolina
0.462
2020 Wage GINI in South Carolina

In 2021, the income inequality in South Carolina was 0.463 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.122% growth from 2020 to 2021, 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.

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

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2021
  1. Drove Alone (80.3%)
  2. Carpooled (11.1%)
  3. Worked At Home (6.69%)

In 2021, 80.3% of workers in Oconee County, SC drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (11.1%) and those who worked at home (6.69%).

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

24.8 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Oconee County, SC have a shorter commute time (24.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.8 minutes). Additionally, 2.53% of the workforce in Oconee 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 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.

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Poverty & Diversity

15.4% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Oconee County, SC (11.9k out of 77.1k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.6%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Females 55 - 64 and then Females 35 - 44.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Oconee County, SC is White, followed by Hispanic 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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89.7% of the population of Oconee County, SC has health coverage, with 37.3% on employee plans, 17.3% on Medicaid, 18.4% on Medicare, 15.1% on non-group plans, and 1.5% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in South Carolina 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 1850 patients per year on average, which represents a 6.2% increase from the previous year (1742 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1819 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1013 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49% were men and 51% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,850 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Oconee County, SC

Primary care physicians in Oconee County, SC see an average of 1,850 patients per year. This represents a 6.2% increase from the previous year (1,742 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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Health Care Diversity

In 2021, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 20.8% under 18 years, 17.6% between 18 and 34 years, 38.5% between 35 and 64 years, and 23.1% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49% were men and 51% were women.

The following chart shows the number of people with health coverage by gender.

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Uninsured People

10.3%
Uninsured
37.3%
Employer Coverage
17.3%
Medicaid
18.4%
Medicare
15.1%
Non-Group
1.5%
Military or VA

Between 2020 and 2021, the percent of uninsured citizens in Oconee County, SC declined by 5.72% from 10.9% to 10.3%.

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 Outcomes

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In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 73.6 in Oconee 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 31.6% in Oconee County, SC.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 14.8% in Oconee County, SC.

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