Berkeley County, SC

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2022 Population
231,419
2.94% 1-year growth
US Senator
Lindsey Graham
Republican Party
US Senator
Tim Scott
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
36.7
0% 1-year change
2022 Poverty Rate
10.9%
4.4% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$77,874
10% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$253,100
17.1% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Berkeley County, SC had a population of 231k people with a median age of 36.7 and a median household income of $77,874. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Berkeley County, SC grew from 224,806 to 231,419, a 2.94% increase and its median household income grew from $70,786 to $77,874, a 10% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Berkeley County, SC are White (Non-Hispanic) (62.1%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (23.1%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (4.39%), Other (Hispanic) (2.84%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (2.34%).

None of the households in Berkeley 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.

97.4% of the residents in Berkeley County, SC are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Berkeley County, SC are Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology-Goose Creek (162 degrees awarded in 2022).

In 2022, the median property value in Berkeley County, SC was $253,100, and the homeownership rate was 74%.

Most people in Berkeley County, SC drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 29 minutes. The average car ownership in Berkeley County, SC was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Berkeley County, SC is home to a population of 231k people, from which 97.4% are citizens. As of 2022, 5.4% of Berkeley County, SC residents were born outside of the country (12.5k people).

In 2022, there were 2.69 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (144k people) in Berkeley County, SC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 53.5k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 10.2k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

97.4%
2022 Citizenship
97.4%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 97.4% of Berkeley County, SC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Berkeley County, SC was 97.4%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Berkeley County, SC
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    144k ± 613
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    53.5k ± 1.03k
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    10.2k ± 1.18k
7.29%
Hispanic Population
16.9k people

In 2022, there were 2.69 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (144k people) in Berkeley County, SC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 53.5k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 10.2k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

7.29% of the people in Berkeley County, SC are hispanic (16.9k people).

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

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Foreign-Born Population

5.4%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
12.5k people
5.53%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
12.4k people

As of 2022, 5.4% of Berkeley County, SC residents (12.5k 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 Berkeley County, SC was 5.53%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Gulf War (2001-)
    6,468 ± 739
  2. Vietnam
    5,361 ± 563
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    5,358 ± 730

Berkeley County, SC has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 1.21 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Berkeley County, SC employs 109k people. The largest industries in Berkeley County, SC are Manufacturing (13,785 people), Retail Trade (12,320 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (11,347 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($80,714), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($69,355), and Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($67,409).

Occupations

109k
2022 Value
± 3,150
3.83%
1 Year growth
± 3.91%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Berkeley County, SC grew at a rate of 3.83%, from 105k employees to 109k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Berkeley County, SC, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (12,621 people), Sales & Related Occupations (11,310 people), and Management Occupations (10,616 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Berkeley County, SC.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

109k
2022 Value
± 3,150
3.83%
1 Year growth
± 3.91%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Berkeley County, SC grew at a rate of 3.83%, from 105k employees to 109k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Berkeley County, SC, are Manufacturing (13,785 people), Retail Trade (12,320 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (11,347 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Berkeley County, SC, though some of these residents may live in Berkeley 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

$55,378
Median earning men ± $2,079
$36,249
Median earning women ± $1,575

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Information ($74,286), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($72,390), and Manufacturing ($68,459).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Information ($57,429), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($50,722), and Wholesale Trade ($50,451).

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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. 859
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 785
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 727
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Berkeley County, SC went to Donald J. Trump with 54.9% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (43.3%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.42%).

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

In 2022, universities in Berkeley County, SC awarded 162 degrees. The student population of Berkeley County, SC in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 3 male students and 143 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Berkeley County, SC are Black or African American (83 and 51.2%), followed by White (68 and 42%), Hispanic or Latino (7 and 4.32%), and Asian (2 and 1.23%).

The largest universities in Berkeley County, SC by number of degrees awarded are Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology-Goose Creek (162 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Berkeley County, SC are Aesthetician & Skin Care Specialist (122 and 75.3%), General Cosmetology (40 and 24.7%), and Cosmetology, Barber, & Nail Instructor (0 and 0%).

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 Berkeley County, SC was $253,100 in 2022, which is 0.898 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $216,100 to $253,100, a 17.1% increase. The homeownership rate in Berkeley County, SC is 74%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Berkeley County, SC have an average commute time of 29 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Berkeley County, SC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Berkeley County, SC is $77,874. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Berkeley County, SC was Census Tract 207.21 with a value of $138,359, followed by Census Tract 208.12 and Census Tract 208.07, with respective values of $112,879 and $103,083.

Property

$253,100
Median Property Value 2022
±$6,077
$64,310
Median Property Taxes
±$2,129

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 Berkeley County, SC the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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

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Rent vs Own

74%
Homeownership
2022
68.8%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 74% of the housing units in Berkeley County, SC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 72.8%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 207.21
  2. Census Tract 208.12
  3. Census Tract 208.07

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Berkeley County, SC was Census Tract 207.21 with a value of $138,359, followed by Census Tract 208.12 and Census Tract 208.07, with respective values of $112,879 and $103,083.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Berkeley 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.
$77,874
Median Household Income
± $1,757
87k
Number of Households
± 2,581

In 2022, the median household income of the 87k households in Berkeley County, SC grew to $77,874 from the previous year's value of $70,786.

The following chart displays the households in Berkeley 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 Berkeley 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 (79.9%)
  2. Worked At Home (8.49%)
  3. Carpooled (7.97%)

In 2022, 79.9% of workers in Berkeley County, SC drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (8.49%) and those who carpooled to work (7.97%).

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

29 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Berkeley County, SC have a longer commute time (29 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 2.29% of the workforce in Berkeley 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 Berkeley County, SC distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Berkeley County, SC have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

10.9% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Berkeley County, SC (24.8k out of 227k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 55 - 64 and then Females 35 - 44.

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

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

89.8% of the population of Berkeley County, SC has health coverage, with 44.4% on employee plans, 14.3% on Medicaid, 9.17% on Medicare, 17.1% on non-group plans, and 4.85% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Berkeley County, SC see 3165 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.64% increase from the previous year (3114 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 3746 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 814 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.3% were men and 51.7% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

3,165 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Berkeley County, SC

Primary care physicians in Berkeley County, SC see an average of 3,165 patients per year. This represents a 1.64% increase from the previous year (3,114 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Berkeley 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 25.6% under 18 years, 20.6% between 18 and 34 years, 39.1% between 35 and 64 years, and 14.8% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.3% were men and 51.7% were women.

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

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Uninsured People

10.2%
Uninsured
44.4%
Employer Coverage
14.3%
Medicaid
9.17%
Medicare
17.1%
Non-Group
4.85%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Berkeley County, SC declined by 3.11% from 10.5% to 10.2%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Berkeley 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 46.5 in Berkeley 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 35.4% in Berkeley County, SC.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 12.2% in Berkeley County, SC.

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