Sumter, SC

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2022 Population
136,362
0.575% 1-year decline
US Senator
Lindsey Graham
Republican Party
US Senator
Tim Scott
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
38.7
0.259% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
17.1%
7.42% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$52,942
9.33% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$144,500
14.6% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
53,134
1.5% 1-year decline

About

In 2022, Sumter, SC had a population of 136k people with a median age of 38.7 and a median household income of $52,942. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Sumter, SC declined from 137,150 to 136,362, a −0.575% decrease and its median household income grew from $48,423 to $52,942, a 9.33% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Sumter, SC are Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (45.6%), White (Non-Hispanic) (45.3%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (3.33%), Other (Hispanic) (1.36%), and Two+ (Hispanic) (1.21%).

None of the households in Sumter, 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.

98.8% of the residents in Sumter, SC are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Sumter, SC are Central Carolina Technical College (635 degrees awarded in 2022), University of South Carolina-Sumter (175 degrees), and Morris College (76 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Sumter, SC was $144,500, and the homeownership rate was 67.9%.

Most people in Sumter, SC drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 23.9 minutes. The average car ownership in Sumter, SC was 2 cars per household.

Sumter, SC borders Columbia, SC and Florence, SC.

Population & Diversity

Sumter, SC is home to a population of 136k people, from which 98.8% are citizens. As of 2022, 2.57% of Sumter, SC residents were born outside of the country (3.5k people).

In 2022, there were 1.01 times more Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents (62.2k people) in Sumter, SC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 61.8k White (Non-Hispanic) and 4.54k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

98.8%
2022 Citizenship
98.6%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 98.8% of Sumter, SC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Sumter, SC was 98.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Sumter, SC
  1. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    62.2k ± 902
  2. White (Non-Hispanic)
    61.8k ± 332
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    4.54k ± 922
4.08%
Hispanic Population
5.57k people

In 2022, there were 1.01 times more Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents (62.2k people) in Sumter, SC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 61.8k White (Non-Hispanic) and 4.54k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

4.08% of the people in Sumter, SC are hispanic (5.57k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Sumter, 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

2.57%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
3.5k people
2.76%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
3.78k people

As of 2022, 2.57% of Sumter, SC residents (3.5k 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 Sumter, SC was 2.76%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Gulf War (2001-)
    4,061 ± 513
  2. Vietnam
    3,087 ± 352
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    2,014 ± 346

Sumter, SC has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 1.32 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Sumter, SC employs 53.1k people. The largest industries in Sumter, SC are Health Care & Social Assistance (8,180 people), Manufacturing (7,983 people), and Retail Trade (5,694 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($61,171), Transportation & Warehousing ($54,583), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($52,427).

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

53.1k
2022 Value
± 1,994
−1.5%
1 Year decline
± 5.27%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Sumter, SC declined at a rate of −1.5%, from 53.9k employees to 53.1k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Sumter, SC, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (6,935 people), Production Occupations (5,248 people), and Management Occupations (4,675 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Sumter, 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

53.1k
2022 Value
± 1,994
−1.5%
1 Year decline
± 5.27%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Sumter, SC declined at a rate of −1.5%, from 53.9k employees to 53.1k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Sumter, SC, are Health Care & Social Assistance (8,180 people), Manufacturing (7,983 people), and Retail Trade (5,694 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Sumter, SC, though some of these residents may live in Sumter, 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

$42,673
Median earning men ± $2,207
$31,073
Median earning women ± $1,890

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Public Administration ($56,536), Wholesale Trade ($56,250), and Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($55,218).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($56,097), Information ($49,130), and Public Administration ($40,631).

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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. 705
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 452
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 452
    Retail Trade

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in South Carolina went to Donald J. Trump with 55.1% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (43.4%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.11%).

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 Sumter, SC awarded 886 degrees. The student population of Sumter, SC in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 1,833 male students and 3,402 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Sumter, SC are White (439 and 49.7%), followed by Black or African American (364 and 41.2%), Hispanic or Latino (31 and 3.51%), and Two or More Races (27 and 3.06%).

The largest universities in Sumter, SC by number of degrees awarded are Central Carolina Technical College (635 and 71.7%), University of South Carolina-Sumter (175 and 19.8%), and Morris College (76 and 8.58%).

The most popular majors in Sumter, SC are Liberal Arts & Sciences (293 and 33.1%), Registered Nursing (109 and 12.3%), and Other Electromechanical, Instrumentation, & Maintenance Technology (41 and 4.63%).

The median tuition cost in Sumter, SC for private four year colleges is $14,198.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Sumter, SC, the percentage of applicants admitted was 71.9%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 51.6%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 5,235 (35% men and 65% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 5,235 students enrolled in Sumter, SC, 35% men and 65% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 2,408 records, of which 60.6% were women and 39.4% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 286 degrees awarded
  2. 102 degrees awarded
  3. 30 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Sumter, SC was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 286 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 635 degrees awarded
  2. 175 degrees awarded
  3. 76 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Central Carolina Technical College with 635 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 331 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Sumter, SC, which is 0.596 times less than the 555 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 439 degrees mean that there were 1.21 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 364 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 ($14,198) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($1,560) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($3,000) 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 Sumter, SC was $144,500 in 2022, which is 0.513 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $126,100 to $144,500, a 14.6% increase. The homeownership rate in Sumter, SC is 67.9%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Sumter, SC have an average commute time of 23.9 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Sumter, SC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Sumter, SC is $52,942. In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Sumter, SC was Beaufort County, SC with a value of $81,260, followed by York County, SC and Charleston County, SC, with respective values of $80,158 and $78,795.

Property

$144,500
Median Property Value 2022
±$6,478
$35,715
Median Property Taxes
±$1,438

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

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Rent vs Own

67.9%
Homeownership
2022
68.8%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 67.9% of the housing units in Sumter, SC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 67.3%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Sumter, SC was Beaufort County, SC with a value of $81,260, followed by York County, SC and Charleston County, SC, with respective values of $80,158 and $78,795.

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

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Household Income

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$52,942
Median Household Income
± $1,765
52.6k
Number of Households
± 1,837

In 2022, the median household income of the 52.6k households in Sumter, SC grew to $52,942 from the previous year's value of $48,423.

The following chart displays the households in Sumter, 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 Sumter, 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 (84.4%)
  2. Carpooled (8.18%)
  3. Worked At Home (4.35%)

In 2022, 84.4% of workers in Sumter, SC drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (8.18%) and those who worked at home (4.35%).

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Commute Time

23.9 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Sumter, SC have a shorter commute time (23.9 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 2.77% of the workforce in Sumter, 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 Sumter, SC distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Sumter, SC have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

17.1% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Sumter, SC (22.6k out of 132k 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 55 - 64 and then Females 18 - 24.

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

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

89.3% of the population of Sumter, SC has health coverage, with 30.8% on employee plans, 23.7% on Medicaid, 11% on Medicare, 18% on non-group plans, and 5.89% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in South Carolina see 1485 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.602% decrease from the previous year (1494 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1768 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 524 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,485 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in South Carolina

Primary care physicians in South Carolina see an average of 1,485 patients per year. This represents a 0.602% decrease from the previous year (1,494 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in South Carolina 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% under 18 years, 20% between 18 and 34 years, 36% between 35 and 64 years, and 19% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 46% were men and 54% were women.

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Uninsured People

10.7%
Uninsured
30.8%
Employer Coverage
23.7%
Medicaid
11%
Medicare
18%
Non-Group
5.89%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Sumter, SC declined by 4.4% from 11.1% to 10.7%.

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

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