Oconee County, SC

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2022 Population
78,775
1.08% 1-year growth
US Senator
Lindsey Graham
Republican Party
US Senator
Tim Scott
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
46.2
0.645% 1-year decrease
2022 Poverty Rate
15.7%
1.65% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$56,710
7.32% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$192,800
13.5% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Oconee County, SC had a population of 78.8k people with a median age of 46.2 and a median household income of $56,710. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Oconee County, SC grew from 77,932 to 78,775, a 1.08% increase and its median household income grew from $52,842 to $56,710, a 7.32% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Oconee County, SC are White (Non-Hispanic) (83.7%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (6.65%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.94%), Other (Hispanic) (2.13%), and Two+ (Hispanic) (2.02%).

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.

97.9% of the residents in Oconee County, SC are U.S. citizens.

In 2022, the median property value in Oconee County, SC was $192,800, and the homeownership rate was 75.2%.

Most people in Oconee County, SC drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 25.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Oconee County, SC was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Oconee County, SC is home to a population of 78.8k people, from which 97.9% are citizens. As of 2022, 3.58% of Oconee County, SC residents were born outside of the country (2.82k people).

In 2022, there were 12.6 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (65.9k people) in Oconee County, SC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 5.24k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 2.32k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

97.9%
2022 Citizenship
98.2%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 97.9% of Oconee County, SC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Oconee County, SC was 98.2%, 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)
    65.9k ± 227
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    5.24k ± 331
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    2.32k ± 407
5.82%
Hispanic Population
4.59k people

In 2022, there were 12.6 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (65.9k people) in Oconee County, SC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 5.24k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 2.32k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

5.82% of the people in Oconee County, SC are hispanic (4.59k 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

3.58%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
2.82k people
3.41%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
2.66k people

As of 2022, 3.58% of Oconee County, SC residents (2.82k 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 Oconee County, SC was 3.41%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    2,177 ± 305
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    1,109 ± 230
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    631 ± 177

Oconee County, SC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.96 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Oconee County, SC employs 32.1k people. The largest industries in Oconee County, SC are Manufacturing (6,132 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (4,074 people), and Retail Trade (3,420 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($104,620), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($90,976), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($67,208).

Occupations

32.1k
2022 Value
± 1,527
−0.899%
1 Year decline
± 6.75%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Oconee County, SC declined at a rate of −0.899%, from 32.4k employees to 32.1k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Oconee County, SC, are Production Occupations (3,609 people), Management Occupations (3,038 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (3,029 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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Employment by Industries

32.1k
2022 Value
± 1,527
−0.899%
1 Year decline
± 6.75%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Oconee County, SC declined at a rate of −0.899%, from 32.4k employees to 32.1k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Oconee County, SC, are Manufacturing (6,132 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (4,074 people), and Retail Trade (3,420 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

$45,920
Median earning men ± $1,629
$32,043
Median earning women ± $1,737

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($82,838), Information ($82,386), and Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($59,696).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Public Administration ($49,297), Information ($46,167), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($46,146).

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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. 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

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Civics

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.

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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

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 Oconee County, SC was $192,800 in 2022, which is 0.684 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $169,900 to $192,800, a 13.5% increase. The homeownership rate in Oconee County, SC is 75.2%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Oconee County, SC have an average commute time of 25.4 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 $56,710. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Oconee County, SC was Census Tract 306.01 with a value of $80,804, followed by Census Tract 304.02 and Census Tract 305, with respective values of $66,116 and $65,156.

Property

$192,800
Median Property Value 2022
±$5,845
$25,002
Median Property Taxes
±$1,240

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.

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Rent vs Own

75.2%
Homeownership
2022
67.9%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 75.2% of the housing units in Oconee County, SC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 74.4%.

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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 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Oconee County, SC was Census Tract 306.01 with a value of $80,804, followed by Census Tract 304.02 and Census Tract 305, with respective values of $66,116 and $65,156.

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

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$56,710
Median Household Income
± $2,695
33.2k
Number of Households
± 1,539

In 2022, the median household income of the 33.2k households in Oconee County, SC grew to $56,710 from the previous year's value of $52,842.

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.
0.464
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 (79.1%)
  2. Carpooled (11.3%)
  3. Worked At Home (6.7%)

In 2022, 79.1% of workers in Oconee County, SC drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (11.3%) and those who worked at home (6.7%).

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

25.4 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Oconee County, SC have a shorter commute time (25.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 3.45% 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

15.7% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Oconee County, SC (12.2k out of 78k 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 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 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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Health

89.4% of the population of Oconee County, SC has health coverage, with 36.2% on employee plans, 17.3% on Medicaid, 18.7% on Medicare, 15.6% on non-group plans, and 1.53% on military or VA plans.

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, 48.5% were men and 51.5% 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 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 20.4% under 18 years, 18% between 18 and 34 years, 38% between 35 and 64 years, and 23.6% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.5% were men and 51.5% were women.

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Uninsured People

10.6%
Uninsured
36.2%
Employer Coverage
17.3%
Medicaid
18.7%
Medicare
15.6%
Non-Group
1.53%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Oconee County, SC grew by 2.31% from 10.3% to 10.6%.

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

Indicator

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

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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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