South Carolina

South Carolina covers 30,109 square miles, with a 2013 estimated population of 4,774,839 people – with 753,364 living in rural South Carolina (USDA-ERS). Columbia is the state capital. The state’s largest cities are Columbia, Charleston, Greenville, and North Charleston. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 68.3% of the state’s population is white, 27.9% is Black/African-American, and 5.3% is of Hispanic/Latino origin (2013).

South Carolina Rural Healthcare Facilities

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There are 65 hospitals in South Carolina (SCORH, 2013), 5 of which are identified as Critical Access Hospitals (Flex Team, 11/2014). There are 118 Rural Health Clinics in South Carolina (SCORH, 2013) and 18 Federally Qualified Health Centers provide services at 153 sites in the state (SCORH, 2013).

Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural South Carolina

15.0% of South Carolina residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2013). According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the average per-capita income for South Carolina residents in 2013 was $35,831, although rural per-capita income lagged at $30,692. Estimates from 2013 indicate a poverty rate of 25.1% exists in rural South Carolina, compared to 17.3% in urban areas of the state. The ERS reports, based on 2009-2013 ACS data, that 21.8% of the rural population has not completed high school, compared to 14.2% of urban populations. The unemployment rate in rural South Carolina is 10.0%, while in urban South Carolina, it is 7.2% (USDA-ERS, 2013).

For a national comparison, please see an overview of the United States.

Data Sources
Flex Monitoring Team: Critical Access Hospital List; Kaiser Family Foundation State Health Facts; South Carolina State Office of Rural Health (SCORH); U.S. Census Bureau: State & County QuickFacts; USDA Economic Research Service: State Fact Sheets


South Carolina Office of Rural Health
Phone: 803.454.3850
Seeks to improve the health status of rural and underserved people throughout the state through advocacy, education, and assistance to providers, communities and policy-makers.
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