South Carolina covers 30,109 square miles, with a 2012 estimated population of 4,723,723 people – with 755,954 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, 68.4% of the state’s population is white, 28.0% is Black/African-American, and 5.3% is of Hispanic/Latino origin (2012).
There are 65 hospitals in South Carolina (SCORH, 2013), 5 of which are identified by the Flex Monitoring Team as Critical Access Hospitals (June 2013). 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).
20.0% of South Carolina residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2011). According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the average per-capita income for South Carolina residents in 2012 was $35,056, although rural per-capita income lagged at $30,260. Estimates from 2012 indicate a poverty rate of 23.9% exists in rural South Carolina, compared to 17.2% in urban areas of the state. 2012 ACS data reports that 22.4% of the rural population has not completed high school, compared to 14.7% of urban populations. The unemployment rate in rural South Carolina is 12.1%, while in urban South Carolina, it is 8.6% (USDA-ERS, 2012).For a national comparison, please see an overview of the United States.
U.S. Census Bureau: State & County QuickFacts; USDA Economic Research Service: State Fact Sheets; Kaiser Family Foundation State Health Facts; Flex Monitoring Team: Critical Access Hospital List; South Carolina State Office of Rural Health (SCORH)
Directory of Rural Health
Contacts: South Carolina
Contact information for people and organizations in South Carolina with an interest in rural health.
There are more organizations related to South Carolina in the organizations section.
Last Reviewed: 2/10/2014