Horry County, SC

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2022 Population
356,578
3.4% 1-year growth
US Senator
Lindsey Graham
Republican Party
US Senator
Tim Scott
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
47.6
0.634% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
13.1%
4.98% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$59,880
9.49% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$235,000
18% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
154,728
4% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Horry County, SC had a population of 357k people with a median age of 47.6 and a median household income of $59,880. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Horry County, SC grew from 344,865 to 356,578, a 3.4% increase and its median household income grew from $54,688 to $59,880, a 9.49% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Horry County, SC are White (Non-Hispanic) (76.8%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (12.2%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.92%), White (Hispanic) (2.31%), and Two+ (Hispanic) (2.01%).

None of the households in Horry 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.

96.6% of the residents in Horry County, SC are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Horry County, SC are Coastal Carolina University (2,195 degrees awarded in 2022), Horry-Georgetown Technical College (1,602 degrees), and Miller-Motte College-Conway (268 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Horry County, SC was $235,000, and the homeownership rate was 75.2%.

Most people in Horry County, SC drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 22.8 minutes. The average car ownership in Horry County, SC was 2 cars per household.

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Population & Diversity

Horry County, SC is home to a population of 357k people, from which 96.6% are citizens. As of 2022, 6.44% of Horry County, SC residents were born outside of the country (23k people).

In 2022, there were 6.27 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (274k people) in Horry County, SC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 43.6k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 10.4k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

96.6%
2022 Citizenship
96.5%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 96.6% of Horry County, SC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Horry County, SC was 96.5%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Horry County, SC
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    274k ± 856
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    43.6k ± 781
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    10.4k ± 1.19k
6.27%
Hispanic Population
22.4k people

In 2022, there were 6.27 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (274k people) in Horry County, SC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 43.6k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 10.4k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

6.27% of the people in Horry County, SC are hispanic (22.4k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Horry County, 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

6.44%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
23k people
6.29%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
21.7k people

As of 2022, 6.44% of Horry County, SC residents (23k 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 Horry County, SC was 6.29%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    13,457 ± 840
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    3,827 ± 554
  3. Gulf War (2001-)
    3,420 ± 568

Horry County, SC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.52 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Horry County, SC employs 155k people. The largest industries in Horry County, SC are Accommodation & Food Services (23,319 people), Retail Trade (22,762 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (17,331 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($69,375), Wholesale Trade ($54,514), and Information ($50,698).

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

155k
2022 Value
± 3,560
4%
1 Year growth
± 3.11%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Horry County, SC grew at a rate of 4%, from 149k employees to 155k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Horry County, SC, are Sales & Related Occupations (22,621 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (16,478 people), and Management Occupations (15,720 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Horry County, SC.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

155k
2022 Value
± 3,560
4%
1 Year growth
± 3.11%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Horry County, SC grew at a rate of 4%, from 149k employees to 155k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Horry County, SC, are Accommodation & Food Services (23,319 people), Retail Trade (22,762 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (17,331 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Horry County, SC, though some of these residents may live in Horry 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

$38,444
Median earning men ± $1,564
$30,414
Median earning women ± $1,034

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Wholesale Trade ($61,892), Information ($58,733), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($57,946).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Information ($43,798), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($43,281), and Public Administration ($41,664).

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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%.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 2,733
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 2,151
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 2,119
    Retail Trade

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Horry County, SC went to Donald J. Trump with 66.1% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (32.9%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (0.698%).

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.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Horry County, SC awarded 4,120 degrees. The student population of Horry County, SC in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 7,512 male students and 11,541 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Horry County, SC are White (2,825 and 69.4%), followed by Black or African American (722 and 17.7%), Hispanic or Latino (232 and 5.7%), and Two or More Races (152 and 3.73%).

The largest universities in Horry County, SC by number of degrees awarded are Coastal Carolina University (2,195 and 53.3%), Horry-Georgetown Technical College (1,602 and 38.9%), and Miller-Motte College-Conway (268 and 6.5%).

The most popular majors in Horry County, SC are Liberal Arts & Sciences (398 and 9.66%), General Business Administration & Management (295 and 7.16%), and Truck, Bus, & Commercial Vehicle Operator & Instructor (163 and 3.96%).

The median tuition cost in Horry County, SC for a public four year colleges is $11,460 for in-state students and $28,310 for out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Horry County, SC, the percentage of applicants admitted was 78.6%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 19.7%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 19,053 (39.4% men and 60.6% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 19,053 students enrolled in Horry County, SC, 39.4% men and 60.6% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 12,591 records, of which 59.6% were women and 40.4% men.

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Concentrations

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Horry County, SC was General Marketing & Marketing Management with 154 degrees awarded.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 2,195 degrees awarded
  2. 1,602 degrees awarded
  3. 268 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Coastal Carolina University with 2,195 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 1,704 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Horry County, SC, which is 0.705 times less than the 2,416 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 2,825 degrees mean that there were 3.91 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 722 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private for-profit, 2-year ($36,480) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Private for-profit, 2-year ($2,750) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($1,560) 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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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 Horry County, SC was $235,000 in 2022, which is 0.834 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $199,100 to $235,000, a 18% increase. The homeownership rate in Horry County, SC is 75.2%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Horry County, SC have an average commute time of 22.8 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Horry County, SC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Horry County, SC is $59,880. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Horry County, SC was Census Tract 603.03 with a value of $87,944, followed by Census Tract 514.03 and Census Tract 503.03, with respective values of $86,695 and $85,799.

In 2022, 15.3% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Horry County, SC. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 3.68%.

Property

$235,000
Median Property Value 2022
±$3,492
$107,070
Median Property Taxes
±$2,715

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

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Rent vs Own

75.2%
Homeownership
2022
71.4%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 75.2% of the housing units in Horry County, SC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 74.2%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 603.03
  2. Census Tract 514.03
  3. Census Tract 503.03

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Horry County, SC was Census Tract 603.03 with a value of $87,944, followed by Census Tract 514.03 and Census Tract 503.03, with respective values of $86,695 and $85,799.

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

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Household Income

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$59,880
Median Household Income
± $1,583
142k
Number of Households
± 3,129

In 2022, the median household income of the 142k households in Horry County, SC grew to $59,880 from the previous year's value of $54,688.

The following chart displays the households in Horry 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 Horry 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 (79.6%)
  2. Worked At Home (8.73%)
  3. Carpooled (8.04%)

In 2022, 79.6% of workers in Horry County, SC drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (8.73%) and those who carpooled to work (8.04%).

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Commute Time

22.8 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Horry County, SC have a shorter commute time (22.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.7% of the workforce in Horry County, SC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2022, 15.3% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Horry County, SC. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 3.68%.

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Poverty & Diversity

13.1% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Horry County, SC (45.9k out of 350k 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 45 - 54.

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

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Children in Poverty

In 2022, 19.5% of the children was living in poverty in Horry County, SC. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 13%.

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Crimes & Accidents

Indicator

In 2022, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 569 in Horry County, SC. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 88 per 100,000 population.

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Health

86.4% of the population of Horry County, SC has health coverage, with 31.6% on employee plans, 16.6% on Medicaid, 19.1% on Medicare, 17.3% on non-group plans, and 1.69% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Horry County, SC see 1678 patients per year on average, which represents a 1% decrease from the previous year (1695 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2420 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 636 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 47.1% were men and 52.9% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,678 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Horry County, SC

Primary care physicians in Horry County, SC see an average of 1,678 patients per year. This represents a 1% decrease from the previous year (1,695 patients).

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 19% under 18 years, 17.3% between 18 and 34 years, 38.6% between 35 and 64 years, and 25.1% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 47.1% were men and 52.9% were women.

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Uninsured People

13.6%
Uninsured
31.6%
Employer Coverage
16.6%
Medicaid
19.1%
Medicare
17.3%
Non-Group
1.69%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Horry County, SC declined by 4.5% from 14.2% to 13.6%.

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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 53.1 in Horry 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 31.8% in Horry County, SC.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 18% in Horry County, SC.

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