Gaffney, SC

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2021 Population
56,204
1.59% 1-year decline
US Senator
Lindsey Graham
Republican Party
US Senator
Tim Scott
Republican Party
2021 Median Age
39.2
0.254% 1-year decrease
2021 Poverty Rate
18%
0.491% 1-year increase
2021 Median Household Income
$41,330
9.38% 1-year growth
2021 Median Property Value
$106,100
7.93% 1-year growth
2021 Employed Population
23,714
0.658% 1-year growth

About

In 2021, Gaffney, SC had a population of 56.2k people with a median age of 39.2 and a median household income of $41,330. Between 2020 and 2021 the population of Gaffney, SC declined from 57,110 to 56,204, a −1.59% decrease and its median household income grew from $37,787 to $41,330, a 9.38% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Gaffney, SC are White (Non-Hispanic) (71.5%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (19.7%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.98%), White (Hispanic) (1.96%), and Other (Hispanic) (1.69%).

None of the households in Gaffney, 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.

98.4% of the residents in Gaffney, SC are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Gaffney, SC are Limestone University (473 degrees awarded in 2021).

In 2021, the median property value in Gaffney, SC was $106,100, and the homeownership rate was 70.1%.

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

geosearchPopulation & Diversity

Gaffney, SC is home to a population of 56.2k people, from which 98.4% are citizens. As of 2021, 2.37% of Gaffney, SC residents were born outside of the country (1.33k people).

In 2021, there were 3.63 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (40.2k people) in Gaffney, SC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 11.1k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 1.67k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

98.4%
2021 Citizenship
98.3%
2020 Citizenship

As of 2021, 98.4% of Gaffney, SC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2020, the percentage of US citizens in Gaffney, SC was 98.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Gaffney, SC
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    40.2k ± 321
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    11.1k ± 359
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    1.67k ± 371
4.74%
Hispanic Population
2.66k people

In 2021, there were 3.63 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (40.2k people) in Gaffney, SC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 11.1k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 1.67k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

4.74% of the people in Gaffney, SC are hispanic (2.66k people).

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    59,828 ± 5,970 people
  2. India
    16,728 ± 3,170 people
  3. Honduras
    13,020 ± 2,798 people

In 2021, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of South Carolina was Mexico, the natal country of 59,828 South Carolina residents, followed by India with 16,728 and Honduras with 13,020.

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Foreign-Born Population

2.37%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
1.33k people
2.66%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
1.52k people

As of 2021, 2.37% of Gaffney, SC residents (1.33k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2020, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Gaffney, SC was 2.66%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    1,087 ± 185
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    571 ± 173
  3. Gulf War (2001-)
    547 ± 190

Gaffney, SC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.9 times greater than any other conflict.

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briefcaseEconomy

The economy of Gaffney, SC employs 23.7k people. The largest industries in Gaffney, SC are Manufacturing (5,623 people), Retail Trade (2,911 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (2,500 people), and the highest paying industries are Information ($87,582), Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($50,500), and Utilities ($41,629).

Males in South Carolina have an average income that is 1.38 times higher than the average income of females, which is $47,907. The income inequality in South Carolina (measured using the Gini index) is 0.463, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

23.7k
2021 Value
± 1,380
0.658%
1 Year growth
± 8.11%

From 2020 to 2021, employment in Gaffney, SC grew at a rate of 0.658%, from 23.6k employees to 23.7k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Gaffney, SC, are Production Occupations (31,734 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (25,594 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (20,058 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Gaffney, SC.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

23.7k
2021 Value
± 1,380
0.658%
1 Year growth
± 8.11%

From 2020 to 2021, employment in Gaffney, SC grew at a rate of 0.658%, from 23.6k employees to 23.7k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Gaffney, SC, are Manufacturing (5,623 people), Retail Trade (2,911 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (2,500 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Gaffney, SC, though some of these residents may live in Gaffney, 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

$37,833
Median earning men ± $2,135
$26,680
Median earning women ± $1,777

The industries with the best median earnings for men in N/A are Information ($384,214), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($376,660), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($365,832).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in N/A are Construction ($375,682), Information ($311,594), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($280,978).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.75%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 155M people employed in South Carolina. This represents a 2.75% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

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. 269
    Retail Trade
  2. 244
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 225
    Manufacturing

The visualization shows the distribution of establishments by industry and by size according to the number of employees.

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Payroll by Industry Sector

The industries with the highest total annual payroll
  1. $942k
    Manufacturing
  2. $81.1k
    Retail Trade
  3. $68.4k
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance

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Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from South Carolina to other states, or from other states to South Carolina.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $39.9B
  2. $29.5B
  3. $26.9B

In 2020, the top outbound South Carolina product (by dollars) was Motorized vehicles with $39.9B, followed by Plastics/rubber ($29.5B) and Machinery ($26.9B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound South Carolina products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$273B
2020 Value in South Carolina
$613B
Projected 2050 Value in South Carolina
124% growth

In 2020, total outbound South Carolina trade was $273B. This is expected to increase 124% to $613B by 2050.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound South Carolina trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from South Carolina to other states, or from other states to South Carolina.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $28.9B
  2. $21.4B
  3. $10.9B

In 2020, the top outbound South Carolina domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was North Carolina with $28.9B, followed by Georgia with $21.4B and Texas and $10.9B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that South Carolina shares with each state (excluding itself).

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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.

The following chart shows elected senators in South Carolina over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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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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In 2021, universities in Gaffney, SC awarded 473 degrees. The student population of Gaffney, SC in 2021 is skewed towards women, with 856 male students and 984 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Gaffney, SC are White (235 and 52.9%), followed by Black or African American (183 and 41.2%), Hispanic or Latino (14 and 3.15%), and Unknown (4 and 0.901%).

The largest universities in Gaffney, SC by number of degrees awarded are Limestone University (473 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Gaffney, SC are Other Business Administration, Management, & Operations (124 and 26.2%), Social Work (61 and 12.9%), and Liberal Arts & Sciences (30 and 6.34%).

The median tuition cost in Gaffney, SC for private four year colleges is $25,200.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2021 in Gaffney, SC, the percentage of applicants admitted was 87.2%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 17.6%. The number of students enrolled in 2021 was 1,840 (46.5% men and 53.5% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2021 there were 1,840 students enrolled in Gaffney, SC, 46.5% men and 53.5% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 811 records, of which 52.9% were women and 47.1% men.

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Concentrations

In 2021, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Gaffney, SC was Other Business Administration, Management, & Operations with 94 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
473 degrees awarded

In 2021, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Limestone University with 473 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2021, 210 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Gaffney, SC, which is 0.798 times less than the 263 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2021 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 235 degrees mean that there were 1.28 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 183 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 ($25,200) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2021.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($1,100) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2021.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($2,304) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

The graph shows the average net price by sector and year.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2021, 0.829% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.722% 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 2021 were High School or Equivalent (1.18M), Some college (890k), and Bachelors Degree (688k).

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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homeHousing & Living

The median property value in Gaffney, SC was $106,100 in 2021, which is 0.433 times smaller than the national average of $244,900. Between 2020 and 2021 the median property value increased from $98,300 to $106,100, a 7.93% increase. The homeownership rate in Gaffney, SC is 70.1%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.6%.

People in Gaffney, SC have an average commute time of 25.4 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Gaffney, SC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Gaffney, SC is $41,330. In 2021, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Gaffney, SC was Beaufort County, SC with a value of $74,199, followed by York County, SC and Charleston County, SC, with respective values of $72,234 and $70,807.

Property

$106,100
Median Property Value 2021
±$6,341
$14,769
Median Property Taxes
±$932

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

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Gaffney, SC compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

70.1%
Homeownership
2021
68.5%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2021

In 2021, 70.1% of the housing units in Gaffney, SC were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 70.9%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2021, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Gaffney, SC was Beaufort County, SC with a value of $74,199, followed by York County, SC and Charleston County, SC, with respective values of $72,234 and $70,807.

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

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Household Income

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$41,330
Median Household Income
± $2,439
21.1k
Number of Households
± 1,107

In 2021, the median household income of the 21.1k households in Gaffney, SC grew to $41,330 from the previous year's value of $37,787.

The following chart displays the households in Gaffney, 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 < $10k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Gaffney, SC is from South Carolina.
0.463
2021 Wage GINI in South Carolina
0.462
2020 Wage GINI in South Carolina

In 2021, the income inequality in South Carolina was 0.463 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.122% growth from 2020 to 2021, 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 2021
  1. Drove Alone (83%)
  2. Carpooled (11.2%)
  3. Worked At Home (4.3%)

In 2021, 83% of workers in Gaffney, SC drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (11.2%) and those who worked at home (4.3%).

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 Gaffney, SC have a shorter commute time (25.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.8 minutes). Additionally, 2.82% of the workforce in Gaffney, 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 Gaffney, SC distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Gaffney, SC have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

18% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Gaffney, SC (9.96k out of 55.4k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.6%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Females 55 - 64.

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

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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87.9% of the population of Gaffney, SC has health coverage, with 37.7% on employee plans, 20.7% on Medicaid, 13.2% on Medicare, 14.8% on non-group plans, and 1.58% 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 2021, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 24.6% under 18 years, 20.7% between 18 and 34 years, 38.3% between 35 and 64 years, and 16.4% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 47.3% were men and 52.7% were women.

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Uninsured People

12.1%
Uninsured
37.7%
Employer Coverage
20.7%
Medicaid
13.2%
Medicare
14.8%
Non-Group
1.58%
Military or VA

Between 2020 and 2021, the percent of uninsured citizens in Gaffney, SC grew by 9.29% from 11% to 12.1%.

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

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