South Carolina Black Population

According to the 2017 Census Bureau the state of South Carolina has the 15th largest Black population in the United States with 1,428,796 African Americans making up 28% of the state total.

State DataBlackTotal State
Median household income$32,175$50,570
Bachelor’s degree or higher14.8%28.0%
Family poverty rate21.2%11.3%
Percentage households Married-couple families29.1%47.3%
Homeowner rate52.8%68.7%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2017 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates


Black Metro Population | Percent
Columbia Metro;  252,329 | 32.9%
Charleston-N Charleston-Summerville Metro;  182,363 | 27.4%
Greenville-Mauldin-Easley Metro ;  105,169 | 16.5%
-Florence Metro;  84,667 | 41.2%
Spartanburg  Metro;  58,115 | 20.4%
-Orangeburg Micro;  57,286 | 61.9%

South Carolina Black Population Infographics

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