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Dorchester County, South Carolina (SC)

County population in 2019: 162,809 (81% urban, 19% rural); it was 96,413 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 27,770
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 8,303
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 26,027
Renter-occupied apartments: 14,186 (it was 8,682 in 2000)
% of renters here:

25%
State:

31%

Land area: 575 sq. mi.

Water area: 2.0 sq. mi.

Population density: 283 people per square mile   (high).

March 2019 cost of living index in Dorchester County: 92.9 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

Industries providing employment: Educational, health and social services (21.4%), Manufacturing (13.5%), Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (12.1%), Retail trade (11.6%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 76%
  • Government: 20%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 4%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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  • Races in Dorchester County, SC (2019)
    • 104,03364.0%White Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 39,89924.6%Black Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 8,9045.5%Hispanic or Latino
    • 5,0253.1%Two or more races
    • 3,1591.9%Asian alone
    • 6440.4%American Indian and Alaska Native alone
    • 4470.3%Some other race alone
    • 3850.2%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone
Median resident age:

37.5 years
South Carolina median age:

39.9 years
Males: 78,698  (48.3%)
Females: 84,111  (51.7%)
Average household size:
Dorchester County:

2.0 people
South Carolina:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2019: $68,200 ($43,316 in 1999)
This county:

$68,200
South Carolina:

$56,227

Median contract rent in 2019 for apartments: $945 (lower quartile is $731, upper quartile is $1,253)
This county:

$945
State:

$729


Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $226,900 (it was $92,200 in 2000)
Dorchester:

$226,900
South Carolina:

$179,800
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $166,000 - $300,600

Mean price in 2019:

Detached houses: $248,661
Here:

$248,661
State:

$266,394

Townhouses or other attached units: $164,395
Here:

$164,395
State:

$219,057

In 2-unit structures: $224,873
Here:

$224,873
State:

$275,825

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $84,060
Here:

$84,060
State:

$168,533

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $126,735
Here:

$126,735
State:

$250,122

Mobile homes: $142,607
Here:

$142,607
State:

$72,281

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $142,431
Here:

$142,431
State:

$43,541

Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,453
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $446

Institutionalized population: 1,948

Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 4
  • Rapes: 27
  • Robberies: 46
  • Assaults: 265
  • Burglaries: 461
  • Thefts: 1074
  • Auto thefts: 153
Dorchester County, SC map from a distance

Health of residents in Dorchester County based on CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Questionnaires from 2013 to 2019:

General health status score of residents in this county from 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent) is 3.5. This is about average.
72.5% of residents exercised in the past month. This is about average.
45.4% of residents smoked 100+ cigarettes in their lives. This is about average.
53.5% of adult residents drank alcohol in the past 30 days. This is less than average.
64.6% of residents visited a dentist within the past year. This is less than average.
Average weight of males is 197 pounds. This is about average.
Average weight of females is 165 pounds. This is about average.

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 300 buildings, average cost: $119,800
  • 1998: 515 buildings, average cost: $118,100
  • 1999: 522 buildings, average cost: $125,300
  • 2000: 574 buildings, average cost: $121,500
  • 2001: 781 buildings, average cost: $128,700
  • 2002: 869 buildings, average cost: $143,100
  • 2003: 1063 buildings, average cost: $135,900
  • 2004: 1557 buildings, average cost: $143,800
  • 2005: 1924 buildings, average cost: $157,100
  • 2006: 1370 buildings, average cost: $185,600
  • 2007: 1007 buildings, average cost: $202,500
  • 2008: 605 buildings, average cost: $216,600
  • 2009: 515 buildings, average cost: $217,100
  • 2010: 520 buildings, average cost: $233,900
  • 2011: 469 buildings, average cost: $246,400
  • 2012: 642 buildings, average cost: $242,000
  • 2013: 609 buildings, average cost: $243,300
  • 2014: 794 buildings, average cost: $249,000
  • 2015: 694 buildings, average cost: $247,200
  • 2016: 772 buildings, average cost: $261,300
  • 2017: 624 buildings, average cost: $272,000
  • 2018: 696 buildings, average cost: $285,500
  • 2019: 703 buildings, average cost: $271,500
Number of permits per 10,000 Dorchester, SC residents
Average permit cost in Dorchester, SC
Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2019: $1,434 (0.6%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2019: $1,180 (0.6%)

Distribution of median household income in Dorchester, SC in 2019
Distribution of house value in Dorchester, SC in 2019
Distribution of rent paid by renters in Dorchester, SC in 2019
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2019: 9.1%
Dorchester County:

9.1%
South Carolina:

13.8%
(7.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 17.7% for Black residents, 17.6% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 12.6% for American Indian residents, 28.0% for other race residents, 8.7% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2019: 37.5 years old
(Males: 36.8 years old, Females: 38.2 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 40.8 years old, Black residents: 36.6 years old, American Indian residents: 57.1 years old, Asian residents: 33.3 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 33.1 years old, Other race residents: 35.2 years old)

Area name: Charleston-North Charleston, SC MSA
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Dorchester County is $586 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $663 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $864 a month.

Cities in this county include: Summerville, St. George, Ridgeville, Harleyville, Reevesville.

Dorchester County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential

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Neighboring counties: Choctaw County, Mississippi , Clay County, Mississippi , Coosa County, Alabama , Hampton County , St. Clair County, Alabama , Hopkins County, Texas .

Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

3.9%
South Carolina:

4.1%

Unemployment by year in Dorchester, SC
County total employment by year in Dorchester, SC
County average yearly wages by year in Dorchester, SC

Current college students: 4,471
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 88.4%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 28.2%

Number of foreign born residents: 12,332 (31.6% naturalized citizens)

Dorchester County:

7.6%
Whole state:

5.6%
Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • 3,0752010 or later
  • 2,0032000 to 2009
  • 1,6011990 to 1999
  • 4691980 to 1989
  • 4811970 to 1979
  • 802Before 1970

Mean travel time to work (commute): 28.0 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 37.4%

Dorchester County marital status for males Dorchester County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 43,240
  • One, attached: 2,737
  • Two: 964
  • 3 or 4: 1,646
  • 5 to 9: 3,439
  • 10 to 19: 1,620
  • 20 to 49: 1,444
  • 50 or more: 288
  • Mobile homes: 6,890
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 103

Housing units in Dorchester County with a mortgage: 29,802 (760 second mortgage, 1,867 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 12,832

Here:

70.7% with mortgage
State:

58.0% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Dorchester County

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant25,07590
Mainline Protestant16,77543
Catholic7,9262
Black Protestant4,72224
Other1,6536
Orthodox751
None80,329-
Dorchester County Religion Details
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 16
Dorchester County:

1.30 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.99 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Here:

0.08 / 10,000 pop.
South Carolina:

0.15 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 2
This county:

0.16 / 10,000 pop.
South Carolina:

0.85 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 43
Dorchester County:

3.49 / 10,000 pop.
South Carolina:

5.38 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 55
This county:

4.46 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.75 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Dorchester County:

9.6%
South Carolina:

10.6%

Adult obesity rate:
Dorchester County:

31.1%
State:

29.4%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

12.6%
State:

13.4%

Agriculture in Dorchester County:

Average size of farms: 158 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $34,684
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $145.68
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 79.19%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $38,103
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 31.30%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $53,131
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 89.04%
Average age of principal farm operators: 56 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 7.46
Corn for grain: 6860 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 435 harvested acres
Upland cotton: 3653 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 2963 harvested acres
Vegetables: 147 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 156 acres

Earthquake activity:

Dorchester County-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above South Carolina state average. It is 46% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 11/22/1974 at 05:25:55, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 14.5 miles away from Dorchester County center
On 8/21/1992 at 16:31:55, a magnitude 4.4 (4.1 MB, 4.1 LG, 4.4 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 12.3 miles away from the county center
On 8/2/1974 at 08:52:09, a magnitude 4.9 (4.3 MB, 4.9 LG) earthquake occurred 137.2 miles away from the county center
On 8/23/2011 at 17:51:04, a magnitude 5.8 (5.8 MW, Depth: 3.7 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 362.5 miles away from the county center
On 8/9/2020 at 12:07:37, a magnitude 5.1 (5.1 MW, Depth: 4.7 mi) earthquake occurred 241.3 miles away from Dorchester County center
On 4/17/1995 at 13:45:57, a magnitude 3.9 (3.9 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 16.5 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • South Carolina Covid-19 Pandemic, Incident Period: January 20, 2020, FEMA Id: 4492, Natural disaster type: Other
  • South Carolina Hurricane Dorian, Incident Period: August 31, 2019 - September 6, 2019, FEMA Id: 4464, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • South Carolina Hurricane Florence, Incident Period: September 8, 2018 - October 8, 2018, FEMA Id: 4394, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • South Carolina Hurricane Irma, Incident Period: September 6, 2017 - September 13, 2017, FEMA Id: 4346, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • South Carolina Hurricane Matthew, Incident Period: October 04, 2016 to October 30, 2016, Emergency Declared EM-3378: October 06, 2016, FEMA Id: 3378, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • South Carolina Hurricane Matthew, Incident Period: October 04, 2016 to October 30, 2016, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4286: October 11, 2016, FEMA Id: 4286, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • South Carolina Severe Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: October 01, 2015 to October 23, 2015, Emergency Declared EM-3373: October 03, 2015, FEMA Id: 3373, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • South Carolina Severe Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: October 01, 2015 to October 23, 2015, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4241: October 05, 2015, FEMA Id: 4241, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • South Carolina Severe Winter Storm, Incident Period: February 10, 2014 to February 19, 2014, Emergency Declared EM-3369: February 12, 2014, FEMA Id: 3369, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
  • South Carolina Severe Winter Storm, Incident Period: February 10, 2014 to February 15, 2014, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4166: March 12, 2014, FEMA Id: 4166, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
  • 5 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

The number of natural disasters in Dorchester County (15) is near the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 6
Emergencies Declared: 5

Causes of natural disasters: Hurricanes: 9, Winter Storms: 3, Floods: 2, Storms: 2, Other: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Means of transportation to work in 2019 - Dorchester

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 36,775 (81.4%)
  • Carpooled: 3,676 (8.1%)
  • Bus: 138 (0.3%)
  • Ferryboat: 81 (0.2%)
  • Taxicab, motorcycle, or other means: 426 (0.9%)
  • Bicycle: 231 (0.5%)
  • Walked: 464 (1.0%)
  • Worked at home: 3,384 (7.5%)
Class of Workers in 2019
Most common industries in 2019 (%)
Males Females
Most common industries for males in 2019


  • Health care and social assistance (21%)
  • Educational services (14%)
  • Retail trade (11%)
  • Accommodation and food services (11%)
  • Manufacturing (5%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (5%)
  • Construction (5%)

Most common industries for females in 2019


  • Health care and social assistance (22%)
  • Educational services (15%)
  • Retail trade (12%)
  • Accommodation and food services (12%)
  • Manufacturing (5%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (5%)
  • Construction (5%)

Most common occupations in 2019 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations for males in 2019


  • Management occupations (14%)
  • Production occupations (12%)
  • Sales and related occupations (9%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (7%)
  • Transportation occupations (7%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (7%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (7%)

Most common occupations for females in 2019


  • Office and administrative support occupations (22%)
  • Sales and related occupations (14%)
  • Management occupations (10%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (8%)
  • Educational instruction, and library occupations (8%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (6%)
  • Production occupations (5%)

Most common places of birth for foreign-born residents


  • Mexico (12%)
  • Philippines (8%)
  • China, excluding Hong Kong and Taiwan (7%)
  • India (7%)
  • Guatemala (6%)
  • Canada (5%)
  • Germany (5%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Dorchester County


  • American (10%)
  • German (5%)
  • English (5%)
  • Irish (5%)
  • Italian (2%)
  • European (2%)
  • Scotch-Irish (1%)

Owners and renters by unit type
Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders

People in group quarters in Dorchester County, South Carolina in 2000:

  • 1,127 people in state prisons
  • 470 people in nursing homes
  • 209 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 111 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 108 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 21 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 20 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 14 people in other group homes
  • 5 people in other workers' dormitories
  • 3 people in homes for the physically handicapped

People in group quarters in Dorchester County, South Carolina in 2010:

  • 1,385 people in state prisons
  • 250 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 216 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 61 people in residential treatment centers for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 36 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 30 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 18 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 15 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 4 people in other noninstitutional facilities
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $60,635.

12.03% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($47,799 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

12.03%
South Carolina average:

7.95%


0.09% of residents moved from foreign countries ($406 average AGI)
Dorchester County:

0.09%
South Carolina average:

0.07%

7.03% relocated from other counties in South Carolina ($23,975 average AGI)
4.90% relocated from other states ($23,418 average AGI)
Dorchester County:

4.90%
South Carolina average:

4.20%

Residents relocating <b>from</b> other counties or countries

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Charleston County, SC  3.54% ($39,941 average AGI)
from Berkeley County, SC  2.14% ($41,441)
from Colleton County, SC  0.21% ($39,333)
from Orangeburg County, SC  0.16% ($29,011)
from Richland County, SC  0.13% ($44,648)
from Lexington County, SC  0.11% ($50,117)
from Horry County, SC  0.11% ($42,424)


15.31% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($52,266 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

15.31%
South Carolina average:

6.98%


0.10% of residents moved to foreign countries ($319 average AGI)
Dorchester County:

0.10%
South Carolina average:

0.07%

11.33% relocated to other counties in South Carolina ($38,334 average AGI)
3.88% relocated to other states ($13,613 average AGI)
Dorchester County:

3.88%
South Carolina average:

3.18%

Residents relocating <b>to</b> other counties or countries

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Berkeley County, SC  6.98% ($54,101 average AGI)
to Charleston County, SC  2.98% ($48,749)
to Colleton County, SC  0.23% ($46,220)
to Orangeburg County, SC  0.18% ($39,607)
to Richland County, SC  0.17% ($44,196)
to Lexington County, SC  0.11% ($51,262)
to Greenville County, SC  0.09% ($58,564)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 14.9
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 13.4
Births per 1000 population from 2007 to 2019: 5.5

Births per 1000 population in Dorchester County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 6.8
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 7.1
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2019: 6.8

Deaths per 1000 population in Dorchester County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 8.4
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 7.4

Infant deaths per 1000 population in Dorchester County
Population without health insurance coverage in 2018: 10.7%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2018: 4.5%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Dorchester County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19
Population without health insurance coverage in Dorchester County
18-64 population without health insurance coverage in Dorchester County
40-64 population without health insurance coverage in Dorchester County
50-64 population without health insurance coverage in Dorchester County
Population under 19 years without health insurance coverage in Dorchester County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 14,962 (11,554 aged, 3,408 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 4,544 (13%)
Persons enrolled in Medicare
Aged persons enrolled in Medicare
Disabled persons enrolled in Medicare

Most common underlying causes of death in Dorchester County, South Carolina in 1999 - 2019:

  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (1,183)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (1,130)
  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (867)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (843)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (748)
  • Alzheimer disease, unspecified (600)
  • Unspecified dementia (442)
  • Congestive heart failure (368)
  • Colon, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (307)
  • Breast, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (288)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 13%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 10%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 0.93
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 5,103
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 75
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 30,027

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,359
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 649
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 5

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 43
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 62

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 10

Homicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 49.0. This is less than state average.

Mechanisms of homicide
Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 31.3
  • Other - 17.7

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 107.5. This is less than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide
Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 58.5
  • Suffocation - 31.3
  • Other - 17.7

Household type by relationship:

Households: 162,809
  • Male householders: 27,902 (6,014 living alone), Female householders: 29,866 (8,013 living alone)
  • 31,264 spouses (31,047 opposite-sex spouses), 2,412 unmarried partners, (2,320 opposite-sex unmarried partners), 49,867 children (45,406 natural, 1,725 adopted, 2,736 stepchildren), 4,864 grandchildren, 2,846 brothers or sisters, 3,078 parents, 577 foster children, 2,671 other relatives, 5,770 non-relatives
  • In group quarters: 1,692

Size of family households: 17,736 2-persons, 10,240 3-persons, 7,027 4-persons, 4,347 5-persons, 1,082 6-persons, 1,041 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 14,027 1-person, 1,992 2-persons, 276 3-persons.

25,671 married couples with children.
7,658 single-parent households (1,037 men, 6,621 women).

93.1% of residents of Dorchester speak English at home.
3.6% of residents speak Spanish at home (59% speak English very well, 15% speak English well, 24% speak English not well, 2% don't speak English at all).
1.5% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (81% speak English very well, 13% speak English well, 6% speak English not well).
1.2% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (44% speak English very well, 25% speak English well, 22% speak English not well, 9% don't speak English at all).
0.1% of residents speak other language at home (95% speak English very well, 5% speak English well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $504,666,000 ($4,716 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $109,151,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $303,569,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $74,203,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $1,953,000
Federal grants: $77,410,000
Federal procurement contracts: $35,996,000 ($32,874,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $11,534,000 ($261,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $1,233,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $117,472,000
Federal Government insurance: $241,780,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 6,817
Here:

60 per 1000 residents
State:

69 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 3,943
Here:

35 per 1000 residents
State:

46 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +556
Here:

+5 per 1000 residents
State:

+9 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +13,319
Here:

+118 per 1000 residents
State:

+27 per 1000 residents
Population growth in Dorchester County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 13.16 millions of gallons per day (9% from ground, 91% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.6
State:

6.4

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.8
State:

4.6

Year house built in Dorchester County, South Carolina
  • Year house built in Dorchester County, South Carolina
  • 4,8852014 or later
  • 4,0992010 to 2013
  • 17,3842000 to 2009
  • 11,2511990 to 1999
  • 11,6441980 to 1989
  • 8,5011970 to 1979
  • 2,4951960 to 1969
  • 1,2151950 to 1959
  • 5371940 to 1949
  • 3601939 or earlier
Rooms in houses/apartments in Dorchester County, South Carolina
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Dorchester County, South Carolina
  • Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Dorchester County, South Carolina
  • 341 room
  • 02 rooms
  • 2603 rooms
  • 3,3204 rooms
  • 6,4795 rooms
  • 10,2676 rooms
  • 7,3107 rooms
  • 5,7088 rooms
  • 9,2569+ rooms
Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Dorchester County, South Carolina
  • Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Dorchester County, South Carolina
  • 01 room
  • 3562 rooms
  • 4,0823 rooms
  • 1,9384 rooms
  • 4,7375 rooms
  • 2,3986 rooms
  • 8007 rooms
  • 5688 rooms
  • 2559+ rooms
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Dorchester County, South Carolina
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Dorchester County, South Carolina
  • Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Dorchester County, South Carolina
  • 34no bedroom
  • 1791 bedroom
  • 2,6242 bedrooms
  • 22,9953 bedrooms
  • 13,0134 bedrooms
  • 3,7895+ bedrooms
Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Dorchester County, South Carolina
  • Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Dorchester County, South Carolina
  • 0no bedroom
  • 8911 bedroom
  • 7,5992 bedrooms
  • 5,3943 bedrooms
  • 1,0634 bedrooms
  • 1875+ bedrooms
Cars and other vehicles available in Dorchester County, South Carolina in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Cars and other vehicles available in Dorchester County in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • Cars and other vehicles available in Dorchester County in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • 302no vehicle
  • 10,9961 vehicle
  • 20,0532 vehicles
  • 8,3873 vehicles
  • 2,3334 vehicles
  • 5635+ vehicles
Cars and other vehicles available in Dorchester County in renter-occupied apartments
  • Cars and other vehicles available in Dorchester County in renter-occupied apartments
  • 391no vehicle
  • 7,4031 vehicle
  • 4,8462 vehicles
  • 2,1523 vehicles
  • 3424 vehicles
  • 05+ vehicles

85.1% of Dorchester County residents lived in the same house 1 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 28% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 63% lived in South Carolina.

Dorchester County:

85.1%
State average:

85.7%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

  • This state: 76,994
  • Other state: 70,850
  • Northeast: 20,545
  • Midwest: 13,097
  • South: 30,919
  • West: 6,289
Year householders moved into unit in Dorchester County, SC
Most commonly used house heating fuel in Dorchester County
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos
  • 74.5%Electricity
  • 21.9%Utility gas
  • 2.2%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 0.4%Wood
  • 0.4%No fuel used
  • 0.3%Solar energy
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments
  • 89.1%Electricity
  • 8.2%Utility gas
  • 1.6%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 0.8%No fuel used
  • 0.2%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 0.1%Wood

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 911
Here:

4.5%
South Carolina:

10.6%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 946
Here:

10.8%
South Carolina:

8.9%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 714
Here:

9.6%
South Carolina:

20.0%

Educational Attainment
School Enrollment by Level of School
Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Noninstitutionalized Residents with Employment Disability

Dorchester County government finances - Expenditure in 2018:

  • Charges - Solid Waste Management: $6,242,000
    Other: $5,685,000
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities: $266,000
    Sewerage: $63,000
    Air Transportation: $8,000
  • Construction - Police Protection: $42,000
  • Current Operations - Police Protection: $20,089,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $5,921,000
    Local Fire Protection: $5,809,000
    General Public Buildings: $4,767,000
    Correctional Institutions: $3,959,000
    Sewerage: $3,331,000
    Regular Highways: $2,256,000
    Financial Administration: $2,131,000
    Central Staff Services: $1,488,000
    Solid Waste Management: $1,159,000
    General - Other: $935,000
    Health - Other: $665,000
    Parks and Recreation: $71,000
    Air Transportation: $14,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Air Transportation: $166,000
    Other: $26,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $122,082,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $113,977,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $54,182,000
    Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Industrial Revenue: $50,632,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $8,105,000
    Retired Nonguaranteed - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $3,550,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $4,520,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $1,349,000
    Interest Earnings: $376,000
    Rents: $12,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Financial Administration: $76,000
    Police Protection: $65,000
    Air Transportation: $32,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $13,000
    Health - Other: $3,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $103,616,000
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $32,117,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $53,790,000
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $4,971,000
    Other: $822,000
    Sewerage: $124,000
    Public Welfare: $120,000
    Health and Hospitals: $13,000
  • Tax - Property: $49,884,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $17,055,000
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $2,299,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $39,964,000

Dorchester County government finances - Revenue in 2018:

  • Charges - Solid Waste Management: $6,242,000
    Other: $5,685,000
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities: $266,000
    Sewerage: $63,000
    Air Transportation: $8,000
  • Construction - Police Protection: $42,000
  • Current Operations - Police Protection: $20,089,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $5,921,000
    Local Fire Protection: $5,809,000
    General Public Buildings: $4,767,000
    Correctional Institutions: $3,959,000
    Sewerage: $3,331,000
    Regular Highways: $2,256,000
    Financial Administration: $2,131,000
    Central Staff Services: $1,488,000
    Solid Waste Management: $1,159,000
    General - Other: $935,000
    Health - Other: $665,000
    Parks and Recreation: $71,000
    Air Transportation: $14,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Air Transportation: $166,000
    Other: $26,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $122,082,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $113,977,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $54,182,000
    Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Industrial Revenue: $50,632,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $8,105,000
    Retired Nonguaranteed - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $3,550,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $4,520,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $1,349,000
    Interest Earnings: $376,000
    Rents: $12,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Financial Administration: $76,000
    Police Protection: $65,000
    Air Transportation: $32,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $13,000
    Health - Other: $3,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $103,616,000
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $32,117,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $53,790,000
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $4,971,000
    Other: $822,000
    Sewerage: $124,000
    Public Welfare: $120,000
    Health and Hospitals: $13,000
  • Tax - Property: $49,884,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $17,055,000
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $2,299,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $39,964,000

Dorchester County government finances - Debt in 2018:

  • Charges - Solid Waste Management: $6,242,000
    Other: $5,685,000
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities: $266,000
    Sewerage: $63,000
    Air Transportation: $8,000
  • Construction - Police Protection: $42,000
  • Current Operations - Police Protection: $20,089,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $5,921,000
    Local Fire Protection: $5,809,000
    General Public Buildings: $4,767,000
    Correctional Institutions: $3,959,000
    Sewerage: $3,331,000
    Regular Highways: $2,256,000
    Financial Administration: $2,131,000
    Central Staff Services: $1,488,000
    Solid Waste Management: $1,159,000
    General - Other: $935,000
    Health - Other: $665,000
    Parks and Recreation: $71,000
    Air Transportation: $14,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Air Transportation: $166,000
    Other: $26,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $122,082,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $113,977,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $54,182,000
    Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Industrial Revenue: $50,632,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $8,105,000
    Retired Nonguaranteed - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $3,550,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $4,520,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $1,349,000
    Interest Earnings: $376,000
    Rents: $12,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Financial Administration: $76,000
    Police Protection: $65,000
    Air Transportation: $32,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $13,000
    Health - Other: $3,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $103,616,000
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $32,117,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $53,790,000
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $4,971,000
    Other: $822,000
    Sewerage: $124,000
    Public Welfare: $120,000
    Health and Hospitals: $13,000
  • Tax - Property: $49,884,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $17,055,000
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $2,299,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $39,964,000

Dorchester County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2018:

  • Charges - Solid Waste Management: $6,242,000
    Other: $5,685,000
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities: $266,000
    Sewerage: $63,000
    Air Transportation: $8,000
  • Construction - Police Protection: $42,000
  • Current Operations - Police Protection: $20,089,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $5,921,000
    Local Fire Protection: $5,809,000
    General Public Buildings: $4,767,000
    Correctional Institutions: $3,959,000
    Sewerage: $3,331,000
    Regular Highways: $2,256,000
    Financial Administration: $2,131,000
    Central Staff Services: $1,488,000
    Solid Waste Management: $1,159,000
    General - Other: $935,000
    Health - Other: $665,000
    Parks and Recreation: $71,000
    Air Transportation: $14,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Air Transportation: $166,000
    Other: $26,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $122,082,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $113,977,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $54,182,000
    Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Industrial Revenue: $50,632,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $8,105,000
    Retired Nonguaranteed - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $3,550,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $4,520,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $1,349,000
    Interest Earnings: $376,000
    Rents: $12,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Financial Administration: $76,000
    Police Protection: $65,000
    Air Transportation: $32,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $13,000
    Health - Other: $3,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $103,616,000
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $32,117,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $53,790,000
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $4,971,000
    Other: $822,000
    Sewerage: $124,000
    Public Welfare: $120,000
    Health and Hospitals: $13,000
  • Tax - Property: $49,884,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $17,055,000
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $2,299,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $39,964,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 2,226
  • Number of aged recipients: 207
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 2,019
  • Number of recipients under 18: 417
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 1,381
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 428
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 771
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 936
Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 17 full tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
G) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED1,404$171,360672$155,1922,977$172,536165$53,8004$4,962,250265$124,736144$55,903
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED57$163,80745$119,044224$181,67911$46,1820$016$140,00025$55,840
APPLICATIONS DENIED269$167,472161$111,6651,316$175,72186$51,8950$086$112,430111$67,964
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN201$159,488103$150,097813$180,63630$108,4670$050$127,78018$96,278
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS50$151,86025$150,880227$176,58610$127,0000$012$171,58312$65,500
Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2008
(Based on 17 full tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
C) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A & B)
D) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A & B)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED373$188,936186$194,19453$158,1133$129,333
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED117$198,59895$194,65320$146,4001$129,000
APPLICATIONS DENIED24$184,70816$188,12513$176,5381$86,000
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN20$209,80020$194,4004$208,0000$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS11$186,8187$175,4296$189,3330$0
Conventional Home Purchase Loans in Dorchester, SC
Conventional Home Purchase Loans in Dorchester, SC - Value
Most common first names in Dorchester County, SC among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John44970.9 years
James41170.9 years
William37972.0 years
Mary36578.6 years
Robert24168.1 years
Charles19369.0 years
George17971.0 years
Joseph13871.7 years
Thomas13870.4 years
Willie13669.2 years
Most common last names in Dorchester County, SC among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith25374.0 years
Williams20971.1 years
Brown18271.6 years
Johnson15370.5 years
Green10371.1 years
Simmons10272.8 years
Jones9971.1 years
White8172.8 years
Murray8174.3 years
Knight8075.0 years
Businesses in Dorchester County, SC
NameCountNameCount
Ace Hardware2Hardee's1
CVS1KFC1
Chevrolet1Lane Furniture1
Comfort Inn1McDonald's1
Dairy Queen1Pizza Hut1
Domino's Pizza1Quality1
Dunkin Donuts1Subway1
Econo Lodge1Super 81
FedEx2True Value1
Ford1UPS1
H&R Block1Waffle House1

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  • #42 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest decrease in the number of deaths per 1000 residents 2000-2006 to 2007-2013 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #44 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents relocating from other counties between 2010 and 2011 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #46 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the smallest number of people without health insurance coverage in 2000 (pop. 50,000+)"
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  • #85 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest number of people moving in compared to moving out (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #91 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents relocating from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #96 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents relocating from other counties between 2010 and 2011"
  • #98 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents relocating to foreign countries in 2011 (pop. 50,000+)"