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Laurens County, South Carolina (SC)

County population in 2019: 67,493 (36% urban, 64% rural); it was 69,567 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 10,545
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 7,830
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 20,355
Renter-occupied apartments: 7,150 (it was 5,935 in 2000)
% of renters here:

23%
State:

31%

Land area: 715 sq. mi.

Water area: 8.9 sq. mi.

Population density: 94 people per square mile   (average).

March 2019 cost of living index in Laurens County: 80.8 (low, U.S. average is 100)

Industries providing employment: Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (28.9%), Educational, health and social services (12.9%), Manufacturing (12.0%), Finance, insurance, real estate, and rental and leasing (10.4%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 62%
  • Government: 3%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 35%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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  • Races in Laurens County, SC (2019)
    • 46,43366.7%White Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 16,28023.4%Black Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 3,4114.9%Hispanic or Latino
    • 1,8212.6%Two or more races
    • 3370.5%Asian alone
    • 930.1%American Indian and Alaska Native alone
    • 850.1%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone
    • 460.07%Some other race alone
Median resident age:

40.4 years
South Carolina median age:

39.9 years
Males: 33,405  (49.5%)
Females: 34,088  (50.5%)
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Average household size:
Laurens County:

2.0 people
South Carolina:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2019: $47,218 ($33,933 in 1999)
This county:

$47,218
South Carolina:

$56,227

Median contract rent in 2019 for apartments: $474 (lower quartile is $399, upper quartile is $602)
This county:

$474
State:

$729


Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $116,900 (it was $67,600 in 2000)
Laurens:

$116,900
South Carolina:

$179,800
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $69,300 - $223,500
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,088
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $334

Institutionalized population: 1,042

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 2
  • Rapes: 22
  • Robberies: 18
  • Assaults: 264
  • Burglaries: 516
  • Thefts: 865
  • Auto thefts: 180

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

  • Murders: 2
  • Rapes: 16
  • Robberies: 28
  • Assaults: 301
  • Burglaries: 444
  • Thefts: 899
  • Auto thefts: 171
Laurens County, SC map from a distance

Health of residents in Laurens 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 3.4. This is about average.
69.5% of residents exercised in the past month. This is less than average.
44.2% of residents smoked 100+ cigarettes in their lives. This is about average.
42.7% of adult residents drank alcohol in the past 30 days. This is less than average.
60.7% of residents visited a dentist within the past year. This is less than average.
Average weight of males is 199 pounds. This is more than average.
Average weight of females is 165 pounds. This is about average.

Health of residents in Laurens County based on CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Questionnaires from 2003 to 2012:

General health status score of residents in this county from 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent) is 3.1. This is significantly worse than average.
68.1% of residents exercised in the past month. This is less than average.
48.2% of residents smoked 100+ cigarettes in their lives. This is about average.
98.8% of adult residents drank alcohol in the past 30 days. This is more than average.
61.5% of residents visited a dentist within the past year. This is less than average.
Average weight of males is 206 pounds. This is more than average.
Average weight of females is 171 pounds. This is more than average.

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 192 buildings, average cost: $82,500
  • 1998: 250 buildings, average cost: $98,200
  • 1999: 222 buildings, average cost: $86,600
  • 2000: 314 buildings, average cost: $93,200
  • 2001: 167 buildings, average cost: $101,000
  • 2002: 153 buildings, average cost: $112,600
  • 2003: 162 buildings, average cost: $132,900
  • 2004: 166 buildings, average cost: $133,600
  • 2005: 173 buildings, average cost: $130,700
  • 2006: 138 buildings, average cost: $146,200
  • 2007: 174 buildings, average cost: $138,800
  • 2008: 129 buildings, average cost: $124,800
  • 2009: 66 buildings, average cost: $164,000
  • 2010: 61 buildings, average cost: $138,300
  • 2011: 58 buildings, average cost: $165,400
  • 2012: 60 buildings, average cost: $140,800
  • 2013: 84 buildings, average cost: $153,400
  • 2014: 88 buildings, average cost: $160,100
  • 2015: 114 buildings, average cost: $149,800
  • 2016: 115 buildings, average cost: $148,400
  • 2017: 139 buildings, average cost: $156,000
  • 2018: 161 buildings, average cost: $157,100
  • 2019: 159 buildings, average cost: $134,100
Number of permits per 10,000 Laurens, SC residents
Average permit cost in Laurens, SC
Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2019: $829 (0.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2019: $358 (0.4%)

Distribution of median household income in Laurens, SC in 2019
Distribution of house value in Laurens, SC in 2019
Distribution of rent paid by renters in Laurens, SC in 2019
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2019: 20.9%
Laurens County:

20.9%
South Carolina:

13.8%
(19.6% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 26.0% for Black residents, 30.2% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 37.6% for American Indian residents, 31.7% for other race residents, 25.5% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2019: 40.4 years old
(Males: 37.1 years old, Females: 43.6 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 44.8 years old, Black residents: 44.4 years old, American Indian residents: 60.1 years old, Asian residents: 37.6 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 29.3 years old, Other race residents: 29.2 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Laurens County is $461 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $511 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $646 a month.

Cities in this county include: Laurens, Clinton, Joanna, Watts Mills, Gray Court, Cross Hill, Waterloo, Mountville, Princeton.

Laurens County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

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Neighboring counties: Bernalillo County, New Mexico , Kershaw County , Monroe County, Mississippi , Pike County, Arkansas , Meigs County, Tennessee .

Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

4.2%
South Carolina:

4.1%

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

Current college students: 2,822
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 85.4%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 19.7%

Number of foreign born residents: 3,282 (22.5% naturalized citizens)

Laurens County:

4.9%
Whole state:

5.6%
Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • 8142010 or later
  • 4702000 to 2009
  • 4071990 to 1999
  • 1811980 to 1989
  • 621970 to 1979
  • 118Before 1970

Mean travel time to work (commute): 23.6 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 56.2%

Laurens County marital status for males Laurens County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 17,843
  • One, attached: 784
  • Two: 499
  • 3 or 4: 1,232
  • 5 to 9: 824
  • 10 to 19: 497
  • 20 to 49: 265
  • 50 or more: 300
  • Mobile homes: 9,366
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 129

Housing units in Laurens County with a mortgage: 8,661 (311 second mortgage, 508 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 9,076

Here:

47.1% with mortgage
State:

58.0% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Laurens County

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant29,530105
Black Protestant5,38723
Mainline Protestant5,20141
Catholic3962
Other452
None25,978-
Laurens 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: 10
Laurens County:

1.44 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.99 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (no gas): 19
This county:

2.73 / 10,000 pop.
South Carolina:

0.85 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 32
Laurens County:

4.60 / 10,000 pop.
South Carolina:

5.38 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 26
This county:

3.74 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.75 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Laurens County:

12.0%
South Carolina:

10.6%

Adult obesity rate:
Laurens County:

32.9%
State:

29.4%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

14.7%
State:

13.4%

Agriculture in Laurens County:

Average size of farms: 153 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $16,808
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $85.05
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 3.27%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 86.78%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $19,144
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 17.04%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 2.06%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $45,709
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 95.92%
Average age of principal farm operators: 58 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 17.19
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 4.87%
Corn for grain: 142 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 337 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 63 harvested acres
Vegetables: 168 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 199 acres

Earthquake activity:

Laurens County-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above South Carolina state average. It is 0% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 8/2/1974 at 08:52:09, a magnitude 4.9 (4.3 MB, 4.9 LG, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 50.6 miles away from Laurens County center
On 8/9/2020 at 12:07:37, a magnitude 5.1 (5.1 MW, Depth: 4.7 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 146.9 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) earthquake occurred 328.2 miles away from the county center
On 11/30/1973 at 07:48:41, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB, 4.6 ML) earthquake occurred 142.9 miles away from the county center
On 11/22/1974 at 05:25:55, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB) earthquake occurred 153.5 miles away from Laurens County center
On 4/29/2003 at 08:59:39, a magnitude 4.9 (4.4 MB, 4.6 MW, 4.9 LG) earthquake occurred 206.3 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), 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 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 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 Ice Storm, Incident Period: December 15, 2005 to December 16, 2005, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1625: January 20, 2006, FEMA Id: 1625, Natural disaster type: Ice Storm
  • South Carolina Hurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 01, 2005, Emergency Declared EM-3233: September 10, 2005, FEMA Id: 3233, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • South Carolina Severe Ice Storm, Incident Period: December 04, 2002 to December 06, 2002, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1451: January 08, 2003, FEMA Id: 1451, Natural disaster type: Ice Storm
  • South Carolina Winter Storms, Incident Period: January 22, 2000 to February 01, 2000, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1313: January 31, 2000, FEMA Id: 1313, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
  • 2 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

The number of natural disasters in Laurens County (12) is smaller than the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 5
Emergencies Declared: 5

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

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 19,567 (80.0%)
  • Carpooled: 3,013 (12.3%)
  • Bus: 17 (0.1%)
  • Taxicab, motorcycle, or other means: 231 (0.9%)
  • Walked: 348 (1.4%)
  • Worked at home: 1,186 (4.9%)
Class of Workers in 2019
Most common industries in 2019 (%)
Males Females
Most common industries for males in 2019


  • Health care and social assistance (20%)
  • Manufacturing (13%)
  • Retail trade (9%)
  • Educational services (8%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (7%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Public administration (4%)

Most common industries for females in 2019


  • Health care and social assistance (24%)
  • Manufacturing (16%)
  • Retail trade (11%)
  • Educational services (9%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (9%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Public administration (4%)

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


  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (16%)
  • Production occupations (13%)
  • Material moving occupations (8%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (8%)
  • Management occupations (7%)
  • Sales and related occupations (6%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (6%)

Most common occupations for females in 2019


  • Office and administrative support occupations (18%)
  • Production occupations (16%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (9%)
  • Sales and related occupations (9%)
  • Educational instruction, and library occupations (8%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (7%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (6%)

Most common places of birth for foreign-born residents


  • Mexico (39%)
  • Guatemala (6%)
  • Dominican Republic (5%)
  • Canada (4%)
  • Colombia (4%)
  • Philippines (4%)
  • Germany (3%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Laurens County


  • American (17%)
  • English (5%)
  • Irish (5%)
  • European (3%)
  • German (3%)
  • Scotch-Irish (3%)
  • Italian (1%)

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

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

  • 878 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 534 people in nursing homes
  • 400 people in schools, hospitals, or wards for the intellectually disabled
  • 237 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 190 people in other group homes
  • 173 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 128 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 55 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 33 people in training schools for juvenile delinquents

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

  • 1,075 people in college/university student housing
  • 686 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 190 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 179 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 133 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 52 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 33 people in residential treatment centers for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 27 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 27 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $46,153.

6.07% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($37,901 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.07%
South Carolina average:

7.95%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
4.45% relocated from other counties in South Carolina ($26,244 average AGI)
1.62% relocated from other states ($11,657 average AGI)
Laurens County:

1.62%
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 Greenville County, SC  2.13% ($38,431 average AGI)
from Spartanburg County, SC  0.52% ($31,748)
from Greenwood County, SC  0.50% ($33,342)
from Newberry County, SC  0.22% ($28,875)
from Anderson County, SC  0.20% ($28,386)
from Pickens County, SC  0.11% ($28,542)
from Richland County, SC  0.10% ($57,636)


5.93% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($37,568 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.93%
South Carolina average:

6.98%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
4.66% relocated to other counties in South Carolina ($28,351 average AGI)
1.27% relocated to other states ($9,217 average AGI)
Laurens County:

1.27%
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 Greenville County, SC  2.28% ($39,444 average AGI)
to Spartanburg County, SC  0.60% ($29,714)
to Greenwood County, SC  0.52% ($33,482)
to Anderson County, SC  0.25% ($39,370)
to Newberry County, SC  0.21% ($32,935)
to Richland County, SC  0.12% ($25,037)
to Pickens County, SC  0.11% ($25,520)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 13.2
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.8

Births per 1000 population in Laurens County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 10.5
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.5
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2019: 12.1

Deaths per 1000 population in Laurens County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 11.3
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 11.4

Infant deaths per 1000 population in Laurens County
Population without health insurance coverage in 2018: 14.3%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2018: 4.7%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Laurens County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19
Population without health insurance coverage in Laurens County
18-64 population without health insurance coverage in Laurens County
40-64 population without health insurance coverage in Laurens County
50-64 population without health insurance coverage in Laurens County
Population under 19 years without health insurance coverage in Laurens County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 12,553 (8,741 aged, 3,812 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 1,357 (8%)
Persons enrolled in Medicare
Aged persons enrolled in Medicare
Disabled persons enrolled in Medicare

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

  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (1,023)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (786)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (767)
  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (748)
  • Alzheimer disease, unspecified (638)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (582)
  • Unspecified diabetes mellitus, without complications (460)
  • Unspecified dementia (441)
  • Congestive heart failure (280)
  • Pneumonia, unspecified (254)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 15%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 12%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 1.42
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 4,855
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 128
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 35,512

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,195
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,112
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 4

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 16
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 50

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 4

Crimes per 100,000 population in 1996: 1

Homicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 76.0. This is less than state average.

Mechanisms of homicide
Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 49.3
  • Other - 26.7

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 125.3. This is more than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide
Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 84.2
  • Other - 41.1

Household type by relationship:

Households: 67,493
  • Male householders: 13,011 (3,760 living alone), Female householders: 12,890 (3,838 living alone)
  • 11,838 spouses (11,536 opposite-sex spouses), 1,856 unmarried partners, (1,835 opposite-sex unmarried partners), 18,291 children (16,373 natural, 461 adopted, 1,457 stepchildren), 3,244 grandchildren, 833 brothers or sisters, 634 parents, 99 foster children, 1,518 other relatives, 1,105 non-relatives
  • In group quarters: 2,174

Size of family households: 7,971 2-persons, 4,124 3-persons, 2,636 4-persons, 1,478 5-persons, 644 6-persons, 108 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 7,598 1-person, 1,206 2-persons, 136 3-persons.

6,895 married couples with children.
4,582 single-parent households (147 men, 4,435 women).

94.7% of residents of Laurens speak English at home.
4.0% of residents speak Spanish at home (58% speak English very well, 20% speak English well, 17% speak English not well, 5% don't speak English at all).
0.7% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (90% speak English very well, 7% speak English well, 3% speak English not well).
0.4% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (46% speak English very well, 47% speak English well, 6% speak English not well).
0.1% of residents speak other language at home (34% speak English very well, 66% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $327,582,000 ($4,665 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $14,204,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $159,468,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $63,076,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $2,494,000
Federal grants: $87,992,000
Federal procurement contracts: $1,547,000 ($14,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $13,007,000 ($6,796,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $186,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $21,315,000
Federal Government insurance: $7,803,000

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

Births: 4,336
Here:

62 per 1000 residents
State:

69 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 3,822
Here:

54 per 1000 residents
State:

46 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +467
Here:

+7 per 1000 residents
State:

+9 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -117
Here -2 per 1000 residents
State +27 per 1000 residents
Population growth in Laurens County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 5.18 millions of gallons per day (2% from ground, 98% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.0
State:

6.4

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.9
State:

4.6

Year house built in Laurens County, South Carolina
  • Year house built in Laurens County, South Carolina
  • 1,7802014 or later
  • 6802010 to 2013
  • 2,0722000 to 2009
  • 6,6291990 to 1999
  • 5,6831980 to 1989
  • 4,9411970 to 1979
  • 4,8071960 to 1969
  • 1,8651950 to 1959
  • 1,4631940 to 1949
  • 1,8191939 or earlier
Rooms in houses/apartments in Laurens County, South Carolina
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Laurens County, South Carolina
  • Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Laurens County, South Carolina
  • 01 room
  • 1042 rooms
  • 3583 rooms
  • 1,8914 rooms
  • 4,7625 rooms
  • 3,8876 rooms
  • 3,1987 rooms
  • 1,7428 rooms
  • 1,7959+ rooms
Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Laurens County, South Carolina
  • Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Laurens County, South Carolina
  • 3141 room
  • 862 rooms
  • 7423 rooms
  • 2,0374 rooms
  • 2,5145 rooms
  • 1,8646 rooms
  • 4497 rooms
  • 868 rooms
  • 729+ rooms
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Laurens County, South Carolina
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Laurens County, South Carolina
  • Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Laurens County, South Carolina
  • 0no bedroom
  • 3041 bedroom
  • 3,0152 bedrooms
  • 11,1093 bedrooms
  • 2,9234 bedrooms
  • 3865+ bedrooms
Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Laurens County, South Carolina
  • Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Laurens County, South Carolina
  • 314no bedroom
  • 5921 bedroom
  • 2,8592 bedrooms
  • 3,6933 bedrooms
  • 7064 bedrooms
  • 05+ bedrooms
Cars and other vehicles available in Laurens County, South Carolina in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Cars and other vehicles available in Laurens County in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • Cars and other vehicles available in Laurens County in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • 746no vehicle
  • 3,9481 vehicle
  • 7,8382 vehicles
  • 2,8073 vehicles
  • 1,9684 vehicles
  • 4305+ vehicles
Cars and other vehicles available in Laurens County in renter-occupied apartments
  • Cars and other vehicles available in Laurens County in renter-occupied apartments
  • 1,684no vehicle
  • 4,1521 vehicle
  • 1,7802 vehicles
  • 4423 vehicles
  • 1064 vehicles
  • 05+ vehicles

83.9% of Laurens County residents lived in the same house 1 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 35% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 70% lived in South Carolina.

Laurens County:

83.9%
State average:

85.7%

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

  • This state: 48,552
  • Other state: 14,761
  • Northeast: 4,042
  • Midwest: 2,911
  • South: 6,741
  • West: 1,067
Year householders moved into unit in Laurens County, SC
Most commonly used house heating fuel in Laurens County
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos
  • 55.9%Electricity
  • 36.4%Utility gas
  • 2.6%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 2.2%Wood
  • 1.8%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 0.6%No fuel used
  • 0.4%Other fuel
  • 0.1%Solar energy
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments
  • 64.1%Electricity
  • 31.3%Utility gas
  • 2.0%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 1.6%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 0.4%Wood
  • 0.4%No fuel used
  • 0.2%Other fuel

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 1,011
Here:

13.7%
South Carolina:

10.6%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 245
Here:

8.9%
South Carolina:

8.9%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 950
Here:

53.6%
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

Laurens County government finances - Expenditure in 2018:

  • Charges - Other: $6,059,000
  • Construction - General - Other: $2,236,000
  • Current Operations - General - Other: $11,837,000
    Police Protection: $4,576,000
    Correctional Institutions: $3,387,000
    Local Fire Protection: $2,489,000
    Solid Waste Management: $2,087,000
    Financial Administration: $1,782,000
    Libraries: $1,577,000
    Air Transportation: $1,154,000
    General Public Buildings: $932,000
    Regular Highways: $686,000
    Housing and Community Development: $624,000
    Central Staff Services: $608,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $354,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $305,000
    Parks and Recreation: $201,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $125,000
    Health - Other: $16,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $297,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $9,403,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $6,895,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,508,000
  • Miscellaneous - Fines and Forfeits: $1,170,000
    General Revenue - Other: $473,000
    Interest Earnings: $111,000
    Sale of Property: $18,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - General - Other: $1,490,000
    Local Fire Protection: $334,000
    Libraries: $1,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $14,676,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $53,000
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $5,614,000
    Other: $3,146,000
  • Tax - Property: $23,927,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $1,070,000
    Other License: $512,000

Laurens County government finances - Revenue in 2018:

  • Charges - Other: $6,059,000
  • Construction - General - Other: $2,236,000
  • Current Operations - General - Other: $11,837,000
    Police Protection: $4,576,000
    Correctional Institutions: $3,387,000
    Local Fire Protection: $2,489,000
    Solid Waste Management: $2,087,000
    Financial Administration: $1,782,000
    Libraries: $1,577,000
    Air Transportation: $1,154,000
    General Public Buildings: $932,000
    Regular Highways: $686,000
    Housing and Community Development: $624,000
    Central Staff Services: $608,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $354,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $305,000
    Parks and Recreation: $201,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $125,000
    Health - Other: $16,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $297,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $9,403,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $6,895,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,508,000
  • Miscellaneous - Fines and Forfeits: $1,170,000
    General Revenue - Other: $473,000
    Interest Earnings: $111,000
    Sale of Property: $18,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - General - Other: $1,490,000
    Local Fire Protection: $334,000
    Libraries: $1,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $14,676,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $53,000
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $5,614,000
    Other: $3,146,000
  • Tax - Property: $23,927,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $1,070,000
    Other License: $512,000

Laurens County government finances - Debt in 2018:

  • Charges - Other: $6,059,000
  • Construction - General - Other: $2,236,000
  • Current Operations - General - Other: $11,837,000
    Police Protection: $4,576,000
    Correctional Institutions: $3,387,000
    Local Fire Protection: $2,489,000
    Solid Waste Management: $2,087,000
    Financial Administration: $1,782,000
    Libraries: $1,577,000
    Air Transportation: $1,154,000
    General Public Buildings: $932,000
    Regular Highways: $686,000
    Housing and Community Development: $624,000
    Central Staff Services: $608,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $354,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $305,000
    Parks and Recreation: $201,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $125,000
    Health - Other: $16,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $297,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $9,403,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $6,895,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,508,000
  • Miscellaneous - Fines and Forfeits: $1,170,000
    General Revenue - Other: $473,000
    Interest Earnings: $111,000
    Sale of Property: $18,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - General - Other: $1,490,000
    Local Fire Protection: $334,000
    Libraries: $1,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $14,676,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $53,000
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $5,614,000
    Other: $3,146,000
  • Tax - Property: $23,927,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $1,070,000
    Other License: $512,000

Laurens County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2018:

  • Charges - Other: $6,059,000
  • Construction - General - Other: $2,236,000
  • Current Operations - General - Other: $11,837,000
    Police Protection: $4,576,000
    Correctional Institutions: $3,387,000
    Local Fire Protection: $2,489,000
    Solid Waste Management: $2,087,000
    Financial Administration: $1,782,000
    Libraries: $1,577,000
    Air Transportation: $1,154,000
    General Public Buildings: $932,000
    Regular Highways: $686,000
    Housing and Community Development: $624,000
    Central Staff Services: $608,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $354,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $305,000
    Parks and Recreation: $201,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $125,000
    Health - Other: $16,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $297,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $9,403,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $6,895,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,508,000
  • Miscellaneous - Fines and Forfeits: $1,170,000
    General Revenue - Other: $473,000
    Interest Earnings: $111,000
    Sale of Property: $18,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - General - Other: $1,490,000
    Local Fire Protection: $334,000
    Libraries: $1,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $14,676,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $53,000
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $5,614,000
    Other: $3,146,000
  • Tax - Property: $23,927,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $1,070,000
    Other License: $512,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 2,039
  • Number of aged recipients: 156
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 1,883
  • Number of recipients under 18: 395
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 1,313
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 331
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 777
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 879
Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 10 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 ORIGINATED146$105,781142$119,746673$130,80443$52,1863$1,295,000137$93,54780$60,513
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED5$110,60018$87,77855$111,90911$32,6360$07$96,71419$57,632
APPLICATIONS DENIED57$103,47483$86,687399$118,38159$26,4920$021$73,19076$55,711
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN17$115,76517$190,118197$126,9097$79,5710$014$161,64313$72,538
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS13$95,3084$78,00062$141,0974$42,7500$02$63,0005$56,600
Choose year:  2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004
Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 9 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 ORIGINATED22$161,86423$173,1301$216,0000$0
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED13$174,53810$221,6002$225,5001$167,000
APPLICATIONS DENIED0$06$156,8330$00$0
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN2$206,0003$180,6671$160,0000$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$00$00$00$0
Choose year:  2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004
Conventional Home Purchase Loans in Laurens, SC
Conventional Home Purchase Loans in Laurens, SC - Value
Most common first names in Laurens County, SC among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
James69469.9 years
John50172.8 years
William49671.3 years
Mary46877.0 years
Robert28469.2 years
Willie27170.7 years
Charles21168.2 years
George21072.4 years
Thomas17871.9 years
Annie17279.1 years
Most common last names in Laurens County, SC among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith27473.0 years
Williams24270.2 years
Davis17973.5 years
Brown15973.0 years
Johnson15874.2 years
Young15474.7 years
Simpson12371.2 years
Wilson12072.0 years
Hill11772.7 years
Jones11372.0 years
Businesses in Laurens County, SC
NameCountNameCount
ALDI1Little Caesars Pizza2
Ace Hardware1Long John Silver's1
Advance Auto Parts1McDonald's4
AutoZone1Nike1
Burger King2Pizza Hut2
Chevrolet1Quality1
Comfort Suites1RadioShack1
Days Inn1Rite Aid1
Domino's Pizza1Rue211
FedEx5SONIC Drive-In2
Ford1T-Mobile2
GNC1Taco Bell1
GameStop1True Value1
Goodwill3U-Haul5
H&R Block2UPS7
Hilton1Waffle House3
Howard Johnson1Walmart1
KFC2Wendy's2
Lane Furniture1YMCA2

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