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Richland County, South Carolina (SC)

County population in 2014: 401,566 (91% urban, 9% rural); it was 320,677 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 68,667
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 20,356
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 73,759
Renter-occupied apartments: 56,171 (it was 46,342 in 2000)
% of renters here:

39%
State:

31%

Land area: 756 sq. mi.

Water area: 15.3 sq. mi.

Population density: 531 people per square mile   (high).

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Richland County: 88.7 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Finance, insurance, real estate, and rental and leasing (26.4%), Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (20.1%), Educational, health and social services (14.8%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 77%
  • Government: 4%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 19%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Richland County, South Carolina:

  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (45.4%)
  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (45.3%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (4.8%)
  • Asian alone (2.2%)
  • Two or more races (1.7%)
Median resident age:  32.0 years
South Carolina median age:  37.0 years
Males: 195,642  (48.7%)
Females: 205,924  (51.3%)
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Richland County,SC real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Richland County:

2.0 people
South Carolina:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $47,491 ($39,961 in 1999)

This county:

$47491
South Carolina:

$44163

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $678 (lower quartile is $518, upper quartile is $858)
This county:

$678
State:

$594


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $144,900 (it was $95,000 in 2000)
Richland:

$144,900
South Carolina:

$139,200
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $100,000 - $223,900

Mean price in 2013:

Detached houses: $190,851
Here:

$190,851
State:

$209,548

Townhouses or other attached units: $138,323
Here:

$138,323
State:

$171,462

In 2-unit structures: $102,417
Here:

$102,417
State:

$287,508

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $72,755
Here:

$72,755
State:

$221,248

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $151,448
Here:

$151,448
State:

$190,918

Mobile homes: $47,439
Here:

$47,439
State:

$71,666
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,193
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $389

Institutionalized population: 9,551

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

  • Murders: 19
  • Rapes: 103
  • Robberies: 275
  • Assaults: 1271
  • Burglaries: 1657
  • Thefts: 5452
  • Auto thefts: 760

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

  • Murders: 19
  • Rapes: 97
  • Robberies: 293
  • Assaults: 1404
  • Burglaries: 1822
  • Thefts: 6543
  • Auto thefts: 847
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Health of residents in Richland 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 3.4. This is about average.
74.6% of residents exercised in the past month. This is about average.
43.3% of residents smoked 100+ cigarettes in their lives. This is about average.
67.6% of adult residents drank alcohol in the past 30 days. This is less than average.
67.9% of residents visited a dentist within the past year. This is about average.
Average weight of males is 195 pounds. This is about average.
Average weight of females is 169 pounds. This is more than average.
31.2% of residents keep firearms around their homes. This is about average.

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2004: 3246 buildings, average cost: $120,700
  • 2005: 3568 buildings, average cost: $121,600
  • 2006: 3232 buildings, average cost: $124,000
  • 2007: 2463 buildings, average cost: $121,400
  • 2008: 1467 buildings, average cost: $125,700
  • 2009: 1074 buildings, average cost: $114,700
  • 2010: 1009 buildings, average cost: $117,300
  • 2011: 981 buildings, average cost: $130,900
  • 2012: 1178 buildings, average cost: $122,100
  • 2013: 1392 buildings, average cost: $135,800
  • 2014: 1511 buildings, average cost: $137,200

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $1,240 (0.8%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $890 (0.7%)

Richland County household income distribution in 2009 Richland County home values distribution Richland County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 18.6%
(10.6% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 25.1% for Black residents, 23.2% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 14.5% for American Indian residents, 3.8% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 28.8% for other race residents, 21.1% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 18.6%
Richland County:

18.6%
South Carolina:

18.6%
(10.6% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 25.1% for Black residents, 22.6% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 8.8% for American Indian residents, 3.8% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 26.5% for other race residents, 22.2% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 32 years old
(Males: 31 years old, Females: 34 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 36 years old, Black residents: 31 years old, American Indian residents: 23 years old, Asian residents: 30 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 25 years old, Other race residents: 29 years old)

Area name: Columbia, SC HUD Metro FMR Area
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Richland County is $567 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $632 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $781 a month.

Cities in this county include: Columbia, Dutch Fork, Pontiac, St. Andrews, Dentsville, Horrell Hill, Forest Acres, Woodfield, Hopkins, Camp Ground.

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

2012 air pollution in Richland County:

Carbon Monoxide: 0.142 ppm (standard limit: 9 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Lead: 0.0032 µg/m3 (standard limit: 1.5 µg/m3). Near U.S. average.
Nitrogen Dioxide: 0.00 ppm (standard limit: 0.053 ppm). Below U.S. average.
Ozone (1-hour): 0.020 ppm (standard limit: 0.12 ppm). Significantly below U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM10) Annual: 16.0 µg/m3. Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual: 9.2 µg/m3(standard limit: 15.0 µg/m3). Near U.S. average.
Sulfur Oxides Annual: 0.000 ppm (standard limit: 0.03 ppm). Near U.S. average.

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Neighboring counties: Aiken County , Roosevelt County, New Mexico , Hempstead County, Arkansas , Cottle County, Texas , Wilkes County, Georgia , Wichita County, Texas .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

5.6%
South Carolina:

5.8%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 31,645
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 85.2%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 32.5%

Number of foreign born residents: 12,646 (43% naturalized citizens)

Richland County:

3.9%
Whole state:

2.9%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 4,025
  • 1990 to 1994: 1,786
  • 1985 to 1989: 1,601
  • 1980 to 1984: 1,210
  • 1975 to 1979: 1,055
  • 1970 to 1974: 808
  • 1970 to 1974: 547
  • 1965 to 1969: 1,614

Mean travel time to work (commute): 21.7 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 82.7%

Richland County marital status for males Richland County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 80,471
  • One, attached: 4,041
  • Two: 5,266
  • 3 or 4: 7,034
  • 5 to 9: 10,792
  • 10 to 19: 5,781
  • 20 or more: 7,826
  • Mobile homes: 8,528
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 54

Housing units in Richland County with a mortgage: 48,345 (6,267 second mortgage, 5,729 home equity loan, 142 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 15,218

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

66.8% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Richland County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant93,739263
Mainline Protestant47,81398
Black Protestant28,50256
Catholic16,3008
Other10,13632
Orthodox7001
None187,314-
Richland 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: 53
Richland County:

1.48 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.99 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 3
Here:

0.08 / 10,000 pop.
South Carolina:

0.15 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 14
This county:

0.39 / 10,000 pop.
South Carolina:

0.85 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 145
Richland County:

4.05 / 10,000 pop.
South Carolina:

5.38 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 252
This county:

7.04 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.75 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Richland County:

10.1%
South Carolina:

10.6%

Adult obesity rate:
Richland County:

30.0%
State:

29.4%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

9.3%
State:

13.4%

Agriculture in Richland County:

Average size of farms: 148 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $15,631
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 26.90%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $21,031
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 23.30%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 2.51%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $37,741
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 83.92%
Average age of principal farm operators: 57 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 4.38
Corn for grain: 3749 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 2101 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 4002 harvested acres
Vegetables: 61 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 162 acres

Earthquake activity:

Richland County-area historical earthquake activity is near South Carolina state average. It is 85% smaller 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 87.6 miles away from Richland County center
On 11/22/1974 at 05:25:55, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB) earthquake occurred 92.0 miles away from the 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 84.2 miles away from the county center
On 11/11/2002 at 23:39:29, a magnitude 4.4 (4.0 MB, 4.4 LG, Depth: 1.5 mi) earthquake occurred 127.8 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 208.8 miles away from Richland County center
On 4/13/1998 at 09:56:11, a magnitude 3.9 (3.5 MB, 3.9 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 49.2 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • South CarolinaHurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 1, 2005, Emergency Declared (EM-3233): September 10, 2005, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3233, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • South CarolinaTropical Storm Frances, Incident Period: September 6, 2004 to October 11, 2004, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1566): October 7, 2004, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1566, Natural disaster type: Tropical Storm
  • South CarolinaSevere Ice Storm, Incident Period: January 26, 2004 to January 30, 2004, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1509): February 13, 2004, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1509, Natural disaster type: Ice Storm
  • South CarolinaWinter Storms, Incident Period: January 22, 2000 to February 1, 2000, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1313): January 31, 2000, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1313, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
  • South CarolinaHurricane Floyd, Incident Period: September 14, 1999 to September 30, 1999, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1299): September 21, 1999, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1299, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • South CarolinaHurricane Floyd, Incident Period: September 14, 1999 to September 25, 1999, Emergency Declared (EM-3145): September 15, 1999, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3145, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • South CarolinaHURRICANE HUGO, Incident Period: September 21, 1989 to September 22, 1989, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-843): September 22, 1989, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-843, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • South CarolinaDrought, Incident Period: August 4, 1977, Emergency Declared (EM-3047): August 4, 1977, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3047, Natural disaster type: Drought

The number of natural disasters in Richland County (8) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 5
Emergencies Declared: 3

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Health care and social assistance (19%)
  • Educational services (18%)
  • Retail trade (11%)
  • Finance and insurance (10%)
  • Accommodation and food services (9%)
  • Public administration (7%)
  • Other services, except public administration (7%)
  • Health care and social assistance (19%)
  • Educational services (17%)
  • Retail trade (11%)
  • Finance and insurance (10%)
  • Accommodation and food services (9%)
  • Public administration (7%)
  • Other services, except public administration (6%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Sales and related occupations (11%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (10%)
  • Management occupations (10%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (7%)
  • Production occupations (7%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (6%)
  • Transportation occupations (5%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (19%)
  • Sales and related occupations (12%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (11%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (9%)
  • Management occupations (8%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (7%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (6%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):

  • Germany (11%)
  • Mexico (11%)
  • Korea (9%)
  • India (7%)
  • China, excluding Hong Kong and Taiwan (6%)
  • Canada (4%)
  • United Kingdom (4%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Richland County (%):

  • United States or American (9%)
  • German (8%)
  • English (7%)
  • Irish (5%)
  • Scotch-Irish (3%)
  • Italian (2%)
  • Scottish (2%)

Richland County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 119,580 (77%)
  • Carpooled: 18,956 (12%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 2,638 (2%)
  • Streetcar or trolley car: 32 (0%)
  • Subway or elevated: 35 (0%)
  • Ferryboat: 37 (0%)
  • Taxi: 398 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 167 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 290 (0%)
  • Walked: 8,437 (5%)
  • Other means: 1,926 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 3,472 (2%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders ($)


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

  • 8,827 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 7,074 people in military barracks, etc.
  • 5,277 people in state prisons
  • 1,706 people in nursing homes
  • 1,191 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 947 people in training schools for juvenile delinquents
  • 793 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 684 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals or wards
  • 627 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 337 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 162 people in homes for abused, dependent, and neglected children
  • 132 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 71 people in other types of correctional institutions
  • 54 people in unknown juvenile institutions
  • 48 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 33 people in halfway houses
  • 15 people in homes for the physically handicapped
  • 10 people in hospitals/wards and hospices for chronically ill
  • 10 people in hospices or homes for chronically ill
  • 9 people in orthopedic wards and institutions for the physically handicapped
  • 8 people in schools, hospitals, or wards for the mentally retarded
  • 5 people in military transient quarters for temporary residents
  • 2 people in religious group quarters

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

  • 11,567 people in military barracks and dormitories (nondisciplinary)
  • 9,884 people in college/university student housing
  • 6,028 people in state prisons
  • 1,700 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 919 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 379 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 255 people in correctional residential facilities
  • 223 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 211 people in correctional facilities intended for juveniles
  • 205 people in hospitals with patients who have no usual home elsewhere
  • 197 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 170 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 159 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 55 people in residential treatment centers for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 31 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 12 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals and psychiatric units in other hospitals
  • 7 people in in-patient hospice facilities
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $54,240.

8.35% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($37,450 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.35%
South Carolina average:

6.90%


0.18% of residents moved from foreign countries ($970 average AGI)
Richland County:

0.18%
South Carolina average:

0.07%

4.18% relocated from other counties in South Carolina ($15,648 average AGI)
3.99% relocated from other states ($20,832 average AGI)
Richland County:

3.99%
South Carolina average:

3.58%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Lexington County, SC  1.66% ($33,189 average AGI)
from Kershaw County, SC  0.26% ($32,331)
from Sumter County, SC  0.24% ($28,245)
from Charleston County, SC  0.20% ($31,730)
from Orangeburg County, SC  0.18% ($27,084)
from Mecklenburg County, NC  0.15% ($43,875)
from Greenville County, SC  0.14% ($35,543)


8.29% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($37,861 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.29%
South Carolina average:

6.53%


0.19% of residents moved to foreign countries ($934 average AGI)
Richland County:

0.19%
South Carolina average:

0.09%

3.93% relocated to other counties in South Carolina ($17,557 average AGI)
4.17% relocated to other states ($19,369 average AGI)
Richland County:

4.17%
South Carolina average:

3.18%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Lexington County, SC  1.81% ($38,948 average AGI)
to Charleston County, SC  0.29% ($41,580)
to Kershaw County, SC  0.27% ($36,220)
to Mecklenburg County, NC  0.24% ($33,832)
to Greenville County, SC  0.16% ($42,843)
to Sumter County, SC  0.13% ($23,831)
to York County, SC  0.11% ($46,959)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 14.4
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 13.7
Births per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 12.8

Births per 1000 population in Richland County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 7.7
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 7.7
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 7.1

Deaths per 1000 population in Richland County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 9.1
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 8.3
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2007 to 2013: 6.9

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Richland County

Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 16.2%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 5.6%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Richland County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19

Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Richland County


Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 41,779 (33,523 aged, 8,256 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 9,578 (11%)

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Aged persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Disabled persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Most common underlying causes of death in Richland County, South Carolina in 1999 - 2014:

  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (2615)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (2309)
  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (1867)
  • Unspecified dementia (1702)
  • Alzheimer's disease, unspecified (1556)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (1321)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (1250)
  • Other forms of acute ischaemic heart disease (1049)
  • Breast, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (822)
  • Congestive heart failure (699)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 14%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 12%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 1.49
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 22594.13
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 458.150
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 46890.85

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1351.450
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 767.180
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 9.41

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 52.43
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 97.62

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 8.82
Beer, wine & liquor stores per 100,000 population in 2005: 1

Homicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 103.3. This is more than state average.

Mechanisms of homicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 67.2
  • Cut/Pierce - 11.1
  • Other - 25.1

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 80.8. This is less than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 48.5
  • Suffocation - 15.3
  • Poisoning - 11.5
  • Other - 5.5

Household type by relationship:

Households: 352,502
  • In family households: 279,972 (52,417 male householders, 36,940 female householders)
    57,541 spouses, 101,939 children (94,993 natural, 2,417 adopted, 4,529 stepchildren), 9,926 grandchildren, 4,371 brothers or sisters, 2,760 parents, 5,245 other relatives, 7,479 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 72,530 (25,060 male householders (18,816 living alone)), 30,777 female householders (25,012 living alone)), 16,693 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 32,002 (9,551 institutionalized population)

Size of family households: 37,394 2-persons, 22,420 3-persons, 17,262 4-persons, 7,762 5-persons, 2,865 6-persons, 1,654 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 43,828 1-person, 8,851 2-persons, 2,034 3-persons, 890 4-persons, 169 5-persons, 36 6-persons, 29 7-or-more-persons.

43,283 married couples with children.
23,238 single-parent households (3,019 men, 20,219 women).

92.7% of residents of Richland County speak English at home.
3.5% of residents speak Spanish at home (59% speak English very well, 23% speak English well, 15% speak English not well, 4% don't speak English at all).
2.3% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (76% speak English very well, 15% speak English well, 8% speak English not well).
1.3% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (49% speak English very well, 35% speak English well, 15% speak English not well, 2% don't speak English at all).
0.2% of residents speak other language at home (72% speak English very well, 23% speak English well, 4% speak English not well, 1% don't speak English at all).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $3,450,346,000 ($10312 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $1,012,972,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $932,269,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $349,161,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $4,946,000
Federal grants: $979,171,000
Federal procurement contracts: $348,634,000 ($215,480,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $836,165,000 ($589,714,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $41,231,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $239,394,000
Federal Government insurance: $224,663,000

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

Births: 23,992
Here:

71 per 1000 residents
State:

69 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 13,698
Here:

40 per 1000 residents
State:

46 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +3,504
Here:

+10 per 1000 residents
State:

+9 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +5,895
Here:

+17 per 1000 residents
State:

+27 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Richland County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 31.97 millions of gallons per day (2% from ground, 98% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.3
State:

5.9

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.1
State:

4.3

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 2,942
  • 2000 to 2004: 33,671
  • 1990 to 1999: 27,265
  • 1980 to 1989: 23,381
  • 1970 to 1979: 24,837
  • 1960 to 1969: 22,188
  • 1950 to 1959: 15,931
  • 1940 to 1949: 5,648
  • 1939 or earlier: 9,193
Rooms in houses/apartments in Richland County, South Carolina
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 58
  • 2 rooms: 378
  • 3 rooms: 2,031
  • 4 rooms: 4,314
  • 5 rooms: 13,975
  • 6 rooms: 19,032
  • 7 rooms: 15,274
  • 8 rooms: 9,360
  • 9+ rooms: 9,337
  • 1 room: 1,368
  • 2 rooms: 4,629
  • 3 rooms: 8,653
  • 4 rooms: 13,611
  • 5 rooms: 9,853
  • 6 rooms: 5,242
  • 7 rooms: 1,890
  • 8 rooms: 661
  • 9+ rooms: 435
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Richland County, South Carolina
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 159
  • 1 bedroom: 1,323
  • 2 bedrooms: 11,140
  • 3 bedrooms: 43,149
  • 4 bedrooms: 15,311
  • 5+ bedrooms: 2,677
  • no bedroom: 1,641
  • 1 bedroom: 12,814
  • 2 bedrooms: 19,974
  • 3 bedrooms: 9,983
  • 4 bedrooms: 1,710
  • 5+ bedrooms: 220
Cars and other vehicles available in Richland County, South Carolina in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 2,761
  • 1 vehicle: 21,365
  • 2 vehicles: 33,243
  • 3 vehicles: 12,447
  • 4 vehicles: 3,015
  • 5+ vehicles: 928
  • no vehicle: 8,015
  • 1 vehicle: 23,529
  • 2 vehicles: 12,116
  • 3 vehicles: 2,254
  • 4 vehicles: 342
  • 5+ vehicles: 86

50% of Richland County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 47% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 44% lived in South Carolina.

Richland County:

50.3%
State average:

56.8%

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

  • This state: 193778
  • Northeast: 24986
  • Midwest: 17316
  • South: 58276
  • West: 8488

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $89,300


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 1%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 1%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Richland County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Electricity (50.7%)
  • Utility gas (43.3%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (4.2%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (1.1%)
  • Wood (0.5%)
  • Electricity (69.2%)
  • Utility gas (27.3%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (1.9%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (0.9%)
  • No fuel used (0.5%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 3,138
Here:

8.8%
South Carolina:

9.2%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 1,699
Here:

9.1%
South Carolina:

8.1%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 4,226
Here:

16.7%
South Carolina:

20.3%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)

Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninstitutionalized)

Richland County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:

  • Current Operations - Police Protection: $30,214,000
    Central Staff Services: $25,333,000
    Correctional Institutions: $17,037,000
    Solid Waste Management: $15,867,000
    General - Other: $12,282,000
    Local Fire Protection: $11,927,000
    Regular Highways: $10,413,000
    Financial Administration: $9,436,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $4,690,000
    Health - Other: $3,364,000
    General Public Buildings: $3,091,000
    Water Utilities: $1,539,000
    Housing and Community Development: $1,453,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $289,000
    Air Transportation: $150,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $74,000
    Parking Facilities: $9,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $10,153,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Police Protection: $2,444,000
    Housing and Community Development: $1,606,000
    Local Fire Protection: $359,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $68,343,000

Richland County government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - Solid Waste Management: $13,163,000
    All Other: $8,344,000
    Hospital Public: $8,333,000
    Regular Highways: $3,894,000
    Air Transportation: $216,000
    Parking Facilities: $115,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $5,551,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $4,382,000
    General Revenue, NEC: $3,767,000
    Rents: $25,000
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $4,195,000
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $15,156,000
    All Other: $12,592,000
    Highways: $2,352,000
    Health and Hospitals: $1,130,000
  • Tax - Property: $93,959,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $8,633,000
    Occupation and Business License, NEC: $5,721,000
    Documentary and Stock Transfer: $4,120,000
    Other License: $3,218,000
    Public Utility License: $1,855,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $147,000

Richland County government finances - Debt in 2006:

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $130,392,000
    Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Industrial Revenue: $122,892,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $87,969,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $78,485,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $9,834,000
    Retired Nonguaranteed - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $7,500,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $350,000

Richland County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $58,516,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $122,943,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 7,067
  • Number of aged recipients: 655
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 6,412
  • Number of recipients under 18: 1,567
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 4,144
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 1,356
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 2,308
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 3,008
Richland County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1994
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Richland County Fatal accident statistics for 1995 - 2014
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 78 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 ORIGINATED2,496$150,2291,776$174,7307,372$186,568191$112,33523$1,437,826709$137,60236$69,694
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED75$167,453106$177,123753$159,75453$60,0000$069$111,4209$55,222
APPLICATIONS DENIED455$139,736385$134,2962,869$152,464219$60,7990$0283$111,84867$68,388
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN249$144,072229$179,8731,801$162,86261$79,5253$13,622,667119$100,68117$87,706
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS103$120,81680$179,513473$178,17313$63,8460$041$131,4884$95,000
Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 67 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 ORIGINATED329$198,119305$201,2004$100,7500$0
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED100$224,98095$193,33722$124,4092$68,000
APPLICATIONS DENIED34$227,73545$200,5113$85,0000$0
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN26$165,57732$178,4380$00$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS10$183,7008$218,7502$85,5000$0

Conventional Home Purchase Loans

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value

Most common first names in Richland County, SC among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
James2,07370.2 years
John1,78671.9 years
Mary1,72476.9 years
William1,63172.1 years
Robert1,18969.6 years
Willie87470.5 years
George79271.4 years
Charles75271.0 years
Thomas67570.8 years
Annie65578.9 years
Most common last names in Richland County, SC among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith84573.1 years
Williams83470.5 years
Brown81871.5 years
Johnson70871.3 years
Davis66772.6 years
Jones58171.2 years
Taylor42872.0 years
Wilson41471.7 years
Martin38173.6 years
Jackson37870.3 years
Businesses in Richland County, SC
NameCountNameCount
ALDI1KFC4
AT&T8Kmart2
Abercrombie & Fitch1Kohl's2
Abercrombie Kids1Kroger3
Academy Sports + Outdoors1La Quinta1
Ace Hardware1La-Z-Boy1
Advance Auto Parts4Lane Bryant2
Aeropostale2Lane Furniture1
American Eagle Outfitters2LensCrafters3
Ann Taylor2Little Caesars Pizza4
Applebee's4Lowe's3
Arby's3Macy's1
Ashley Furniture1Marriott5
Audi1Marshalls2
AutoZone7MasterBrand Cabinets7
Avenue2McDonald's12
BMW1Men's Wearhouse4
Bakers1Microtel1
Banana Republic1Motel 61
Barnes & Noble2Motherhood Maternity4
Baskin-Robbins2New Balance5
Bath & Body Works4New York & Co2
Bebe1Nike27
Bed Bath & Beyond2Office Depot3
Blockbuster3Old Navy2
Buffalo Wild Wings2Olive Garden2
Burger King12Outback2
Buybuy BABY1Outback Steakhouse2
CVS11Pac Sun1
Cache1Panera Bread2
Casual Male XL1Papa John's Pizza3
Catherines1Payless3
Charlotte Russe2Penske2
Chevrolet2PetSmart2
Chick-Fil-A9Pier 1 Imports2
Chico's1Pizza Hut8
Chipotle1Plato's Closet1
Church's Chicken4Publix Super Markets7
Cinnabon 1Qdoba Mexican Grill1
Circle K4Quality1
Cold Stone Creamery1Quiznos2
Coldwater Creek2RadioShack5
Comfort Suites2Red Lobster1
Cracker Barrel3Red Robin1
Curves2Red Roof Inn1
DHL2Rite Aid10
Dairy Queen1Rodeway Inn1
Days Inn2Rooms To Go4
Dennys2Ruby Tuesday2
Domino's Pizza2Rue211
DressBarn1Ryan's Grill2
Dressbarn1SAS Shoes2
Dunkin Donuts4SONIC Drive-In6
Econo Lodge1Sam's Club2
Express2Sears5
Extended Stay America1Shoe Carnival2
Extended Stay Deluxe1Spencer Gifts1
FedEx37Sprint Nextel6
Finish Line1Staples3
Firestone Complete Auto Care5Starbucks8
Foot Locker4Subaru1
Ford1Subway23
Forever 211Super 82
GNC9T-Mobile13
GameStop9T.G.I. Driday's1
Gap1T.J.Maxx1
Goodwill1Taco Bell3
Gymboree3Talbots2
H&R Block12Target2
Hardee's4The Limited1
Havertys Furniture1The Room Place1
Haworth1Tire Kingdom3
Hilton4Toyota2
Hobby Lobby1Toys"R"Us2
Holiday Inn3True Value2
Hollister Co.1U-Haul12
Home Depot3UPS56
Honda1Value City Furniture1
Hot Topic1Vans5
Hyatt1Verizon Wireless3
Hyundai1Victoria's Secret3
IHOP1Volkswagen1
InTown Suites2Waffle House7
JCPenney2Walgreens9
JoS. A. Bank3Walmart5
Jones New York5Wendy's9
Journeys3Wet Seal1
Just Tires3Wingate2
Justice2YMCA2

Richland County on our top lists:

  • #3 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest lead air pollution readings in 2012 (µg/m3)"
  • #10 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest Ozone (1-hour) air pollution readings in 2012 (ppm)"
  • #25 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest lead air pollution readings in 2012 (µg/m3)"
  • #28 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest Sulfur Oxides Annual air pollution readings in 2012 (µg/m3)"
  • #32 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Black Protestant adherents"
  • #32 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Black Protestant adherents (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #33 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest Nitrogen Dioxide air pollution readings in 2012 (ppm)"
  • #40 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest decrease in the number of infant deaths per 1000 residents 2000-2006 to 2007-2013 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #44 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest average weight of females"
  • #47 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Black Protestant congregations (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #48 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Black Protestant congregations"
  • #74 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents that drank alcohol in the past 30 days"
  • #76 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+)"
  • #79 on the list of "Top 101 counties with highest percentage of residents voting for Obama (Democrat) in the 2012 Presidential Election (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #81 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Evangelical Protestant adherents"
  • #81 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Evangelical Protestant adherents (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #85 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents relocating to foreign countries in 2011 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #85 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Mainline Protestant adherents"
  • #85 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Mainline Protestant adherents (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #86 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents relocating from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011 (pop. 50,000+)"