REGIONAL FACT SHEETS 

A diverse range of companies seeking a competitive advantage have found a business-friendly trifecta in Upstate South Carolina: a top-ranked business climate, a world-class research environment and a superb quality of life.
 
They are drawn here by our favorable tax rates, market accessibility and the quality and availability of our workforce. Supporting this is our dedication to research and innovation, including R&D facilities for Michelin, Fuji and General Electric and research centers that support the automotive, life sciences, plastics and photonics industries. And it's all set in a region where cost of living is about 10 percent lower than the national average and cultural and recreational opportunities cater to a diverse range of tastes.

Learn more about each of the dynamic Counties and Cities that support economic growth in the Upstate by downloading their individualized fact sheets.

Current Population

Total Population (2017) 1,460,785
Total Households (2017) 567,996
Median Age (2017) 39.5

Sources: ESRI Business Analyst

Age % of Population

Under Age 5 6.0%
Age 5 to 9 6.2%
Age 10 to 14 6.2%
Age 15 to 24 13.3%
Age 25 to 34 12.7%
Age 35 to 44 12.3%
Age 45 to 54 13.3%
Age 55 to 64 13.3%
Age 65 to 74 10.1%
Age 75 to 84 4.8%
Age 85+ 1.9%

Source: 2017 Projections by ESRI Business Analyst

Income

Year Median Household Per Capita
2017 $46,793 $25,319
2022 (projected) $53,239 $28,784

Source: ESRI Business Analyst

Workforce Education

Highest Level Attained % Pop, Age 25+
Less than 9th Grade 5.1%
9th to 12th Grade, No Diploma 10.0%
High School Grad / GED 29.4%
Some College, No Degree 19.8%
Associates Degree Only 9.9%
Bachelor's Degree Only 16.9%
Graduate/Professional Degree 8.9%
High School Grad or Higher 84.9%
Bachelors Degree or Higher 25.8%

Source: 2017 Projections by ESRI Business Analyst

Top Manufacturing Employers

Company Industry Employment
Michelin North America HQ; R&D; Tire Mfg 6,040
BMW Automobile Mfg 8,000
GE Power & Water Gas Turbines 3,400
Milliken & Co.. HQ; Textile Mfg & Research 2,500+
Sealed Air Corp - Cryovac Flexible Plastic Products 2,545
Electrolux Home Products Refrigerators 1,950
ZF Transmissions Automotive parts 2,300
The Timken Co. Industrial bearings 1,500+
Nestle USA Frozen Prepared Foods 1,300
Robert Bosch Corp. Automotive components 1,200
Fujifilm Graphic system products 1,000
Adidas Sporting Goods 1,000+

Sources: Manufacturers News, Inc. (2016 data); and SC Department of Commerce (Industrial Directory);

Upstate Labor Force & Unemployment (August 2017)

Total Labor Force 685,368
Unemployed 28,747
Unemployment Rate 4.2%

Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics; SC Dept. of Employment & Workforce

Employment & Earnings by Industry

Industry Jobs % of Total Total Earnings
Total (All Industries) 800,097 100% $45,715
Crop & Animal Production 9,257 1.2% $26,730
Mining, Quarrying, Oil & Gas Extraction 1,365 0.2% $48,620
Utilities 2,948 0.4% $130,426
Construction 40,901 5.1% $48,597
Manufacturing 110,103 13.8% $68,558
Wholesale Trade 30,505 3.8% $63,764
Retail Trade 86,155 10.8% $29,401
Transportation & Warehousing 25,622 3.2% $47,697
Information 11,283 1.4% $61,004
Finance & Insurance 27,424 3.4% $59,954
Real Estate & Rental & Leasing 31,227 3.9% $28,752
Professional, Scientific & Technical Services 38,122 4.8% $59,487
Management of Companies & Enterprises 8,514 1.1% $91,074
Admin., Support, Waste Mgmt & Remediation Services 72,119 9.0% $30,342
Educational Services (Private) 19,388 2.4% $29,192
Healthcare & Social Assistance 62,109 7.8% $53,915
Arts, Entertainment & Recreation 13,969 1.7% $16,781
Accommodation & Food Services 59,115 7.4% $18,750
Other Services (Except Public Admin) 46,497 5.8% $22,459
Government 103,472 12.9% $56,862

Source: EMSI Q1 2017 Data Set

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