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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.

Current Population
Total Population (2016) 1,438,321
Total Households (2016) 556,951
Median Age (2016) 39.3
Sources: ESRI Business Analyst

 

Age % of Population
Under Age 5 6.1%
Age 5 to 9 6.3%
Age 10 to 14 6.3%
Age 15 to 24 13.6%
Age 25 to 34 12.5%
Age 35 to 44 12.4%
Age 45 to 54 13.5%
Age 55 to 64 13.1%
Age 65 to 74 9.7%
Age 75 to 84 4.6%
Age 85+ 1.8%
Source: 2016 Projections by ESRI Business Analyst

 

Income
Year Median Household Per Capita
2016 $43,903 $24,122
2021 (projected) $48,784 $26,190
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 30.7%
Some College, No Degree 19.7%
Associates Degree Only 9.2%
Bachelor's Degree Only 16.2%
Graduate/Professional Degree 9.2%
High School Grad or Higher 84.9%
Bachelors Degree or Higher 25.4%
Source: 2016 Projections by ESRI Business Analyst

 

Top Manufacturing Employers
Company Industry Employment
Michelin North America HQ; R&D; Tire Mfg 8,175
BMW Automobile Mfg 8,000
GE Power & Water Gas Turbines 3,350
Milliken & Co.. HQ; Textile Mfg & Research 3,000+
Sealed Air Corp - Cryovac Flexible Plastic Products 2,400
Electrolux Home Products Refrigerators 1,900
ZF Transmissions Automotive parts 1,600
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 1,100
Adidas Sporting Goods 1,000+
Sources: Manufacturers News, Inc. (2014 data); SC Department of Commerce (Industrial Directory); area economic developers and individual employers

Upstate Labor Force & Unemployment (Dec 2016)
Total Labor Force 679,581
Unemployed 25,930
Unemployment Rate 3.8%
Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics; SC Dept. of Employment & Workforce

 

Employment & Earnings by Industry
Industry Jobs % of Total Total Earnings
Total (All Industries)

605,363

100% $52,256
Crop & Animal Production 830 0.1% $34,183
Mining, Quarrying, Oil & Gas Extraction 359 0.1% $68,621
Utilities 2,686 0.4% $129,898
Construction 24,544 4.1% $63,522
Manufacturing 102,303 16.9% $68,905
Wholesale Trade 26,746 4.4% $68,573
Retail Trade 72,268 11.9% $30,874
Transportation & Warehousing 19,578 3.2% $52,628
Information 8,653 1.4% $68,469
Finance & Insurance 16,486 2.7% $73,499
Real Estate & Rental & Leasing 5,873 1.0% $46,684
Professional, Scientific & Technical Services 23,865 3.9% $76,443
Management of Companies & Enterprises 7,288 1.2% $98,169
Admin., Support, Waste Mgmt & Remediation Services 60,513 10.0% $34,328
Educational Services (Private) 10,230 1.7% $43,575
Healthcare & Social Assistance 54,482 9.0% $56,355
Arts, Entertainment & Recreation 7,359 1.2% $20,759
Accommodation & Food Services 54,940 9.1% $18,136
Other Services (Except Public Admin) 12,950 2.1% $34,337
Government 93,408 15.4% $52,256
Source: EMSI Q2 2016 Data Set