Monday, June 6, 2016

Hispanic-Americans in Clarendon County, South Carolina

Did you know that South Carolina ranks among the highest states with regards to growth of its Hispanic or Latino American population? The demographics of our state are slowly, but steadily changing. Politicians and business owners across the state need to pay close attention to this trend.

Hispanic and Latino Americans - American citizens who are descendants of the peoples of the Spanish-speaking countries of Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula in Europe. They include all persons in the U.S. who self-identify as Hispanic or Latino, whether of full or partial ancestry, in one of the specific Hispanic or Latino categories listed on the U.S. census questionnaire.

Hispanic-Americans in S.C.

The following are some quick facts about Hispanic and Latino Americans in South Carolina:

  • According to U.S. Census Estimates, South Carolina's immigrant population has been growing faster than many other states in the U.S.
  • Census data and various related studies estimate South Carolina’s Latino population at between 250,000 and 300,000 – approximately 5% of the population. See
  • According to U.S. Census data in 2007, the majority of South Carolina’s Latino immigrants were of Mexican origin (63%), followed by Puerto Rican, Central American, South American, and other Caribbean nations.
  • The Hispanic-American population in South Carolina is relatively young: the median age of Hispanic males is 27.2, Hispanic females is 24.7. The median age of all South Carolinian males is 35.2, and that of all females in the state is 37.5.
  • Most of the Latino workforce in the state is currently found in the construction, manufacturing, service, food processing, and agricultural industries.
  • The largest Latino communities in South Carolina are found in Greenville, Spartanburg, Richland, Charleston, Beaufort, and Horry counties.

Hispanic-Americans in Clarendon County, S.C.

The following are some quick facts about Hispanic and Latino Americans in Clarendon County, S.C.:

  • The estimated population of Clarendon County now consists of approximately 34,000 people.
  • The Hispanic-American population in the county has now grown to more than 1000 people.
  • Hispanic-Americans now make up approximately 3% of the population in Clarendon County.
  • The Hispanic-American population in Clarendon County has grown by approximately 67% since 2000.

Look around and you will see the many positive contributions the slowly growing Hispanic-American population is bringing to our county and our state in terms of new businesses, workers, students, and home-owners.

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