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.

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Current Population

Total Population (2018) 1,482,416
Total Households (2018) 576,869
Median Age (2018) 39.7

Sources: ESRI Business Analyst

Age % of Population

Under Age 5 5.9%
Age 5 to 9 6.2%
Age 10 to 14 6.2%
Age 15 to 24 13.0%
Age 25 to 34 12.8%
Age 35 to 44 12.2%
Age 45 to 54 13.1%
Age 55 to 64 13.4%
Age 65 to 74 10.3%
Age 75 to 84 4.9%
Age 85+ 1.9%

Source: 2018 Projections by ESRI Business Analyst

Income

Year Median Household Per Capita
2018 $48,817 $26,714
2023 (projected) $54,509 $30,457

Source: ESRI Business Analyst

Workforce Education

Highest Level Attained % Pop, Age 25+
Less than 9th Grade 5.1%
9th to 12th Grade, No Diploma 9.7%
High School Grad / GED 28.8%
Some College, No Degree 20.5%
Associates Degree Only 9.8%
Bachelor's Degree Only 16.7%
Graduate/Professional Degree 9.4%
High School Grad or Higher 85.2%
Bachelors Degree or Higher 26.1%

Source: 2018 Projections by ESRI Business Analyst

Top Manufacturing Employers

Company Industry Employment
BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC Automobile Manufacturing 10,000
Michelin North America, Inc. HQ; R&D; Tire Manufacturing 5,940
GE Power & Water Gas Turbines 3,400
Milliken & Co.. HQ; Textile Mfg & Research 2,599
Sealed Air Corp - Cryovac Flexible Plastic Products 2,545
Robert Bosch Corporation Automotive components 2,080
ZF Transmissions, LLC Automotive parts 1,650
Timken U.S. Corporation Industrial bearings 1,315
Nestle USA Frozen Prepared Foods 1,300
Electrolux Refrigerators 1,300
AFL HQ; fiber optic cables & substation accessories 1,123
Draexlmaier Automotive of America Automotive interiors & electrical systems 1,050
Fujifilm Graphic system products 1,000

Sources: Manufacturers News, Inc. (2018 data); and individual employers

Upstate Labor Force & Unemployment (July 2018)

Total Labor Force 681,894
Unemployed 23,126
Unemployment Rate 3.4%

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

Employment & Earnings by Industry

Industry Jobs % of Total Total Earnings
Total (All Industries) 685,366 100% $51,624
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting 1,614 0.2% $30,359
Mining, Quarrying, Oil & Gas Extraction 391 0.1% $77,561
Utilities 2,736 0.4% $133,364
Construction 33,890 4.9% $59,205
Manufacturing 109,864 16.0% $71,225
Wholesale Trade 26,420 3.9% $69,630
Retail Trade 73,829 10.8% $32,148
Transportation & Warehousing 23,202 3.4% $52,323
Information 8,765 1.3% $71,626
Finance & Insurance 18,260 2.7% $74,990
Real Estate & Rental & Leasing 8,707 1.3% $46,752
Professional, Scientific & Technical Services 28,147 4.1% $73,447
Management of Companies & Enterprises 7,293 1.1% $102,038
Admin., Support, Waste Mgmt & Remediation Services 61,668 9.0% $33,896
Educational Services (Private) 16,337 2.4% $35,419
Healthcare & Social Assistance 59,092 8.6% $57,809
Arts, Entertainment & Recreation 8,637 1.3% $20,549
Accommodation & Food Services 57,677 8.4% $18,788
Other Services (Except Public Admin) 33,617 4.9% $25,098
Government 105,222 15.4% $59,580

Source: EMSI Q2 2018 Data Set

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