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 (Sept 2018)

Total Labor Force 677,689
Unemployed 20,965
Unemployment Rate 3.1%

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

Employment & Earnings by Industry

Industry Jobs % of Total Avg Earnings per Job
Total (All Industries) 614,052 100% $55,571
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting 895 0.1% $35,512
Mining, Quarrying, Oil & Gas Extraction 405 0.1% $76,920
Utilities 2,722 0.4% $134,646
Construction 26,722 4.4% $68,609
Manufacturing 108,777 17.7% $72,448
Wholesale Trade 24,870 4.1% $71,433
Retail Trade 70,967 11.6% $32,475
Transportation & Warehousing 21,105 3.4% $54,028
Information 8,309 1.4% $74,441
Finance & Insurance 16,960 2.8% $79,329
Real Estate & Rental & Leasing 6,908 1.1% $51,300
Professional, Scientific & Technical Services 24,478 4.0% $80,192
Management of Companies & Enterprises 7,296 1.2% $106,353
Admin., Support, Waste Mgmt & Remediation Services 55,119 9.0% $36,570
Educational Services (Private) 10,127 1.6% $49,431
Healthcare & Social Assistance 55,398 9.0% $59,055
Arts, Entertainment & Recreation 7,459 1.2% $21,079
Accommodation & Food Services 56,954 9.3% $18,925
Other Services (Except Public Admin) 13,723 2.2% $37,518
Government 94,860 15.4% $64,977

Source: EMSI Q4 2018 Data Set

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