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3.9 million votes: Check out the demographics of South Carolina’s voter population
In 2020, 158.4 million citizens, or nearly two-thirds of estimated eligible voters, voted in the presidential elections, according to the Pew Research Center. The number represented an above-average turnout, with people voting in numbers not seen since 1980 and possibly well before.
Stacker compiled voter demographics for each state and Washington, DC, using the 2019 US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (released in September 2020). Each slide shows the state’s eligible population to vote (citizens aged 18 or older) and the breakdown of that population by gender, age, race, and education. Economic statistics are not included because the American Community Survey does not take into account COVID-19, which has affected unemployment, poverty and the health insurance status of millions of Americans. In order to avoid making assumptions about the American Community Survey data or participants, Stacker used the exact wording of the “race” and “gender” framework that was provided in the census data.
Read on to see the demographics of voters in your state.
South Carolina in numbers
– Population eligible to vote: 3,892,341
– Breakdown by sex: 47.5% men, 52.5% women
– Age distribution: 20.0% 18-29 years, 22.9% 30-44 years, 33.2% 45-64 years, 23.8% 65+ years
– Breakdown by race: 69.7% White, 26.5% Black or African American, 1.2% Asian, 2.9% Hispanic or Latino, 0.0% Native American or Alaska, 0.0% Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, 1.4% from two or more races
– Breakdown by level of education: 2.8% less than secondary education, 8.2% part of secondary education (no diploma), 29.4% a high school diploma or equivalent, 22 , 8% some college level (no diploma), 9.3% an associate’s degree, 17.4% a bachelor’s degree, 10.0% graduate or professional degree
South Carolina’s black or African American population is high, making the minority vote in Palmetto state influential. While voters aged 45 to 64 hold the highest percentage of age-specific demographics, the state’s population eligible to vote is growing dramatically, with new residents up 11.3% from 2009 to 2019, compared to the US average of 6.3%.
In percentage terms, voters aged 45 to 64 are the highest in any state, with registered voters over 45 representing more than half of the country’s population. Older voters also tend to vote at a higher rate and played an important role in older voters. President Donald Trump’s 2016 victory in Florida.
Along racial lines, black or African American voters in Louisiana and Georgia make up over 30% of the state’s registered voters. California and Texas, which give the most electoral votes at 55 and 38, respectively, have the most Latino voters. On the other end of the spectrum, West Virginia and Maine pride themselves on highest percentage of white voters. A number of states had already seen voter turnout record, with 16 seeing more than half of its registered voters vote before election day.
Read on for an overview of voter demographics in neighboring states.
– Population eligible to vote: 7,581,837
– Breakdown by sex: 47.4% men, 52.6% women
– Breakdown by age: 22.1% 18-29 years, 24.7% 30-44 years, 33.5% 45-64 years, 19.7% 65+ years
– Breakdown by race: 60.9% White, 32.9% Black or African American, 2.9% Asian, 5.0% Hispanic or Latino, 0.3% Native American or Alaska, 0.0% Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, 1.7% from two or more races
– Breakdown by level of education: 2.8% less than secondary level, 8.1% part of secondary education (no diploma), 28.7% a high school diploma or the equivalent, 22, 9% some college level (no diploma), 7.7% an associate’s degree, 18.8% a bachelor’s degree, 11.0% graduate or professional degree
Like Florida’s large Latino electoral population, Georgia’s high percentage of black or African American voters reveals a strong racial influence compared to other parts of the United States. African-American voters control a large percentage of the state’s overall tally, which was critical for the 2020 election as Georgia is said to have already seen its highest voter turnout in a State known for suppressing voters. With 5.2% more female voters than men, African American women would have been a force to be reckoned with in this election.
– Population eligible to vote: 7,729,644
– Breakdown by sex: 47.6% men, 52.4% women
– Age distribution: 21.0% 18-29 years, 23.1% 30-44 years, 33.6% 45-64 years, 22.3% 65+ years
– Breakdown by race: 71.6% white, 21.9% black or African-American, 2.0% Asian, 4.7% Hispanic or Latino, 1.2% Native American or American ‘Alaska, 0.0% Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, 1.9% two or more races
– Breakdown by level of education: 2.5% less than secondary education, 7.4% part of secondary education (no diploma), 26.6% a high school diploma or equivalence, 23 , 7% some college level (no diploma), 10.0% an associate’s degree, 19.4% a bachelor’s degree, 10.4% a university or professional degree
With 15 electoral votes based of its nearly 10.5 million inhabitants, North Carolina’s collective voting population continues to grow. The state’s population grew 10% between 2009 and 2019, far more than the national average of 6.3%. The highest percentage of voters by age are residents aged 65 or older, who make up 16.4% of the state’s total population, slightly above the national average of 16.1%.