Central, SC
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Central is a somewhat small town located in the state of South Carolina. With a population of 5,167 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Central is the 75th largest community in South Carolina.

Unlike some towns, Central isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Central are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Central is a town of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Central who work in food service (14.95%), office and administrative support (11.48%), and teaching (11.33%).

Central is a small town where college students really create the town feel and character. So many small towns have lost population over the last 20-30 years that having the local college presence in the Central area, with all of the energy of the students filling area dorms and apartments each fall, really helps Central maintain a good economy.

One of the benefits of Central is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 18.85 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

In terms of college education, Central is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 29.40% of adults in Central have a college degree.

The per capita income in Central in 2010 was $13,398, which is low income relative to South Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $53,592 for a family of four. Central also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 37.44% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Central is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Central home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Central residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Central also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 14.88% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Central include German, Irish, Scottish, and Czech.

The most common language spoken in Central is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Slavic languages.

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