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Central, SC
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Living in Central



Central is a somewhat small town located in the state of South Carolina. With a population of 5,345 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Central is the 77th largest community in South Carolina.

Central real estate is some of the most expensive in South Carolina, although Central house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

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.

The education level of Central ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Central, 45.85% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in Central in 2018 was $19,224, which is lower middle income relative to South Carolina, and low income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $76,896 for a family of four. Central also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 36.87% 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. Important ancestries of people in Central include Italian, Irish, German, English, and Other Arab.

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


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