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 (18.48%), teaching (11.90%), and office and administrative support (10.83%).

Central is a small town with a large college student population. Because of this, there is a real youthful, hip vibe to the place, and much of the life in the town is centered on the college. This has helped Central to buck the trend of other small towns that have suffered declining populations over the past 20 to 30 years. Spending by students, and faculty and staff jobs, are a big part of the local economy.

One of the benefits of Central is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 18.16 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.

The education level of Central citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 33.17% of adults in Central have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Central in 2010 was $12,923, which is low income relative to South Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $51,692 for a family of four. Central also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 40.36% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Central is a somewhat 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 10.46% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Central include German, Irish, Scottish, and Italian.

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

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