Clemson is a somewhat small city located in the state of South Carolina. With a population of 17,501 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Clemson is the 30th largest community in South Carolina.
Clemson real estate is some of the most expensive in South Carolina, although Clemson house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.
Clemson is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.95% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Clemson is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Clemson who work in teaching (23.04%), food service (9.72%), and office and administrative support (9.20%).
Also of interest is that Clemson has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 9.05% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Clemson 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 Clemson 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.
Clemson, while not large, also appears to be attractive to some younger, educated professionals, who help shape the character of the city.
Clemson, even though it is a small city, has many people who use public transportation every day to get to and from work. This is a great benefit for people in the, city who have a need for low-cost transportation.
If knowledge is power, Clemson is a pretty powerful place. 59.72% of the adults in Clemson have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.
The per capita income in Clemson in 2018 was $29,723, which is upper middle income relative to South Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $118,892 for a family of four. However, Clemson contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Clemson also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 38.72% of its population below the federal poverty line.
Clemson is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Clemson home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Clemson residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Clemson include English, German, Irish, Scots-Irish, and Scottish.
The most common language spoken in Clemson is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Spanish.