Orangeburg, SC
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Orangeburg is a somewhat small city located in the state of South Carolina. With a population of 13,460 people and nine constituent neighborhoods, Orangeburg is the 29th largest community in South Carolina.

Unlike some cities, Orangeburg isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Orangeburg are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Orangeburg is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Orangeburg who work in office and administrative support (11.81%), sales jobs (10.90%), and teaching (8.60%).

Also of interest is that Orangeburg has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Orangeburg 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 Orangeburg area, with all of the energy of the students filling area dorms and apartments each fall, really helps Orangeburg maintain a good economy.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Orangeburg spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 17.39 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

The education level of Orangeburg citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 29.69% of adults in Orangeburg have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Orangeburg in 2010 was $15,543, 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 $62,172 for a family of four. However, Orangeburg contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Orangeburg also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 30.37% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Orangeburg is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Orangeburg home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Orangeburg residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Orangeburg include Irish, German, European, and African.

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