Saluda is a very small town located in the state of South Carolina. With a population of 3,596 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Saluda is the 98th largest community in South Carolina.
Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, Saluda is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 49.81% of the Saluda workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. Overall, Saluda is a town of sales and office workers, production and manufacturing workers, and construction workers and builders. There are especially a lot of people living in Saluda who work in office and administrative support (14.97%), maintenance occupations (8.52%), and sales jobs (8.08%).
The percentage of people in Saluda with college degrees is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%: just 10.75% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Saluda in 2010 was $13,853, which is low income relative to South Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $55,412 for a family of four. Saluda also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 39.47% of its population below the federal poverty line.
Saluda is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Saluda home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Saluda residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Saluda also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 34.15% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Saluda include Irish, English, French , and British.
Saluda also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 23.18%.
The most common language spoken in Saluda is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.