Sumter, SC
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Sumter is a medium-sized city located in the state of South Carolina. With a population of 40,816 people and 18 constituent neighborhoods, Sumter is the eighth largest community in South Carolina.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Sumter is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Sumter is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Sumter who work in office and administrative support (12.75%), sales jobs (10.87%), and management occupations (8.37%).

There are quite a few people in the armed forces living in Sumter, and when you visit or drive around town, you will see military people in and out of uniform, shopping, enjoying life, and being part of the community.

The overall education level of Sumter is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 25.96% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Sumter in 2010 was $22,471, which is upper middle income relative to South Carolina, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $89,884 for a family of four. However, Sumter contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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

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