Sumter is a medium-sized city located in the state of South Carolina. With a population of 39,656 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, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Sumter who work in office and administrative support (12.25%), sales jobs (12.03%), and management occupations (6.76%).
There are many members of the armed forces living in Sumter. You will notice when you visit or live here that some of the people you meet or see around town are employed by the armed services - even if they are not always in uniform.
The citizens of Sumter are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 24.80% of adults in Sumter having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Sumter in 2018 was $23,316, which is middle income relative to South Carolina, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $93,264 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 Irish, German, English, Italian, and Scottish.
The most common language spoken in Sumter is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Polish.