Sumter, SC
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Living in Sumter


Sumter is a medium-sized city located in the state of South Carolina. With a population of 40,723 people and 18 constituent neighborhoods, Sumter is the eighth largest community in South Carolina.

Unlike some cities, Sumter isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Sumter are a mix 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 (12.84%), sales jobs (11.27%), and management occupations (8.14%).

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.

A lot of people in Sumter take the bus for their daily commute. For the size of the city, the number of people who use public transportation is quite high. For many people in Sumter, this fills their need for low-cost transportation.

The percentage of people in Sumter who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 26.10% of adults in Sumter have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Sumter in 2010 was $22,457, 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 $89,828 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, Scottish, and Italian.

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