Sumter, South Carolina Population 2021

39,726
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Sumter is a city located in Sumter County South Carolina. With a 2020 population of 39,726, it is the 10th largest city in South Carolina and the 993rd largest city in the United States . Sumter is currently growing at a rate of 0.11% annually but its population has decreased by -1.97% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 40,524 in 2010. Sumter reached it's highest population of 41,943 in 1990. Spanning over 33 miles, Sumter has a population density of 1,218 people per square mile.

The average household income in Sumter is $59,588 with a poverty rate of 19.18%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $833 per month, and the median house value is $138,900. The median age in Sumter is 32.5 years, 30.3 years for males, and 35.4 years for females.

Sumter Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Sumter was:

  • Black or African American: 48.62%
  • White: 44.36%
  • Two or more races: 2.56%
  • Asian: 2.20%
  • Other race: 1.88%
  • Native American: 0.36%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.02%
The current population of Sumter, South Carolina is 39,726 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 39,600.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 40,524.

Sumter, South Carolina Population 2021

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
2021141,0963150.22%
2020140,7813150.22%
2019140,4663150.22%
2018140,151-292-0.21%
2017140,443-891-0.63%
2016141,3341540.11%
2015141,180-697-0.49%
2014141,877-130-0.09%
2013142,007-119-0.08%
2012142,1261080.08%
2011142,018-537-0.38%
2010142,5550.00%

Sumter Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
Black or African American19,35048.62%
White17,65644.36%
Two or More Races1,0192.56%
Asian8742.20%
Some Other Race7491.88%
American Indian and Alaska Native1450.36%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander70.02%
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Sumter Population by Race

Sumter Population Pyramid $2021

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Sumter Median Age

32.5


Total

30.3


Male

35.4


Female

Sumter Adults

There are 29,020 adults, (6,014 of whom are seniors) in Sumter.

Sumter Age Dependency

73

Age Dependency Ratio

26.1

Old Age Dependency Ratio

46.9

Child Dependency Ratio

Sumter Sex Ratio

Female

21,398

53.76%

Male

18,402

46.24%

Sumter Population by Age

Sumter Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Sumter Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married71.6%28.4%
All51.7%48.3%
Male48.9%51.1%
Non Family39%61%
Female37.4%62.6%

51.7%

Rate of Home Ownership

Sumter Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All15,6052.4551.7
Married6,0363.1871.6
Non Family5,6801.1439
Female3,1943.2537.4
Male6953.2248.9

3.13

Average Family Size

2.45

Average Household Size

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Sumter Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1,1914.86%
9th to 12th Grade2,1858.91%
High School Graduate6,43526.24%
Some College6,45826.34%
Associates Degree2,3599.62%
Bachelors Degree3,59314.65%
Graduate Degree2,3009.38%
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Sumter Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Sumter Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
Black11,6729,4981,567
White11,00710,3614,126
Hispanic1,01863386
Asian60145282
Other Race440138
2+ Races28826638
Native American726114
Islander777

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

Sumter Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$31,275$39,334$25,205
Less Than 9th Grade$17,542$19,353$14,558
High School Graduate$23,013$27,681$20,347
Some College$31,191$37,763$26,361
Bachelors Degree$48,038$55,450$39,514
Graduate Degree$68,722$91,875$53,571

$31,275

Average Earnings

$39,334

Average Male

$25,205

Average Female

Sumter Earnings by Educational Attainment

Sumter Language by Age

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Sumter Language

93.33% of Sumter residents speak only English, while 6.67% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 3.97% of the population.

Sumter Language

Sumter Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black18,7235,88931.45%
White15,8449676.10%
Multiple96924425.18%
Asian84711413.46%
Hispanic1,9621135.76%
Native1456343.45%
Islander77100.00%

19.18%

Overall Poverty Rate

16.07%

Male Poverty Rate

21.84%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Sumter

The race most likely to be in poverty in Sumter is Islander, with 100.00% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Sumter is Hispanic, with 5.76% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.50%. Among those working part-time, it was 27.55%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 25.36%.

Sumter Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade31.26%
High School19.80%
Some College13.58%
Bachelors or Greater5.52%

Sumter Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed54.02%
Male Unemployed30.51%
Female Employed15.53%
Male Employed5.57%

Sumter Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Sumter Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$40,662$59,588
Families$48,856$71,449
Married Families$71,399-
Non Families$25,344$35,936
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Income by Household Type

Sumter Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

41.9%

Overall Marriage Rate

45.7%

Male Marriage Rate

38.7%

Female Marriage Rate

Sumter Married by Age and Sex

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Sumter Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Sumter Marital Status by Race

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Sumter Marital Status

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4,057

Number of Veterans

3,232

Male Veterans

825

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Second Gulf War1,871
First Gulf War1,428
Vietnam903
Korea187
World War II125

Sumter Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
35 to 541,325
18 to 34977
75+653
55 to 64553
65 to 74549

Sumter Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White2,21818.37%
Black1,73612.89%
Hispanic16515.65%
2+ Races8326.10%
Other Race112.38%
Asian91.38%

Sumter Veterans by Race

Sumter Veterans by Education

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8.95%

Veteran Poverty Rate

24.95%

Veteran Disability Rate

Sumter Veterans by Education

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60.7%

Labor Force Participation

48.9%

Employment Rate

10%

Unemployment Rate

Sumter Employment by Age

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Sumter Employment by Race

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Sumter Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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60.95%

Born in Sumter

95.79%

Native Born

4.21%

Foreign Born

2.36%

Non Citizen

1.85%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

95.79% of Sumter residents were born in the United States, with 60.95% having been born in South Carolina. 2.36% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Sumter Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202139,726420.11%
202039,684420.11%
201939,642420.11%
201839,600-88-0.22%
201739,688-297-0.74%
201639,985-106-0.26%
201540,091-224-0.56%
201440,315-86-0.21%
201340,401-69-0.17%
201240,470780.19%
201140,392-161-0.40%
201040,5539100.23%
200039,643-2,300-0.56%
199041,94317,0225.34%
198024,9213660.15%
197024,5551,4930.63%
196023,0622,8771.34%
195020,1854,3112.43%
194015,8744,0943.03%
193011,7802,2722.17%
19209,5081,3991.60%
19108,1092,4363.64%
19005,6731,8083.91%
18903,8650.00%

Sumter Population by Year