Demographics

With an estimated population of 498,766 in 2016, Greenville County is South Carolina's largest county. The County’s population has increased by over 47,500 between 2010 and 2016 or 1.8% per year.

Greenville is one of the ten counties that comprise the Upstate Region of South Carolina. The Upstate’s population has been steadily increasing as well, growing from 1,362,073 in 2010 to 1,442,117 in 2016, a 0.9 percent annual increase since 2010. The Greenville MSA population (now composed of Greenville, Anderson, Laurens and Pickens County) has grown from 824,112 in 2010 to 884,975 in 2016, a 1.2 percent increase per year during that time period.

Greenville County residents are among the state's wealthiest. Greenville County traditionally ranks as number two in South Carolina for per capita income, outranked only by Beaufort County, which includes the Hilton Head resort community. According to the US Bureau of Economic Analysis, Greenville County per capita personal income for 2015 was $43,132.

Profile of General Demographic Characteristics
Greenville County, 2016 Estimates

Subject Estimate Percent
Total Population 498,766
Gender

Male 242,118
48.5%
Female 256,645
51.5%
Age

Under 10 64,947 13.0%
10 to 19 63,274 12.7%
20 to 34 100,774 20.2%
35 to 54 132,088 26.5%
55 to 64 62,844 12.6%
65 and older 74,839 15.0%
20 to 64 295,706 59.3%
Median Age
38.1
Race

White 382,732 76.7%
Black or African American
92,646 18.6%
Asian 11,420 2.3%
Amer. Indian / Alaskan 2,608 0.5%
Two or More Races 9,025 1.8%
Hispanic or Latino 44,655 8.9%
US Census Bureau

Population Growth, 2010 - 2016

Region

2010 Population

2016 Population

Population Increase 2010-2016
%  Increase
2010-2016
Greenville County

451,225

499,766

47,541 10.5%
Greenville MSA

824,112

 884,975

60,863 7.4%
Upstate SC Region

1,362,073

 1,442,117

80,044 5.9%
South Carolina

4,625,364

 4,961,119

335,755 7.2%
US Census Bureau