South Carolina

State Quick Facts

Population
5,148,714

Total State GDP
 $246,308,900,000

State Land Area (Acres)
19,239,040

Land in Forest
67%

Land in Farms
25%

Number of Farms
24,600

Average Farm Size (acres)
195

Farm Real Estate Value (per acre) 
$3,400

Agricultural Cash Receipts 
 $2,513,906,000

Cash Receipts from Crops 
 $1,124,263,000

Cash Receipts from Animals 
 $1,389,643,000

Top Ag. Commodities

Broilers
 $1,010,281,000

Miscellaneous Crops
 $327,080,000

Corn
 $190,157,000

Cotton Lint, Upland
 $160,440,000

Cattle and Calves
 $125,693,000

Top Ag. Exports

Other Plant Products
 $187,007,540

Cotton
 $145,251,752

Broiler Meat
 $100,314,576

Other Oilseeds and Products
 $72,734,167

Soybeans
 $51,127,503

South Carolina Economic Contribution and Impact Research

In 2018, South Carolina generated around $2.5 billion in agricultural cash receipts with the highest valued commodities being broilers, miscellaneous crops, and corn. That same year, the value of South Carolina’s agricultural production and processing industries represented 3.9 percent of total state GDP. Some of the dollars generated by these industries end up being re-spent within the local economy, bringing additional value to the state through “multiplier effects.” Economic impact and contribution studies measure these effects, which can be broken down into direct, indirect, and induced economic effects.

Websites, reports, fact sheets, and articles related to the economic impacts and contributions of South Carolina’s food, fiber, and forest industries can be found below.

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South Carolina Economic Contribution and Impact Research

In 2015, South Carolina generated more than $2.4 billion in agricultural cash receipts with the highest valued commodities being broilers, cattle and calves, and miscellaneous crops. That same year, the value of South Carolina’s agricultural production and processing industries represented 4.5 percent of total state GDP. Some of the dollars generated by these industries end up being re-spent within the local economy, bringing additional value to the state through “multiplier effects.” Economic impact and contribution studies measure these effects, which can be broken down into direct, indirect, and induced economic effects.

Websites, reports, fact sheets, and articles related to the economic impacts and contributions of South Carolina’s food, fiber, and forest industries can be found below.

2020- Fact Sheet- Feeding the Economy, 2019
2018 – Fact Sheet – The Animal Feed and Pet Food Manufacturing Industry is Crucial to American Agriculture, Economy
2017 – Report – Economic Contribution Analysis of South Carolina’s Forestry Sector
2017 – Fact Sheet – AFPA State Industry Economic Impact
2017 – Fact Sheet – South Carolina Forestry Commission Impact
2016 – Report – Economic Analysis of Animal Agriculture 2005-2015
2016 – Report – South Carolina Forest Products: Industry Export Report, 2016
2016 – Fact Sheet – Forestry Facts and Figures by the Numbers
2015 – Report – Economic Impact Analysis of South Carolina’s Forestry Sector, 2015
2015 – Report – Forest Products: Industry Export Report
2015 – Fact Sheet – Forestry’s Impact by the Numbers
2015 – Fact Sheet – State of South Carolina’s Forests by the Numbers
2015 – Fact Sheet – AFPA State Economic Impact
2014 – Fact Sheet – The State of South Carolina’s Forests
2014 – Fact Sheet – South Carolina Forest Industry Facts

 

*As of 2018, no standard methodology exists for producing economic impact or economic contribution reports.  Please exercise caution when viewing and comparing reports as each may vary significantly in terms of source data and analysis and reporting methodology.