Due to an aging population and a lack of nursing instructors, South Carolina, The Palmetto State, has a current nursing shortfall. By 2020, the shortfall is estimated to be a deficit of 12,000. Registered nurses in the larger cities are as follows: Columbia $60,467, Charleston $63,680, Rock Hill $65,492 and Greenville $63,184.

The six largest hospitals and medical centers, ranked by number of employees, in the state are Palmetto Health Baptist in Columbia is 1st with 9,000 employees; Greenville Memorial Hospital is 2nd with 7,500 employees and Palmetto Health Richland in Columbia is 3rd with 6,000 employees. McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence and Spartanburg Regional Medical Center are 3rd with 6,000 employees each. Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital in Charleston is 6th with 4,000 employees.


Ten Largest Hospitals in South Carolina

  • Greenville Memorial Hospital
  • Medical University of South Carolina Hospital
  • Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital
  • Mcleod Regional Medical Center
  • Spartanburg Regional Medical Center
  • Anderson Area Medical Center
  • Roper Hospital
  • Palmetto Baptist Medical Center
  • Self Regional Healthcare
  • South Carolina State Hospital

Top Three South Carolina Cities

South Carolina Facts and Figures

  • 2012 Unemployment Rate: 8.8%
  • Unemployment Rank: 44 of 50
  • 2011 Per Capita Income: $33,673
  • Per Capita Income Rank:   46 of 50
  • 2011 Cost of Living Index:  96.8
  • Cost of Living Rank:  23 of 50


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