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Autos Drive South Carolina Forward

101,529 Total Auto Jobs in South Carolina
3.61% is dependent on the Auto Industry for Jobs.
Total Labor Income Annually
Total Car Sales in 2018
Total New Car Sold in 2018

Multi-industry contribution analysis of the economic impact of automotive manufacturing, selling, repairing, renting, and additional maintenance modeled using IMPLAN economic analysis data software, 2018 data year; compiled by Auto Alliance with data provided by IHS Markit, sales figures represent new vehicle registrations between January 1, 2018 - December 31, 2018.

Tax Revenue

Total State Tax revenue
Percent of State Tax Revenue
New Vehicle Sales Taxes
Sales Tax on Auto Parts and Services
Vehicle Use Taxes (Including Gas Taxes), Licenses and Fees
Corporate Profits Tax
State Income Taxes




By Body Style

By Powertrain

The South Carolina average age of vehicles is 12.9 years.

Figures compiled by Alliance for Automotive Innovation with data provided by IHS Markit as of December 31, 2018.

New Purchases


Vehicles Sold

By Body Style

By Powertrain

$37.55 Billion Total Imports
$70.45 Billion Total Exports
$4.32 Billion Total Imports
$8.06 Billion Total Exports
Compiled by Alliance for Automotive Innovation with data provided by USA Trade Online, figures represent port activity over the past decade and between January 1, 2018 - December 31, 2018.
Gasoline Stations 2211
Electric Charging Stations 234
Biodiesel Stations 1
Compressed Natural Gas Stations 7
Hydrogen Stations 1
Liquefied Natural Gas Stations 1
Liquefied Petroleum Gas Stations 45


$32,675 Average MSRP Per New Car


$50,570 Median Household Income


$4,214 Median Monthly Household Income


$498 Median Monthly New Car Payment


11.81% Monthly Car Payment As A Percent Of Monthly Income (%)

Commuting to Work

Automakers' Facilities

BMW Group

Location Employees
BMW Manufacturing Co. Greer 11,000
BMW Performance Center Greer 5
BMW of North America Training Center Greer
BMW of North America Continental Distribution Center Spartanburg
BMW Group Information Technology Research Center Greenville 92

Ford Motor Company

Location Employees
Ford Credit Greenville Business Center Greenville 225


Location Employees
Mercedes-Benz USA Ladson 10
Mercedes-Benz Vans Ladson 1150

Subaru of America

Location Employees
NASI - South Carolina (Boeing Charleston) North Charleston 0


Location Employees
Volvo Car U.S. Operations Ridgeville 1500