South Carolina is one of several states in the country that, while not traditionally boasting a huge foreign-born population, has become steadily more popular with immigrants in recent decades. In 1990, fewer than 50,000 foreign-born residents lived in the state, a group that made up only 1.4 percent of the state’s population overall. By 2010, that share had more than tripled, reaching 4.6 percent. Between 2010 and 2014, the state grew its immigrant population at the same pace as the country as a whole, gaining more than 12,400 new foreign-born residents during that period.
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