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Abbeville County, South Carolina
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Map of South Carolina highlighting Abbeville County
Location in the state of South Carolina
Map of the USA highlighting South Carolina
South Carolina's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1785
Seat Abbeville
Largest City Abbeville
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

511 sq mi (1,323 km²)
490 sq mi (1,269 km²)
21 sq mi (54 km²), 4.0%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

25,417
52/sq mi (20/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website: www.abbevillecountysc.com
Named for: Abbeville, France

Abbeville County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Carolina. As of the 2010 census, its population was 25,417. Its county seat is Abbeville. It is the first county in the United States alphabetically.

Abbeville County is included in the Greenwood, SC Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson, SC Combined Statistical Area.

History

Both Abbeville County and the county seat, Abbeville, SC, get their name from the town of Abbeville, France. The county was originally part of Ninety-Six District, South Carolina, but was designated Abbeville County in 1785, with parts of the county later going to the creation of the counties of Greenwood and McCormick. Abbeville County was settled by mostly Scotch Irish and French-Huguenot farmers in the mid-18th century.

  • There was a historic treaty with the Cherokee Indians that was signed in Dewitt's Corner, which is now known as Due West.
  • Abbeville County was a hotbed of secession before the Civil War and was also where the last Confederate council of war was held

In 1950 Abbeville County had a population of 22,456.

Bryan McClain is the chairman of the Abbeville County Council, who also represents District 7. The other members and their districts are as following:

  • Charlie Stone- District 1
  • John Calhoun- District 2
  • Claude Thomas- District 3
  • William Norris- District 4
  • Oscar Klugh- District 5
  • Don Campbell- District 6

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 511 square miles (1,320 km2), of which 490 square miles (1,300 km2) is land and 21 square miles (54 km2) (4.0%) is water. Abbeville County is in the Savannah River basin and the Saluda River basin.

Adjacent counties

Major highways

  • US 178.svg US 178
  • South Carolina 20.svg SC 20
  • South Carolina 28.svg SC 28
  • South Carolina 72.svg SC 72
  • South Carolina 81.svg SC 81
  • South Carolina 184.svg SC 184
  • South Carolina 185.svg SC 185
  • South Carolina 284.svg SC 284

National protected area

  • Sumter National Forest (part)

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1790 9,197
1800 13,553 47.4%
1810 21,156 56.1%
1820 23,167 9.5%
1830 28,149 21.5%
1840 29,351 4.3%
1850 32,318 10.1%
1860 32,385 0.2%
1870 31,129 −3.9%
1880 40,815 31.1%
1890 46,854 14.8%
1900 33,400 −28.7%
1910 34,804 4.2%
1920 27,139 −22.0%
1930 23,323 −14.1%
1940 22,931 −1.7%
1950 22,456 −2.1%
1960 21,417 −4.6%
1970 21,112 −1.4%
1980 22,627 7.2%
1990 23,862 5.5%
2000 26,167 9.7%
2010 25,417 −2.9%
Est. 2015 24,932 −1.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 26,167 people, 10,131 households, and 7,284 families residing in the county. The population density was 52 people per square mile (20/km²). There were 11,656 housing units at an average density of 23 per square mile (9/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 68.33% White, 30.29% Black or African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.23% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.31% from other races, and 0.71% from two or more races. 0.83% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 22.1% were of American, 9.7% Irish, 6.7% English, 5.5% German and 5.3% Scotch-Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 10,131 households out of which 31.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.20% were married couples living together, 15.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.10% were non-families. 25.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.30% under the age of 18, 9.50% from 18 to 24, 26.70% from 25 to 44, 23.80% from 45 to 64, and 14.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 92.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,635, and the median income for a family was $38,847. Males had a median income of $30,452 versus $21,045 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,370. About 10.10% of families and 13.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.20% of those under age 18 and 16.90% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 25,417 people, 9,990 households, and 6,939 families residing in the county. The population density was 51.8 inhabitants per square mile (20.0/km2). There were 12,079 housing units at an average density of 24.6 per square mile (9.5/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 69.6% white, 28.3% black or African American, 0.3% Asian, 0.2% American Indian, 0.4% from other races, and 1.1% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.0% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 14.7% were American, 10.9% were Irish, 9.7% were English, 7.6% were German, and 5.6% were Scotch-Irish.

Of the 9,990 households, 31.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.2% were married couples living together, 15.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 30.5% were non-families, and 27.3% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.98. The median age was 41.6 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $33,143 and the median income for a family was $45,147. Males had a median income of $39,217 versus $29,199 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,653. About 16.3% of families and 20.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.8% of those under age 18 and 16.2% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

City

Towns

Name Area (sq. mi.) Population (2010) Population density (per sq. mi.)
Calhoun Falls 3.475 2,004 577
Donalds 0.8375 348 416
Due West 1.641 1,247 760
Honea Path (Mostly in Anderson County) 3.629 3,597 991
Lowndesville 0.771875 128 166
Ware Shoals (Mostly in Greenwood County; partly in Laurens County) 4.015 2,170 540

Census-designated places

Name Area (sq. mi.) Population (2010) Population density (per sq. mi.)
Antreville 3.896 140 36
Lake Secession 7.22 1,083 150

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