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Awendaw, South Carolina
Awendaw, with U.S. Highway 17 in foreground
Awendaw, with U.S. Highway 17 in foreground
Location of Awendaw in South Carolina
Location of Awendaw in South Carolina
Country United States
State South Carolina
County Charleston
Area
 • Total 17.55 sq mi (45.45 km2)
 • Land 17.30 sq mi (44.80 km2)
 • Water 0.25 sq mi (0.65 km2)
Elevation
20 ft (6 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 1,294
 • Estimate 
(2019)
1,443
 • Density 83.42/sq mi (32.21/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP code
29429
Area codes 843, 854
FIPS code 45-03385
GNIS feature ID 1229363

Awendaw is a small fishing town in Charleston County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 1,294 at the 2010 census. Awendaw is part of the Charleston, South Carolina metropolitan area.

History

Awendaw was named by the Sewee tribe. It is also home to an oyster shell mound created by the Sewee tribe. It is the northernmost shell ring in a group that stretches south to the tip of Florida. Most of the mound is still intact. The rest of it was destroyed to construct roads and homes for the citizens of Awendaw. Awendaw was settled in 1696 as "Wappetaw" by settlers from Salem, Massachusetts, who had left after the Salem Witch Trials. The town was heavily damaged by Hurricane Hugo in September 1989, but did not receive as significant damage in 2004 when Hurricane Gaston made landfall in the region. In 1992, the town of Awendaw was first incorporated and elected Willam H. Alston as the first Mayor. Alston served as Mayor until 2009.

The Sewee Mound was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970.

Geography

Awendaw is located in northeastern Charleston County, along U.S. Route 17 at 32°59′11″N 79°38′36″W / 32.98639°N 79.64333°W / 32.98639; -79.64333 (32.986445, -79.643451). US 17 leads southwest 28 miles (45 km) to Charleston and northeast 32 miles (51 km) to Georgetown.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Awendaw has a total area of 9.7 square miles (25.1 km2), of which 9.5 square miles (24.5 km2) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.5 km2), or 2.13%, is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
2000 1,195
2010 1,294 8.3%
Est. 2019 1,443 11.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Awendaw racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 720 51.47%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 634 45.32%
Native American 3 0.21%
Other/Mixed 31 2.22%
Hispanic or Latino 11 0.79%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 1,399 people, 514 households, and 328 families residing in the town.

Landmarks

The 609.6-meter-high (2,000 ft) WCSC-Tower is one of the world's tallest constructions. The Media General Tower is also more than 600 m (2,000 ft) high.

In 2001, the town's public library was opened as the "Awendaw Community Library". Currently named the William H. Alston Municipal Public Library, it is one of two municipal public libraries in the state.

In 2011, Tractor Supply Company opened a new store. It was the first national chain of its kind to open in Awendaw.

Blue Crab Festival

To many Awendaw citizens, crabbing is a hobby and one of the town's main economic resources. Every year in the summer, the town has the Blue Crab Festival.

Climate

Climate data for Awendaw, South Carolina (Airport), 1981–2010 normals
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 59.0
(15)
62.8
(17.11)
69.6
(20.89)
76.5
(24.72)
83.2
(28.44)
88.4
(31.33)
91.1
(32.83)
89.6
(32)
84.9
(29.39)
77.1
(25.06)
69.8
(21)
61.6
(16.44)
76.1
(24.5)
Average low °F (°C) 38.1
(3.39)
41.2
(5.11)
47.2
(8.44)
53.8
(12.11)
62.4
(16.89)
70.2
(21.22)
73.6
(23.11)
72.9
(22.72)
67.8
(19.89)
57.3
(14.06)
48.1
(8.94)
40.6
(4.78)
56.1
(13.39)
Precipitation inches (mm) 3.70
(94)
2.96
(75.2)
3.71
(94.2)
2.91
(73.9)
3.02
(76.7)
5.64
(143.3)
6.52
(165.6)
7.15
(181.6)
6.10
(154.9)
3.75
(95.3)
2.43
(61.7)
3.11
(79)
50.99
(1,295.1)
Snowfall inches (cm) 0.1
(0.3)
0.2
(0.5)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.3
(0.8)
0.6
(1.5)
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 9.5 8.6 7.9 7.7 7.8 11.9 13.0 13.2 10.0 7.3 7.0 8.7 112.6
Avg. snowy days (≥ 0.1 in) 0.1 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.2 0.4
Sunshine hours 179.8 189.3 244.9 276.0 294.5 279.0 288.3 257.3 219.0 223.2 189.0 170.5 2,810.8
Source: NOAA, HKO (sun only, 1961–1990)


Education

Charleston County School District operates public schools in Awendaw.

In 2016 school district staff stated that they were considering having a new Lincoln High School built in Awendaw. The previous Lincoln High School in McClellanville closed in 2015.

As of January 2017, the school district is moving forward with plans for a new high school in Awendaw. Location to be a 184-acre tract on Doar Rd.

Notable people

Stores Awendaw, SC
Stores Awendaw, South Carolina
  • Danielle Howle, singer-songwriter
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