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Blackville, South Carolina
Location of Blackville, South Carolina
Location of Blackville, South Carolina
Country United States
State South Carolina
County Barnwell
Area
 • Total 9.0 sq mi (23.4 km2)
 • Land 8.9 sq mi (23.1 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)
Elevation
292 ft (89 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 2,406
 • Density 269/sq mi (104.0/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
29817
Area code(s) 803
FIPS code 45-06490
GNIS feature ID 1246909

Blackville is a small town in Barnwell County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 2,406 at the 2010 census.

History

On December 22, 1781, a band of British Loyalists fought with a group of local Patriots two miles north of Blackville. The location, called Windy Hill at that time, is slightly east of the present-day Healing Springs Park and Church. The commanding officer was Captain Benjamin Odom, Jr. who was a member of Colonel William Harden's regiment. Sixteen Patriots were killed. Major “Bloody Bill” Cunningham was believed to be the commander of the Tory company. The area was known for many years as "Slaughter Hill".

Longtime state representative Solomon Blatt, Sr. was born in Blackville.

Geography

Blackville is located in northeastern Barnwell County at 33°21′25″N 81°16′22″W / 33.35694°N 81.27278°W / 33.35694; -81.27278 (33.357078, -81.272649). U.S. Route 78 passes through the town, leading west 31 miles (50 km) to Aiken and east 15 miles (24 km) to Bamberg. South Carolina Highway 3 leads southwest 9 miles (14 km) to Barnwell, the county seat.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Blackville has a total area of 9.0 square miles (23.4 km2), of which 8.9 square miles (23.1 km2) is land and 0.12 square miles (0.3 km2), or 1.13%, is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 684
1890 962 40.6%
1900 1,116 16.0%
1910 1,278 14.5%
1920 1,421 11.2%
1930 1,284 −9.6%
1940 1,456 13.4%
1950 1,294 −11.1%
1960 1,901 46.9%
1970 2,395 26.0%
1980 2,840 18.6%
1990 2,688 −5.4%
2000 2,973 10.6%
2010 2,406 −19.1%
Est. 2015 2,295 −4.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 2,973 people, 1,145 households, and 800 families residing in the town. The population density was 324.7 people per square mile (125.3/km²). There were 1,332 housing units at an average density of 145.5 per square mile (56.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 23.65% White, 75.61% Black, 0.07% Indian, 0.20% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 0.03% from other races, and 0.37% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.50% of the population.

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There were 1,145 households out of which 32.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 35.2% were married couples living together, 29.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.1% were non-families. 27.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.16.

In the town, the population was spread out with 29.2% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 26.6% from 25 to 44, 23.0% from 45 to 64, and 12.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 88.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.1 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $21,316, and the median income for a family was $28,537. Males had a median income of $25,150 versus $20,742 for females. The per capita income for the town was $11,881. About 27.0% of families and 29.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 40.6% of those under age 18 and 28.5% of those age 65 or over.

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Clock in downtown Blackville, SC

Historic landmarks

God's Acre Healing Springs is a small patch of land whose legal owner is "God Almighty". The land includes a natural spring whose water local tradition holds has healing powers.

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