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Calhoun Falls, South Carolina
Location of Calhoun Falls, South Carolina
Location of Calhoun Falls, South Carolina
Country United States
State South Carolina
County Abbeville
 • Total 3.46 sq mi (8.96 km2)
 • Land 3.39 sq mi (8.77 km2)
 • Water 0.07 sq mi (0.19 km2)
525 ft (160 m)
 • Total 2,004
 • Estimate 
 • Density 561.56/sq mi (216.80/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 864
FIPS code 45-10720
GNIS feature ID 1247089

Calhoun Falls is a town in Abbeville County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 1,724 at the 2020 census, down from 2,004 at the 2010 census.

The town derives its name from John E. Colhoun (or Calhoun), a United States Senator from South Carolina.


Calhoun Falls is located at 34°5′34″N 82°35′23″W / 34.09278°N 82.58972°W / 34.09278; -82.58972 (34.092870, -82.589746).

The Calhoun Falls State Recreation Area is located nearby. Lake Richard B. Russell, which straddles the Georgia-South Carolina border, is approximately 3 miles (5 km) west of Calhoun Falls. Calhoun Falls State Park, a South Carolina state park, is within 1 mile (1.6 km); and Bobby Brown State Park, a Georgia state park, is within 5 miles (8 km).

Calhoun Falls is situated at the junction of two major South Carolina state highways, namely South Carolina Highway 72 and South Carolina Highway 81. The former links the town with Elberton, Georgia, Athens, Georgia, and ultimately Atlanta to the west; and Abbeville, Greenwood, and ultimately metro Charlotte to the east. The latter links the town with Anderson to the north and McCormick to the south. Highway 72 has recently been re-routed around downtown Calhoun Falls as a four-lane 45-mph bypass.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 3.5 square miles (9.0 km2), of which 3.4 square miles (8.8 km2) is land and 0.077 square miles (0.2 km2), or 2.14%, is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 296
1920 807 172.6%
1930 1,759 118.0%
1940 1,832 4.2%
1950 2,396 30.8%
1960 2,525 5.4%
1970 2,234 −11.5%
1980 2,491 11.5%
1990 2,328 −6.5%
2000 2,303 −1.1%
2010 2,004 −13.0%
2019 (est.) 1,902 −5.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Calhoun Falls racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 661 38.27%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 951 55.07%
Native American 8 0.46%
Asian 4 0.23%
Other/Mixed 70 4.05%
Hispanic or Latino 33 1.91%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 1,727 people, 742 households, and 417 families residing in the town.


There are two public schools in Calhoun Falls: John C. Calhoun Elementary School and Calhoun Falls Charter School. The latter was founded in 2008. Before this, the only high school in town was Calhoun Falls High School, part of the Abbeville County School District, which closed it because of budget cuts. Calhoun Falls Charter School was started by the local town leaders and is in the same building as the former Calhoun Falls High School.

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