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Chester County, South Carolina
Map
Map of South Carolina highlighting Chester 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 Chester
Largest City Chester
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

586 sq mi (1,518 km²)
581 sq mi (1,505 km²)
5.5 sq mi (14 km²), 0.9%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

33,140
57/sq mi (22/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website: www.chestercounty.org

Chester County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Carolina. As of the 2010 census, its population was 33,140. Its county seat is Chester.

Chester County is included in the Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 581 square miles (1,500 km2), of which 581 square miles (1,500 km2) is land and 5.5 square miles (14 km2) (0.9%) is water.

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • Sumter National Forest (part)

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1790 6,866
1800 8,185 19.2%
1810 11,479 40.2%
1820 14,189 23.6%
1830 17,182 21.1%
1840 17,747 3.3%
1850 18,038 1.6%
1860 18,122 0.5%
1870 18,805 3.8%
1880 24,153 28.4%
1890 26,660 10.4%
1900 28,616 7.3%
1910 29,425 2.8%
1920 33,389 13.5%
1930 31,803 −4.8%
1940 32,579 2.4%
1950 32,597 0.1%
1960 30,888 −5.2%
1970 29,811 −3.5%
1980 30,148 1.1%
1990 32,170 6.7%
2000 34,068 5.9%
2010 33,140 −2.7%
Est. 2015 32,267 −2.6%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2014

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 34,068 people, 12,880 households, and 9,338 families residing in the county. The population density was 59 people per square mile (23/km²). There were 14,374 housing units at an average density of 25 per square mile (10/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 59.93% White, 38.65% Black or African American, 0.33% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.25% from other races, and 0.55% from two or more races. 0.75% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 12,880 households out of which 32.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.80% were married couples living together, 18.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.50% were non-families. 24.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.11.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.90% under the age of 18, 8.40% from 18 to 24, 28.20% from 25 to 44, 23.80% from 45 to 64, and 12.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 92.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,425, and the median income for a family was $38,087. Males had a median income of $30,329 versus $21,570 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,709. About 11.90% of families and 15.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.20% of those under age 18 and 14.90% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 33,140 people, 12,876 households, and 9,073 families residing in the county. The population density was 57.1 inhabitants per square mile (22.0/km2). There were 14,701 housing units at an average density of 25.3 per square mile (9.8/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 59.8% white, 37.4% black or African American, 0.4% American Indian, 0.3% Asian, 0.6% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.4% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 19.9% were American, 7.5% were Irish, 5.6% were English, and 5.1% were German.

Of the 12,876 households, 34.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.5% were married couples living together, 19.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 29.5% were non-families, and 25.9% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.04. The median age was 40.3 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,743 and the median income for a family was $42,074. Males had a median income of $39,008 versus $27,701 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,687. About 18.6% of families and 21.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 30.0% of those under age 18 and 18.0% of those age 65 or over.

Presidential Election Results

Presidential Election Results 1960-2016
Year Democrat Republican Other
2016 46.3% 6,582 51.2% 7,272 2.4% 348
2012 54.77% 7,891 44.19% 6,367 1.03% 149
2008 53.49% 7,478 45.19% 6,318 1.32% 192
2004 49.37% 5,790 49.43% 5,798 1.20% 141
2000 50.25% 5,242 47.80% 4,986 1.96% 204
1996 56.3% 5,108 34.8% 3,157 8.9% 807
1992 53.1% 5,458 33.5% 3,451 13.4% 1,379
1988 48.23% 3,737 51.21% 3,968 0.6% 43
1984 44.24% 3,559 55.2% 4,441 0.56% 45
1980 61.52% 5,145 37.12% 3,104 1.36% 114
1976 63.32% 5,200 36.31% 2,982 0.37% 30
1972 32.96% 2,352 66.2% 4,724 0.84% 60
1968 33.75% 2,865 33.71% 2,862 32.54% 2,762
1964 57.11% 3,882 42.89% 2,915 0% 0
1960 71.97% 4,262 28.03% 1,660 0% 0

Communities

City

Towns

Census-designated places

  • Eureka Mill
  • Gayle Mill

Unincorporated communities


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