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Chesterfield County, South Carolina
Seal of Chesterfield County, South Carolina
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Map of South Carolina highlighting Chesterfield County
Location in the state of South Carolina
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South Carolina's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1785
Seat Chesterfield
Largest town Cheraw
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

806 sq mi (2,088 km²)
799 sq mi (2,069 km²)
6.7 sq mi (17 km²), 0.8%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

46,017
58/sq mi (22/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website: http://www.chesterfieldcountysc.com
County flag Flag of Chesterfield County, South Carolina

Chesterfield County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Carolina. As of the 2010 census, its population was 46,734. Its county seat is Chesterfield. The county was formed in 1785, but was part of the Cheraws District until 1800, at which time Chesterfield became a district. Under the 1867 state constitution passed during the Reconstruction era, South Carolina districts became counties with home rule. It is located north of the Midlands, on its border with North Carolina.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 806 square miles (2,090 km2), of which 799 square miles (2,070 km2) is land and 6.7 square miles (17 km2) (0.8%) is water.

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge

Major highways

  • US 1
  • US 52
  • US 601
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Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1800 5,216
1810 5,564 6.7%
1820 6,645 19.4%
1830 8,472 27.5%
1840 8,574 1.2%
1850 10,790 25.8%
1860 11,834 9.7%
1870 10,584 −10.6%
1880 16,345 54.4%
1890 18,468 13.0%
1900 20,401 10.5%
1910 26,301 28.9%
1920 31,969 21.6%
1930 34,334 7.4%
1940 35,963 4.7%
1950 36,236 0.8%
1960 33,717 −7.0%
1970 33,667 −0.1%
1980 38,161 13.3%
1990 38,577 1.1%
2000 42,768 10.9%
2010 46,734 9.3%
Est. 2015 46,017 −1.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2014

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 42,768 people, 16,557 households, and 11,705 families residing in the county. The population density was 54 people per square mile (21/km²). There were 18,818 housing units at an average density of 24 per square mile (9/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 64.34% White, 33.22% Black or African American, 0.34% Native American, 0.30% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.04% from other races, and 0.75% from two or more races. 2.27% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 16,557 households out of which 33.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.60% were married couples living together, 16.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.30% were non-families. 25.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.05.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.60% under the age of 18, 8.50% from 18 to 24, 29.00% from 25 to 44, 23.90% from 45 to 64, and 12.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 93.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $29,483, and the median income for a family was $36,200. Males had a median income of $30,205 versus $20,955 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,233. About 16.70% of families and 20.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.70% of those under age 18 and 24.20% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 46,734 people, 18,173 households, and 12,494 families residing in the county. The population density was 58.5 inhabitants per square mile (22.6/km2). There were 21,482 housing units at an average density of 26.9 per square mile (10.4/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 62.8% white, 32.6% black or African American, 0.5% American Indian, 0.4% Asian, 2.0% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 3.6% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 16.3% were American, 6.8% were English, 6.0% were German, and 5.9% were Irish.

Of the 18,173 households, 34.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.6% were married couples living together, 18.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 31.2% were non-families, and 27.4% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.05. The median age was 39.3 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,979 and the median income for a family was $41,225. Males had a median income of $35,965 versus $26,881 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,162. About 17.6% of families and 22.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 33.6% of those under age 18 and 18.0% of those age 65 or over.

Recreation

Chesterfield County features many different types of recreation. Although each town varies in its offerings, facilities such as baseball and softball fields, walking tracks, parks, and other outdoor areas are common throughout the area. Golf is extremely popular and many local courses are frequented by visitors from throughout the region. There is a lot of hunting and fishing in the swamps of the Black Creek and Lake Robinson.

Culture

Chesterfield County supports several fine arts organizations ranging from High School Marching Bands to community theatres to municipal arts commissions.

  • The Central High Sound of Central
  • The Cheraw Tribe Marching Band
  • The Chesterfield Marching Pride
  • The Spirit of McBee High Marching Band
  • The Cheraw Arts Commission
  • The Chesterfield Arts Commission

Communities

Towns

Unincorporated communities

  • Angelus
  • Cash
  • Middendorf
  • Minden

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