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Clinton, South Carolina
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Flag of Clinton, South Carolina
Clinton, South Carolina is located in South Carolina
Clinton, South Carolina
Clinton, South Carolina
Location in South Carolina
Country United States United States
State South Carolina South Carolina
County Laurens
 • Type Council–Manager
 • Total 10.36 sq mi (26.84 km2)
 • Land 10.30 sq mi (26.68 km2)
 • Water 0.06 sq mi (0.16 km2)
676 ft (206 m)
 • Total 8,490
 • Estimate 
 • Density 813.43/sq mi (314.07/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 864
FIPS code 45-15295
GNIS feature ID 1247319

Clinton is a city in Laurens County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 8,490 as of the 2010 census. It is part of the GreenvilleMauldinEasley Metropolitan Statistical Area. Clinton is the home of Presbyterian College.


Clinton was first settled by Scots-Irish immigrants two decades before the American Revolutionary War. It incorporated as a town in 1852, and was named after Henry Clinton Young, a lawyer from Laurens, who helped lay out the first streets.

The Clinton Commercial Historic District, Duncan's Creek Presbyterian Church, and Thornwell-Presbyterian College Historic District are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Clinton is located at 34°28′17″N 81°52′30″W / 34.47139°N 81.87500°W / 34.47139; -81.87500 (34.471257, -81.875023).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.1 square miles (24 km2), of which, 9.1 square miles (24 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (0.55%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 197
1880 459
1890 1,021 122.4%
1900 1,869 83.1%
1910 3,272 75.1%
1920 3,767 15.1%
1930 5,643 49.8%
1940 5,704 1.1%
1950 7,168 25.7%
1960 7,937 10.7%
1970 8,138 2.5%
1980 8,596 5.6%
1990 7,987 −7.1%
2000 8,091 1.3%
2010 8,490 4.9%
2019 (est.) 8,380 −1.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Clinton racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 4,160 54.5%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 2,902 38.02%
Native American 13 0.17%
Asian 98 1.28%
Pacific Islander 1 0.01%
Other/Mixed 251 3.29%
Hispanic or Latino 208 2.73%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 7,633 people, 3,141 households, and 1,585 families residing in the city.


As of the census taken in 2014, there were 8,619 people residing in Clinton, South Carolina. 96% of people live in urban areas, while the other 4% reside in rural areas. The population has grown 6.5% since 2000. 51.8% of the population is males (4,460) and 48.2% are females (4,159). The racial makeup of Clinton in 2015 was 58.9% White, 36.8% African American, 2.2% Hispanic, 0.6% Asian, and 0.2% American Indian. In 2015, the median age of all people in Clinton was 29.8. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 29.4, were generally younger than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 33.1. For the population 15 years and over in Clinton 48.5% have never been married, 27.8% are now married, 4.1% are separated, 9.4% are widowed, and 10.1% are divorced.

The estimated median household income in 2015 was $29,342, but the average male's salary was $15,124 more than the average female's salary. Black or African American is the most likely racial or ethnic group to be impoverished in Clinton, SC. The mostly highly paid racial group is Asians who made 1.25 times what White workers made. The average median household in South Carolina in 2015 was $47,238. The estimated per capita income in 2015 was $15,108. 75.6% have acquired a High School diploma, 20.0% have acquired a bachelor's degree, and 8.9% have acquired a graduate or professional degree. 11.3% of the population in Clinton is unemployed. The mean travel time to work is 18.3 minutes. From 2014 to 2015, employment in Clinton, SC grew at a rate of 6.08%, from 3,025 employees to 3,209 employees. The median property value in Clinton grew to $92,100 from the previous year's value of $81,800. In Clinton 42.5% of housing units are owner-occupied, lower than the national average of 63.9%. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 41.9%.


See also: Presbyterian College and Clinton High School (South Carolina)

Laurens County School District 56 covers the southern part of Laurens County, including the town of Clinton. Eastside Elementary, Clinton Elementary, Joanna-Woodson Elementary, Clinton Middle School, and Clinton High School serve the town's students.

Both Clinton Middle School (formerly Bell Street Middle School) and Clinton High School have gained statewide and national attention for their Science Olympiad programs, with the middle school winning 20 of the 34 South Carolina Science Olympiad Division B competitions, including two in 1986-1987 and all 17 competitions since 2003. The high school has won nine of the last eleven State tournaments, from 2009–14 and 2016–18.

Clinton is also home of Presbyterian College and Thornwell Orphanage. Both institutions were founded by Presbyterian minister and philanthropist William Plumer Jacobs while he was the pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Clinton.

Notable people

  • Cal Cooper (1922–1994), MLB pitcher
  • Jackie K. Cooper (born 1941), author and film critic
  • Claude Crocker (1924–2002), MLB pitcher
  • Chick Galloway (1896–1969), MLB shortstop
  • Kevin Long (born 1955), NFL running back
  • Carl Anthony Payne II (born 1969), actor
  • Johnny Riddle (1905–1998), MLB player
  • Arthur Smith (1921–2014), guitarist and songwriter
  • Charlie Wilson (1905–1970), MLB shortstop and third baseman

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