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Greenville County, South Carolina
Map
Map of South Carolina highlighting Greenville 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 March 22, 1786
Seat Greenville
Largest City Greenville
Largest City Greenville
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

795 sq mi (2,059 km²)
785 sq mi (2,033 km²)
9.7 sq mi (25 km²), 1.2%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

491,863
615/sq mi (237/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website: www.greenvillecounty.org

Greenville County is a county located in the state of South Carolina, in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 451,225, making it the most populous county in the state. Its county seat is Greenville. The county is also home to the Greenville County School District, the largest school system in South Carolina. County government is headquartered at Greenville County Square.

Greenville County is included in the Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 795 square miles (2,060 km2), of which 785 square miles (2,030 km2) is land and 9.7 square miles (25 km2) (1.2%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1790 6,503
1800 11,504 76.9%
1810 13,133 14.2%
1820 14,530 10.6%
1830 16,476 13.4%
1840 17,839 8.3%
1850 20,156 13.0%
1860 21,892 8.6%
1870 22,262 1.7%
1880 37,496 68.4%
1890 44,310 18.2%
1900 53,490 20.7%
1910 68,377 27.8%
1920 88,498 29.4%
1930 117,009 32.2%
1940 136,580 16.7%
1950 168,152 23.1%
1960 209,776 24.8%
1970 240,546 14.7%
1980 287,913 19.7%
1990 320,167 11.2%
2000 379,616 18.6%
2010 451,225 18.9%
Est. 2015 491,863 9.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 451,225 people, 176,531 households, and 119,362 families residing in the county. The population density was 574.7 inhabitants per square mile (221.9/km2). There were 195,462 housing units at an average density of 249.0 per square mile (96.1/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 73.8% white, 18.1% black or African American, 2.0% Asian, 0.3% American Indian, 0.1% Pacific islander, 3.9% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 8.1% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 13.0% were American, 11.6% were German, 10.9% were English, and 10.7% were Irish.

Of the 176,531 households, 33.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.7% were married couples living together, 13.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 32.4% were non-families, and 27.0% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.03. The median age was 37.2 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $46,830 and the median income for a family was $59,043. Males had a median income of $45,752 versus $33,429 for females. The per capita income for the county was $25,931. About 10.8% of families and 14.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.0% of those under age 18 and 9.1% of those age 65 or over.

Greenville County Racial Breakdown of Population
Racial composition 2010 2015
White 73.8% 76.8%
Black 18.1% 18.5%
Asian 2.0% 2.2%
Native American 0.3% 0.5%
Native Hawaiian and
other Pacific Islander
0.1% 0.1%
Two or more races 1.9% 1.8%
Other 3.8% 0.1%

Communities

The 2010 Census lists six cities and 16 census designated places that are fully or partially within Greenville County.

Cities

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities


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