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Jasper County
Jasper County Courthouse
Jasper County Courthouse
Map of South Carolina highlighting Jasper County
Location within the U.S. state of South Carolina
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South Carolina's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  South Carolina
Founded 1912
Seat Ridgeland
Largest city Hardeeville
 • Total 699 sq mi (1,810 km2)
 • Land 655 sq mi (1,700 km2)
 • Water 44 sq mi (110 km2)  6.3%%
 • Total 24,777
 • Estimate 
 • Density 35.446/sq mi (13.686/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 6th

Jasper County is the southernmost county in the U.S. state of South Carolina. As of the 2010 census, the population was 24,777. Its county seat is Ridgeland and its largest city is Hardeeville. The county was formed in 1912 from portions of Hampton County and Beaufort County.

Jasper County is included in the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is located in the Lowcountry region of the state. For several decades, in contrast to neighboring Beaufort County, Jasper was one of the poorest counties in the state. Recent development from 2000 onwards has given the county new residents, expanded business opportunities, and a wealthier tax base. Since 2010, Jasper County is the second-fastest-growing county by population in South Carolina, behind Horry County.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 699 square miles (1,810 km2), of which 655 square miles (1,700 km2) is land and 44 square miles (110 km2) (6.3%) is water.

Adjacent counties

National protected areas


Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 9,868
1930 9,988 1.2%
1940 11,011 10.2%
1950 10,995 −0.1%
1960 12,237 11.3%
1970 11,885 −2.9%
1980 14,504 22.0%
1990 15,487 6.8%
2000 20,678 33.5%
2010 24,777 19.8%
2020 (est.) 30,999 25.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 24,777 people, 8,517 households, and 5,944 families living in the county. The population density was 37.8 inhabitants per square mile (14.6/km2). There were 10,299 housing units at an average density of 15.7 per square mile (6.1/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 46.0% black or African American, 43.0% white, 0.7% Asian, 0.5% American Indian, 0.1% Pacific islander, 8.3% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 15.1% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 7.1% were Irish, and 2.5% were American.

Of the 8,517 households, 36.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.2% were married couples living together, 18.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 30.2% were non-families, and 24.8% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.23. The median age was 34.6 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $37,393 and the median income for a family was $45,800. Males had a median income of $31,999 versus $24,859 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,997. About 14.2% of families and 21.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 32.2% of those under age 18 and 14.5% of those age 65 or over.

2020 census

Jasper County racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 13,056 45.35%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 9,559 33.2%
Native American 59 0.2%
Asian 187 0.65%
Pacific Islander 23 0.08%
Other/Mixed 828 2.88%
Hispanic or Latino 5,079 17.64%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 28,791 people, 10,269 households, and 7,298 families residing in the county.




Unincorporated communities

See also

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