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Lake View, South Carolina
Main Street (a.k.a. "Shopping Center 9") and First Avenue
Main Street (a.k.a. "Shopping Center 9") and First Avenue
Location of Lake View inSouth Carolina
Location of Lake View in
South Carolina
Country United States
State South Carolina
County Dillon
 • Total 1.69 sq mi (4.37 km2)
 • Land 1.69 sq mi (4.37 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
89 ft (27 m)
 • Total 807
 • Estimate 
 • Density 449.05/sq mi (173.42/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 843, 854
FIPS code 45-39715
GNIS feature ID 1246276

Lake View is a town in Dillon County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 807 at the 2010 census.


Lake View is located in southeastern Dillon County at 34°20′27″N 79°10′4″W / 34.34083°N 79.16778°W / 34.34083; -79.16778 (34.340706, -79.167805), 2 miles (3 km) southwest of the North Carolina border. It is 13 miles (21 km) southeast of Dillon.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.7 square miles (4.4 km2), all of it land. The town sits along South Carolina Highway 9, a primary route to Myrtle Beach. During hurricane evacuations and peak tourist season, the two-lane highway often becomes heavily congested.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 157
1920 330 110.2%
1930 447 35.5%
1940 532 19.0%
1950 653 22.7%
1960 865 32.5%
1970 949 9.7%
1980 939 −1.1%
1990 872 −7.1%
2000 789 −9.5%
2010 807 2.3%
2019 (est.) 758 −6.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 789 people, 332 households, and 201 families residing in the town. The population density was 468.8 people per square mile (181.3/km2). There were 374 housing units at an average density of 222.2 per square mile (86.0/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 63.62% White, 34.73% African American, 1.14% Native American, 0.13% from other races, and 0.38% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.63% of the population.

There were 332 households, out of which 19.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.6% were married couples living together, 16.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.2% were non-families. 37.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 19.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.20 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 19.5% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 20.0% from 25 to 44, 29.5% from 45 to 64, and 25.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 48 years. For every 100 females, there were 67.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 62.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $23,438, and the median income for a family was $32,917. Males had a median income of $29,286 versus $20,625 for females. The per capita income for the town was $17,790. About 14.8% of families and 20.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 29.6% of those under age 18 and 22.7% of those age 65 or over.

"Home of State Champions"

Lake View High School has long established itself as a leader in high school sports in South Carolina with a history that can hardly be matched throughout the state. The school colors are royal blue and gold and the school mascot is the “Wild Gators”. The Gators have particularly had success in football and baseball where they have won an unprecedented 17 State Championships (Tied for 1st all-time in South Carolina).

The football team has won nine State Championships (1938, 1961, 1970, 1971, 1981, 1989, 1991, 1997, 2010, and 2017) which is tied for 4th most all-time in the state. The team has also finished runner-up six additional seasons (1939, 1976, 1990, 1992, 2002 and 2003). In the 50 years between 1960-2010, the football team established a record of 464-155-7 (74.12% winning percentage), or an average of over 9 wins a season for half a century. The Wild Gators also played in four consecutive State Championships between 1989-1992, winning two.

The baseball team has won eight State Championships (1938, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2006) which is 4th most all-time in the state. The team has also captured three additional Lower State Championships and would eventually finish runner-up in 1987, 2002 and 2011. The baseball team still holds several state records including the longest winning streak in state history at 49 games (between 1999-2001). The streak began with winning the final two games in the 1999 State Championship series against Jonesville. The 2000 baseball team completed the “perfect season” going 24-0, defeating Lewisville in the State Championship. The 2001 baseball team began the season 23-0 before falling in game two of the State Championship to Dixie. However, the team rebounded the next game to claim the championship for the 5th consecutive season. The 2001 team also holds the state record for most shut-outs in a season with 18 (the 2000 team is also on the list with 14).

Although Lake View has primarily seen success in football and baseball, other sports have excelled. The basketball team won the 1981-1982 State Championship and the softball team has recently become a perennial power. The team won its first State Championship in softball in 2007 and has won three additional Lower State Championships in 1993, 2008 and 2010.


The town of Lake View originated as Ford's Mill, and the name was changed to "Page's Mill" in 1870. The town was officially incorporated as Page's Mill in 1907, and the citizens voted to change its name to "Lake View" in 1916.


Lake View schools are zoned to Dillon School District Four.

Lake View has a public library, a branch of the Dillon County Library.

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