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Lexington County
Lexington County Courthouse in October 2013
Lexington County Courthouse in October 2013
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Map of South Carolina highlighting Lexington 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 1785
Named for Battle of Lexington and Concord
Seat Lexington
Largest town Lexington
 • Total 758 sq mi (1,960 km2)
 • Land 699 sq mi (1,810 km2)
 • Water 59 sq mi (150 km2)  7.8%%
 • Total 262,391
 • Estimate 
 • Density 346.16/sq mi (133.65/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 2nd

Lexington County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Carolina. As of the 2010 census, the population was 262,391, and the 2019 population estimate was 298,750. Its county seat and largest town is Lexington. The county was chartered in 1785 and was named in commemoration of Lexington, Massachusetts, the site of the Battle of Lexington in the American Revolutionary War. Lexington County is the sixth-largest county in South Carolina by population and is part of the Columbia, SC Metropolitan Statistical Area.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 758 square miles (1,960 km2), of which 699 square miles (1,810 km2) is land and 59 square miles (150 km2) (7.8%) is water. The largest body of water is Lake Murray. While other waterways include Broad River, Saluda River and Congaree River

Adjacent counties


Lexington County, SC, gets 48 inches of rain per year. The US average is 37. Snowfall is 2 inches. The average US city gets 25 inches of snow per year. The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 104.

On average, there are 218 sunny days per year in Lexington County, SC. The July high is around 92 degrees. The January low is 33. The comfort index, which is based on humidity during the hot months, is a 29 out of 100, where higher is more comfortable. The US average on the comfort index is 44.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1810 6,641
1820 8,083 21.7%
1830 9,065 12.1%
1840 12,111 33.6%
1850 12,930 6.8%
1860 15,579 20.5%
1870 12,988 −16.6%
1880 18,564 42.9%
1890 22,181 19.5%
1900 27,264 22.9%
1910 32,040 17.5%
1920 35,676 11.3%
1930 36,494 2.3%
1940 35,994 −1.4%
1950 44,279 23.0%
1960 60,726 37.1%
1970 89,012 46.6%
1980 140,353 57.7%
1990 167,611 19.4%
2000 216,014 28.9%
2010 262,391 21.5%
2020 (est.) 303,150 15.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2019

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 262,391 people, 102,733 households, and 70,952 families living in the county. The population density was 375.4 inhabitants per square mile (144.9/km2). There were 113,957 housing units at an average density of 163.0 per square mile (62.9/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 79.3% white, 14.3% black or African American, 1.4% Asian, 0.4% American Indian, 2.7% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 5.5% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 17.2% were German, 14.0% were American, 12.5% were English, and 11.8% were Irish.

Of the 102,733 households, 34.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.4% were married couples living together, 13.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 30.9% were non-families, and 24.9% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.01. The median age was 37.9 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $52,205 and the median income for a family was $64,630. Males had a median income of $44,270 versus $34,977 for females. The per capita income for the county was $26,393. About 8.5% of families and 11.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.7% of those under age 18 and 8.4% of those age 65 or over.

2020 census

Lexington County racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 208,854 71.04%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 42,382 14.42%
Native American 894 0.3%
Asian 6,644 2.26%
Pacific Islander 185 0.06%
Other/Mixed 13,235 4.5%
Hispanic or Latino 21,797 7.41%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 293,991 people, 118,193 households, and 81,118 families residing in the county.


Public Transportation

COMET Bus in West Columbia, SC
COMET Bus in West Columbia, Lexington County

Public transportation in Lexington County is provided by the COMET, or officially the Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority (CMRTA). The bus system is the main public transit system for the greater Columbia area. In Lexington County, the bus system runs in the areas of West Columbia, Cayce, Irmo, Springdale, Seven Oaks, and Harbison. Additionally, COMET offers Dial-a-ride transit (DART), which provides personalized service passengers with disabilities.

Columbia Metropolitan Airport

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President Donald Trump arrives at the Columbia Metropolitan Airport greeted by Governor Henry McMaster.

The Columbia Metropolitan Airport serves as the main airport system for the greater Columbia area. In 2018, the airport served 1,197,603 passengers with 12,324 flight. Additionally, the airport is also the regional hub for UPS Airlines, transporting 136.7 million pounds of freight/mail in 2018. The airport was named Lexington County Airport, and during World War II, trained pilots for B-25 Mitchell crews.


  • I-26 (SC).svg I-26 Interstate 26 travels from northwest to southeast and connects the Columbia area to the other two major population centers of South Carolina: the Greenville-Spartanburg area in the northwestern part of the state and North Charleston – Charleston area in the southeastern part of the state.
  • I-20 (SC).svg I-20 Interstate 20 travels from west to east and connects Columbia to Atlanta and Augusta in the west and Florence in the east. It serves the nearby towns and suburbs of Pelion, Lexington, West Columbia, Sandhill, Pontiac, and Elgin. Interstate 20 is also used by travelers heading to Myrtle Beach, although the interstate's eastern terminus is in Florence.
  • I-77 (SC).svg I-77 Interstate 77 begins in Lexington county and ends in Cleveland, Ohio and is frequently used by travelers on the east coast heading to or from Florida.

Referendums and elections

On November 4, 2014, Lexington County residents voted against a proposed sales tax increase. The money generated from this tax would have mostly been used to improve traffic conditions upon roadways. Likewise on November 4, 2014, residents voted to repeal a ban on alcohol sales on Sundays within the county.




Census-designated places


Education in Lexington County
Public school district name Enrollment Employees Schools
Lexington School District One 27,300 3,900 31
Lexington School District Two 8,947 900 12
Lexington School District Three 2,000 350 4
Lexington School District Four 3,350 300 7
Lexington & Richland County School District Five 16,680 1,500 21
Colleges Enrollment Campuses
Midlands Technical College 15,000 3
Public libraries Visitors (counted once) Branches
Lexington County Public Library System 160,336 10

Notable people

Floyd Spence Lexington County resident & Congressman for 30 years.

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See also

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