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Marion County
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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 1800
Seat Marion
Largest city Marion
Area
 • Total 494 sq mi (1,280 km2)
 • Land 489 sq mi (1,270 km2)
 • Water 4.9 sq mi (13 km2)  1.0%%
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 33,062
 • Estimate 
(2020)
30,258
 • Density 66.93/sq mi (25.841/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 7th

Marion County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Carolina. As of the 2010 census, its population was 33,062. Its county seat is Marion. The county was created in 1785 and was originally known as Liberty County. However, four years later it was renamed Marion County, in honor of Brigadier General Francis Marion, the famous "Swamp Fox" and a hero of the American Revolutionary War. In 1910, a separated portion of the county was founded as adjacent Dillon County.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 494 square miles (1,280 km2), of which 489 square miles (1,270 km2) is land and 4.9 square miles (13 km2) (1.0%) is water.

Adjacent counties

National protected area

Major highways

  • Future I-73
  • US 76.svg US 76
  • US 301.svg US 301
  • US 378.svg US 378
  • US 501.svg US 501 (BUS)
  • South Carolina 9.svg SC 9
  • South Carolina 38.svg SC 38
  • South Carolina 41.svg SC 41 (ALT)
  • South Carolina 57.svg SC 57
  • South Carolina 576.svg SC 576
  • South Carolina 908.svg SC 908
  • South Carolina 917.svg SC 917

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1800 6,914
1810 8,884 28.5%
1820 10,201 14.8%
1830 11,208 9.9%
1840 13,932 24.3%
1850 17,407 24.9%
1860 21,190 21.7%
1870 22,160 4.6%
1880 34,107 53.9%
1890 29,976 −12.1%
1900 35,181 17.4%
1910 20,596 −41.5%
1920 23,721 15.2%
1930 27,221 14.8%
1940 30,107 10.6%
1950 33,110 10.0%
1960 32,014 −3.3%
1970 30,270 −5.4%
1980 34,179 12.9%
1990 33,899 −0.8%
2000 35,466 4.6%
2010 33,062 −6.8%
2020 (est.) 30,258 −8.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 33,062 people, 13,058 households, and 8,881 families living in the county. The population density was 67.6 inhabitants per square mile (26.1/km2). There were 14,953 housing units at an average density of 30.6 per square mile (11.8/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 55.9% black or African American, 40.6% white, 0.5% Asian, 0.4% American Indian, 1.3% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 2.4% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 7.8% were American, 6.3% were English, and 5.2% were Irish.

Of the 13,058 households, 33.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.0% were married couples living together, 24.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 32.0% were non-families, and 28.5% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.09. The median age was 39.9 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,629 and the median income for a family was $38,043. Males had a median income of $32,414 versus $24,929 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,653. About 21.4% of families and 25.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 36.8% of those under age 18 and 19.1% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Towns

Unincorporated communities

Historic places

  • Neal and Dixon's Warehouse
  • Marion Courthouse
  • Records Building
  • Old Opera House (Gasque Motor Co.)
  • Marion Public Library
  • Presbyterian Church
  • Masonic Lodge
  • McDonald-McLendon House
  • Gibson-Rogers House
  • Oakenwald (Jones-Hunter House)
  • Bluefields (Blue-McCollum House)
  • Montgomery-Boyce House
  • Gasque House
  • Godbold-Davis House
  • McIntyre-Ammons House
  • Young-Johnson House
  • Gibson-Witherspoon House
  • Durantia (Durant Family)
  • the Marion County Museum
  • Wilcox-Turbeville House
  • Sellers, W. W. (William W.).
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