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Mullins, South Carolina
Downtown Mullins
Downtown Mullins
"The City of Opportunity"
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Coordinates: 34°12′19″N 79°15′29″W / 34.20528°N 79.25806°W / 34.20528; -79.25806Coordinates: 34°12′19″N 79°15′29″W / 34.20528°N 79.25806°W / 34.20528; -79.25806
Country United States
State South Carolina
County Marion
 • Total 3.02 sq mi (7.82 km2)
 • Land 3.02 sq mi (7.82 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
98 ft (30 m)
 • Total 4,663
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,403.18/sq mi (541.75/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 843, 854
FIPS code 45-48805
GNIS feature ID 1224890

Mullins is a city in Marion County, South Carolina, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 4,663.

Incorporated on March 4, 1872, Mullins was named after Col. William S. Mullins, who served as a representative for Marion County in the South Carolina State Legislature from 1852 to 1866.


On March 4, 1872, the charter was approved for the town of Mullins. The same year the Macedonia Methodist church was established, the first church within city limits. By 1878, the city of Mullins had a population of seventy-five people, a total of twelve families. There were only three stores and four unpaved streets: Railroad, Main, Smith, and Gapway Streets.

In 1894, the growth and sale of tobacco sparked the further development of the city of Mullins. In 1895, tobacco was sold for c17.13 a pound, a good price. Mullins became the largest distributor of tobacco in the country, known as "South Carolinas Largest, The world's best tobacco market." In the late 1920s the tobacco festival was started and is still celebrated today.

Mullins' first school was established in 1872, which was attended by boys and girls from the town, nearby rural areas, and neighboring counties. The first schoolhouse was built in 1904; a brick, two story building on Academy Street. A second schoolhouse was built in 1913, on the corner of Main and Academy streets. Mullins High School was built in 1923 on North Park Street where it stood until burning in 1976. It was rebuilt close to the old Marion highway, outside of the city limits. McCormick Elementary School was built on Sandy Bluff Road in 1956. The original Palmetto School for Negroes (High and Elementary) was built on Cypress Street in 1919 and around 1956 was split up. The Palmetto Elementary School was built on Broad Street. The Palmetto High School was built on O'Neal Street with 1970 being the last graduating class. It became Palmetto Middle School as it remains today. Gapway Road was designed from 76 Hwy in 1933. It was the most popular street in Mullins, SC.

In 1970 all schools were combined into a fully integrated school system.

In 1910, the public library was established. The current library, located at the corner of N. Main and Wine Streets, was built in 1940.

The A.H. Buchan Company Building, Dillard Barn, Imperial Tobacco Company Building, Liberty Warehouse, Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Mullins Commercial Historic District, Neal and Dixon's Warehouse, Old Brick Warehouse, Rasor and Clardy Company Building, and J.C. Teasley House are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Mullins is located at 34°12′19″N 79°15′19″W / 34.20528°N 79.25528°W / 34.20528; -79.25528 (34.205239, -79.255309).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.0 square miles (7.8 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 242
1900 828 242.1%
1910 1,832 121.3%
1920 2,379 29.9%
1930 3,158 32.7%
1940 4,392 39.1%
1950 4,916 11.9%
1960 6,229 26.7%
1970 6,006 −3.6%
1980 6,068 1.0%
1990 5,910 −2.6%
2000 5,029 −14.9%
2010 4,663 −7.3%
2019 (est.) 4,239 −9.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

Mullins Fire Department

One of the greatest fears of the people of Mullins was that of fire. When a fire broke out, neighbors were called by cries for help or by farm bells as homeowners watched all of their possessions being engulfed by flames. The first Mullins Fire Department was established in the early 1920s. The first fire wagon was a regular farm wagon with a ladder and twenty to thirty buckets hanging from the sides. The wagon was pulled by man power and the equipment was operated by the first men who arrived to help. The first truck powered by gas was a 1923 Ford pickup purchased in 1959.

Historic places

  • Neal and Dixon's Warehouse
  • The Mullins Depot, which now houses the South Carolina Tobacco Museum.
  • Rasor & Clardy Building
  • Liberty Warehouse
  • Old Brick Warehouse
  • Imperial Tobacco Company Building


Mullins has a public library, a branch of the Marion County Library System.

Notable people

  • Edgar L. McGowan, Commissioner of South Carolina Department of Labor
  • Joseph O. Rogers, Jr., politician born in Mullins in 1921
  • Terrell Grice, Producer, Singer-songwriter, and YouTuber
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