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New Ellenton, South Carolina
Location of New Ellenton, South Carolina
Location of New Ellenton, South Carolina
Country  United States of America
State  South Carolina
County Aiken
 • Total 4.45 sq mi (11.51 km2)
 • Land 4.44 sq mi (11.50 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.01 km2)
410 ft (125 m)
 • Total 2,052
 • Estimate 
 • Density 484.46/sq mi (187.04/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 803, 839
FIPS code 45-49705
GNIS feature ID 1231587

New Ellenton is a city in Aiken County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 2,052 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Augusta, Georgia metropolitan area.


New Ellenton was formed from the citizens of Ellenton, a farming town chartered in 1880 and situated on the Charleston and Western Carolina Railway in Barnwell County near the Aiken County line. Upon the approval of President Truman in 1950 of the Savannah River Site for the production of hydrogen bombs, the U.S. government forced 6,000 people in the surrounding area to move. The residents of Ellenton literally moved their homes and buildings 14 miles (23 km) north to New Ellenton after being evicted in the 1950s.


New Ellenton is located at 33°25′17″N 81°40′51″W / 33.42139°N 81.68083°W / 33.42139; -81.68083 (33.421311, -81.680856) in southern Aiken County, about 1 mile (1.6 km) north of the U.S. Department of Energy Savannah River Site. South Carolina Highway 19 is Main Street for the community, leading north 10 miles (16 km) to Aiken, the county seat, and south 1 mile to U.S. Route 278, which leads west 17 miles (27 km) to Augusta, Georgia, and southeast 24 miles (39 km) to Barnwell.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 4.8 square miles (12.4 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 2,309
1970 2,546 10.3%
1980 2,628 3.2%
1990 2,515 −4.3%
2000 2,250 −10.5%
2010 2,052 −8.8%
2019 (est.) 2,151 4.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

New Ellenton racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 1,192 53.94%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 788 35.66%
Native American 2 0.09%
Asian 12 0.54%
Other/Mixed 116 5.25%
Hispanic or Latino 100 4.52%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 2,210 people, 937 households, and 576 families residing in the town.


New Ellenton has a public library, a branch of the ABBE Regional Library System.

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