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Saluda County
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Location within the U.S. state of South Carolina
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Country  United States
State  South Carolina
Founded 1896
Named for Saluda River
Seat Saluda
Largest town Saluda
Area
 • Total 462 sq mi (1,200 km2)
 • Land 453 sq mi (1,170 km2)
 • Water 9.0 sq mi (23 km2)  2.0%%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 20,549
 • Density 44.48/sq mi (17.173/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 3rd

Saluda County is a county in the U.S. state of South Carolina. As of the 2010 census, the population was 19,875. Its county seat is Saluda. The county was formed from northern and eastern portions of Edgefield County.

Saluda County is part of the Columbia, SC Metropolitan Area.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 462 square miles (1,200 km2), of which 453 square miles (1,170 km2) is land and 9.0 square miles (23 km2) (2.0%) is water. Saluda County is largely in the Saluda River basin with a small portion of western Saluda in the Savannah River basin.

Adjacent Counties

National protected area

  • Sumter National Forest (part)

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 18,966
1910 20,943 10.4%
1920 22,088 5.5%
1930 18,148 −17.8%
1940 17,192 −5.3%
1950 15,924 −7.4%
1960 14,554 −8.6%
1970 14,528 −0.2%
1980 16,150 11.2%
1990 16,357 1.3%
2000 19,181 17.3%
2010 19,875 3.6%
2020 20,549 3.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 19,875 people, 7,527 households, and 5,393 families living in the county. The population density was 43.9 inhabitants per square mile (16.9/km2). There were 9,289 housing units at an average density of 20.5 per square mile (7.9/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 61.1% white, 26.3% black or African American, 0.4% American Indian, 0.3% Pacific islander, 0.2% Asian, 10.3% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 14.4% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 17.8% were American, 14.7% were German, 8.6% were English, and 8.2% were Irish.

Of the 7,527 households, 32.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.6% were married couples living together, 15.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 28.4% were non-families, and 24.2% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.05. The median age was 39.6 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $40,508 and the median income for a family was $45,173. Males had a median income of $31,264 versus $28,344 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,717. About 11.7% of families and 15.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.4% of those under age 18 and 15.0% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Towns

Unincorporated communities

  • Mount Willing

Notable people

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