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Saluda County, South Carolina
Map
Map of South Carolina highlighting Saluda County
Location in the state of South Carolina
Map of the USA highlighting South Carolina
South Carolina's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1896
Seat Saluda
Largest town Saluda
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

462 sq mi (1,197 km²)
453 sq mi (1,173 km²)
9.0 sq mi (23 km²), 2.0%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

19,875
44/sq mi (17/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website: www.saludacounty.sc.gov
Named for: Saluda River

Saluda County is a county located 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 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%
Est. 2015 20,053 0.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 19,181 people, 7,127 households, and 5,295 families residing in the county. The population density was 42 people per square mile (16/km²). There were 8,543 housing units at an average density of 19 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 65.80% White, 29.99% Black or African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.04% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 3.29% from other races, and 0.64% from two or more races. 7.30% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 7,127 households out of which 31.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.20% were married couples living together, 14.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.70% were non-families. 22.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.90% under the age of 18, 9.20% from 18 to 24, 27.60% from 25 to 44, 23.80% from 45 to 64, and 14.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 98.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,774, and the median income for a family was $41,603. Males had a median income of $29,221 versus $21,395 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,328. About 12.00% of families and 15.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.40% of those under age 18 and 16.30% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 19,875 people, 7,527 households, and 5,393 families residing 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

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