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Santee, South Carolina
The 18th hole at the Santee-Cooper Country Club, showing the I-95 causeway crossing Lake Marion at Santee
The 18th hole at the Santee-Cooper Country Club, showing the I-95 causeway crossing Lake Marion at Santee
"It's a Brand New Day in Santee"
Location in Orangeburg County, South Carolina
Country United States
State South Carolina
County Orangeburg
 • Total 2.12 sq mi (5.49 km2)
 • Land 2.10 sq mi (5.44 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.05 km2)
138 ft (42 m)
 • Total 961
 • Estimate 
 • Density 428.57/sq mi (165.44/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 803, 839
FIPS code 45-63790
GNIS feature ID 1231775

Santee is a town in Orangeburg County along the Santee River Valley in central South Carolina, United States. It has become a resort town of note located centrally north-south along the Atlantic Seaboard of South Carolina. The region has been rural, with a primarily agricultural economy typical of Orangeburg County, but is now known primarily for its several golf courses in proximity to Lake Marion, Santee State Park and other Lake Marion attractions. Interstate 95 connects its attractions easily with tourists traveling by automobile. I-95 crosses a narrow arm of the lake into the town lands, along a causeway. Lake Marion is a man-made hydroelectric reservoir, which at 110,000 acres (450 km2, 173 sq mi) is one of the fifty largest lakes in the country.

The population was 961 at the 2010 census. The town has been undergoing economic and population growth, and development as rural niches are supplanted by bedroom communities.

Construction of the Santee Cooper Regional Water System can provide millions of gallons of potable water per day to the surrounding five counties centered about Santee. The system was coordinated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and funded by the Army Corps of Engineers, USEPA, and the South Carolina Department of Commerce. The plant was completed and operational as of 1 June 2008. Work to connect the plant to the five counties (Berkeley, Orangeburg, Dorchester, Calhoun, and Sumter) is underway and being overseen and funded by the same parties. Currently, the RWS serves the town of Santee, with pipeline rapidly being installed to other locations. Incoming businesses from this project are projected to bring thousands of jobs to the area.

The Lake Marion High School & Technology Center is located in the town.


Santee is located at 33°29′N 80°29′W / 33.483°N 80.483°W / 33.483; -80.483 (33.4784, -80.4846).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.0 square miles (5.3 km²), of which, 2.0 square miles (5.2 km²) of it is land and 0.49% is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1950 107
1960 105 −1.9%
1970 137 30.5%
1980 280 104.4%
1990 638 127.9%
2000 740 16.0%
2010 961 29.9%
2019 (est.) 900 −6.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Santee racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 208 26.1%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 525 65.87%
Native American 2 0.25%
Asian 31 3.89%
Other/Mixed 20 2.51%
Hispanic or Latino 11 1.38%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 797 people, 394 households, and 241 families residing in the town.


Santee has a public library, a branch of the Orangeburg County Library.

Notable person

See also

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