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Chester County, South Carolina
Chester County Courthouse (Built 1852), Chester, South Carolina.jpg
Chester County Courthouse
Map of South Carolina highlighting Chester County
Location in the state of South Carolina
Map of the U.S. highlighting South Carolina
South Carolina's location in the U.S.
Founded 1785
Seat Chester
Largest city Chester
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

586 sq mi (1,518 km²)
581 sq mi (1,505 km²)
5.5 sq mi (14 km²), 0.9
Population
 - (2020)
 - Density

32,294
Congressional district 5th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.chestercounty.org

Chester County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Carolina. As of the 2020 census, its population was 32,294.[1] Its county seat is Chester.[2]

Chester County is included in the Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography[]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 586 square miles (1,520 km2), of which 580.6 square miles (1,504 km2) is land and 5.5 square miles (14 km2) (0.9%) is water.[3]

Adjacent counties[]

National protected area[]

  • Sumter National Forest (part)

Demographics[]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1790 6,866
1800 8,185 19.2%
1810 11,479 40.2%
1820 14,189 23.6%
1830 17,182 21.1%
1840 17,747 3.3%
1850 18,038 1.6%
1860 18,122 0.5%
1870 18,805 3.8%
1880 24,153 28.4%
1890 26,660 10.4%
1900 28,616 7.3%
1910 29,425 2.8%
1920 33,389 13.5%
1930 31,803 −4.8%
1940 32,579 2.4%
1950 32,597 0.1%
1960 30,888 −5.2%
1970 29,811 −3.5%
1980 30,148 1.1%
1990 32,170 6.7%
2000 34,068 5.9%
2010 33,140 −2.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]
1790-1960[5] 1900-1990[6]
1990-2000[7] 2010-2020[1]

2000 census[]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 34,068 people, 12,880 households, and 9,338 families living in the county. The population density was 59 people per square mile (23/km2). There were 14,374 housing units at an average density of 25 per square mile (10/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 59.93% White, 38.65% Black or African American, 0.33% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.25% from other races, and 0.55% from two or more races. 0.75% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 12,880 households, out of which 32.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.80% were married couples living together, 18.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.50% were non-families. 24.20% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.11.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 26.90% under the age of 18, 8.40% from 18 to 24, 28.20% from 25 to 44, 23.80% from 45 to 64, and 12.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 92.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,425, and the median income for a family was $38,087. Males had a median income of $30,329 versus $21,570 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,709. About 11.90% of families and 15.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.20% of those under age 18 and 14.90% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census[]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 33,140 people, 12,876 households, and 9,073 families living in the county.[9] The population density was 57.1 inhabitants per square mile (22.0 /km2). There were 14,701 housing units at an average density of 25.3 per square mile (9.8 /km2).[10] The racial makeup of the county was 59.8% white, 37.4% black or African American, 0.4% American Indian, 0.3% Asian, 0.6% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.4% of the population.[9] In terms of ancestry, 19.9% were American, 7.5% were Irish, 5.6% were English, and 5.1% were German.[11]

Of the 12,876 households, 34.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.5% were married couples living together, 19.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 29.5% were non-families, and 25.9% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.04. The median age was 40.3 years.[9]

The median income for a household in the county was $32,743 and the median income for a family was $42,074. Males had a median income of $39,008 versus $27,701 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,687. About 18.6% of families and 21.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 30.0% of those under age 18 and 18.0% of those age 65 or over.[12]

2020 census[]

Chester County racial composition[13]
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 18,591 57.57%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 11,287 34.95%
Native American 145 0.45%
Asian 146 0.45%
Pacific Islander 14 0.04%
Other/Mixed 1,316 4.08%
Hispanic or Latino 795 2.46%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 32,294 people, 12,653 households, and 8,042 families residing in the county.

Government[]

Law enforcement[]

In 2021, Chester County Sheriff Alex Underwood was found guilty of conspiracy, wire fraud, deprivation of rights and federal program theft, and sentenced to one year in prison.[14][15]

Politics[]

United States presidential election results for Chester County, South Carolina[16]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 8,660 54.96% 6,941 44.05% 156 0.99%
2016 7,265 51.19% 6,579 46.36% 348 2.45%
2012 6,367 44.19% 7,891 54.77% 149 1.03%
2008 6,318 45.19% 7,478 53.49% 185 1.32%
2004 5,798 49.43% 5,790 49.36% 141 1.20%
2000 4,986 47.80% 5,242 50.25% 204 1.96%
1996 3,157 34.80% 5,108 56.31% 807 8.90%
1992 3,451 33.54% 5,458 53.05% 1,379 13.40%
1988 3,968 51.21% 3,737 48.23% 43 0.55%
1984 4,441 55.20% 3,559 44.24% 45 0.56%
1980 3,104 37.12% 5,145 61.52% 114 1.36%
1976 2,982 36.31% 5,200 63.32% 30 0.37%
1972 4,724 66.20% 2,352 32.96% 60 0.84%
1968 2,862 33.71% 2,865 33.75% 2,762 32.54%
1964 2,915 42.89% 3,882 57.11% 0 0.00%
1960 1,660 28.03% 4,262 71.97% 0 0.00%
1956 1,007 21.43% 2,951 62.80% 741 15.77%
1952 2,777 49.41% 2,843 50.59% 0 0.00%
1948 48 2.39% 436 21.67% 1,528 75.94%
1944 89 5.48% 1,441 88.68% 95 5.85%
1940 35 1.78% 1,930 98.12% 2 0.10%
1936 11 0.51% 2,155 99.49% 0 0.00%
1932 23 1.13% 2,020 98.87% 0 0.00%
1928 36 2.72% 1,285 97.13% 2 0.15%
1924 12 1.38% 850 97.93% 6 0.69%
1920 0 0.00% 1,237 100.00% 0 0.00%
1916 17 1.42% 1,182 98.42% 2 0.17%
1912 0 0.00% 1,286 98.47% 20 1.53%
1908 37 2.63% 1,368 97.37% 0 0.00%
1904 8 0.83% 954 99.17% 0 0.00%
1900 20 2.34% 836 97.66% 0 0.00%
1896 76 5.67% 1,254 93.58% 10 0.75%
1892 383 20.18% 1,508 79.45% 7 0.37%



Economy[]

Chester County's economy has an industrial and agricultural base with large areas used for timber production. There are several sawemills in the county and others near it. Forest land ownership is majority family landowners who manage their properties for a variety of uses. Agriculture is also a big segment of the economy with crops consisting of cotton, wheat, oats, rye, beef and dairy cattle, hay, corn, peaches, other vegetables, peanuts, soybeans, and pecans.

Media[]

  • Chester Vision or CSN
  • Chester News & Reporter
  • WRBK, 90.3 FM, a noncommercial station that primarily features classic oldies

Communities[]

City[]

Towns[]

  • Fort Lawn
  • Great Falls
  • Lowrys
  • Richburg

Census-designated places[]

  • Eureka Mill
  • Gayle Mill

Unincorporated communities[]

  • Blackstock
  • Edgemoor
  • Lando
  • Leeds
  • Wilksburg

Notable residents[]

See also[]

  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Chester County, South Carolina
  • Tryon County, North Carolina

External links[]

References[]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/45/45023.html. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Counties/Pages/FindACounty.aspx. 
  3. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. http://www2.census.gov/geo/docs/maps-data/data/gazetteer/counties_list_45.txt. 
  4. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/decennial-census.html. 
  5. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. http://mapserver.lib.virginia.edu. 
  6. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/population/cencounts/sc190090.txt. 
  7. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. https://www.census.gov/population/www/cen2000/briefs/phc-t4/tables/tab02.pdf. 
  8. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov. 
  9. ^ a b c "DP-1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/DEC/10_DP/DPDP1/0500000US45023. 
  10. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/DEC/10_SF1/GCTPH1.CY07/0500000US45023. 
  11. ^ "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/10_5YR/DP02/0500000US45023. 
  12. ^ "DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/10_5YR/DP03/0500000US45023. 
  13. ^ "Explore Census Data". https://data.census.gov/cedsci/table?g=0500000US45023&tid=DECENNIALPL2020.P2. 
  14. ^ "Ex-South Carolina Sheriff is 13th Convicted Since 2010" (in en). 2021-04-25. https://www.southcarolinapublicradio.org/sc-news/2021-04-26/ex-south-carolina-sheriff-is-13th-convicted-since-2010. 
  15. ^ Jeffery Collions (2021-10-13). "Ex-SC sheriff off to prison on 1-year misconduct sentence" (in en). https://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/sc-sheriff-off-prison-year-misconduct-sentence-80564626. 
  16. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS. 
  17. ^ "Tryon County, North Carolina". http://www.carolana.com/NC/Counties/tryon_county_nc.html. 
  18. ^ Who Was Who in America, Historical Volume, 1607-1896. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who. 1963. 


Coordinates: 34°41′N 81°10′W / 34.69, -81.16


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