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Lexington County, South Carolina
Lexington County Courthouse, Lexington, South Carolina.JPG
Lexington County Courthouse in October 2013
Motto: In God We Trust
Map of South Carolina highlighting Lexington 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
Named for Battle of Lexington and Concord
Seat Lexington
Largest town Lexington
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

758 sq mi (1,963 km²)
699 sq mi (1,810 km²)
59 sq mi (153 km²), 7.8%
Population
 - (2020)
 - Density

293,991
375/sq mi (145/km²)
Congressional district 2nd
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.lex-co.com

Lexington County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Carolina. As of the 2020 census, the population was 293,991.[1] The county was created in 1785.[2] Its name commemorates the Battle of Lexington in the American Revolutionary War.[3]

Lexington County is part of the Columbia, SC Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography[]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 758 square miles (1,960 km2), of which 699 square miles (1,810 km2) is land and 59 square miles (150 km2) (7.8%) is water.[4] The largest body of water is Lake Murray. While other waterways include Broad River, Saluda River and Congaree River

Adjacent counties[]

Climate[]

Lexington County, SC, gets 48 inches of rain per year. The US average is 37. Snowfall is 2 inches. The average US city gets 25 inches of snow per year. The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 104.

On average, there are 218 sunny days per year in Lexington County, SC. The July high is around 92 degrees. The January low is 33. The comfort index, which is based on humidity during the hot months, is a 29 out of 100, where higher is more comfortable. The US average on the comfort index is 44.[5]

Demographics[]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1810 6,641
1820 8,083 21.7%
1830 9,065 12.1%
1840 12,111 33.6%
1850 12,930 6.8%
1860 15,579 20.5%
1870 12,988 −16.6%
1880 18,564 42.9%
1890 22,181 19.5%
1900 27,264 22.9%
1910 32,040 17.5%
1920 35,676 11.3%
1930 36,494 2.3%
1940 35,994 −1.4%
1950 44,279 23.0%
1960 60,726 37.1%
1970 89,012 46.6%
1980 140,353 57.7%
1990 167,611 19.4%
2000 216,014 28.9%
2010 262,391 21.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2020[1]

2000 census[]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 216,014 people, 83,240 households, and 59,849 families residing in the county. The population density was 309 people per square mile (119/km²). There were 90,978 housing units at an average density of 130 per square mile (50/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 84.18% White, 12.63% Black or African American, 0.34% Native American, 1.05% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.79% from other races, and 0.98% from two or more races. 1.92% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 83,240 households out of which 35.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.60% were married couples living together, 11.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.10% were non-families. 22.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.10% under the age of 18, 8.30% from 18 to 24, 31.60% from 25 to 44, 23.80% from 45 to 64, and 10.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 94.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $44,659, and the median income for a family was $52,637. Males had a median income of $36,435 versus $26,387 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,063. About 6.40% of families and 9.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.10% of those under age 18 and 9.30% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census[]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 262,391 people, 102,733 households, and 70,952 families residing in the county.[11] The population density was 375.4 inhabitants per square mile (144.9 /km2). There were 113,957 housing units at an average density of 163.0 per square mile (62.9 /km2).[12] The racial makeup of the county was 79.3% white, 14.3% black or African American, 1.4% Asian, 0.4% American Indian, 2.7% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 5.5% of the population.[11] In terms of ancestry, 17.2% were German, 14.0% were American, 12.5% were English, and 11.8% were Irish.[13]

Of the 102,733 households, 34.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.4% were married couples living together, 13.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 30.9% were non-families, and 24.9% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.01. The median age was 37.9 years.[11]

The median income for a household in the county was $52,205 and the median income for a family was $64,630. Males had a median income of $44,270 versus $34,977 for females. The per capita income for the county was $26,393. About 8.5% of families and 11.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.7% of those under age 18 and 8.4% of those age 65 or over.[14]

Politics[]

Lexington County was one of the first areas of South Carolina to turn Republican. The last official Democratic candidate to carry the county at a presidential level was Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1944. It supported splinter Dixiecrat candidates in 1948 and 1956.

In the 2020 Presidential election, Lexington County voted 64.2% in favor of Republican Donald Trump and 34.2% in favor of Democrat Joe Biden with 72.6% of the eligible electorate voting.

United States presidential election results for Lexington County, South Carolina[15]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 92,817 64.20% 49,301 34.10% 2,450 1.69%
2016 80,026 65.55% 35,230 28.86% 6,837 5.60%
2012 76,662 68.07% 34,148 30.32% 1,813 1.61%
2008 74,960 68.45% 33,303 30.41% 1,249 1.14%
2004 67,132 71.85% 25,393 27.18% 907 0.97%
2000 58,095 69.93% 22,830 27.48% 2,156 2.60%
1996 39,658 63.23% 18,907 30.15% 4,155 6.62%
1992 41,759 60.50% 18,312 26.53% 8,951 12.97%
1988 41,467 77.89% 11,366 21.35% 405 0.76%
1984 38,628 80.95% 8,828 18.50% 265 0.56%
1980 28,313 67.60% 12,334 29.45% 1,239 2.96%
1976 21,442 59.43% 14,339 39.75% 296 0.82%
1972 25,327 84.75% 4,069 13.62% 490 1.64%
1968 12,204 48.49% 4,058 16.12% 8,907 35.39%
1964 12,041 71.47% 4,807 28.53% 0 0.00%
1960 6,511 61.02% 4,159 38.98% 0 0.00%
1956 1,188 20.71% 2,094 36.50% 2,455 42.79%
1952 4,018 53.35% 3,513 46.65% 0 0.00%
1948 58 2.03% 566 19.78% 2,237 78.19%
1944 20 0.94% 1,986 93.68% 114 5.38%
1940 17 1.12% 1,496 98.88% 0 0.00%
1936 32 1.47% 2,138 98.53% 0 0.00%
1932 5 3.40% 141 95.92% 1 0.68%
1928 61 4.73% 1,228 95.27% 0 0.00%
1924 7 0.50% 1,395 99.36% 2 0.14%
1920 59 3.15% 1,813 96.85% 0 0.00%
1916 31 1.43% 2,060 95.15% 74 3.42%
1912 3 0.24% 1,201 94.94% 61 4.82%
1908 80 3.09% 2,508 96.87% 1 0.04%
1904 60 2.44% 2,403 97.56% 0 0.00%
1900 30 2.25% 1,302 97.75% 0 0.00%
1896 197 10.54% 1,672 89.46% 0 0.00%
1892 71 4.43% 1,287 80.39% 243 15.18%



The county is no less Republican at the state level. It has supported the Republican candidate for governor in every election since 1982 when Richard Riley carried every county in the state.[16] As late as 2006, Tommy Moore did manage 44 percent of the vote.[17] The last Democratic senatorial nominee to manage even 30 percent of the county's vote was Inez Tenenbaum in 2004, and no Democrat has carried the county since Ernest "Fritz" Hollings did so in 1980. In 1986, it was the only county in the state to support Hollings' GOP opponent Henry McMaster.[18]

On November 4, 2014, Lexington County residents voted against a proposed sales tax increase. The money generated from this tax would have mostly been used to improve traffic conditions upon roadways.[19] Likewise on November 4, 2014, residents voted to repeal a ban on alcohol sales on Sundays within the county.[20]

Transportation[]

Public transportation in Lexington County is provided by the Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority.

Referendums and elections[]

On November 4, 2014, Lexington County residents voted against a proposed sales tax increase. The money generated from this tax would have mostly been used to improve traffic conditions upon roadways.[21] Likewise on November 4, 2014, residents voted to repeal a ban on alcohol sales on Sundays within the county.[22]

Communities[]

  • Batesburg-Leesville (part)
  • Cayce
  • Chapin
  • Columbia (part)
  • Gaston
  • Gilbert
  • Irmo (part)
  • Lexington (county seat)
  • Oak Grove
  • Pelion
  • Pine Ridge
  • Red Bank
  • Seven Oaks
  • South Congaree
  • Springdale
  • Summit
  • Swansea
  • West Columbia

See also[]

  • Birch County, South Carolina, a proposed county that would include existing portions of Lexington County
  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Lexington County, South Carolina

References[]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/45/45063.html. Retrieved March 18, 2015. 
  2. ^ "South Carolina: Individual County Chronologies". The Newberry Library. 2009. http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/documents/SC_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm. Retrieved March 21, 2015. 
  3. ^ Barefoot, Daniel W. (1999). Touring South Carolina's Revolutionary War Sites. John F. Blair, Publisher. pp. 293. http://books.google.com/books?id=JWYxi6sBngcC&lpg=PP1&pg=PA293#v=onepage&q&f=false. 
  4. ^ "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. Retrieved March 18, 2015. 
  5. ^ Climate in Lexington County, South Carolina. Bestplaces.net. Retrieved on 2013-07-24.
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 11, 2015. http://www.webcitation.org/6YSasqtfX. Retrieved March 18, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. http://mapserver.lib.virginia.edu. Retrieved March 18, 2015. 
  8. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. http://www.census.gov/population/cencounts/sc190090.txt. Retrieved March 18, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. http://www.census.gov/population/www/cen2000/briefs/phc-t4/tables/tab02.pdf. Retrieved March 18, 2015. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. https://web.archive.org/web/20130911234518/http://factfinder2.census.gov. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  11. ^ 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/DPDP1/0500000US45063. Retrieved 2016-03-11. 
  12. ^ "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.CY07/0500000US45063. Retrieved 2016-03-11. 
  13. ^ "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/DP02/0500000US45063. Retrieved 2016-03-11. 
  14. ^ "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/DP03/0500000US45063. Retrieved 2016-03-11. 
  15. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS. 
  16. ^ Dave Leip's U.S. Election Atlas; 1982 Gubernatorial General Election Results – South Carolina
  17. ^ Dave Leip's U.S. Election Atlas; 2006 Gubernatorial General Election Results – South Carolina
  18. ^ Dave Leip's U.S. Election Atlas; 1986 Senatorial General Election Results – South Carolina
  19. ^ "Lexington County Voters Reject Penny Tax". http://www.wltx.com/story/news/local/2014/11/04/lexington-county-voters-reject-penny-tax/18509051/. 
  20. ^ "Lexington County, Cayce voters repeal Sunday alcohol sales ban". 4 November 2014. http://coladaily.com/2014/11/04/lexington-county-cayce-voters-repeal-sunday-alcohol-sales-ban/. 
  21. ^ http://www.wltx.com/story/news/local/2014/11/04/lexington-county-voters-reject-penny-tax/18509051/
  22. ^ http://coladaily.com/2014/11/04/lexington-county-cayce-voters-repeal-sunday-alcohol-sales-ban/

External links[]

Coordinates: 33°54′N 81°16′W / 33.90, -81.27


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