Abbeville County, South Carolina

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Abbeville County, South Carolina
Abbevillecourt01-1000.jpg
Abbeville County Courthouse
Map of South Carolina highlighting Abbeville County
Location in the state of South Carolina
Map of the United States highlighting South Carolina
South Carolina's location in the U.S.
Founded 1785
Named for Abbeville, France
Seat Abbeville
Largest city Abbeville
Area
 • Total 511 sq mi (1,323 km2)
 • Land 490.5 sq mi (1,270 km2)
 • Water 20.5 sq mi (53 km2), 0.59%
Population
 • (2010) 25,417
 • Density 50/sq mi (19.3/km²)
Congressional district 3rd
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.abbevillecountysc.com

Abbeville County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Carolina. As of the 2010 census, its population was 25,417.[1] Its county seat is Abbeville.[2] It is the first county in the United States alphabetically.

Abbeville County is included in the Greenwood, SC Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson, SC Combined Statistical Area.

History[edit]

Both Abbeville County and the county seat, Abbeville, SC, get their name from the town of Abbeville, France.[3] The county was originally part of Ninety-Six District, South Carolina, but was designated Abbeville County in 1785, with parts of the county later going to the creation of the counties of Greenwood and McCormick.[3] Abbeville County was settled by mostly Scotch Irish and French-Huguenot farmers in the mid-18th century.[3]

In 1950 Abbeville County had a population of 22,456.[4]

Bryan McClain is the chairman of the Abbeville County Council, who also represents District 7.[5] The other members and their districts are as following:

  • Charlie Stone- District 1[5]
  • John Calhoun- District 2[5]
  • Claude Thomas- District 3[5]
  • William Norris- District 4[5]
  • Oscar Klugh- District 5[5]
  • Don Campbell- District 6[5]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 511 square miles (1,323.5 km2), of which 490.5 square miles (1,270.4 km2) is land and 20.5 square miles (53.1 km2) (4.0%) is water.[6]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Major highways[edit]

National protected area[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1790 9,197
1800 13,553 47.4%
1810 21,156 56.1%
1820 23,167 9.5%
1830 28,149 21.5%
1840 29,351 4.3%
1850 32,318 10.1%
1860 32,385 0.2%
1870 31,129 −3.9%
1880 40,815 31.1%
1890 46,854 14.8%
1900 33,400 −28.7%
1910 34,804 4.2%
1920 27,139 −22.0%
1930 23,323 −14.1%
1940 22,931 −1.7%
1950 22,456 −2.1%
1960 21,417 −4.6%
1970 21,112 −1.4%
1980 22,627 7.2%
1990 23,862 5.5%
2000 26,167 9.7%
2010 25,417 −2.9%
Est. 2012 25,101 −1.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 26,167 people, 10,131 households, and 7,284 families residing in the county. The population density was 52 people per square mile (20/km²). There were 11,656 housing units at an average density of 23 per square mile (9/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 68.33% White, 30.29% Black or African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.23% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.31% from other races, and 0.71% from two or more races. 0.83% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 22.1% were of American, 9.7% Irish, 6.7% English, 5.5% German and 5.3% Scotch-Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 10,131 households out of which 31.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.20% were married couples living together, 15.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.10% were non-families. 25.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.30% under the age of 18, 9.50% from 18 to 24, 26.70% from 25 to 44, 23.80% from 45 to 64, and 14.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 92.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,635, and the median income for a family was $38,847. Males had a median income of $30,452 versus $21,045 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,370. About 10.10% of families and 13.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.20% of those under age 18 and 16.90% of those age 65 or over.

In 2010 Abbeville County had a population of 25,417. The racial and ethnic composition was 69.1% non-Hispanic white, 28.3% black or African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.1% non-Hispanic of some other race, 1.1% reporting two or more races and 1.0% Hispanic.[9]

Communities[edit]

Cities and towns[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Education[edit]

Unified School Districts[edit]

All of Abbeville County schools fall into one district where the district superintendent is Dr. Ivan Randolph.[10] The following schools are within the district:

Other School Districts[edit]

  • Calhoun Falls Charter School (this school is a part of the South Carolina Public Charter School district, but still associates itself with the Abbeville County School district)

Colleges and universities[edit]

Notable residents[edit]

Portrait of John C. Calhoun, famous politician from Abbeville County.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 22, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Mary Morgan (2007-03-19). "Abbeville County". Archived from the original on 2007-08-20. Retrieved 2007-10-15. 
  4. ^ Encyclopædia Britannica Atlas, 1959 Edition, p. 298
  5. ^ a b c d e f g "County Council". Retrieved 2011-11-10. 
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved November 22, 2013. 
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  9. ^ 2010 census report for Abbeville County, South Carolina
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Abbeville County School District Listing". Retrieved 2011-11-10. 
  11. ^ a b c d e f Who Was Who in America, Historical Volume, 1607-1896. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who. 1963. 

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Coordinates: 34°14′N 82°27′W / 34.23°N 82.45°W / 34.23; -82.45