Awendaw, South Carolina

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Awendaw, South Carolina
Town
Awendaw, with U.S. Highway 17 in foreground
Awendaw, with U.S. Highway 17 in foreground
Location of Awendaw inSouth Carolina
Location of Awendaw in
South Carolina
Coordinates: 32°59′11″N 79°38′36″W / 32.98639°N 79.64333°W / 32.98639; -79.64333Coordinates: 32°59′11″N 79°38′36″W / 32.98639°N 79.64333°W / 32.98639; -79.64333
Country United States
State South Carolina
County Charleston
Government
 • Mayor Samuel N. Robinson
Area
 • Total 8.4 sq mi (21.9 km2)
 • Land 8.3 sq mi (21.4 km2)
 • Water 0.2 sq mi (0.5 km2)
Elevation 20 ft (6 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 1,195
 • Density 144/sq mi (55.7/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 29429
Area code(s) 843
FIPS code 45-03385[1]
GNIS feature ID 1229363[2]
Website www.awendawsc.org

Awendaw is a small fishing town in Charleston County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 1,294 at the 2010 census. As defined by the US Office of Management and Budget, and used by the US Census Bureau for statistical purposes only, Awendaw is included within the Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville metropolitan area.

History[edit]

Awendaw was named by the Seewee Native American or "Sewee" tribe. It is also home to an oyster shell mound created by the Seewee Tribe. It is the northern most shell ring in a group that stretches south to the tip of Florida. Most of the mound is still intact. The rest of it was destroyed to construct roads and homes for the citizens of Awendaw. Awendaw was settled in 1696 as "Wappetaw" by settlers from Salem, Massachusetts who left after the Salem Witch Trials. The town was heavily damaged by Hurricane Hugo in September 1989, but did not receive as significant damage in 2004 when Hurricane Gaston made landfall in the region. In 1992, the town of Awendaw was first incorporated and elected Willam H. Alston as the first Mayor. Alston served as Mayor until 2009.

Geography[edit]

Awendaw is located at 32°59′11″N 79°38′36″W / 32.98639°N 79.64333°W / 32.98639; -79.64333 (32.986445, -79.643451)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 8.4 square miles (22 km2), of which, 8.3 square miles (21 km2) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) of it (2.01%) is water.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
2000 1,195
2010 1,294 8.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,195 people, 400 households, and 312 families residing in the town. The population density was 144.3 people per square mile (55.7/km²). There were 443 housing units at an average density of 53.5 per square mile (20.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 64.60% African American, 34.39% White, 0.08% Asian, 0.59% from other races, and 0.33% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.92% of the population.

There were 400 households out of which 33.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.8% were married couples living together, 19.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.0% were non-families. 20.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.97 and the average family size was 3.47.

In the town the population was spread out with 29.5% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 27.8% from 25 to 44, 23.8% from 45 to 64, and 11.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 91.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $35,250, and the median income for a family was $42,917. Males had a median income of $31,696 versus $21,422 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,781. About 13.5% of families and 12.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.6% of those under age 18 and 18.1% of those age 65 or over.

Government[edit]

The town is run by an elected Mayor-council government system.

Mayor Samuel N. Robinson.

Council Members

  • Miriam C. Green, Mayor pro-tem
  • Bryan McNeal, Jr.
  • Betty Simmons
  • Sheila Powell
  • Rodney Porcher
  • Roberta S. Whiteside

Administrator

  • Bill Wallace

Town Clerk

  • Gregory Saxton

Land Marks[edit]

The 609.6 meter high WCSC-Tower is one of the world's tallest constructions. The Media General Tower is also more than 600 meters high.

In 2001, the town's public library was opened as the "Awendaw Community Library". Currently named the William H. Alston Municipal Public Library, it is one of two municipal public libraries in the state.

In 2011, Tractor Supply Company opened a new store. The first national chain of its kind to open in Awendaw.

The Blue Crab Festival[edit]

To many Awendaw citizens crabbing is a hobby and one of the towns main economic resource. Every year in the summer the town has the Blue Crab Festival.

Notable people[edit]

Stores Awendaw, SC

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Awendaw, South Carolina (Airport), 1981–2010 normals
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 59.0
(15)
62.8
(17.1)
69.6
(20.9)
76.5
(24.7)
83.2
(28.4)
88.4
(31.3)
91.1
(32.8)
89.6
(32)
84.9
(29.4)
77.1
(25.1)
69.8
(21)
61.6
(16.4)
76.1
(24.5)
Average low °F (°C) 38.1
(3.4)
41.2
(5.1)
47.2
(8.4)
53.8
(12.1)
62.4
(16.9)
70.2
(21.2)
73.6
(23.1)
72.9
(22.7)
67.8
(19.9)
57.3
(14.1)
48.1
(8.9)
40.6
(4.8)
56.1
(13.4)
Precipitation inches (mm) 3.70
(94)
2.96
(75.2)
3.71
(94.2)
2.91
(73.9)
3.02
(76.7)
5.64
(143.3)
6.52
(165.6)
7.15
(181.6)
6.10
(154.9)
3.75
(95.3)
2.43
(61.7)
3.11
(79)
50.99
(1,295.1)
Snowfall inches (cm) 0.1
(0.3)
0.2
(0.5)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.3
(0.8)
0.6
(1.5)
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 9.5 8.6 7.9 7.7 7.8 11.9 13.0 13.2 10.0 7.3 7.0 8.7 112.6
Avg. snowy days (≥ 0.1 in) 0.1 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.2 0.4
Mean monthly sunshine hours 179.8 189.3 244.9 276.0 294.5 279.0 288.3 257.3 219.0 223.2 189.0 170.5 2,810.8
Source: NOAA,[4] HKO (sun only, 1961–1990)[5]


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