Bamberg County, South Carolina

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Bamberg County, South Carolina
Map of South Carolina highlighting Bamberg 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 1897
Named for Francis Marion Bamberg
Seat Bamberg
Largest city Bamberg
Area
 • Total 395 sq mi (1,023 km2)
 • Land 393 sq mi (1,018 km2)
 • Water 2 sq mi (5 km2), 0.56%
Population
 • (2010) 15,987
 • Density 41/sq mi (15.7/km²)
Congressional district 6th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.bambergcountysc.gov

Bamberg County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Carolina. As of the 2010 census, the population was 15,987.[1] Its county seat is Bamberg.[2]

History[edit]

The county was created from the eastern portion of Barnwell County after the South Carolina Constitution was adopted in 1895 with an article prescribing the process to establish new counties.[3] The election to create Bamberg County was held on January 19, 1897. The name Bamberg was selected to honor General Francis Marion Bamberg.[4] In 1919. and again in 1920, tiny portions of northwestern Colleton County were annexed to Bamberg County.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 395.6 square miles (1,024.6 km2), of which 393.4 square miles (1,018.9 km2) is land and 2.2 square miles (5.7 km2) (0.56%) is water.[5]

Adjacent Counties[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 17,296
1910 18,544 7.2%
1920 20,962 13.0%
1930 19,410 −7.4%
1940 18,643 −4.0%
1950 17,533 −6.0%
1960 16,274 −7.2%
1970 15,950 −2.0%
1980 18,118 13.6%
1990 16,902 −6.7%
2000 16,658 −1.4%
2010 15,987 −4.0%
Est. 2012 15,763 −1.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 15,987 people residing in the county. 61.5% were Black or African American, 36.1% White, 0.4% Asian, 0.3% Native American, 0.7% of some other race and 1.0% of two or more races. 1.6% were Hispanic or Latino (of any race).

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 16,658 people, 6,123 households, and 4,255 families residing in the county. The population density was 42 people per square mile (16/km²). There were 7,130 housing units at an average density of 18 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 36.47% White, 62.50% Black or African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.14% from other races, and 0.53% from two or more races. 0.71% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 6,123 households out of which 31.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.60% were married couples living together, 21.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.50% were non-families. 27.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.40% under the age of 18, 12.90% from 18 to 24, 24.60% from 25 to 44, 23.20% from 45 to 64, and 13.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 88.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $24,007, and the median income for a family was $29,360. Males had a median income of $25,524 versus $19,191 for females. The per capita income for the county was $12,584. About 23.90% of families and 27.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 35.00% of those under age 18 and 25.80% of those age 65 or over.[8]

Communities[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Lawrence, Margaret Spann (2003). Betty Jane Barker Miller, ed. History of Bamberg County, South Carolina : commemorating one hundred years (1897-1997. Spartanburg, South Carolina: The Reprint Co. ISBN 0-87152-543-7. Archived from the original on 1 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-18. 

  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. ^ Article VII - Counties and County Government of the South Carolina Constitution
  4. ^ Lawrence 2003: Chapter 6 - 1897-1899 Bamberg County Created.
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved November 22, 2013. 
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  8. ^ US Census Bureau Demographics Data

Coordinates: 33°13′N 81°03′W / 33.22°N 81.05°W / 33.22; -81.05