Chesterfield County, South Carolina
|Chesterfield County, South Carolina|
Location in the state of South Carolina
South Carolina's location in the U.S.
|• Total||806 sq mi (2,088 km2)|
|• Land||799 sq mi (2,069 km2)|
|• Water||7 sq mi (18 km2), 0.89%|
|• Density||59/sq mi (22.6/km²)|
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC-5/-4|
Chesterfield County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Carolina north of the Midlands, on its border with North Carolina. As of the 2010 census, its population was 46,734. Its county seat is Chesterfield.
Chesterfield County was formed in 1785, but was part of the Cheraws District until 1800, at which time Chesterfield became a district. Under the 1867 state constitution South Carolina districts became counties with home rule.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 805.7 square miles (2,086.8 km2), of which 799 square miles (2,069.4 km2) is land and 6.7 square miles (17.4 km2) (0.8%) is water.
- Anson County, North Carolina - north
- Richmond County, North Carolina - northeast
- Marlboro County, South Carolina - east
- Darlington County, South Carolina - southeast
- Kershaw County, South Carolina - southwest
- Lancaster County, South Carolina - west
- Union County, North Carolina - northwest
||Union County||Anson County||Richmond County|
|Lancaster County||Marlboro County|
|Kershaw County||Darlington County|
National protected area
As of the census of 2000, there were 42,768 people, 16,557 households, and 11,705 families residing in the county. The population density was 54 people per square mile (21/km²). There were 18,818 housing units at an average density of 24 per square mile (9/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 64.34% White, 33.22% Black or African American, 0.34% Native American, 0.30% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.04% from other races, and 0.75% from two or more races. 2.27% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 16,557 households out of which 33.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.60% were married couples living together, 16.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.30% were non-families. 25.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.05.
In the county, the population was spread out with 26.60% under the age of 18, 8.50% from 18 to 24, 29.00% from 25 to 44, 23.90% from 45 to 64, and 12.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 93.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.00 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $29,483, and the median income for a family was $36,200. Males had a median income of $30,205 versus $20,955 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,233. About 16.70% of families and 20.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.70% of those under age 18 and 24.20% of those age 65 or over.
In the South Carolina House of Representatives, Chesterfield County is located in South Carolina's 53rd House district and is represented by Democrat Ted Vick. In the South Carolina Senate, Chesterfield is located in Senate district 27 and represented by Democrat, and former 2010 candidate for governor, Vincent Sheheen.
In the US House of Representatives, Chesterfield County is entirely located in South Carolina's 7th Congressional District. As of the 2012 House elections, it is represented by Republican Tom Rice, who comes from Horry County. Chesterfield County was formerly located in South Carolina's 5th Congressional District which was one of the seats that the Democrats lost to the Republicans during the 2010 election; before the 2010 election, congressman John M. Spratt had represented the district since 1983 but was defeated 55% to 45% by Republican Mick Mulvaney in 2010.
|2008||47.9% 7,842||50.9% 8,325||1.2% 192|
|2004||47.9% 6,729||51.6% 7,252||0.5% 68|
|2000||48.8% 6,111||50.0% 6,266||1.2% 149|
|1996||54.3% 5,734||38.1% 4,028||7.6% 807|
|1992||50.8% 5,691||37.3% 4,183||11.9% 1,338|
|1988||48.3% 4,699||51.4% 4,999||0.4% 37|
|1984||45.6% 4,593||54.1% 5,451||0.2% 23|
|1980||64.1% 6,393||34.9% 3,478||1.0% 101|
|1976||75.0% 7,687||24.8% 2,537||0.2% 20|
|1972||35.7% 2,938||63.6% 5,230||0.7% 61|
|1968||31.6% 3,180||25.5% 2,564||42.9% 4,324|
|1964||65.4% 4,634||34.6% 2,449||0% 0|
|1960||76.4% 4,450||23.6% 1,372||0% 0|
The county's youth are provided with an education through the Chesterfield County School District. The South Point Christian School is a private school located in Pageland and offers Kindergarten through 12th grade.
- Central High School, Pageland
- Cheraw High School, Cheraw
- Chesterfield High School, Chesterfield
- McBee High School, McBee
- Chesterfield/Ruby Middle School, Chesterfield/Ruby
- Long Middle School, Cheraw
- New Heights Middle School, Jefferson
- Cheraw Intermediate School, Cheraw
- Edwards Elementary School, Chesterfield
- Jefferson Elementary School, Jefferson
- McBee Elementary School, McBee
- Pageland Elementary School, Pageland
- Plainview Elementary School, Plainview
- Ruby Elementary School, Ruby
- Cheraw Primary School, Cheraw
- Petersburg Primary School, Pageland
Chesterfield County features many different types of recreation. Although each town varies in its offerings, facilities such as baseball and softball fields, walking tracks, parks, and other outdoor areas are common throughout the area. Golf is extremely popular and many local courses are frequented by visitors from throughout the region. There is a lot of hunting and fishing in the swamps of the Black Creek and Lake Robinson.
Chesterfield County supports several fine arts organizations ranging from High School Marching Bands to community thetres to municipal arts commissions.
- The Central High Marching Eagles
- The Cheraw Tribe Marching Band
- The Chesterfield Marching Pride
- The Spirit of McBee High Marching Band
- The Cheraw Arts Commission
- The Chesterfield Arts Commission
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Chesterfield County, South Carolina
- USS Chesterfield County (LST-551)
- List of counties in South Carolina
- "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 22, 2013.
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved November 22, 2013.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14.
- Fact Sheet on Chesterfield County from SC State Government
- Chesterfield County Website
- 1905 Reprint of Bishop Gregg's History of the Old Cheraws with additional material as an appendix. (Google Book pdf)