Chesterfield County, South Carolina

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Chesterfield County, South Carolina
Flag of Chesterfield County, South Carolina
Flag
Seal of Chesterfield County, South Carolina
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Map of South Carolina highlighting Chesterfield 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
Seat Chesterfield
Largest city Cheraw
Area
 • Total 806 sq mi (2,088 km2)
 • Land 799 sq mi (2,069 km2)
 • Water 7 sq mi (18 km2), 0.89%
Population
 • (2010) 46,734
 • Density 59/sq mi (22.6/km²)
Congressional district 7th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.chesterfieldcountysc.com

Chesterfield County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Carolina. As of the 2010 census, its population was 46,734.[1] Its county seat is Chesterfield.[2] The 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 passed during the Reconstruction era, South Carolina districts became counties with home rule. It is located north of the Midlands, on its border with North Carolina.

Geography[edit]

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.[3]

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected area[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1800 5,216
1810 5,564 6.7%
1820 6,645 19.4%
1830 8,472 27.5%
1840 8,574 1.2%
1850 10,790 25.8%
1860 11,834 9.7%
1870 10,584 −10.6%
1880 16,345 54.4%
1890 18,468 13.0%
1900 20,401 10.5%
1910 26,301 28.9%
1920 31,969 21.6%
1930 34,334 7.4%
1940 35,963 4.7%
1950 36,236 0.8%
1960 33,717 −7.0%
1970 33,667 −0.1%
1980 38,161 13.3%
1990 38,577 1.1%
2000 42,768 10.9%
2010 46,734 9.3%
Est. 2013 46,197 −1.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]
2013 Estimate[5]

As of the census[6] 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.

Politics[edit]

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.[7][8]

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.

Presidential Election Results 1960-2008
Year Democrat Republican Other
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

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Education[edit]

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.

Northeastern Technical College has branches in Pageland and Cheraw.

High Schools[edit]

Middle Schools[edit]

  • Chesterfield/Ruby Middle School, Chesterfield/Ruby
  • Long Middle School, Cheraw
  • New Heights Middle School, Jefferson

Elementary Schools[edit]

  • 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

Primary Schools[edit]

  • Cheraw Primary School, Cheraw
  • Petersburg Primary School, Pageland

Recreation[edit]

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.

Fine Arts[edit]

Chesterfield County supports several fine arts organizations ranging from High School Marching Bands to community theatres 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

Communities[edit]

Towns[edit]

Other community[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 22, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved November 22, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2013". Census.gov. Retrieved April 8, 2014. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  7. ^ http://www.scstatehouse.gov/member.php?code=1875567957
  8. ^ http://www.scstatehouse.gov/member.php?code=1665908891
  9. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS/

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 34°38′N 80°10′W / 34.64°N 80.16°W / 34.64; -80.16