Dillon, South Carolina
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|Dillon, South Carolina|
First Presbyterian Church in Dillon
|Motto: Quietly Progressive|
Location of Dillon in
|• Type||Council-Manager Form of Government|
|• Mayor||Todd Davis|
|• Total||5.23 sq mi (12.5 km2)|
|• Land||5.23 sq mi (12.5 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|Elevation||112 ft (34 m)|
|• Density||1,340/sq mi (517.4/km2)|
|Time zone||EST (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||1222024|
Dillon is the county seat of Dillon County in eastern South Carolina. It was established on December 22, 1888. The name of the city and county comes from John W. Dillon, a key figure in bringing a railroad through the area. The population was 6,788 in the 2010 U.S. census. Todd Davis is the mayor of Dillon, which operates under the Council-manager form of municipal government.
The population grew 7.5 percent from the 2000 to 2010. The city is 53.1% Black or African American, 42.8% White or Caucasian persons, 1.6% American Indian or Alaska Native persons, 1.2% persons of Hispanic or Latino origin, and 1.2% persons reporting two or more races.
There was a recorded 2,454 households, averaging between two and three (2.57) people per household, as well as 2,916 housing units within the city. Of the 2,916 housing units 13.7% were multi-unit structures. The average value of a housing unit was $101,800 for owner occupied units. The census also showed that the population density of Dillon was 1,299.1 persons per square mile. The land area of the city of Dillon was 5.23 square miles. The median household income was found to be $30,455 with a rate of 30.4% of people living in poverty.
- Johnny Davis, Two time PKA Kickboxing World Champion
- Alfred W. Bethea, farmer and businessman, member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1961 to 1966; American Independent Party gubernatorial nominee in 1970
- Rufus R. Jones, professional wrestler
- Robin Tallon, former member of Congress
- LTG Jack C. Stultz (Ret.), former Chief, Army Reserve; Commanding General, U.S. Army Reserve Command
- Kevin Steele, former defensive coordinator, Clemson University. LSU Defensive coordinator
- John Chavis, Defensive Coordinator, Texas A&M
- Derrick Hamilton, football player
- Kenneth Manning, Professor of Rhetoric and of the History of Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Ben Bernanke, chairman of the Federal Reserve from 2006 to 2014.
- South of the Border
- Dillon Marriage Chapel
- Dillon County Courthouse
- James W. Dillon Home
- Dillon Downtown Historic District
- Dillon Motor Speedway
- McLeod Hospital
The City of Dillon also offers a public wellness center. Dillon's Wellness Center is located at 1647 Commerce Drive in Dillon, South Carolina. The $4.1 million facility was built in 2008. It is a 40,000 square foot building that offers exercise equipment, a sauna, gymnasium, walking track, and meetings rooms. It also offers rooms for rental. The exercise facilities can be used for a fee of $5 or memberships are available at monthly rates.
Dillon District Four Schools consists of all public schools in the city of Dillon and the town of Lake View. The town of Latta has its own school district which is district three.
- East Elementary
- South Elementary
- Stewart Heights Elementary
- Lake View Elementary
- Gordon Elementary
- Dillon Middle School
- Dillon High School
- Lake View High School
- Dillon Christian School
- Northeastern Technical College
Amtrak, the national rail passenger carrier, provides daily service from Dillon with the Palmetto, which runs between Savannah, Georgia and New York City. Trains stop at the Dillon station, originally opened for passenger use by the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad in 1904. CSX owns both railroad lines which cross Dillon.
The Dillon Herald is the city of Dillon's newspaper. The paper was established in 1894 and the business is the oldest "continuously operated" business in Dillon County.
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- East Dillon
- Miller Farm
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- "Alfred W. "Red" Bethea (information taken from gravestone)". findagrave.com. Retrieved May 2, 2014.
- Gabe Friedman. "11 Facts About Jewish South Carolina From Politicians to the Hebrew Hammer". forward.com. Retrieved September 15, 2014.
- "The Dillon Herald".