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, South Carolina, the county seat of Dillon County, was established on December 22, 1888. The name of the city came from James W. Dillon, who was a key component in bringing a railroad through this area of the state, which led to development and formation of the County. Dillon's population has most recently been measured at 6,788. Todd Davis is Dillon's mayor, as they use the Council-Manager form of city government.
According to the 2010 census, the city of Dillon had a total population of 6,788 people which was a 7.5% increase from the 2000 census. The population of the city was composed of 53.1% Black or African American persons, 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.
Notable figures from Dillon
- Ben Bernanke, Chairman of the Federal Reserve (2006-2014)
- 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
- John Chavis, Defensive Coordinator, LSU
- Derrick Hamilton, football player
- Kenneth Manning, Professor of Rhetoric and of the History of Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Johnny "Superfoot" Davis (kickboxer) Professional kickboxer and 2x world champion, Author, motivational speaker
- D.J. Park, Offensive Lineman, University of South Carolina 
- South of the Border
- Dillon Marriage Chapel
- Dillon County Courthouse
- James W. Dillon Home
- Dillon Downtown Historic District
- Dillon Motor Speedway
- Little Pee Dee River
- 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.
It is a part of the Dillon School District Four.
The city of Dillon, South Carolina is offers many options for elementary education, but as the level of education increases the number of schools drops. There is only one public high school in the city of Dillon and there is one private school that educates childred from pre-kindergarten to twelfth grade.
- East Elementary
- South Elementary
- Stewart Heights Elementary
- Gordon Elementary
- Dillon Middle School
- Dillon 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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- "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
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- D.J. Park - Gamecocks Player Profile
- "The Dillon Herald".