Dorchester County, South Carolina

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Dorchester County, South Carolina
Seal of Dorchester County, South Carolina
Seal
Map of South Carolina highlighting Dorchester 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 Dorchester, Massachusetts
Seat St. George
Largest city Summerville
Area
 • Total 577 sq mi (1,494 km2)
 • Land 575 sq mi (1,489 km2)
 • Water 2 sq mi (5 km2), 0.34%
Population
 • (2010) 136,555
 • Density 238/sq mi (91.7/km²)
Congressional districts 1st, 6th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.dorchestercounty.net

Dorchester County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Carolina. As of the 2010 census, the population was 136,555.[1] Its county seat is St. George.[2]

Dorchester County is included in the Charleston-North Charleston, SC Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

Dorchester County is named for its first settlement area, which was established by Congregationalists in 1696. These settlers applied the name "Dorchester" after their last residence in Dorchester, Massachusetts.[3]

Dorchester was not established as a separate county until 1897, however, when it was separately established from parts of the neighboring Colleton and Berkeley counties.[4]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 575.8 square miles (1,491.3 km2), of which 573.2 square miles (1,484.6 km2) is land and 2.6 square miles (6.7 km2) (0.4%) is water.[5]

Adjacent Counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 16,294
1910 17,891 9.8%
1920 19,459 8.8%
1930 18,956 −2.6%
1940 19,928 5.1%
1950 22,601 13.4%
1960 24,383 7.9%
1970 32,276 32.4%
1980 58,761 82.1%
1990 83,060 41.4%
2000 96,413 16.1%
2010 136,555 41.6%
Est. 2012 142,496 4.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 96,413 people, 34,709 households, and 26,309 families residing in the county. The population density was 168 people per square mile (65/km²). There were 37,237 housing units at an average density of 65 per square mile (25/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 71.05% White, 25.08% Black or African American, 0.73% Native American, 1.13% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 0.59% from other races, and 1.36% from two or more races. 1.79% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 34,709 households out of which 40.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.20% were married couples living together, 14.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.20% were non-families. 20.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.13.

In the county, the population was spread out with 28.90% under the age of 18, 7.70% from 18 to 24, 31.60% from 25 to 44, 22.60% from 45 to 64, and 9.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 95.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $43,316, and the median income for a family was $50,177. Males had a median income of $35,423 versus $24,405 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,840. About 7.10% of families and 9.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.40% of those under age 18 and 13.30% of those age 65 or over.

Government and infrastructure[edit]

The South Carolina Department of Corrections operates the Lieber Correctional Institution in Ridgeville in Dorchester County.[8] The prison houses the state's male death row.[9]

Communities[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 23, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 108. 
  4. ^ Dorchester County Online
  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 23, 2013. 
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  8. ^ "Lieber Correctional Institution." South Carolina Department of Corrections. Retrieved on August 17, 2010.
  9. ^ "Death Row/Capital Punishment." South Carolina Department of Corrections. Retrieved on August 17, 2010.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 33°05′N 80°24′W / 33.08°N 80.40°W / 33.08; -80.40