Greenwood County, South Carolina

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Greenwood County, South Carolina
Seal of Greenwood County, South Carolina
Map of South Carolina highlighting Greenwood 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
Seat Greenwood
Largest city Greenwood
 • Total 463 sq mi (1,199 km2)
 • Land 456 sq mi (1,181 km2)
 • Water 7 sq mi (18 km2), 1.60%
 • (2010) 69,661
 • Density 153/sq mi (59/km²)
Congressional district 3rd
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4

Greenwood County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Carolina. As of the 2010 census, its population was 69,661.[1] Its county seat is Greenwood.[2]

Greenwood County is included in the Greenwood, SC Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson, SC Combined Statistical Area.


Greenwood County was formed in 1897 from portions of Abbeville County and Edgefield County, which had originally been part of the old Ninety-Six District. It was named for its county seat, Greenwood, which had been named around 1824 after a plantation owned by John McGehee, an early resident.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 462.9 square miles (1,198.9 km2), of which 454.7 square miles (1,177.7 km2) is land and 8.2 square miles (21.2 km2) (1.8%) is water.[3]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Major highways[edit]

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Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 28,343
1910 34,225 20.8%
1920 35,791 4.6%
1930 36,078 0.8%
1940 40,083 11.1%
1950 41,628 3.9%
1960 44,346 6.5%
1970 49,686 12.0%
1980 57,847 16.4%
1990 59,567 3.0%
2000 66,271 11.3%
2010 69,661 5.1%
Est. 2012 69,756 0.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 66,271 people, 25,729 households, and 17,753 families residing in the county. The population density was 146 people per square mile (56/km²). There were 28,243 housing units at an average density of 62 per square mile (24/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 65.57% White, 31.74% Black or African American, 0.18% Native American, 0.71% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.03% from other races, and 0.74% from two or more races. 2.87% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 25,729 households out of which 31.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.70% were married couples living together, 16.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.00% were non-families. 26.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.50% under the age of 18, 10.40% from 18 to 24, 28.20% from 25 to 44, 22.20% from 45 to 64, and 13.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 88.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,702, and the median income for a family was $42,022. Males had a median income of $30,759 versus $23,820 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,446. About 9.90% of families and 14.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.70% of those under age 18 and 14.10% of those age 65 or over.

Government and infrastructure[edit]

Leath Correctional Institution, a South Carolina Department of Corrections prison for women, is located in unincorporated Greenwood County, near Greenwood.[6]


Cities and towns[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]


Greenwood County has three school districts: Greenwood School District 50 (Greenwood Metro), Greenwood School District 51 (Ware Shoals), and Greenwood School District 52 (Ninety Six).

Greenwood School District 50[edit]

Greenwood School District 50 serves families in the Greenwood metro area. This school system consists of 8 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, 2 high schools, a career center, and an adult education center. The current superintendent of District 50 is Dr. Darrell Johnson.

Elementary Schools[edit]

Hodges Elementary School (K-5) Lakeview Elementary School(K4-5) Mathews Elementary School (K4-5) Merrywood Elementary School (K4-5) Pinecrest Elementary School (K4-5) Rice Elementary School (K4-5) Springfield Elementary School (K4-5) Woodfields Elementary School (K4-5)

Middle Schools[edit]

Brewer Middle School (6-8) Northside Middle School (6-8) Westview Middle School (6-8)

High Schools[edit]

Emerald High School (9-12) Greenwood High School (9-12)

Alternate Education Centers[edit]

G. Frank Russell Career Center (9-12) Genesis Education Center (7-12) and Adult Education

Greenwood School District 51[edit]

District 51 serves families in the Ware Shoals community, as well as students from Abbeville and Laurens counties. Two of the three schools are located in the town limits of Ware Shoals (Greenwood County) while the other school is located in Laurens County.

Primary Schools[edit]

Ware Shoals Primary School (PreK-3)

Elementary Schools[edit]

Ware Shoals Elementary School (4-6)

High School[edit]

Ware Shoals High School (7-12)

Greenwood School District 52[edit]

District 52 serves families in the Ninety Six community.

Primary School[edit]

Ninety Six Primary School (K4-2)

Elementary School[edit]

Ninety Six Elementary School (3-5)

Middle School[edit]

Edgewood Middle School (6-8)

High School[edit]

Ninety Six High School (9-12)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "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". Retrieved November 22, 2013. 
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  6. ^ "Leath Correctional Institution." South Carolina Department of Corrections. Retrieved on August 17, 2010.

Coordinates: 34°10′N 82°08′W / 34.16°N 82.13°W / 34.16; -82.13