Jasper County, South Carolina

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Jasper County, South Carolina
Jasper County Court House.jpg
Jasper County Courthouse
Map of South Carolina highlighting Jasper 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 1912
Seat Ridgeland
Largest town Hardeeville
 • Total 700 sq mi (1,813 km2)
 • Land 656 sq mi (1,699 km2)
 • Water 44 sq mi (114 km2), 6.24%
 • (2010) 24,777
 • Density 38/sq mi (14.6/km²)
Congressional district 6th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.jaspercountysc.org

Jasper County is the southernmost county in the U.S. state of South Carolina. The population was 26,629 based on a 2013 estimate from the U.S. Census Bureau.[1] Its county seat is Ridgeland.[2] The county was formed in 1912 from portions of Hampton County and Beaufort County.

Jasper County is located in the Lowcountry region of the state and is included in the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC Metropolitan Statistical Area. For several decades, in contrast to neighboring Beaufort County, Jasper was one of the poorest counties in the state. Recent development from 2000 onwards has given the county new residents, expanded business opportunities, and a wealthier tax base. Since 2010, Jasper County is the second-fastest-growing county by population in South Carolina, behind Horry County.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 699.4 square miles (1,811.4 km2), of which 655.3 square miles (1,697.2 km2) is land and 44 square miles (114.0 km2) (6.3%) is water.[3]

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected areas[edit]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 9,868
1930 9,988 1.2%
1940 11,011 10.2%
1950 10,995 −0.1%
1960 12,237 11.3%
1970 11,885 −2.9%
1980 14,504 22.0%
1990 15,487 6.8%
2000 20,678 33.5%
2010 24,777 19.8%
Est. 2013 26,629 7.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 24,777 people residing in the county. 46.0% were Black or African American, 43.0% White, 0.7% Asian, 0.5% Native American, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 8.3% of some other race and 1.4% of two or more races. 15.1% were Hispanic or Latino (of any race).

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 20,678 people, 7,042 households, and 5,091 families residing in the county. The population density was 32 people per square mile (12/km²). There were 7,928 housing units at an average density of 12 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 42.39% White, 52.69% Black or African American, 0.37% Native American, 0.44% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 3.39% from other races, and 0.67% from two or more races. 5.75% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 7,042 households out of which 34.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.1% were married couples living together, 18.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.7% were non-families. 23.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.75 and the average family size was 3.22.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.8% under the age of 18, 10.3% from 18 to 24, 30.7% from 25 to 44, 21.2% from 45 to 64, and 11.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 111.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 111.3 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,727, and the median income for a family was $36,793. Males had a median income of $29,407 versus $21,055 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,161. About 15.4% of families and 20.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.3% of those under age 18 and 21.4% of those age 65 or over.

Jasper County is included within the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort Metropolitan Statistical Area. The 2012 estimated population for the MSA was 193,882.[6]


Cities and towns[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]


Jasper County is governed by a five member partisan county council, who are elected in staggered four year terms. The council appoints a county administrator who is tasked with running the day-to-day operations of the county, with the exception of the Sheriff's Office.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 1, 2014. 
  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 October 1, 2014. 
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  6. ^ "List of United States primary statistical areas". Retrieved 2013-03-29. 

Coordinates: 32°26′N 81°01′W / 32.44°N 81.02°W / 32.44; -81.02