Lexington County, South Carolina

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Lexington County, South Carolina
Motto: "In God We Trust"
Map of South Carolina highlighting Lexington 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 1804
Named for Battle of Lexington and Concord
Seat Lexington
Largest city Lexington
Area
 • Total 758 sq mi (1,963 km2)
 • Land 699 sq mi (1,810 km2)
 • Water 59 sq mi (153 km2), 7.74%
Population (Est.)
 • (2013) 273,752
 • Density 376/sq mi (145/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.lex-co.com

Lexington County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Carolina. As of the 2010 census, its population was 262,391, and a 2012 estimate put the population at 270,406.[1] Its county seat and largest town is Lexington.[2]

Lexington County is part of the Columbia, South Carolina, Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 757.7 square miles (1,962.4 km2), of which 68.9 square miles (178.5 km2) is land and 58.8 square miles (152.3 km2) (7.8%) is water.[3] The largest body of water is Lake Murray. While other waterways include Broad River (Carolinas), Saluda River and Congaree River

Adjacent counties[edit]

Climate[edit]

Lexington County, SC, gets 48 inches of rain per year. The US average is 37. Snowfall is 2 inches. The average US city gets 25 inches of snow per year. The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 104.

On average, there are 218 sunny days per year in Lexington County, SC. The July high is around 92 degrees. The January low is 33. Our comfort index, which is based on humidity during the hot months, is a 29 out of 100, where higher is more comfortable. The US average on the comfort index is 44.[4]

Transportation[edit]

Public transportation in Lexington County is provided by the Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1810 6,641
1820 8,083 21.7%
1830 9,065 12.1%
1840 12,111 33.6%
1850 12,930 6.8%
1860 15,579 20.5%
1870 12,988 −16.6%
1880 18,564 42.9%
1890 22,181 19.5%
1900 27,264 22.9%
1910 32,040 17.5%
1920 35,676 11.3%
1930 36,494 2.3%
1940 35,994 −1.4%
1950 44,279 23.0%
1960 60,726 37.1%
1970 89,012 46.6%
1980 140,353 57.7%
1990 167,611 19.4%
2000 216,014 28.9%
2010 262,391 21.5%
Est. 2013 273,752 4.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 216,014 people, 83,240 households, and 59,849 families residing in the county. The population density was 309 people per square mile (119/km²). There were 90,978 housing units at an average density of 130 per square mile (50/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 84.18% White, 12.63% Black or African American, 0.34% Native American, 1.05% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.79% from other races, and 0.98% from two or more races. 1.92% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 83,240 households out of which 35.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.60% were married couples living together, 11.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.10% were non-families. 22.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.10% under the age of 18, 8.30% from 18 to 24, 31.60% from 25 to 44, 23.80% from 45 to 64, and 10.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 94.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $44,659, and the median income for a family was $52,637. Males had a median income of $36,435 versus $26,387 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,063. About 6.40% of families and 9.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.10% of those under age 18 and 9.30% of those age 65 or over.

Municipalities[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 25, 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. ^ Climate in Lexington County, South Carolina. Bestplaces.net. Retrieved on 2013-07-24.
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved November 25, 2013. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 

Coordinates: 33°54′N 81°16′W / 33.90°N 81.27°W / 33.90; -81.27