Marlboro County, South Carolina
|Marlboro County, South Carolina|
Location in the state of South Carolina
South Carolina's location in the U.S.
|• Total||485 sq mi (1,256 km2)|
|• Land||480 sq mi (1,243 km2)|
|• Water||6 sq mi (16 km2), 1.15%|
|• Density||60/sq mi (23.3/km²)|
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC-5/-4|
Succeeding indigenous peoples occupied this area for thousands of years. At the time of European encounter, the inhabitants of the area were the historic Pee Dee. The first Europeans to arrive in the area were Welsh settlers migrating south from Pennsylvania. In 1737, they established the first settlement, called Welsh Neck.; these original settlers organized a Baptist church in January 1738.
On 12 March 1785, Marlboro County was established by law. It was named for the Duke of Marlborough. The first courthouse was near the Great Pee Dee River, just North of Crooked Creek, in a village called Carlisle. In an effort to provide a more central location for the courthouse, the state legislature created the new county seat,Bennettsville, founded in 1819. A Robert Mills designed courthouse was selected to be built. Construction began in 1820 and was completed in 1824.
- Richmond County, North Carolina - north
- Scotland County, North Carolina - northeast
- Robeson County, North Carolina - east
- Dillon County, South Carolina - east
- Florence County, South Carolina - south
- Darlington County, South Carolina - southwest
- Chesterfield County, South Carolina - west
- Anson County, North Carolina - northwest
- Marlboro County Jetport
- Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR) 76.8 Miles South - South - East of Bennettsville
- Charlotte International Airport (CLT) 81.3 Miles West - North - West of Bennettsville
- Clio Crop Care Airport (9W9)
As of the census of 2000, there were 28,818 people, 10,478 households, and 7,334 families residing in the county. The population density was 60 people per square mile (23/km²). There were 11,894 housing units at an average density of 25 per square mile (10/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 44.49% White, 50.73% Black or African American, 3.36% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 0.24% from other races, and 0.95% from two or more races. 0.71% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 10,478 households out of which 32.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.60% were married couples living together, 22.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.00% were non-families. 26.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.14.
In the county, the population was spread out with 26.20% under the age of 18, 9.30% from 18 to 24, 29.40% from 25 to 44, 22.80% from 45 to 64, and 12.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 96.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.10 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $26,598, and the median income for a family was $32,019. Males had a median income of $25,896 versus $20,590 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,385. About 17.70% of families and 21.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 29.20% of those under age 18 and 22.70% of those age 65 or over.
Part of the Solid South, the county used to vote overwhelmingly Democratic, giving 100% of its vote to the party in 1924. It has mostly remained solidly Democratic in the last 48 years, except for the 1972 election where Richard Nixon won every county in the state including Marlboro. More recently the county went strongly for Barack Obama who received 62.4% of the vote in the 2008 U.S. presidential election. Further the Democratic candidate has received over 58% in all elections from 1992 to 2004.
- "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 25, 2013.
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- Marlboro County "It’s Good to be Home". Bennettsville, SC: Marlboro Herald-Advocate. January 2009. p. 60.
- J.A.W. Thomas. A History of Marlboro County: With Traditions and Sketches of Numerous Families. Atlanta: The Foote & Davies Company, 1897.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved November 25, 2013.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14.
- 1924 Presidential Election Statistics
- David Leip Presidential Atlas (Election maps for South Carolina)
- New York Times Electoral Map (Zoom in on South Carolina)
- 1905 Reprint of Bishop Gregg's History of the Old Cheraws with additional material as an appendix. (Google Book pdf)
||Anson County, North Carolina||Richmond County, North Carolina||Scotland County, North Carolina|
|Chesterfield County||Robeson County, North Carolina and Dillon County|
|Darlington County||Florence County|