Pickens County, South Carolina

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Pickens County, South Carolina
Pickens County Courthouse, Pickens (Pickens County, South Carolina).JPG
Pickens County Courthouse
Map of South Carolina highlighting Pickens 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 1868
Seat Pickens
Largest city Clemson
Area
 • Total 512 sq mi (1,326 km2)
 • Land 497 sq mi (1,287 km2)
 • Water 15 sq mi (39 km2), 2.92%
Population
 • (2010) 119,224
 • Density 240/sq mi (92.6/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.co.pickens.sc.us

Pickens County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Carolina. As of the 2010 census, its population was 119,224.[1] Its county seat is Pickens[2]. It is part of the GreenvilleMauldinEasley Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

Pickens County was formed in 1826. It was named for Andrew Pickens, a militia leader during the American Revolution and a member of the United States Congress.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 512 square miles (1,326 km²), of which 497 square miles (1,287 km²) is land and 15 square miles (39 km²) (2.92%) is water.[3] The county also contains the highest natural point in South Carolina, Sassafras Mountain, with an elevation of 3560 feet (1085 m).[4] Table Rock State Park (South Carolina) is in Pickens County.

Adjacent counties[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 14,473
1840 14,356 −0.8%
1850 16,904 17.7%
1860 19,639 16.2%
1870 10,269 −47.7%
1880 14,389 40.1%
1890 16,389 13.9%
1900 19,375 18.2%
1910 25,422 31.2%
1920 28,329 11.4%
1930 33,709 19.0%
1940 37,111 10.1%
1950 40,058 7.9%
1960 46,030 14.9%
1970 58,956 28.1%
1980 79,292 34.5%
1990 93,894 18.4%
2000 110,757 18.0%
2010 119,224 7.6%
Est. 2012 119,670 0.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
2012 Estimate[1]


As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 110,757 people, 41,306 households, and 28,459 families residing in the county. The population density was 223 people per square mile (86/km²). There were 46,000 housing units at an average density of 93 per square mile (36/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 90.27% White, 6.82% Black or African American, 0.16% Native American, 1.18% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.70% from other races, and 0.85% from two or more races. 1.70% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 27.9% were of American, 11.8% English, 11.6% Irish, 10.3% German and 5.0% Scotch-Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 41,306 households out of which 31.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.60% were married couples living together, 9.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.10% were non-families. 23.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the county, the population was spread out with 22.30% under the age of 18, 17.50% from 18 to 24, 27.60% from 25 to 44, 21.20% from 45 to 64, and 11.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 99.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $36,214, and the median income for a family was $44,507. Males had a median income of $31,795 versus $22,600 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,434. About 7.80% of families and 13.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.20% of those under age 18 and 11.70% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Elementary and secondary education[edit]

Pickens School District ranked the highest in the state with an "A-" transparency score from Sunshine Review.[7]

Colleges and universities[edit]

Public library[edit]

Pickens County is served by the Pickens County Library System, headquartered in Easley, with four branch libraries in the county.

Communities[edit]

Notable people[edit]

Shoeless Joe Jackson

See also[edit]

Notes[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. ^ http://www.summitpost.org/mountain/rock/152371/sassafras-mountain.html
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved November 25, 2013. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  7. ^ Independent Mail, Pickens School District ranked highest in transparency, June 23, 2010

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 34°53′N 82°43′W / 34.89°N 82.72°W / 34.89; -82.72