Ridgeland, South Carolina
|Ridgeland, South Carolina|
|• Total||2.4 sq mi (6.3 km2)|
|• Land||2.4 sq mi (6.2 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|Elevation||56 ft (17 m)|
|• Density||1,046.6/sq mi (404.1/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|ZIP codes||29912, 29936|
|GNIS feature ID||1250384|
Ridgeland is a town in Jasper County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 4,036 at the 2010 census, a 60% increase from 2000. It has been the county seat of Jasper County since its formation in 1912. As defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, Ridgeland is included within the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort Metropolitan Statistical Area. Ridgeland is home the Ridgeland Correctional Institution, a medium security prison with the South Carolina Department of Corrections.
Ridgeland is located at .(32.4828, -80.9818)
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.4 square miles (6.3 km²), of which, 2.4 square miles (6.2 km²) of it is land and 0.41% is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,518 people (2,612 in 2004 estimate), 517 households, and 332 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,046.6 people per square mile (403.4/km²). There were 597 housing units at an average density of 248.1 per square mile (95.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 44.64% White, 49.17% African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.75% Asian, 4.69% from other races, and 0.60% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.63% of the population.
There were 517 households out of which 33.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 35.2% were married couples living together, 22.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.6% were non-families. 29.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.02.
In the town the population was spread out with 14.9% under the age of 18, 16.6% from 18 to 24, 44.5% from 25 to 44, 15.8% from 45 to 64, and 8.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 279.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 338.2 males. The presence of the Ridgeland Correctional Institution in the town limits heavily skews the sex ratio.
The median income for a household in the town was $27,679, and the median income for a family was $37,647. Males had a median income of $21,900 versus $20,938 for females. The per capita income for the town was $7,394. About 20.0% of families and 24.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 32.7% of those under age 18 and 14.5% of those age 65 or over.
Ridgeland is home to Ridgeland Elementary School and Ridgeland-Hardeeville High School. Thomas Heyward Academy is a private school located just outside the town limits.
Notable residents and natives
Mobile Speed Cameras
Ridgeland was one of the first municipalities in the nation to implement mobile speed cameras. Set up along an eight-mile stretch of Interstate 95, the goal of the mobile cameras is to send tickets to offenders who go 11 mph over the speed limit in the 70 mph zone; however, South Carolina law only authorizes summons which are delivered within one hour.
A class action lawsuit to stop the use of photo enforcement in Ridgeland was filed in federal court in 2010. and the cameras have since been ordered removed.
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