Smyrna, South Carolina

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Smyrna, South Carolina
Town
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Location of Smyrna, South Carolina
Location of Smyrna, South Carolina
Coordinates: 35°2′48″N 81°24′47″W / 35.04667°N 81.41306°W / 35.04667; -81.41306Coordinates: 35°2′48″N 81°24′47″W / 35.04667°N 81.41306°W / 35.04667; -81.41306
Country United States
State South Carolina
Counties Cherokee, York
Area
 • Total 0.7 sq mi (1.8 km2)
 • Land 0.7 sq mi (1.8 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 761 ft (232 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 45
 • Density 64.3/sq mi (25/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 29743
Area code(s) 803
FIPS code 45-67210[1]
GNIS feature ID 1231809[2]

Smyrna is a small town in Cherokee and York counties in the U.S. state of South Carolina. The population was 45 at the 2010 United States Census, making Smyrna the smallest town in South Carolina.[3]

Geography and climate[edit]

Smyrna is located at 35°2′48″N 81°24′47″W / 35.04667°N 81.41306°W / 35.04667; -81.41306 (35.046664, -81.413191)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.7 square miles (1.8 km²), all land.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 48
1910 109 127.1%
1920 101 −7.3%
1930 117 15.8%
1940 133 13.7%
1950 105 −21.1%
1960 52 −50.5%
1970 85 63.5%
1980 47 −44.7%
1990 57 21.3%
2000 59 3.5%
2010 45 −23.7%

As of the census[5] of 2010, there were 45 people, 22 households, and 14 families residing in the city. The population density was 67.2 per square mile. There were 29 housing units at an average density of 43.3 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 100.0% White, 0.0% African American, 0.0% Native American, 0.0% Asian, 0.0% from other races, and 0.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.0% of the population.

There were 22 households of which 18.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.9% were married couples living together, 9.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 13.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.4% were non-families. 31.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 31.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.05 and the average family size was 2.50.

The median age in the city was 48.5 years. 13.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 11.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 20.0% were from 25 to 44; 35.6% were from 45 to 64; and 20.0% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.9% male and 51.1% female. As of the 2008-2012 American Community Survey [5] the median income for a household in the city was $32,813, and the median income for a family was $33,438. The per capita income for the city was $16,621. No familes families and 15.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 or those age 65 or over.

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As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 59 people, 22 households, and 17 families residing in the town. The population density was 83.6 people per square mile (32.1/km²). There were 26 housing units at an average density of 36.8 per square mile (14.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 91.53% White and 8.47% African American.

There were 22 households out of which 40.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 72.7% were married couples living together, 4.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.7% were non-families. 18.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.12.

In the town the population was spread out with 28.8% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 28.8% from 25 to 44, 18.6% from 45 to 64, and 16.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 84.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 75.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $32,500, and the median income for a family was $36,667. Males had a median income of $35,000 versus $46,250 for females. The per capita income for the town was $20,575. None of the population or the families were below the poverty line.

History[edit]

Incorporated in 1895, the town of Smyrna took its name from the Smyrna Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church that had been providing a place of worship to the local residents for fifty years.[6] A railroad depot was built in 1888 by the Charleston, Cincinnati and Chicago Railroad, a forerunner to the Southern Railway, and then F.D. Horn built a mercantile business nearby. A grocery store, drug store, and dry goods store followed soon after. Soon to follow was the Smyrna High School, a telegraph office, and a post office. The population was on a rise in Smyrna until the "West Road" was completed in 1924. With York now more accessible, many residents left Smyrna in hopes of finding happiness in a larger town. Soon after, the railroad depot was closed down, and all that remained of Smyrna were three businesses and the post office. Today only the post office remains.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ Smyrna, South Carolina SC
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2014-02-19. 
  6. ^ York County Regional Chamber