Darlington County, South Carolina

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Darlington County, South Carolina
Map of South Carolina highlighting Darlington County
Location in the U.S. state of South Carolina
Map of the United States highlighting South Carolina
South Carolina's location in the U.S.
Founded 1785
Seat Darlington
Largest city Hartsville
Area
 • Total 567 sq mi (1,469 km2)
 • Land 561 sq mi (1,453 km2)
 • Water 5.7 sq mi (15 km2), 1.0%
Population
 • (2010) 68,681
 • Density 122/sq mi (47/km²)
Congressional district 7th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.darcosc.com

Darlington County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Carolina. As of the 2010 census, its population was at 68,681.[1] Its county seat is Darlington.[2]

Darlington County is included in the Florence, SC Metropolitan Statistical Area. The county's population was nearly 60% rural in 2000.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 567 square miles (1,470 km2), of which 561 square miles (1,450 km2) is land and 5.7 square miles (15 km2) (1.0%) is water.[3]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1800 7,631
1810 9,047 18.6%
1820 10,949 21.0%
1830 13,728 25.4%
1840 14,822 8.0%
1850 16,830 13.5%
1860 20,361 21.0%
1870 26,243 28.9%
1880 34,485 31.4%
1890 29,134 −15.5%
1900 32,388 11.2%
1910 36,027 11.2%
1920 39,126 8.6%
1930 41,427 5.9%
1940 45,198 9.1%
1950 50,016 10.7%
1960 52,928 5.8%
1970 53,442 1.0%
1980 62,717 17.4%
1990 61,851 −1.4%
2000 67,394 9.0%
2010 68,681 1.9%
Est. 2015 67,548 [4] −1.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
1790-1960[6] 1900-1990[7]
1990-2000[8] 2010-2013[1]

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 67,394 people, 25,793 households, and 18,441 families residing in the county. The population density was 120 people per square mile (46/km²). There were 28,942 housing units at an average density of 52 per square mile (20/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 56.98% White, 41.70% Black or African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.39% from other races, and 0.52% from two or more races. 0.98% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 25,793 households out of which 32.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.30% were married couples living together, 18.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.50% were non-families. 25.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.30% under the age of 18, 9.00% from 18 to 24, 28.20% from 25 to 44, 24.40% from 45 to 64, and 12.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 89.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,087, and the median income for a family was $37,662. Males had a median income of $30,947 versus $20,998 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,283. About 16.40% of families and 20.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.70% of those under age 18 and 22.10% of those age 65 or over.

As of Census 2000, Darlington County was classified as 41% urban and 59% rural. It contains the two urbanized areas of Hartsville (2000 pop. 14,907) and Darlington (12,066). The county's population is included within the Florence Metropolitan Statistical Area.

2010 census[edit]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 68,681 people, 26,531 households, and 18,552 families residing in the county.[10] The population density was 122.4 inhabitants per square mile (47.3/km2). There were 30,297 housing units at an average density of 54.0 per square mile (20.8/km2).[11] The racial makeup of the county was 55.9% white, 41.6% black or African American, 0.3% Asian, 0.3% American Indian, 0.9% from other races, and 1.1% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.7% of the population.[10] In terms of ancestry, 9.5% were American, 7.0% were English, and 5.3% were Irish.[12]

Of the 26,531 households, 34.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.0% were married couples living together, 20.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 30.1% were non-families, and 26.0% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.04. The median age was 39.6 years.[10]

The median income for a household in the county was $38,379 and the median income for a family was $46,894. Males had a median income of $40,089 versus $29,255 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,096. About 14.6% of families and 20.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 30.7% of those under age 18 and 15.1% of those age 65 or over.[13]

In popular culture[edit]

Darlington County is the subject of a song of the same name on Bruce Springsteen's 1984 album, Born in the U.S.A.

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Cities[edit]

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Unincorporated communities[edit]

Notable residents[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 23, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved March 17, 2015. 
  4. ^ "County Totals Dataset: Population, Population Change and Estimated Components of Population Change: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 11, 2015. Retrieved March 17, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved March 17, 2015. 
  7. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 17, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved March 17, 2015. 
  9. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  10. ^ a b c "DP-1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-03-09. 
  11. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-03-09. 
  12. ^ "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-03-09. 
  13. ^ "DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-03-09. 
  14. ^ "John Sidney Killen". findagrave.com. Retrieved March 19, 2015. 

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Coordinates: 34°20′N 79°58′W / 34.33°N 79.96°W / 34.33; -79.96