Dorchester County, South Carolina
|Named for||Dorchester, Massachusetts|
|Largest City||North Charleston (partial)|
|• Total||576 sq mi (1,490 km2)|
|• Land||573 sq mi (1,480 km2)|
|• Water||2.6 sq mi (7 km2) 0.4%%|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||240/sq mi (92/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (Eastern)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
|Congressional districts||1st, 6th|
Dorchester County is named for its first settlement area, which was established by Congregationalists in 1696. These settlers applied the name "Dorchester" after their last residence in Dorchester, Massachusetts.
- Bamberg County - west
- Berkeley County - east
- Charleston County - southeast
- Colleton County - southwest
- Orangeburg County - northwest
|U.S. Decennial Census|
At the 2000 census there were 96,413 people, 34,709 households, and 26,309 families living in the county. The population density was 168 people per square mile (65/km2). There were 37,237 housing units at an average density of 65 per square mile (25/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 71.05% White, 25.08% Black or African American, 0.73% Native American, 1.13% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 0.59% from other races, and 1.36% from two or more races. 1.79% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. Of the 34,709 households 40.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.20% were married couples living together, 14.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.20% were non-families. 20.20% of households were one person and 6.50% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.13.
The age distribution was 28.90% under the age of 18, 7.70% from 18 to 24, 31.60% from 25 to 44, 22.60% from 45 to 64, and 9.10% 65 or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.70 males.
The median household income was $43,316 and the median family income was $50,177. Males had a median income of $35,423 versus $24,405 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,840. About 7.10% of families and 9.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.40% of those under age 18 and 13.30% of those age 65 or over.
At the 2010 census, there were 136,555 people, 50,259 households, and 36,850 families living in the county. The population density was 238.2 inhabitants per square mile (92.0/km2). There were 55,186 housing units at an average density of 96.3 per square mile (37.2/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 67.8% white, 25.8% black or African American, 1.5% Asian, 0.7% American Indian, 0.1% Pacific islander, 1.4% from other races, and 2.6% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 4.4% of the population. In terms of ancestry,
Of the 50,259 households, 40.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.6% were married couples living together, 16.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 26.7% were non-families, and 21.6% of households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.11. The median age was 35.6 years.
The median household income was $55,034 and the median family income was $63,847. Males had a median income of $45,659 versus $32,221 for females. The per capita income for the county was $24,497. About 9.0% of families and 11.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.4% of those under age 18 and 9.1% of those age 65 or over.
Government and infrastructure
The governing body of Dorchester County was established in 1970, and was known as the Dorchester County Board of Directors with terms to commence in January 1971. Upon commencement, the body was re-titled as the “Dorchester County Council” and its meeting dates were determined by state law to be held the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month. The seven-member County Council is elected by single-member districts. Dorchester County operates under the Council-Administrator form of government whereby County Council appoints a County Administrator to oversee the day-to-day functions of county government. Jason L. Ward has served as the County Administrator since 2004. He is aided by a Deputy County Administrator and Chief Financial Officer (Daniel T. Prentice), Deputy County Administrator for Public Safety (Mario Formisano), and Assistant County Administrator for Communuity Services (Bryan Havir). This management team oversees multiple departments within their respective directorate.
In addition to senior management reporting to County Council through the County Administrator, seven Countywide elected officials serve four year terms and oversee the following functions:
- Clerk of Court (Cheryl Graham)
- Sheriff (L.C. Knight)
- Auditor (J.J. Messervy)
- Treasurer (Cindy Chitty)
- Probate Judge (Mary Blunt)
- Coroner (Paul Brouthers)
- Register of Deeds (Margaret Bailey)
- Lincolnville (mostly in Charleston County)
- St. George (county seat)
- Summerville (partly in Berkeley and Charleston Counties)
- Dorchester, South Carolina, abandoned settlement
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Dorchester County, South Carolina
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- Dorchester County website
- US Census Bureau Data
- Geographic data related to Dorchester County, South Carolina at OpenStreetMap
- Dorchester County History and Images