Great Falls, South Carolina

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Great Falls, South Carolina
Location of Great Falls, South Carolina
Location of Great Falls, South Carolina
Coordinates: 34°34′15″N 80°54′1″W / 34.57083°N 80.90028°W / 34.57083; -80.90028Coordinates: 34°34′15″N 80°54′1″W / 34.57083°N 80.90028°W / 34.57083; -80.90028
CountryUnited States
StateSouth Carolina
 • Total4.4 sq mi (11.4 km2)
 • Land4.2 sq mi (11.0 km2)
 • Water0.1 sq mi (0.4 km2)
489 ft (149 m)
 • Total1,979
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)803
FIPS code45-30490[1]
GNIS feature ID1222851[2]

Great Falls is a town in Chester County, South Carolina, United States and is located fourteen miles southwest of Lancaster, South Carolina. The population was 1,979 at the 2010 census.


The Great Falls Depot, Great Falls Downtown Historic District, and Republic Theater are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[3]


Great Falls is located at 34°34′15″N 80°54′1″W / 34.57083°N 80.90028°W / 34.57083; -80.90028 (34.570912, -80.900238).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 4.4 square miles (11 km2), of which, 4.2 square miles (11 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (3.19%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20161,928[5]−2.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,194 people, 892 households, and 595 families residing in the town. The population density was 516.8 people per square mile (199.3/km²). There were 1,041 housing units at an average density of 245.2 per square mile (94.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 71.01% White, 27.94% African American, 0.27% Native American, 0.23% Asian, 0.36% from other races, and 0.18% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.73% of the population.

There were 892 households out of which 33.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.1% were married couples living together, 20.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.2% were non-families. 30.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 3.05.

In the town, the population was spread out with 28.0% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 25.9% from 25 to 44, 20.4% from 45 to 64, and 17.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 89.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $24,758, and the median income for a family was $31,683. Males had a median income of $27,336 versus $22,070 for females. The per capita income for the town was $13,266. About 16.4% of families and 18.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.9% of those under age 18 and 20.4% of those age 65 or over.


Great Falls has a public library, a branch of the Chester County Library System.[7]

Notable residents[edit]

  • Cal Cooper, a Major League Baseball pitcher, was born in Great Falls in 1922.
  • Banks McFadden-All-American football player attended Great Falls High School in the 1930s. He led the school to two basketball and one football championship.
  • Torrey Craig, a professional basketball player, attended Great Falls High School in the 2000s. He now plays for the Denver Nuggets.


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ "Great Falls". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  3. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  5. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on April 26, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  7. ^ "South Carolina libraries and archives". SCIWAY. Retrieved 7 June 2019.

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