Little River, South Carolina
|Little River, South Carolina|
Location of Little River in
|• Total||10.8 sq mi (28.0 km2)|
|• Land||10.5 sq mi (27.1 km2)|
|• Water||0.4 sq mi (0.9 km2)|
|Elevation||39 ft (12 m)|
|• Density||800/sq mi (320/km2)|
|Time zone||EST (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||1231489|
Little River is located at (33.871629, -78.627733).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 10.8 square miles (28.0 km²), of which 10.5 square miles (27.1 km²) is land and 0.4 square mile (0.9 km²) (3.33%) is water. The area is mainly made up of old scrub pine forests, marshes and swamps and is bordered by the Waccamaw River and the Atlantic Intracoastal waterway. Live oaks, Spanish moss and palm trees dot the landscape.
As of the census of 2000, there were 7,027 people, 3,287 households, and 2,225 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 671.9 people per square mile (259.4/km²). There were 4,715 housing units at an average density of 450.8/sq mi (174.0/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 91.40% White, 6.80% African American, 0.43% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.34% from other races, and 0.70% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino, of any race, were 1.02% of the population.
There were 3,287 households out of which 18.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.0% were married couples living together, 8.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.3% were non-families. 26.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.14 and the average family size was 2.53.
In the CDP, the population was spread out with 15.7% under the age of 18, 4.7% from 18 to 24, 24.2% from 25 to 44, 31.9% from 45 to 64, and 23.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 49 years. For every 100 females there were 92.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.8 males.[clarification needed]
The median income for a household in the CDP was $40,427, and the median income for a family was $45,243. Males had a median income of $36,086 versus $22,348 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $22,733. About 4.7% of families and 7.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.3% of those under age 18 and 1.7% of those age 65 or over.
The community is host to an annual Blue Crab Festival each May.
During the 21 years that South Carolina had legalized video poker, Little River's location near the North Carolina state line made the community a major center for the activity. In 1996, local churches began protesting legalized gambling in what had become Little Reno, and the state outlawed the games in 2000. Two years before the video poker ban, casino boats began operating and continue to do so in federal waters because the state has not specifically banned them. Little River has the state's only two casino boats, the SunCruz Aquasino and The Big M Casino.
Little River was the first known community in Horry County and was first settled by the Lewis's and Waitie, Vereen and Tilighman families. It was known as a trade goods port and fishing community, and was a regular haunt of pirates seeking refuge in its salt water marshes and estuaries off the ocean. First President George Washington visited Little River and spent the night with Jeremiah Vereen in his cabin near the South Carolina/North Carolina state line.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- Wilson, Zane (2010-07-18). "Video poker debate lives on; Little River once dubbed Little Reno". The Sun News. Retrieved 2010-07-18.
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