New Ellenton, South Carolina
|New Ellenton, South Carolina|
Location of New Ellenton, South Carolina
|Country||United States of America|
|• Total||4.8 sq mi (12.4 km2)|
|• Land||4.8 sq mi (12.4 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|Elevation||410 ft (125 m)|
|• Density||430/sq mi (166.1/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||1231587|
New Ellenton was formed from the citizens of Ellenton, a farming town chartered in 1880 and situated on the Charleston and Western Carolina Railway in Barnwell County near the Aiken County line. Upon the approval of President Truman in 1950 of the Savannah River Site for the production of hydrogen bombs, the U.S. government forced 6,000 people in the surrounding area to move. The residents of Ellenton literally moved their homes and buildings 14 miles (23 km) north to New Ellenton after being evicted in the 1950s.
New Ellenton is located at  in southern Aiken County, about 1 mile (1.6 km) north of the U.S. Department of Energy Savannah River Site. South Carolina Highway 19 is Main Street for the community, leading north 10 miles (16 km) to Aiken, the county seat, and south 1 mile to U.S. Route 278, which leads west 17 miles (27 km) to Augusta, Georgia, and southeast 24 miles (39 km) to Barnwell.(33.421311, −81.680856)
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,250 people, 876 households, and 616 families residing in the town. The population density was 449.4 people per square mile (173.4/km²). There were 1,079 housing units at an average density of 215.5 per square mile (83.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 60.62% White, 35.82% African American, 0.58% Native American, 0.36% Asian, 0.89% from other races, and 1.73% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.18% of the population.
There were 876 households out of which 28.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.3% were married couples living together, 15.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.6% were non-families. 26.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.06.
In the town the population was spread out with 24.8% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 26.8% from 25 to 44, 23.8% from 45 to 64, and 16.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 91.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.3 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $38,125, and the median income for a family was $45,521. Males had a median income of $41,250 versus $21,810 for females. The per capita income for the town was $17,915. About 6.9% of families and 11.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.3% of those under age 18 and 11.0% of those age 65 or over.
New Ellenton is home to the renowned Staff Sergeant Mathew "Matty" Haines (US Army), locally famous for having killed 13 Afghan militants in a span of 13 days. He was the subject of a local documentary, Haines No Sunshine When He's Gone, shown in the 2014 Cannes Film festival.
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