North, South Carolina

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North, South Carolina
Location in Orangeburg County, South Carolina
Location in Orangeburg County, South Carolina
Coordinates: 33°36′58″N 81°6′13″W / 33.61611°N 81.10361°W / 33.61611; -81.10361Coordinates: 33°36′58″N 81°6′13″W / 33.61611°N 81.10361°W / 33.61611; -81.10361
Country United States
State South Carolina
County Orangeburg
 • Total 0.9 sq mi (2.2 km2)
 • Land 0.9 sq mi (2.2 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 279 ft (85 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 754
 • Density 956/sq mi (369.3/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 29112
Area code(s) 803
FIPS code 45-50560[1]
GNIS feature ID 1231596[2]

North is a town in Orangeburg County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 754 at the 2010 census. North, South Carolina, has been noted for its unusual place name.[3]

In 1891 the SouthBound Railway Company came through the area with the assistance of John F. North. In 1892 John North, along with George W. Pou and Sampson A. Livingston, donated 100 acres for the railway depot and townsite. A US Post Office was established. The next year John North, a Confederate veteran and businessman, was elected the first mayor of his namesake town of North, South Carolina.[4][5]


North is located at 33°36′58″N 81°6′13″W / 33.61611°N 81.10361°W / 33.61611; -81.10361 (33.615983, -81.103588).[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.9 square miles (2.3 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 2016732[7]−2.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 813 people, 356 households, and 223 families residing in the town. The population density was 953.7 people per square mile (369.3/km²). There were 412 housing units at an average density of 483.3 per square mile (187.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 52.64% White, 46.37% African American, 0.37% Native American, and 0.62% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.86% of the population.

Photo of sign welcoming visitors to North, SC

There were 356 households out of which 25.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.5% were married couples living together, 19.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.1% were non-families. 34.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the town, the population was spread out with 23.5% under the age of 18, 9.7% from 18 to 24, 23.1% from 25 to 44, 25.3% from 45 to 64, and 18.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 80.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 74.7 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $21,136, and the median income for a family was $30,750. Males had a median income of $24,286 versus $21,406 for females. The per capita income for the town was $14,237. About 27.5% of families and 30.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 39.3% of those under age 18 and 24.2% of those age 65 or over.

Government and infrastructure[edit]

The town had its own police department. For a period of 14 years, until December 2015, the police chief was Mark Fallaw. That month Fallaw resigned, citing issues with new mayor Patty Carson. The entire police force quit, causing Orangeburg County to extend its police service to the town.[9]

Carson had intended to monitor all e-mails going to and from the department; she also instituted rules stating that the mayor handles all requests for speaking to the media, meaning that members of the police department themselves were not permitted to speak to the media; and that any officials wanting to make a public appearance must file a two-week notice. Fallaw cited these changes as his reason for resigning.[9]


The United States Air Force base North Auxiliary Airfield is located near the town.

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