Pacolet, South Carolina
|Pacolet, South Carolina|
Location of Pacolet, South Carolina
|• Total||3.0 sq mi (7.7 km2)|
|• Land||3.0 sq mi (7.7 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|Elevation||781 ft (238 m)|
|• Density||750/sq mi (290/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||1250004|
|Website||Pacolet, South Carolina|
Pacolet had its start in 1859 when the railroad was extended to that point. The name Pacolet may be derived from the Cherokee word meaning "horse", or it may be named after one Mr. Pacoley, a pioneer French settler.
The Marysville School, Mulberry Chapel Methodist Church, Nuckolls-Jefferies House, Pacolet Mill Office, Pacolet Mills Cloth Room and Warehouse, Pacolet Mills Historic District, and Pacolet Soapstone Quarries are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 3.0 square miles (7.8 km2), of which 0.34% is water.
As of the census of 2010, there were 2,235 people, 962 households, and 625 families residing in the town. The population density was 750 people per square mile (290 km2). There were 962 housing units at an average density of 320.7 per square mile (124.9 km2). The racial makeup of the town was 75.7% White, 21.7% African American, 0.2% Native American, 1.2% Asian, 0.1% Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1% from other races, and 1.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.1% of the population.
There were 1,070 households out of which 26.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.7% were married couples living together, 16.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.3% were non-families. 29.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 3.00.
In the town, the population was spread out with 22.3% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 25.9% from 25 to 44, 24.3% from 45 to 64, and 19.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 88.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.1 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $31,494, and the median income for a family was $41,367. Males had a median income of $30,592 versus $22,440 for females. The per capita income for the town was $16,856. About 10.4% of families and 15.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.9% of those under age 18 and 22.6% of those age 65 or over.
- George Banks, baseball player
- Louise Best (November 10, 1892 – July 25, 1966) was the daughter of a Methodist minister from Darlington County, South Carolina. She was a long-time Methodist missionary and honorary citizen of Brazil. Miss Best is buried in the Pacolet Methodist Church cemetery.
- Robert Henry Best (April 15, 1896 – December 16, 1952) was an American broadcaster of Nazi propaganda during World War II. He was convicted of treason in 1948 and sentenced to life imprisonment. Best died in federal prison in Missouri. He is buried beside his sister Louise Best at the Pacolet Methodist Church cemetery.
- C. Bruce Littlejohn (July 22, 1913 – April 21, 2007) - Former Chief Justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court and author on South Carolina legal history is buried in the Pacolet First Baptist Church cemetery.
- "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.
- "Race, Hispanic or Latino, Age, and Housing Occupancy: 2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File (QT-PL), Pacolet town, South Carolina". U.S. Census Bureau, American FactFinder 2. Retrieved August 16, 2011.
- Leonard, Michael (Apr 13, 1983). "Our heritage". Herald-Journal. pp. B1. Retrieved 1 November 2015.
- Baker, Elaine (Mar 22, 1991). "Communities have colorful backgrounds". Herald-Journal. p. 8. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
- National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- "National Register of Historic Places Listings". Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 6/25/12 through 6/29/12. National Park Service. 2012-07-06.
- "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
- "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.