Pacolet, South Carolina

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Pacolet, South Carolina
Location of Pacolet, South Carolina
Location of Pacolet, South Carolina
Coordinates: 34°54′18″N 81°45′26″W / 34.90500°N 81.75722°W / 34.90500; -81.75722Coordinates: 34°54′18″N 81°45′26″W / 34.90500°N 81.75722°W / 34.90500; -81.75722
Country United States
State South Carolina
County Spartanburg
 • 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)
Population (2010)
 • Total 2,235
 • Density 750/sq mi (290/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 29372
Area code(s) 864
FIPS code 45-53845[1]
GNIS feature ID 1250004[2]

Pacolet is a town in Spartanburg County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 2,235 at the 2010 census.[3]


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.[4][5]


Pacolet is located at 34°54′18″N 81°45′26″W / 34.90500°N 81.75722°W / 34.90500; -81.75722 (34.904923, -81.757253).[6]

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[1] of 2000, there were 2,690 people, 1,070 households, and 724 families residing in the town. The population density was 906.8 people per square mile (349.7/km²). There were 1,178 housing units at an average density of 397.1 per square mile (153.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 71.78% White, 26.21% African American, 0.26% Native American, 0.52% Asian, 82.22% from other races, and 1.00% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.19% 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.

Notable natives and residents[edit]

  • 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.
  • Hon. C[ameron]. Bruce Littlejohn (July 22, 1913 – April 21, 2007) retired Chief Justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court and author on South Carolina legal history is buried in the Pacolet First Baptist Church cemetery. He was a native of Pacolet.


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "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. 
  4. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  5. ^ "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. 
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 

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