St. Stephen, South Carolina

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St. Stephen, South Carolina
Town across the way
Location of St. Stephen, South Carolina
Location of St. Stephen, South Carolina
Coordinates: 33°24′18″N 79°55′24″W / 33.40500°N 79.92333°W / 33.40500; -79.92333Coordinates: 33°24′18″N 79°55′24″W / 33.40500°N 79.92333°W / 33.40500; -79.92333
CountryUnited States
StateSouth Carolina
 • Total2.4 sq mi (6.2 km2)
 • Land2.4 sq mi (6.2 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
79 ft (24 m)
 • Total1,697
 • Density711/sq mi (274.4/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
FIPS code45-62755[1]
GNIS feature ID1250704[2]

St. Stephen is a town in Berkeley County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 1,697 at the 2010 census.[3]

St. Stephen is included within the Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville metropolitan area.


The Keller Site and St. Stephen's Episcopal Church are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[4]


St. Stephen is located in northern Berkeley County at 33°24′18″N 79°55′24″W / 33.40500°N 79.92333°W / 33.40500; -79.92333 (33.405024, -79.923365),[5] between Lake Moultrie to the west and the Santee River to the northeast. The town lies along the western edge of Francis Marion National Forest near its northernmost point.

U.S. Route 52 runs through the center of the town, leading north 25 miles (40 km) to Kingstree and south 17 miles (27 km) to Moncks Corner, the Berkeley County seat. South Carolina Highway 45 crosses US 52 in the town center and leads west 30 miles (48 km) to Eutawville and southeast 40 miles (64 km) to McClellanville near the Atlantic Ocean.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.4 square miles (6.2 km2), all of it land.[3]


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20161,807[6]6.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,776 people, 640 households, and 453 families residing in the town. The population density was 722.9 people per square mile (278.7/km²). There were 708 housing units at an average density of 288.2 per square mile (111.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 58.22% African American, 39.92% White, 0.17% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.90% from other races, and 0.62% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.52% of the population.

Sign entering St. Stephen

There were 640 households out of which 37.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.0% were married couples living together, 27.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.2% were non-families. 26.7% 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 2.65 and the average family size was 3.19.

In the town, the population was spread out with 32.8% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 22.2% from 25 to 44, 21.1% from 45 to 64, and 15.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females, there were 80.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 68.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $20,804, and the median income for a family was $25,750. Males had a median income of $30,461 versus $17,784 for females. The per capita income for the town was $11,258. About 34.6% of families and 38.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 55.7% of those under age 18 and 14.3% of those age 65 or over.


St. Stephen has a public library, a branch of the Berkeley County Library System.[8]


  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. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): St. Stephen town, South Carolina". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved April 7, 2014.
  4. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09.
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  6. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  8. ^ "South Carolina libraries and archives". SCIWAY. Retrieved 7 June 2019.

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