Turbeville, South Carolina

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Turbeville, South Carolina
Nickname(s): Drive through Turbeville and it will cost you a lot!
Motto: Speed trap capitol of the Southeast!
Location of Turbeville, South Carolina
Location of Turbeville, South Carolina
Coordinates: 33°53′22″N 80°0′48″W / 33.88944°N 80.01333°W / 33.88944; -80.01333Coordinates: 33°53′22″N 80°0′48″W / 33.88944°N 80.01333°W / 33.88944; -80.01333
Country United States
State South Carolina
County Clarendon
 • Total 1.3 sq mi (3.3 km2)
 • Land 1.3 sq mi (3.3 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 125 ft (38 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 766
 • Density 478.1/sq mi (184.6/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 29162
Area code(s) 843
FIPS code 45-72745[1]
GNIS feature ID 1251230[2]
Website City Website

Turbeville is a town in Clarendon County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 766 at the 2010 census.


Turbeville is located at 33°53′22″N 80°0′48″W / 33.88944°N 80.01333°W / 33.88944; -80.01333 (33.889433, -80.013440).[3] According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.3 km²), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1990 698
2000 602 −13.8%
2010 766 27.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census[1] of 2010, there were 766 people, 301 households, and 158 families residing in the town. The population density was 478.1 people per square mile (184.5/km²). There were 272 housing units at an average density of 216.0 per square mile (83.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 63.29% White, 34.88% African American, 0.50% Pacific Islander, 1.00% from other races, and 0.33% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.50% of the population.

There were 301 households out of which 27.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.9% were married couples living together, 19.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.5% were non-families. 31.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the town the population was spread out with 25.2% under the age of 18, 10.1% from 18 to 24, 24.8% from 25 to 44, 25.9% from 45 to 64, and 14.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 85.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $26,339, and the median income for a family was $38,750. Males had a median income of $26,167 versus $20,288 for females. The per capita income for the town was $13,465. About 19.9% of families and 24.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 34.6% of those under age 18 and 18.9% of those age 65 or over.


In 1840, Michael Turbeville bought 125 acres of land one mile north of the present Town limits in Diles Bay and built a home on this property. Sometime between 1870 and 1875, William J. Turbeville, son of Michael, purchased approximately 200 acres from John McFaddin and built the first house in what is now the Town of Turbeville. His brother, Clem, likewise bought land and built next to William. Since their land was substantially covered with large pine trees, the brothers built a turpentine still which they ran for about 20 years. They also built a large store where they carried on an extensive mercantile business for even longer time. During those early years the community was known as "Puddin' Swamp".


The school system is composed of one school district, Clarendon County District #3, which has three schools in the system—Walker Gamble Elementary located in the New Zion Community about 6 miles outside of Turbeville, East Clarendon Middle School and East Clarendon High School. The school mascot is the Wolverine.

Speed Trap[edit]

In 2013 WIS television investigated the town for its money-making adventures that possibly violate State Law. The town of Turbeville charges drivers under the town's speeding ordinance, which gives drivers no choice but to pay fines up to $588 in exchange for no points on their licenses. The town sends its tickets in to the S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles and the violation is placed on a driving record, in contrast to statements made by the officers and the Judge of the town. The fines imposed are significantly higher than those allowed by State Law. Only time will tell if the State will halt the actions of this money making enterprise.


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