West Union, South Carolina

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West Union, South Carolina
Town
Location in Oconee County and the state of South Carolina.
Location in Oconee County and the state of South Carolina.
Coordinates: 34°45′29″N 83°2′30″W / 34.75806°N 83.04167°W / 34.75806; -83.04167Coordinates: 34°45′29″N 83°2′30″W / 34.75806°N 83.04167°W / 34.75806; -83.04167
Country United States
State South Carolina
County Oconee
Area
 • Total 0.8 sq mi (2.0 km2)
 • Land 0.8 sq mi (2.0 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 994 ft (303 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 297
 • Density 386.2/sq mi (149.1/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 29696
Area code(s) 864
FIPS code 45-76435[1]
GNIS feature ID 1231908[2]

West Union is a town in Oconee County, South Carolina, United States, Even though its name suggests that it is near Union, they are about four counties apart. The population was 297 at the 2000 census.

Geography[edit]

West Union is located at 34°45′29″N 83°2′30″W / 34.75806°N 83.04167°W / 34.75806; -83.04167 (34.758141, -83.041740).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.0 km²), all of it land.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 192
1890 235 22.4%
1900 289 23.0%
1910 328 13.5%
1920 306 −6.7%
1930 309 1.0%
1940 449 45.3%
1950 429 −4.5%
1960 443 3.3%
1970 388 −12.4%
1980 300 −22.7%
1990 260 −13.3%
2000 297 14.2%
2010 291 −2.0%
Est. 2015 312 [4] 7.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 297 people, 134 households, and 79 families residing in the town. The population density was 386.2 people per square mile (148.9/km²). There were 145 housing units at an average density of 188.6 per square mile (72.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 87.54% White, 0.67% African American, 3.03% Native American, 7.74% from other races, and 1.01% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 15.82% of the population.

There were 134 households out of which 21.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.3% were married couples living together, 6.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.0% were non-families. 38.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.22 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the town, the population was spread out with 19.5% under the age of 18, 12.8% from 18 to 24, 20.9% from 25 to 44, 30.3% from 45 to 64, and 16.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 104.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 106.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $24,250, and the median income for a family was $35,000. Males had a median income of $25,625 versus $21,875 for females. The per capita income for the town was $13,753. About 18.9% of families and 27.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 43.1% of those under the age of eighteen and 2.9% of those sixty five or over.

Climate[edit]

West Union, S.C. lies at the upper reaches of the Sub-Tropical zone, since there are at least 8 months of the year with mean temperature >= 50 degrees F. The USDA hardiness zone classification is zone 7B although it lies just (a matter of miles) north of the 8A border; therefore it is common to say that it is borderline 7B/8A. Mean monthly temperatures are as follows:

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max °F 52.2 57.2 65.0 73.4 80.5 86.9 90.5 88.8 83.3 73.3 63.4 54.3
Mean °F 39.7 43.1 50.2 57.8 66.3 73.5 77.2 76.1 70.4 59.1 49.7 41.9
Min °F 27.2 28.9 35.3 42.2 52.1 60.0 63.8 63.4 57.5 44.9 36.0 29.4

Although not typically associated with the area, due to the sub-tropical nature of the area, several varieties of palm trees including but not limited to Pindo, Windmill, Sabal Minor, Needle, and European Fan are successfully grown here. It is not uncommon, however, for the foliage on some to die partially or completely each winter (only to regenerate the following season).

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