Chester County, South Carolina

Chester County
Chester County Courthouse
Chester County Courthouse
Map of South Carolina highlighting Chester County
Location within the U.S. state of South Carolina
Map of the United States highlighting South Carolina
South Carolina's location within the U.S.
Coordinates:34°41′N 81°10′W / 34.69°N 81.16°W / 34.69; -81.16
Country United States
State South Carolina
Founded1785
SeatChester
Largest cityChester
Area
 • Total586 sq mi (1,520 km2)
 • Land581 sq mi (1,500 km2)
 • Water5.5 sq mi (14 km2)  0.9%
Population
 (2010)
 • Total33,140
 • Estimate 
(2020)
32,184
 • Density57/sq mi (22/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district5th
Websitewww.chestercounty.org

Chester County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Carolina. As of the 2010 census, its population was 33,140.[1] Its county seat is Chester.[2]

Chester County is included in the Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 586 square miles (1,520 km2), of which 580.6 square miles (1,504 km2) is land and 5.5 square miles (14 km2) (0.9%) is water.[3]

Adjacent counties

National protected area

Demographics

Historical population
CensusPop.
17906,866
18008,18519.2%
181011,47940.2%
182014,18923.6%
183017,18221.1%
184017,7473.3%
185018,0381.6%
186018,1220.5%
187018,8053.8%
188024,15328.4%
189026,66010.4%
190028,6167.3%
191029,4252.8%
192033,38913.5%
193031,803−4.8%
194032,5792.4%
195032,5970.1%
196030,888−5.2%
197029,811−3.5%
198030,1481.1%
199032,1706.7%
200034,0685.9%
201033,140−2.7%
2020 (est.)32,184[4]−2.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
1790-1960[6] 1900-1990[7]
1990-2000[8] 2010-2014[1]

2000 census

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 34,068 people, 12,880 households, and 9,338 families living in the county. The population density was 59 people per square mile (23/km2). There were 14,374 housing units at an average density of 25 per square mile (10/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 59.93% White, 38.65% Black or African American, 0.33% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.25% from other races, and 0.55% from two or more races. 0.75% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 12,880 households, out of which 32.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.80% were married couples living together, 18.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.50% were non-families. 24.20% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.11.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 26.90% under the age of 18, 8.40% from 18 to 24, 28.20% from 25 to 44, 23.80% from 45 to 64, and 12.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 92.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,425, and the median income for a family was $38,087. Males had a median income of $30,329 versus $21,570 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,709. About 11.90% of families and 15.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.20% of those under age 18 and 14.90% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 33,140 people, 12,876 households, and 9,073 families living in the county.[10] The population density was 57.1 inhabitants per square mile (22.0/km2). There were 14,701 housing units at an average density of 25.3 per square mile (9.8/km2).[11] The racial makeup of the county was 59.8% white, 37.4% black or African American, 0.4% American Indian, 0.3% Asian, 0.6% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.4% of the population.[10] In terms of ancestry, 19.9% were American, 7.5% were Irish, 5.6% were English, and 5.1% were German.[12]

Of the 12,876 households, 34.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.5% were married couples living together, 19.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 29.5% were non-families, and 25.9% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.04. The median age was 40.3 years.[10]

The median income for a household in the county was $32,743 and the median income for a family was $42,074. Males had a median income of $39,008 versus $27,701 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,687. About 18.6% of families and 21.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 30.0% of those under age 18 and 18.0% of those age 65 or over.[13]

Government

Law enforcement

In 2021, Chester County Sheriff Alex Underwood was found guilty of conspiracy, wire fraud, deprivation of rights and federal program theft, and sentenced to one year in prison.[14][15]

Politics

Presidential elections results
Presidential elections results[16]
YearRepublicanDemocraticThird parties
202055.0% 8,66044.1% 6,9411.0% 156
201651.2% 7,26546.4% 6,5792.5% 348
201244.2% 6,36754.8% 7,8911.0% 149
200845.2% 6,31853.5% 7,4781.3% 185
200449.4% 5,79849.4% 5,7901.2% 141
200047.8% 4,98650.3% 5,2422.0% 204
199634.8% 3,15756.3% 5,1088.9% 807
199233.5% 3,45153.1% 5,45813.4% 1,379
198851.2% 3,96848.2% 3,7370.6% 43
198455.2% 4,44144.2% 3,5590.6% 45
198037.1% 3,10461.5% 5,1451.4% 114
197636.3% 2,98263.3% 5,2000.4% 30
197266.2% 4,72433.0% 2,3520.8% 60
196833.7% 2,86233.8% 2,86532.5% 2,762
196442.9% 2,91557.1% 3,882
196028.0% 1,66072.0% 4,262
195621.4% 1,00762.8% 2,95115.8% 741
195249.4% 2,77750.6% 2,843
19482.4% 4821.7% 43675.9% 1,528
19445.5% 8988.7% 1,4415.9% 95
19401.8% 3598.1% 1,9300.1% 2
19360.5% 1199.5% 2,155
19321.1% 2398.9% 2,020
19282.7% 3697.1% 1,2850.2% 2
19241.4% 1297.9% 8500.7% 6
19200.0% 0100.0% 1,237
19161.4% 1798.4% 1,1820.2% 2
19120.0% 098.5% 1,2861.5% 20
19040.8% 899.2% 954
19002.3% 2097.7% 836

Economy

Chester County's economy has an industrial and agricultural base with large areas used for timber production. There are several sawemills in the county and others near it. Forest land ownership is majority family landowners who manage their properties for a variety of uses. Agriculture is also a big segment of the economy with crops consisting of cotton, wheat, oats, rye, beef and dairy cattle, hay, corn, peaches, other vegetables, peanuts, soybeans, and pecans.

Media

  • Chester Vision or CSN
  • Chester News & Reporter
  • WRBK, 90.3 FM, a noncommercial station that primarily features classic oldies

Communities

City

  • Chester (county seat)

Towns

Census-designated places

  • Eureka Mill
  • Gayle Mill

Unincorporated communities

  • Blackstock
  • Edgemoor
  • Lando
  • Leeds
  • Wilksburg

Notable residents

See also

  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Chester County, South Carolina
  • Tryon County, North Carolina

External links

References

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 8, 2011. Retrieved November 22, 2013.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2015-05-09. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  3. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved March 16, 2015.
  4. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved July 30, 2019.
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 16, 2015.
  6. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved March 16, 2015.
  7. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 16, 2015.
  8. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved March 16, 2015.
  9. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14.
  10. ^ a b c "DP-1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2020-02-13. Retrieved 2016-03-09.
  11. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2020-02-13. Retrieved 2016-03-09.
  12. ^ "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2020-02-13. Retrieved 2016-03-09.
  13. ^ "DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2020-02-13. Retrieved 2016-03-09.
  14. ^ "Ex-South Carolina Sheriff is 13th Convicted Since 2010". South Carolina Public Radio. 2021-04-25. Retrieved 2021-11-09.
  15. ^ Jeffery Collions (2021-10-13). "Ex-SC sheriff off to prison on 1-year misconduct sentence". ABC News. Retrieved 2021-11-09.
  16. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved 2018-03-13.
  17. ^ "Tryon County, North Carolina". www.carolana.com. Retrieved 2018-03-13.
  18. ^ Who Was Who in America, Historical Volume, 1607-1896. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who. 1963.

Coordinates:34°41′N 81°10′W / 34.69°N 81.16°W / 34.69; -81.16

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