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Dorchester County, South Carolina
Seal of Dorchester County, South Carolina
Map of South Carolina highlighting Dorchester County
Location in the state of South Carolina
Map of the U.S. highlighting South Carolina
South Carolina's location in the U.S.
Seat St. George
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

577 sq mi (1,494 km²)
575 sq mi (1,489 km²)
2 sq mi (5 km²), 0.34%
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

96,413
168/sq mi (65/km²)
Founded 1897
Website www.dorchestercounty.net

Dorchester County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Carolina. The 2000 census recorded its population to be 96,413. In 2005, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated that its population had reached 112,858. [1] Its county seat is St. George.[2]

Dorchester County is part of the CharlestonNorth CharlestonSummerville Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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History

Dorchester county is named for its first settlement area, which was established by Congregationalists in 1696. These settlers applied the name "Dorchester" after their last residence in Dorchester, Massachusetts.

Dorchester was not established as a separate county until 1897, however, when it was separately established from parts of the neighboring Colleton and Berkeley counties. [3]

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 577 square miles (1,494 km²), of which, 575 square miles (1,489 km²) of it is land and 2 square miles (5 km²) of it (0.34%) is water.

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Adjacent Counties

Demographics

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 96,413 people, 34,709 households, and 26,309 families residing in the county. The population density was 168 people per square mile (65/km²). There were 37,237 housing units at an average density of 65 per square mile (25/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 71.05% White, 25.08% Black or African American, 0.73% Native American, 1.13% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 0.59% from other races, and 1.36% from two or more races. 1.79% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 34,709 households out of which 40.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.20% were married couples living together, 14.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.20% were non-families. 20.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.13.

In the county, the population was spread out with 28.90% under the age of 18, 7.70% from 18 to 24, 31.60% from 25 to 44, 22.60% from 45 to 64, and 9.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 95.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $43,316, and the median income for a family was $50,177. Males had a median income of $35,423 versus $24,405 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,840. About 7.10% of families and 9.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.40% of those under age 18 and 13.30% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns

Map of Dorchester County

References

  1. ^ US Census Bureau Data
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Template.cfm?Section=Find_a_County&Template=/cffiles/counties/usamap.cfm. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  3. ^ Dorchester County Online
  4. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  

External links

Coordinates: 33°05′N 80°24′W / 33.08°N 80.40°W / 33.08; -80.40


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Dorchester County, South Carolina
Seal of Dorchester County, South Carolina
Map
File:Map of South Carolina highlighting Dorchester County.png
Location in the state of South Carolina
Map of the USA highlighting South Carolina
South Carolina's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded 1868
Seat St. George
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

 sq mikm²)
 sq mi ( km²)
 sq mi ( km²), 0.34%
wikipedia:Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

96413
Website: www.dorchestercounty.net

Dorchester County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Carolina. The 2000 census recorded its population to be 96,413. In 2005, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated that its population had reached 112,858.[1] Its county seat is St. George6.

Contents

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,494 km² (577 sq mi). 1,489 km² (575 sq mi) of it is land and 5 km² (2 sq mi) of it (0.34%) is water.

Adjacent Counties

Demographics

As of the census² of 2000, there were 96,413 people, 34,709 households, and 26,309 families residing in the county. The population density was 65/km² (168/sq mi). There were 37,237 housing units at an average density of 25/km² (65/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 71.05% White, 25.08% Black or African American, 0.73% Native American, 1.13% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 0.59% from other races, and 1.36% from two or more races. 1.79% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 34,709 households out of which 40.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.20% were married couples living together, 14.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.20% were non-families. 20.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.13.

In the county, the population was spread out with 28.90% under the age of 18, 7.70% from 18 to 24, 31.60% from 25 to 44, 22.60% from 45 to 64, and 9.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 95.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $43,316, and the median income for a family was $50,177. Males had a median income of $35,423 versus $24,405 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,840. About 7.10% of families and 9.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.40% of those under age 18 and 13.30% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns

Map of Dorchester County

Notes

  1. ^ [1]

Coordinates: 33°05′N 80°24′W / 33.08, -80.40

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