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Newberry, South Carolina
—  City  —
Newberry Opera House
Location of Newberry, South Carolina
Coordinates: 34°16′40″N 81°37′00″W / 34.27778°N 81.6166667°W / 34.27778; -81.6166667
Country United States
State South Carolina
County Newberry
 - Total 6.6 sq mi (17.0 km2)
 - Land 6.6 sq mi (17.0 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 495 ft (151 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 10,580
 - Density 1,609.2/sq mi (621.3/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 29108
Area code(s) 803
FIPS code 45-49570[1]
GNIS feature ID 1249864[2]

Newberry is a city in Newberry County, South Carolina, 43 miles (69 km) west -northwest of Columbia. The charter was adopted in 1894. In 1890, 3,020 people lived in Newberry, South Carolina; in 1900, 4,607; in 1910, 5,028; and in 1940, 7,510. The population was 10,580 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Newberry County[3]. Newberry became a city in 1976, but the change was not reported to the Census Bureau for over twenty-five years.[4] As a result, the city was listed as a town in the 2000 census.[1]



Newberry is located at 34°16′40″N 81°37′00″W / 34.277655°N 81.616560°W / 34.277655; -81.616560Coordinates: 34°16′40″N 81°37′00″W / 34.277655°N 81.616560°W / 34.277655; -81.616560 (34.277655, -81.616560).[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town had a total area of 6.6 square miles (17.0 km²), all of it land.


A few of the doffers and sweepers in the Mollahan Mills. December 1908. Photographed by Lewis Hine.

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 10,580 people, 3,970 households, and 2,528 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,609.2 people per square mile (621.8/km²). There were 4,388 housing units at an average density of 667.4/sq mi (257.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 52.85% White, 41.36% African American, 0.47% Native American, 0.60% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 2.88% from other races, and 1.70% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.49% of the population.

There were 3,970 households out of which 29.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.5% were married couples living together, 22.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.3% were non-families. 31.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the town the population was spread out with 23.3% under the age of 18, 14.9% from 18 to 24, 25.5% from 25 to 44, 18.6% from 45 to 64, and 17.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 86.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $27,064, and the median income for a family was $33,490. Males had a median income of $28,681 versus $20,887 for females. The per capita income for the town was $14,389. About 23.8% of families and 28.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 39.9% of those under age 18 and 21.0% of those age 65 or over.

Newberry is known for its recently restored Opera House, which hosts a variety of musical and theatrical acts. The downtown area is home to a number of antique shops and fine dining establishments.

Newberry is widely considered to be the 48th best place to live in the U.S.

Points of interest


Newberry College was a hospital for Confederate and later Union troops during the American Civil War.

The Newberry Historic Court House was burned by William T. Sherman's Troops during the Civil War.

Newberry College (A Lutheran College) was attended by Lee Atwater.

A witness to spotting a reptoid monster in 2005 lives here. See Lizard Man of Scape Ore Swamp

10 cases of the swine flu were confirmed as probable in Newberry on April 30, 2009 stemming from a group of high school students who recently traveled to Cancun, Mexico.


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