Charleston County, South Carolina

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Charleston County, South Carolina
Charleston County Courthouse 2013.jpg
Charleston County Courthouse
Map of South Carolina highlighting Charleston County
Location in the state of South Carolina
Map of the United States highlighting South Carolina
South Carolina's location in the U.S.
Founded1769
SeatCharleston
Largest cityCharleston
Area
 • Total1,358 sq mi (3,517 km2)
 • Land919 sq mi (2,380 km2)
 • Water440 sq mi (1,140 km2), 32.37%
Population
 • (2013)372,803
 • Density381/sq mi (147.1/km²)
Congressional districts1st, 6th
Time zoneEastern: UTC-5/-4
Websitewww.charlestoncounty.org
 
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Charleston County, South Carolina
Charleston County Courthouse 2013.jpg
Charleston County Courthouse
Map of South Carolina highlighting Charleston County
Location in the state of South Carolina
Map of the United States highlighting South Carolina
South Carolina's location in the U.S.
Founded1769
SeatCharleston
Largest cityCharleston
Area
 • Total1,358 sq mi (3,517 km2)
 • Land919 sq mi (2,380 km2)
 • Water440 sq mi (1,140 km2), 32.37%
Population
 • (2013)372,803
 • Density381/sq mi (147.1/km²)
Congressional districts1st, 6th
Time zoneEastern: UTC-5/-4
Websitewww.charlestoncounty.org

Charleston County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Carolina. As of the 2010 census, its population was 350,209,[1] making it the third-most populous county in South Carolina (behind Greenville and Richland counties). Its county seat is Charleston.[2] The county was created in 1901 by an act of the South Carolina State Legislature.

Charleston County is included in the Charleston-North Charleston, SC Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,358 square miles (3,517.2 km2), of which 916.1 square miles (2,372.7 km2) is land and 441.9 square miles (1,144.5 km2) (32.37%) is water.[3] It is the largest county in South Carolina by total land and water area.

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected areas[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
CensusPop.
179066,985
180057,480−14.2%
181063,1799.9%
182080,21227.0%
183086,3387.6%
184082,661−4.3%
185072,805−11.9%
186070,100−3.7%
187088,86326.8%
1880102,80015.7%
189059,903−41.7%
190088,00646.9%
191088,5940.7%
1920108,45022.4%
1930101,050−6.8%
1940121,10519.8%
1950164,85636.1%
1960216,38231.3%
1970247,65014.5%
1980276,97411.8%
1990295,0396.5%
2000309,9695.1%
2010350,20913.0%
Est. 2013372,8036.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 309,969 people, 143,326 households, and 97,448 families residing in the county. The population density was 338 people per square mile (130/km²). There were 141,031 housing units at an average density of 154 per square mile (59/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 61.9% White, 34.5% Black or African American, 0.26% Native American, 1.12% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.99% from other races, and 1.16% from two or more races. 2.40% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 9.6% were of American, 9.5% English, 9.1% German and 7.6% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 123,326 households out of which 28.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.20% were married couples living together, 15.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.20% were non-families. 28.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.10% 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 3.01.

In the county, the age distribution of the population shows 23.70% under the age of 18, 12.00% from 18 to 24, 30.30% from 25 to 44, 22.00% from 45 to 64, and 11.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 93.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county is $37,810, and the median income for a family was $47,139. Males had a median income of $32,681 versus $25,530 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,393. About 12.40% of families and 16.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.90% of those under age 18 and 12.70% of those age 65 or over.

In the 2000 census, the county population was classified as about 86% urban. The Charleston-North Charleston Metropolitan Statistical Area includes the populations of Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester counties.

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Towns[edit]

Districts[edit]

County parks[edit]

The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission (CCPRC) [1] operates numerous facilities within Charleston County. For more information abouut CCPRC and their facilities visit www.charlestoncountyparks.com

Beach parks:

Fishing piers:

Marinas and boat landings:

Day parks:

Water parks:

Off-leash dog parks are offered at James Island, Palmetto Islands, and North Charleston Wannamaker County Park.

James Island County Park, approximately 11 minutes by car from downtown Charleston, features a 50-foot climbing wall and bouldering cave; cabin, RV, and tent camping facilities; rental facilities, fishing dock, challenge course, kayaking programs, summer camps, paved trails, and many special events such as the Lowcountry Cajun Festival (usually the first weekend in April), East Coast Canoe and Kayak Festival (3rd weekend in April), Holiday Festival of Lights (mid-November through the first of the year), and the summer outdoor reggae concerts.

Emergency services[edit]

Volunteer Rescue Squad[edit]

The Volunteer Rescue Squad is a volunteer organization consisting of over 50 members and a medical control physician. Members are certified in a variety of emergency skills, including auto extrication, fire fighting, structural collapse/urban search and rescue, diving, large animal rescue, rural search and rescue, and high angle/ technical rescue. In addition, many squad members are First Responders, EMT's and Paramedics.

For more information, please visit the organization's Web site: http://www.chasrescue.com

Notable residents[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 22, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved November 22, 2013. 
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  6. ^ Dorie J. Gilbert and Ednita M. Wright, African American Women and HIV/AIDS, Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Publishing Company, 2003, p. 154, accessed 23 January 2009

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Coordinates: 32°49′N 79°54′W / 32.82°N 79.90°W / 32.82; -79.90