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Bamberg County, South Carolina

Bamberg County, South Carolina
Map of South Carolina highlighting Bamberg County
Location in the state of South Carolina
Map of the United States highlighting South Carolina
South Carolina's location in the U.S.
Founded 1897
Named for Francis Marion Bamberg
Seat Bamberg
Largest city Bamberg
 • Total 396 sq mi (1,026 km2)
 • Land 393 sq mi (1,018 km2)
 • Water 2.2 sq mi (6 km2), 0.6%
 • (2010) 15,987
 • Density 41/sq mi (16/km²)
Congressional district 6th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website .gov.bambergcountyscwww

Bamberg County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Carolina. As of the 2010 census, the population was 15,987,[1] making it the fourth-least populous county in South Carolina. Its county seat is Bamberg.[2]


  • History 1
  • Geography 2
    • Adjacent Counties 2.1
    • Major highways 2.2
  • Demographics 3
  • Communities 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


The county was created from the eastern portion of Barnwell County after the South Carolina Constitution was adopted in 1895 with an article prescribing the process to establish new counties.[3] The election to create Bamberg County was held on January 19, 1897. The name Bamberg was selected to honor General Francis Marion Bamberg.[4] In 1919. and again in 1920, tiny portions of northwestern Colleton County were annexed to Bamberg County.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 396 square miles (1,030 km2), of which 393 square miles (1,020 km2) is land and 2.2 square miles (5.7 km2) (0.6%) is water.[5] It is the fourth-smallest county in South Carolina by land area and third-smallest by total area.

Adjacent Counties

Major highways


As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 15,987 people residing in the county. 61.5% were Black or African American, 36.1% White, 0.4% Asian, 0.3% Native American, 0.7% of some other race and 1.0% of two or more races. 1.6% were Hispanic or Latino (of any race).

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 16,658 people, 6,123 households, and 4,255 families residing in the county. The population density was 42 people per square mile (16/km²). There were 7,130 housing units at an average density of 18 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 36.47% White, 62.50% Black or African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.14% from other races, and 0.53% from two or more races. 0.71% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 6,123 households out of which 31.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.60% were married couples living together, 21.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.50% were non-families. 27.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.40% under the age of 18, 12.90% from 18 to 24, 24.60% from 25 to 44, 23.20% from 45 to 64, and 13.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 88.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $24,007, and the median income for a family was $29,360. Males had a median income of $25,524 versus $19,191 for females. The per capita income for the county was $12,584. About 23.90% of families and 27.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 35.00% of those under age 18 and 25.80% of those age 65 or over.[12]


See also


  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. ^ Article VII - Counties and County Government of the South Carolina Constitution
  4. ^ Lawrence 2003: Chapter 6 - 1897-1899 Bamberg County Created.
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved March 16, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 16, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved March 16, 2015. 
  9. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 16, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved March 16, 2015. 
  11. ^ "American FactFinder".  
  12. ^ US Census Bureau Demographics Data
  • Lawrence, Margaret Spann (2003). Betty Jane Barker Miller, ed. History of Bamberg County, South Carolina : commemorating one hundred years (1897-1997. Spartanburg, South Carolina: The Reprint Co.  
  • Copeland, D. Graham (1940). Many years after : a bit of history and some recollections of Bamberg with appendix of data concerning a few Bamberg County families and their connections. Retrieved 5 October 2014. 

External links

Geographic data related to Bamberg County, South Carolina at OpenStreetMap

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