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Darlington County, South Carolina

Darlington County, South Carolina
Map of South Carolina highlighting Darlington 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 1785
Seat Darlington
Largest city Hartsville
 • Total 567 sq mi (1,469 km2)
 • Land 561 sq mi (1,453 km2)
 • Water 5.7 sq mi (15 km2), 1.0%
 • (2010) 68,681
 • Density 122/sq mi (47/km²)
Congressional district 7th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website .com.darcoscwww

Darlington County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Carolina. As of the 2010 census, its population was at 68,681.[1] Its county seat is Darlington.[2]

Darlington County is included in the Florence, SC Metropolitan Statistical Area. The county's population was nearly 60% rural in 2000.


  • Geography 1
    • Adjacent counties 1.1
  • Demographics 2
  • In popular culture 3
  • Communities 4
  • Notable residents 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 567 square miles (1,470 km2), of which 561 square miles (1,450 km2) is land and 5.7 square miles (15 km2) (1.0%) is water.[3]

Adjacent counties


As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 67,394 people, 25,793 households, and 18,441 families residing in the county. The population density was 120 people per square mile (46/km²). There were 28,942 housing units at an average density of 52 per square mile (20/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 56.98% White, 41.70% Black or African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.39% from other races, and 0.52% from two or more races. 0.98% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 25,793 households out of which 32.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.30% were married couples living together, 18.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.50% were non-families. 25.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.30% under the age of 18, 9.00% from 18 to 24, 28.20% from 25 to 44, 24.40% from 45 to 64, and 12.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 89.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,087, and the median income for a family was $37,662. Males had a median income of $30,947 versus $20,998 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,283. About 16.40% of families and 20.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.70% of those under age 18 and 22.10% of those age 65 or over.

As of Census 2000, Darlington County was classified as 41% urban and 59% rural. It contains the two urbanized areas of Hartsville (2000 pop. 14,907) and Darlington (12,066). The county's population is included within the Florence Metropolitan Statistical Area.

In popular culture

Darlington County is the subject of a song of the same name on Bruce Springsteen's 1984 album, Born in the U.S.A.


Notable residents

See also


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 23, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved March 17, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 17, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved March 17, 2015. 
  7. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 17, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved March 17, 2015. 
  9. ^ "American FactFinder".  
  10. ^ "John Sidney Killen". Retrieved March 19, 2015. 

External links

  • Darlington County's Website
  • Darlington County School District
  • History of the Old Cheraws1905 Reprint of Bishop Gregg's with additional material as an appendix. (Google Book pdf)

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