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Florence County, South Carolina

Florence County, South Carolina
Seal of Florence County, South Carolina
Map of South Carolina highlighting Florence 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 1888
Named for Florence Harllee
Seat Florence
Largest city Florence
 • Total 804 sq mi (2,082 km2)
 • Land 800 sq mi (2,072 km2)
 • Water 3.8 sq mi (10 km2), 0.5%
 • (2010) 136,885
 • Density 171/sq mi (66/km²)
Congressional districts 6th, 7th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website .org.florencecowww

Florence is a county located in the U.S. state of South Carolina. As of the 2010 census, its population was 136,885.[1] Its county seat is Florence.[2]

Florence County is included in the Florence, SC Metropolitan Statistical Area. The county's population is about 60% urban.


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


Florence County was formed from a section of the old Marion District in 1888. Florence County was named for the daughter of General W. W. Hardlee.[3]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 804 square miles (2,080 km2), of which 800 square miles (2,100 km2) is land and 3.8 square miles (9.8 km2) (0.5%) is water.[4]

Adjacent counties

Major highways


As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 125,761 people, 47,147 households, and 33,804 families residing in the county. The population density was 157 people per square mile (61/km²). There were 51,836 housing units at an average density of 65 per square mile (25/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 58.65% White, 39.34% Black or African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.70% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.39% from other races, and 0.68% from two or more races. 1.10% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 47,147 households out of which 33.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.70% were married couples living together, 18.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.30% were non-families. 24.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.90% under the age of 18, 9.70% from 18 to 24, 28.90% from 25 to 44, 23.60% from 45 to 64, and 11.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 88.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,144, and the median income for a family was $41,274. Males had a median income of $32,065 versus $21,906 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,876. About 13.50% of families and 16.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.30% of those under age 18 and 16.50% of those age 65 or over.

In census 2000, the population of Florence County was classified as 58% urban and 42% rural, containing the two urban areas of Florence (2000 pop. 67,314) and Lake City (8,728). Along with Darlington County, it comprises part of the Florence Metropolitan Statistical Area.


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. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 127. 
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved March 17, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 17, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved March 17, 2015. 
  8. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 17, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved March 17, 2015. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder".  

External links

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

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