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Lexington County, South Carolina

Lexington County, South Carolina
Motto: In God We Trust
Map of South Carolina highlighting Lexington 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
Named for Battle of Lexington and Concord
Seat Lexington
Largest town Lexington
 • Total 758 sq mi (1,963 km2)
 • Land 699 sq mi (1,810 km2)
 • Water 59 sq mi (153 km2), 7.8%
Population (est.)
 • (2014) 277,888 [1]
 • Density 375/sq mi (145/km²)
Congressional district 2nd
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website .com.lex-cowww

Lexington County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Carolina. As of the 2010 census, the population was 262,391,[2] and the 2014 population estimate was 277,888.[1] Its county seat and largest town is Lexington.[3] The county was created in 1785.[4] Its name commemorates the Battle of Lexington in the American Revolutionary War.[5]

Lexington County is part of the Columbia, SC Metropolitan Statistical Area.


  • Geography 1
    • Adjacent counties 1.1
  • Climate 2
  • Demographics 3
  • Transportation 4
  • Referendums and elections 5
  • Communities 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 758 square miles (1,960 km2), of which 699 square miles (1,810 km2) is land and 59 square miles (150 km2) (7.8%) is water.[6] The largest body of water is Lake Murray. While other waterways include Broad River, Saluda River and Congaree River

Adjacent counties


Lexington County, SC, gets 48 inches of rain per year. The US average is 37. Snowfall is 2 inches. The average US city gets 25 inches of snow per year. The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 104.

On average, there are 218 sunny days per year in Lexington County, SC. The July high is around 92 degrees. The January low is 33. The comfort index, which is based on humidity during the hot months, is a 29 out of 100, where higher is more comfortable. The US average on the comfort index is 44.[7]


As of the census[13] of 2000, there were 216,014 people, 83,240 households, and 59,849 families residing in the county. The population density was 309 people per square mile (119/km²). There were 90,978 housing units at an average density of 130 per square mile (50/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 84.18% White, 12.63% Black or African American, 0.34% Native American, 1.05% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.79% from other races, and 0.98% from two or more races. 1.92% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 83,240 households out of which 35.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.60% were married couples living together, 11.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.10% were non-families. 22.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.10% under the age of 18, 8.30% from 18 to 24, 31.60% from 25 to 44, 23.80% from 45 to 64, and 10.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 94.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $44,659, and the median income for a family was $52,637. Males had a median income of $36,435 versus $26,387 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,063. About 6.40% of families and 9.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.10% of those under age 18 and 9.30% of those age 65 or over.


Public transportation in Lexington County is provided by the Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority.

Referendums and elections

On November 4, 2014, Lexington County residents voted against a proposed sales tax increase. The money generated from this tax would have mostly been used to improve traffic conditions upon roadways.[14] Likewise on November 4, 2014, residents voted to repeal a ban on alcohol sales on Sundays within the county.[15]


See also


  1. ^ a b,063.html
  2. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 18, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ "South Carolina: Individual County Chronologies". South Carolina Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. The Newberry Library. 2009. Retrieved March 21, 2015. 
  5. ^ Barefoot, Daniel W. (1999). Touring South Carolina's Revolutionary War Sites. John F. Blair, Publisher. p. 293. 
  6. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved March 18, 2015. 
  7. ^ Climate in Lexington County, South Carolina. Retrieved on 2013-07-24.
  8. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  9. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 18, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved March 18, 2015. 
  11. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 18, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved March 18, 2015. 
  13. ^ "American FactFinder".  
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External links

  •  "Lexington, a central county of South Carolina".  

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