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Sumter County, South Carolina

Sumter County, South Carolina
Sumter County Courthouse, Sumter
Map of South Carolina highlighting Sumter 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 1800
Named for Thomas Sumter
Seat Sumter
Largest city Sumter
 • Total 682 sq mi (1,766 km2)
 • Land 665 sq mi (1,722 km2)
 • Water 17 sq mi (44 km2), 2.5%
 • (2010) 107,456
 • Density 162/sq mi (63/km²)
Congressional districts 5th, 6th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website .org.sumtercountyscwww

Sumter County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Carolina. As of the 2010 census, the population was 107,456; in a 2013 census estimate, the population was at 108,123.[1] Its county seat is Sumter.[2] The county was created in 1800.[3]

Sumter County comprises the Sumter, SC Metropolitan Statistical Area.

It is the home of Shaw AFB, headquarters to the 9th Air Force, AFCENT, United States Army Central, with a number of other tenant units. It is one of largest bases in the USAF's Air Combat Command.


  • Geography 1
    • Adjacent counties 1.1
  • Demographics 2
  • Communities 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 682 square miles (1,770 km2), of which 665 square miles (1,720 km2) is land and 17 square miles (44 km2) (2.5%) is water.[4] It is drained by the Black River and its tributaries.[5] Its western border is formed by the Wateree River.

Adjacent counties


As of the census[11] of 2010, there were 107,456 people, 46,079 households, and 27,616 families residing in the county. The population density was 157 people per square mile (61/km²). As of a 2012 estimate, there were 46,452 housing units at an average density of 63 per square mile (24/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 49.4% White, 47.0% Black or African American, 0.4% Native American, 1.2% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.80% from other races, and 1.08% from two or more races. 3.6% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 37,728 households out of which 36.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.20% were married couples living together, 18.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.80% were non-families. 23.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.17.

In the county, the population was spread out with 28.10% under the age of 18, 10.50% from 18 to 24, 29.40% from 25 to 44, 20.70% from 45 to 64, and 11.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 93.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $33,278, and the median income for a family was $38,970. Males had a median income of $28,083 versus $21,162 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,657. About 13.10% of families and 16.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.60% of those under age 18 and 17.40% of those age 65 or over.


Statue of Thomas Sumter on the courthouse lawn in Sumter

See also


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 14 Apr 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "South Carolina: Individual County Chronologies". South Carolina Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. The Newberry Library. 2009. Retrieved March 21, 2015. 
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved March 19, 2015. 
  5. ^  "Sumter, the name of four counties in the United States. I. An E. county of South Carolina".  
  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 19, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved March 19, 2015. 
  9. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 19, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved March 19, 2015. 
  11. ^ "American FactFinder".  

External links

  • Sumter County official website
  • Central Carolina Technical College
  • Sumter County SC Community
  • Sumter Economic Development

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