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Jasper County, South Carolina
Jasper County
Jasper County Courthouse
Map of South Carolina highlighting Jasper County
Location within the U.S. state of South Carolina
Map of the United States highlighting South Carolina
South Carolina's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 32°26?N 81°01?W / 32.44°N 81.02°W / 32.44; -81.02
Country
State South Carolina
Founded1912
SeatRidgeland
Largest cityHardeeville
Area
 o Total699 sq mi (1,810 km2)
 o Land655 sq mi (1,700 km2)
 o Water44 sq mi (110 km2)  6.3%%
Population
 o Total24,777
 o Estimate 
(2018)
28,971
 o Density35/sq mi (14/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern)
 o Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Congressional district6th
Websitewww.jaspercountysc.org

Jasper County is the southernmost county in the U.S. state of South Carolina. As of the 2010 census, the population was 24,777.[1] Its county seat is Ridgeland.[2] The county was formed in 1912 from portions of Hampton County and Beaufort County.

Jasper County is included in the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is located in the Lowcountry region of the state. For several decades, in contrast to neighboring Beaufort County, Jasper was one of the poorest counties in the state. Recent development from 2000 onwards has given the county new residents, expanded business opportunities, and a wealthier tax base. Since 2010, Jasper County is the second-fastest-growing county by population in South Carolina, behind Horry County.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 699 square miles (1,810 km2), of which 655 square miles (1,700 km2) is land and 44 square miles (110 km2) (6.3%) is water.[3]

Adjacent counties

National protected areas

Demographics

2000 census

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 20,678 people, 7,042 households, and 5,091 families residing in the county. The population density was 32 people per square mile (12/km²). There were 7,928 housing units at an average density of 12 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 52.69% Black or African American, 42.39% White, 0.37% Native American, 0.44% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 3.39% from other races, and 0.67% from two or more races. 5.75% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 7,042 households out of which 34.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.1% were married couples living together, 18.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.7% were non-families. 23.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.75 and the average family size was 3.22.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.8% under the age of 18, 10.3% from 18 to 24, 30.7% from 25 to 44, 21.2% from 45 to 64, and 11.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 111.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 111.3 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,727, and the median income for a family was $36,793. Males had a median income of $29,407 versus $21,055 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,161. About 15.4% of families and 20.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.3% of those under age 18 and 21.4% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 24,777 people, 8,517 households, and 5,944 families residing in the county.[10] The population density was 37.8 inhabitants per square mile (14.6/km2). There were 10,299 housing units at an average density of 15.7 per square mile (6.1/km2).[11] The racial makeup of the county was 46.0% black or African American, 43.0% white, 0.7% Asian, 0.5% American Indian, 0.1% Pacific islander, 8.3% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 15.1% of the population.[10] In terms of ancestry, 7.1% were Irish, and 2.5% were American.[12]

Of the 8,517 households, 36.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.2% were married couples living together, 18.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 30.2% were non-families, and 24.8% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.23. The median age was 34.6 years.[10]

The median income for a household in the county was $37,393 and the median income for a family was $45,800. Males had a median income of $31,999 versus $24,859 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,997. About 14.2% of families and 21.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 32.2% of those under age 18 and 14.5% of those age 65 or over.[13]

Government

Jasper County is governed by a five-member partisan county council, who are elected in staggered four year terms. The council appoints a county administrator who is tasked with running the day-to-day operations of the county, with the exception of the Sheriff's Office.

Mary Gordon Ellis, the first woman elected to the South Carolina legislature, represented Jasper County in the state senate for one term, from 1928 to 1932, after having previously served as state superintendent of schools.[14]

Politics

Presidential elections results
Presidential elections results[15]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2016 45.4% 5,187 52.1% 5,956 2.5% 284
2012 41.6% 4,169 57.5% 5,757 1.0% 95
2008 38.0% 3,365 60.9% 5,389 1.1% 100
2004 42.8% 2,933 56.1% 3,840 1.1% 73
2000 37.3% 2,414 56.4% 3,646 6.3% 409
1996 31.3% 2,024 62.7% 4,053 6.0% 391
1992 29.9% 1,725 59.9% 3,453 10.2% 585
1988 40.7% 2,004 58.7% 2,894 0.6% 31
1984 45.1% 3,102 54.6% 3,753 0.4% 24
1980 32.5% 1,617 66.7% 3,312 0.8% 40
1976 29.5% 1,221 70.1% 2,903 0.4% 16
1972 57.2% 1,650 41.7% 1,203 1.1% 31
1968 20.3% 633 45.0% 1,402 34.7% 1,081
1964 61.4% 1,593 38.6% 1,002
1960 51.9% 779 48.1% 721
1956 31.7% 403 16.5% 210 51.8% 658
1952 55.7% 800 44.3% 636
1948 3.5% 31 15.9% 141 80.6% 715
1944 4.0% 18 50.7% 230 45.4% 206
1940 8.9% 41 91.1% 418
1936 0.9% 4 99.1% 452
1932 2.7% 11 97.3% 399
1928 4.7% 5 95.3% 102
1924 0.0% 0 69.5% 89 30.5% 39
1920 0.0% 0 100.0% 219
1916 0.0% 0 100.0% 243
1912 0.0% 0 100.0% 198

Communities

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Town

Unincorporated communities

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on June 6, 2011. Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved .
  3. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved 2015.
  4. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved 2019.
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on April 26, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  6. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved 2015.
  7. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015.
  8. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved 2015.
  9. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved .
  10. ^ a b c "DP-1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved .
  11. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved .
  12. ^ "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES - 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved .
  13. ^ "DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS - 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved .
  14. ^ "Women Wielding Power-South Carolina". nwhm.org. Archived from the original on 6 September 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  15. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved .

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Coordinates: 32°26?N 81°01?W / 32.44°N 81.02°W / 32.44; -81.02


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