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Laurens County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Carolina. As of the 2010 census, its population was 66,537.[1] Its county seat is Laurens.[2] Laurens County is included in the Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Contents

1 History 2 Geography

2.1 Adjacent counties 2.2 Major highways 2.3 National protected area

3 Demographics

3.1 2000 census 3.2 2010 census

4 Education 5 2016 presidential election 6 Communities

6.1 Cities 6.2 Towns 6.3 Census-designated places 6.4 Unincorporated communities

7 Notable people 8 See also 9 References 10 External links

History[edit] Laurens County was formed in 1785. It was named after Henry Laurens, the fifth president of the Continental Congress. One of nine modern counties of the Colonial Ninety-Six District, Laurens County hosted more "official" (i.e. officially recognized and contemporaneously documented by competent governments) battles than did half of the original colonies. The Battle of Musgrove Mill was the first time during the American Revolution that regular soldiers of Great Britain were defeated in battle by militia. Those battles in modern Laurens County were:

Fort Lindley/Lindler Widow Kellet's Block House Musgrove's Mill Farrow's Station Duncan Creek Meeting House Indian Creek Hammond's Store Fort Williams (not to be confused with Williamson's fort some 25 miles south in Greenwood County) Cedar Springs (begun in Cross Anchor SC, then an old-fashioned "Hoss Chase" of fifty eight miles through four counties and ended in NC after about 30 hours!) Mud Lick Creek Hayes' Station. (Joe Goldsmith, State Historian, SC Soc., Sons of the American Revolution)

Geography[edit] According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 724 square miles (1,880 km2), of which 714 square miles (1,850 km2) is land and 10 square miles (26 km2) (1.4%) is water.[3] Adjacent counties[edit]

Spartanburg County - north Union County - northeast Newberry County - southeast Greenwood County - south Abbeville County - southwest Anderson County - west Greenville County - northwest

Major highways[edit]

Interstate 26 Interstate 385 U.S. Route 25 U.S. Route 76 U.S. Route 221 South Carolina Highway 72 South Carolina Highway 418

National protected area[edit]

Sumter National Forest (part)

Demographics[edit]

Historical population

Census Pop.

1790 9,337

1800 12,809

37.2%

1810 14,982

17.0%

1820 17,682

18.0%

1830 20,863

18.0%

1840 21,584

3.5%

1850 23,407

8.4%

1860 23,858

1.9%

1870 22,536

−5.5%

1880 29,444

30.7%

1890 31,610

7.4%

1900 24,311

−23.1%

1910 26,650

9.6%

1920 42,560

59.7%

1930 42,094

−1.1%

1940 44,185

5.0%

1950 46,974

6.3%

1960 47,609

1.4%

1970 49,713

4.4%

1980 52,214

5.0%

1990 58,092

11.3%

2000 69,567

19.8%

2010 66,537

−4.4%

Est. 2016 66,777 [4] 0.4%

U.S. Decennial Census[5] 1790-1960[6] 1900-1990[7] 1990-2000[8] 2010-2013[1]

2000 census[edit] As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 69,567 people, 26,290 households, and 18,876 families residing in the county. The population density was 97 people per square mile (38/km²). There were 30,239 housing units at an average density of 42 per square mile (16/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 71.57% White, 26.23% Black or African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.95% from other races, and 0.78% from two or more races. 1.94% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. There were 26,290 households out of which 32.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.10% were married couples living together, 15.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.20% were non-families. 24.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.01. In the county, the population was spread out with 25.30% under the age of 18, 9.20% from 18 to 24, 28.50% from 25 to 44, 23.80% from 45 to 64, and 13.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 93.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.70 males. The median income for a household in the county was $33,933, and the median income for a family was $39,739. Males had a median income of $30,402 versus $21,684 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,761. About 11.60% of families and 14.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.60% of those under age 18 and 13.50% of those age 65 or over. As of December 2017, the county unemployment rate was 4.4%.[10] 2010 census[edit] As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 66,537 people, 25,525 households, and 17,707 families residing in the county.[11] The population density was 93.2 inhabitants per square mile (36.0/km2). There were 30,709 housing units at an average density of 43.0 per square mile (16.6/km2).[12] The racial makeup of the county was 70.4% white, 25.4% black or African American, 0.3% Asian, 0.2% American Indian, 0.1% Pacific islander, 2.3% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 4.1% of the population.[11] In terms of ancestry, 11.8% were American, 9.8% were Irish, 9.6% were German, and 8.8% were English.[13] Of the 25,525 households, 32.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.6% were married couples living together, 17.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 30.6% were non-families, and 26.1% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.00. The median age was 39.9 years.[11] The median income for a household in the county was $37,529 and the median income for a family was $45,769. Males had a median income of $36,807 versus $26,799 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,757. About 14.1% of families and 19.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.0% of those under age 18 and 14.6% of those age 65 or over.[14] Education[edit] There are three public school districts in the county. Laurens County District 55 covers what is generally the northeastern half of the county while District 56 covers the southwestern half. The Ware Shoals area is covered by the multi-county Greenwood County District 51. There are two public high schools in the county: Laurens (in Dist. 55) and Clinton (in Dist. 56.) Public K-12 education includes Hickory Tavern Elementary, Ford Elementary, Gray Court-Owings, E.B. Morse, Hickory Tavern Middle, Laurens Middle, and Sanders Middle. Private K-12 education includes Laurens Academy. Presbyterian College, located in Clinton, is a four-year liberal-arts school founded in 1880. 2016 presidential election[edit]

Presidential Elections Results[15]

Year Republican Democratic Third Parties

2016 63.3% 16,816 33.5% 8,889 3.2% 861

2012 58.0% 14,746 40.6% 10,318 1.4% 352

2008 58.3% 15,334 40.3% 10,578 1.4% 370

2004 60.7% 14,466 38.6% 9,205 0.7% 158

2000 59.3% 12,102 38.8% 7,920 1.9% 388

1996 48.7% 8,057 42.6% 7,055 8.7% 1,435

1992 48.5% 8,347 38.6% 6,638 12.9% 2,215

1988 62.0% 9,731 37.8% 5,930 0.3% 41

1984 64.5% 9,729 35.2% 5,312 0.3% 45

1980 42.8% 6,036 55.7% 7,856 1.4% 201

1976 41.3% 5,300 58.0% 7,440 0.7% 91

1972 74.5% 8,141 24.2% 2,650 1.3% 142

1968 39.8% 4,813 24.9% 3,016 35.3% 4,279

1964 53.8% 5,081 46.2% 4,365

1960 42.1% 3,299 58.0% 4,547

1956 20.7% 1,377 56.1% 3,726 23.2% 1,545

1952 47.9% 3,400 52.1% 3,697

1948 2.6% 69 19.5% 513 77.9% 2,047

1944 1.8% 38 93.4% 1,924 4.8% 98

1940 1.5% 40 98.5% 2,697

1936 0.4% 13 99.6% 3,069

1932 0.5% 13 99.4% 2,750 0.1% 4

1928 2.2% 44 97.6% 1,989 0.2% 4

1924 0.3% 6 99.5% 2,105 0.2% 4

1920 1.5% 35 98.5% 2,263

1916 0.7% 14 98.7% 1,895 0.6% 12

1912 0.4% 6 98.5% 1,566 1.1% 18

1904 2.7% 50 97.2% 1,779 0.1% 1

1900 1.9% 30 98.1% 1,540

Main articles: United States presidential election in South Carolina, 2016 and United States presidential election, 2016

United States presidential election in Laurens County, SC (2016)

Party Candidate Votes %

Republican Donald Trump 16,770 63.3%

Democratic Hillary Clinton 8,845 33.4%

Libertarian Gary Johnson 373 1.4%

Independent Evan McMullin 200 0.8%

Green Jill Stein 124 0.5%

Constitution Darrell Castle 122 0.5%

American Peter Skewes 40 0.2%

Total votes 26,474 100%

Communities[edit] Cities[edit]

Clinton Fountain Inn (mostly in Greenville County) Laurens (county seat)

Towns[edit]

Cross Hill Gray Court Ware Shoals (mostly in Greenwood, partly in Abbeville Counties) Waterloo

Census-designated places[edit]

Joanna Mountville Princeton Watts Mills

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Barksdale Hickory Tavern Kinards (partly in Newberry County) Madden Owings

Notable people[edit]

James Adair, (c.1709–c.1783), historian, resided in Laurens County in later life.[16] Andrew Johnson, 17th President of the United States, worked as a tailor in Laurens during the 1820s. William Y. Thompson (born 1922), historian, resided in Clinton from 1950-1955. William Dunlap Simpson, 78th Governor of South Carolina and Chief Justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court from 1880-1890. Pat Cannon, United States Representative from Florida; raised in Laurens County.[17]

See also[edit]

National Register of Historic Places listings in Laurens County, South Carolina Tryon County, North Carolina

References[edit]

^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 13, 2011. Retrieved November 25, 2013.  ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.  ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved March 18, 2015.  ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.  ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 18, 2015.  ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved March 18, 2015.  ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 18, 2015.  ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved March 18, 2015.  ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14.  ^ "Monthly Unemployment Rates Ranked By County". www.eascinc.com. Retrieved 2018-03-13.  ^ a b c "DP-1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-03-11.  ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-03-11.  ^ "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-03-11.  ^ "DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-03-11.  ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved 2018-03-13.  ^ Who Was Who in America, Historical Volume, 1607-1896. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who. 1963.  ^ "Cannon, Arthur Patrick (Pat), (1904 - 1966)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved September 4, 2012. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Laurens County, South Carolina at Wikimedia Commons Geographic data related to Laurens County, South Carolina at OpenStreetMap Laurens County website Portal style website, Government, Business, Library, Recreation and more Laurens County Economic Development and Chamber of Commerce ACCESS 15, Laurens County Public, educational, and government access (PEG) cable TV channel Laurens County, South Carolina DNA Project Selected Historical Information about Laurens County City-Data.com Comprehensive Statistical Data and more about Laurens County Laurens County History and Images

Places adjacent to Laurens County, South Carolina

Greenville County Spartanburg County Union County

Anderson County

Laurens County, South Carolina

Abbeville County Greenwood County Newberry County

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Municipalities and communities of Laurens County, South Carolina, United States

County seat: Laurens

Cities

Clinton Fountain Inn‡ Laurens

Towns

Cross Hill Gray Court Ware Shoals‡ Waterloo

CDPs

Joanna Mountville Princeton Watts Mills

Unincorporated communities

Hickory Tavern Kinards‡

Footnotes

‡This populated place also has portions in an adjacent county or counties

v t e

 State of South Carolina

Columbia (capital)

Regions

Atlantic Coastal Plain Blue Ridge Mountains Grand Strand High Hills of Santee Lake Murray Country Lowcountry Metrolina Midlands Ninety-Six District Olde English District Pee Dee Piedmont Sandhills Sea Islands Upstate

Seal of South Carolina

Larger cities

Charleston Columbia Greenville North Charleston Rock Hill Spartanburg

Smaller cities

Aiken Anderson Beaufort Bennettsville Camden Cayce Conway Easley Florence Forest Acres Gaffney Georgetown Greenwood Greer Goose Creek Hilton Head Island Isle of Palms Laurens Lexington Mauldin Myrtle Beach North Augusta North Myrtle Beach Orangeburg Simpsonville Summerville Sumter Union Walterboro West Columbia York

Towns

Abbeville Barnwell Batesburg-Leesville Bluffton Clemson Darlington Dillon Edgefield Fort Mill Fountain Inn Great Falls Hardeeville Irmo Jefferson Kingstree Liberty Marion McCormick Moncks Corner Mount Pleasant Newberry Pageland Pendleton Pickens Seneca Sullivan's Island Travelers Rest Walhalla Westminster Williamston

CDPs

Berea Carolina Forest Dentsville Gantt Garden City Ladson Parker Red Hill Saint Andrews Seven Oaks Socastee Taylors Wade Hampton

Counties

Abbeville Aiken Allendale Anderson Bamberg Barnwell Beaufort Berkeley Calhoun Charleston Cherokee Chester Chesterfield Clarendon Colleton Darlington Dillon Dorchester Edgefield Fairfield Florence Georgetown Greenville Greenwood Hampton Horry Jasper Kershaw Lancaster Laurens Lee Lexington Marion Marlboro McCormick Newberry Oconee Orangeburg Pickens Richland Saluda Spartanburg Sumter Union Williamsburg York

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Coordinates: 34°29′N 82°01′W / 34.48°N 82.01°W

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