|Clarendon County, South Carolina|
Location in the state of South Carolina
South Carolina's location in the U.S.
696 sq mi (1,803 km²)
607 sq mi (1,572 km²)
88 sq mi (228 km²), 12.72%
57/sq mi (22.2/km²)
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 696 square miles (1,802.6 km2), of which 607 square miles (1,572.1 km2) is land and 88 square miles (227.9 km2) (12.72%) is water.
Clarendon County is characterized by a Humid subtropical climate with hot, humid summers and cool, dry winters. The county also holds the state's records for both maximum 24 hour snowfall and largest hailstone.
As of the census of 2000, there were 32,502 people, 11,812 households, and 8,599 families residing in the county. The population density was 54 people per square mile (21/km²). There were 15,303 housing units at an average density of 25 per square mile (10/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 44.93% White, 53.14% Black or African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.26% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.88% from other races, and 0.52% from two or more races. 1.72% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 11,812 households out of which 31.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.50% were married couples living together, 19.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.20% were non-families. 24.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.12.
In the county, the population was spread out with 25.70% under the age of 18, 10.50% from 18 to 24, 25.10% from 25 to 44, 24.70% from 45 to 64, and 14.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 96.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.20 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $27,131, and the median income for a family was $33,951. Males had a median income of $28,459 versus $20,011 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,998. About 18.70% of families and 23.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.10% of those under age 18 and 24.60% of those age 65 or over.
From Summerton in Clarendon County came the landmark desegregation case Briggs v. Elliott (Court citation:347 US 483). Briggs was the first filed of the four cases combined into Brown v. Board of Education, in which the United States Supreme Court in 1954 officially overturned racial segregation in public schools.
The African-American Macedonia Baptist Church in Clarendon County was burned in 1997 by the Ku Klux Klan. Attorney, Tom Turnipseed of Columbia, South Carolina, won a $37 million judgment from the KKK for the church.
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