World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Lancaster, South Carolina

Lancaster, South Carolina
Main street intersecting with East Arch Street.
Main street intersecting with East Arch Street.
Official seal of Lancaster, South Carolina
Nickname(s): The Red Rose City
Motto: "Forward Together, the Spirit of Lancaster"
Location of Lancaster, South Carolina
Location of Lancaster, South Carolina
Country United States
State South Carolina
County Lancaster
 • Mayor Joe M. Shaw
 • City 5.9 sq mi (15.3 km2)
 • Land 5.8 sq mi (15.1 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)
Elevation 568 ft (173 m)
Population (2010)
 • City 10,160
 • Density 1,406.2/sq mi (543.0/km2)
 • Urban 23,979
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 29720-29722
Area code(s) 803
FIPS code 45-39895[1]
GNIS feature ID 1246285[2]
Website .com.lancastercityscwww

The city of Lancaster is the county seat of Lancaster County, South Carolina located in the Charlotte Metropolitan Area. As of the United States Census of 2010, the city population was 10,160 while its urban population was 23,979. The city was named after the famous House of Lancaster. Locally, Lancaster is pronounced /ˈleɪŋkɨstər/ , rather than the usual American pronunciation /ˈlænkæstər/ . The modern British pronunciation is .


  • History 1
  • Geography 2
  • Demographics 3
  • Schools 4
  • Notable people 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


The Robert Barnwell Allison House, Craig House, Cureton House, Thomas Walker Huey House, Lancaster Cotton Oil Company, Lancaster County Courthouse, Lancaster County Jail, Lancaster Downtown Historic District, Lancaster Presbyterian Church, Mount Carmel A.M.E. Zion Campground, North Carolina-South Carolina Cornerstone, Perry-McIlwain-McDow House, Leroy Springs House, Wade-Beckham House, and Waxhaw Presbyterian Church Cemetery are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[3][4]


Lancaster is located at (34.721100, -80.773315).[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.9 square miles (15 km2), of which 5.8 square miles (15 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (1.36%) is water.


Group of boys working in Lancaster Cotton Mills. November 1908. Photographed by Lewis Hine.

As of the census[1] of 2010, there were 10,160 people, 5,396 households, and 3,115 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,406.2 people per square mile (543.4/km²). There were 3,778 housing units at an average density of 649.7 per square mile (251.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 49.49% African American, 47.54% White, 0.12% Native American, 0.88% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.15% from other races, and 0.78% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.25% of the population.

There were 3,396 households out of which 27.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 35.5% were married couples living together, 22.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.7% were non-families. 33.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.8% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 26.8% from 25 to 44, 21.8% from 45 to 64, and 16.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 83.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 77.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $28,650, and the median income for a family was $33,380. Males had a median income of $27,090 versus $22,382 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,828. About 18.0% of families and 23.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 33.2% of those under age 18 and 17.8% of those age 65 or over.


Lancaster is home to the Lancaster County School District, SC which has around 11 elementary schools, 5 middle schools, and 4 high schools. In 2008 South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford named Andrew Jackson Middle School, located in nearby Kershaw, as the recipient of the state's Best Special Education School Award. The city of Lancaster is also home to the University of South Carolina at Lancaster also known as USCL.

Public Schools Located in Lancaster :

  • Andrew Jackson High School
  • Andrew Jackson Middle School
  • Heath Springs Elementary School
  • Kershaw Elementary School
  • A.R. Rucker Middle School
  • Erwin Elementary School
  • Buford Middle School
  • Buford High School
  • South Middle School
  • North Elementary School
  • McDonald Green Elementary School
  • Brooklyn Springs Elementary School
  • Clinton Elementary School
  • Discovery Elementary School
  • Southside Pre-School

Private Schools


Notable people


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder".  
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names".  
  3. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places.  
  4. ^ "National Register of Historic Places". Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 12/03/12 through 12/07/12. National Park Service. 2012-12-14. 
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Lancaster Police Department
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.