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Marion County, South Carolina

Marion County, South Carolina
Map of South Carolina highlighting Marion 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
Seat Marion
Largest city Marion
 • Total 494 sq mi (1,279 km2)
 • Land 489 sq mi (1,267 km2)
 • Water 4.9 sq mi (13 km2), 1.0%
 • (2010) 33,062
 • Density 68/sq mi (26/km²)
Congressional district 7th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website .org.marionscwww

Marion County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Carolina. As of the 2010 census, its population was 33,062.[1] Its county seat is Marion.[2] The county was created in 1785 and was originally known as Liberty County. However, four years later it was renamed Marion County, in honor Brigadier General Francis Marion,[3] the famous "Swamp Fox" and a hero of the American Revolutionary War.


  • Geography 1
    • Adjacent counties 1.1
    • National protected area 1.2
    • Major highways 1.3
  • Demographics 2
  • Communities 3
  • Historic places 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 494 square miles (1,280 km2), of which 489 square miles (1,270 km2) is land and 4.9 square miles (13 km2) (1.0%) is water.[4]

Adjacent counties

National protected area

Major highways


As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 33,062 people residing in the county. 55.9% were Black or African American, 40.6% White, 0.5% Asian, 0.4% Native American, 1.3% of some other race and 1.2% of two or more races. 2.4% were Hispanic or Latino (of any race).

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 35,466 people, 13,301 households, and 9,510 families residing in the county. The population density was 72 people per square mile (28/km²). There were 15,143 housing units at an average density of 31 per square mile (12/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 41.69% White, 56.35% Black or African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.90% from other races, and 0.52% from two or more races. 1.79% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 13,301 households out of which 32.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.30% were married couples living together, 23.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.50% were non-families. 25.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.16.

In the county, the population was spread out with 27.60% under the age of 18, 9.70% from 18 to 24, 26.80% from 25 to 44, 23.80% from 45 to 64, and 12.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 85.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $26,526, and the median income for a family was $32,932. Males had a median income of $26,133 versus $18,392 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,878. About 18.90% of families and 23.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 33.30% of those under age 18 and 23.50% of those age 65 or over.

According to the 2010 U.S. Religious Census, Marion County had the highest concentration of followers of the Bahá'í Faith of any county in the United States, at 5.5%.[11]


Historic places

  • Neal and Dixon's Warehouse
  • Marion Courthouse
  • Records Building
  • Old Opera House (Gasque Motor Co.)
  • Marion Public Library
  • Presbyterian Church
  • Masonic Lodge
  • McDonald-McLendon House
  • Gibson-Rogers House
  • Oakenwald (Jones-Hunter House)
  • Bluefields (Blue-McCollum House)
  • Montgomery-Boyce House
  • Gasque House
  • Godbold-Davis House
  • McIntyre-Ammons House
  • Young-Johnson House
  • Gibson-Witherspoon House
  • Durantia (Durant Family)
  • the Marion County Museum
  • Wilcox-Turbeville House


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 25, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. U.S. Government Printing Office. p. 200. 
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved March 18, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 18, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved March 18, 2015. 
  8. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 18, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved March 18, 2015. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder".  
  11. ^ Religious Congregations and Membership Study. "2010 Religious Census Data" (PDF). Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 

External links

  • Sellers, W. W. (William W.). A history of Marion county, South Carolina, from its earliest times to the present, 1901 (1902) on Internet Archive
  • History of the Old Cheraws1905 Reprint of Bishop Gregg's with additional material as an appendix. (Google Book pdf)

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