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Pageland, South Carolina


Pageland, South Carolina

Pageland, South Carolina
Downtown Pageland, 2011
Downtown Pageland, 2011
Nickname(s): Watermelon Capital of the World
Location of Pageland, South Carolina
Location of Pageland, South Carolina
Country United States
State South Carolina
County Chesterfield
Chartered January 11, 1908
 • Type Council
 • Mayor Jason Evans
 • Town Council Johnny Knight, Elaine Robertson, Joe Clontz, Shane Hancock, Jimmy Baker, Harold Hutto
 • Total 4.4 sq mi (11.4 km2)
 • Land 4.4 sq mi (11.3 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 656 ft (200 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 2,760
 • Density 632/sq mi (244.0/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 29728
Area code(s) 843
FIPS code 45-54025[1]
GNIS feature ID 1250011[2]
Website .com.townofpagelandwww

Pageland is a town in Chesterfield County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 2,760 at the 2010 census.[3] It is home to the annual Pageland Watermelon Festival. Pageland's water tower features a watermelon on the tank, highlighting the importance of watermelons to the local economy.


  • Geography 1
    • Neighboring towns 1.1
    • Major highways 1.2
  • Demographics 2
  • Politics 3
  • Education 4
    • High schools 4.1
    • Middle schools 4.2
    • Elementary schools 4.3
    • Primary schools 4.4
  • Local media 5
  • Notable people 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


Pageland is located in northwestern Chesterfield County at (34.771272, -80.391630).[4] U.S. Route 601 passes through the town, leading north 18 miles (29 km) to Monroe, North Carolina, and southwest 20 miles (32 km) to Kershaw. Charlotte, North Carolina, is 41 miles (66 km) to the northwest via US 601 and US 74. South Carolina Highway 9 leads east from Pageland 19 miles (31 km) to Chesterfield and west 23 miles (37 km) to Lancaster. South Carolina Highway 151 leads south 8 miles (13 km) to Jefferson.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Pageland has a total area of 4.4 square miles (11.4 km2), of which 4.4 square miles (11.3 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km2), or 0.97%, is water.[3]

Neighboring towns

Major highways


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,521 people, 964 households, and 641 families residing in the town. The population density was 575.4 people per square mile (222.2/km²). There were 1,071 housing units at an average density of 244.4/sq mi (94.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 54.34% White, 35.82% African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.99% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 7.22% from other races, and 1.35% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.77% of the population.

There were 964 households out of which 30.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.4% were married couples living together, 20.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.5% were non-families. 28.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the town the population was spread out with 25.5% under the age of 18, 11.9% from 18 to 24, 28.0% from 25 to 44, 19.2% from 45 to 64, and 15.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 92.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.9 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $29,046, and the median income for a family was $33,214. Males had a median income of $24,826 versus $18,452 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,190. About 21.5% of families and 24.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 37.2% of those under age 18 and 25.4% of those age 65 or over.


In the South Carolina House of Representatives, Pageland is located in South Carolina's 53rd House district and is represented by Republican Richie Yow. In the South Carolina Senate, Pageland is located in Senate district 27 and represented by Democrat, and former 2010 candidate for governor, Vincent Sheheen.[6][7]

In the US House of Representatives, Pageland is entirely located in South Carolina's 7th Congressional District. As of the 2012 House elections, it is represented by Republican Tom Rice, who comes from Horry County. Pageland was formerly located in South Carolina's 5th Congressional District which was one of the seats that the Democrats lost to the Republicans during the 2010 election; before the 2010 election, congressman John M. Spratt had represented the district since 1983 but was defeated 55% to 45% by Republican Mick Mulvaney in 2010.


The town's youth and children are provided with an education through the Chesterfield County School District as well as a private Christian school.

Northeastern Technical College, part of the South Carolina Technical College System, has a branch in Pageland.

High schools

  • Central High School, Pageland
  • South Pointe Christian School, Pageland

Middle schools

  • New Heights Middle School, Jefferson

Elementary schools

  • Pageland Elementary School, Pageland

Primary schools

  • Petersburg Primary School, Pageland

Local media

The local newspaper is The Pageland Journal, which is published weekly on Tuesday.[8] Pageland is also covered by The Link, which is published weekly on Tuesday.[9]

Notable people


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder".  
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names".  
  3. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001): Pageland town, South Carolina". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved July 1, 2015. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  5. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  6. ^
  7. ^
  8. ^ "About Us". The Pageland Journal. Retrieved May 6, 2015. 
  9. ^ "About Us". The Link. Retrieved May 6, 2015. 

External links

  • Town of Pageland official website
  • Pageland Chamber of Commerce
  • Pageland Watermelon Festival
  • Chesterfield County School District
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