Aiken County, South Carolina

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Aiken County (pronounced /ˈeɪkən/) is a county located in the U.S. state of South Carolina. In 2000, its population was 142,552; in 2005, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated that its population had reached 150,181.[1] Its county seat is Aiken.[2]

Aiken County is part of the Augusta, Georgia metropolitan area.



Both Aiken County and its county seat of Aiken are named after William Aiken (1779–1831) who was the first president of the South Carolina Railroad Company. In 1871, Aiken County was formed from pieces of Barnwell, Edgefield, Lexington, and Orangeburg counties.[3]

After the Civil War, the county became a hot spot as a winter home for affluent Northerners. The county still remains popular with horse trainers and riders.

In the 1950s, Aiken County along with the nearby counties of Allendale and Barnwell was chosen as the location for storage of nuclear materials and various fissile materials, now known as the Savannah River Site. Developed during Cold War tension the facility is now scheduled for various parts of the site to be decommissioned.[3]


Mr. Ronnie Young is the chairman of the Aiken County Council. The other members and their districts are as follows:

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