Bamberg County, South Carolina

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Bamberg County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Carolina. In 2000, its population was 16,658; a 2005 estimate placed the population at 15,880.[1] Its county seat is the city of Bamberg.[2]

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History

The county was created from the eastern portion of Barnwell County after the South Carolina Constitution was adopted in 1895 with an article prescribing the process to establish new counties.[3] The election to create Bamberg County was held on January 19, 1897. The name Bamberg was selected to honor General Francis Marion Bamberg.[4] In 1919. and again in 1920, tiny portions of northwestern Colleton County were annexed to Bamberg County.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 395 square miles (1,023.0 km2), of which 393 square miles (1,017.9 km2) is land and 2 square miles (5.2 km2) (0.56%) is water.

Adjacent Counties

Demographics

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 16,658 people, 6,123 households, and 4,255 families residing in the county. The population density was 42 people per square mile (16/km²). There were 7,130 housing units at an average density of 18 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 36.47% White, 62.50% Black or African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.14% from other races, and 0.53% from two or more races. 0.71% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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