Calhoun County, South Carolina

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Calhoun County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Carolina. In 2000, its population was 15,185; a 2005 Census Bureau estimate placed the population at 15,100.[1] It is named for John C. Calhoun, the former U.S. Vice-President, Senator, Representative and cabinet member from South Carolina. It was formed in 1908 from portions of Lexington and Orangeburg counties. Its county seat is St. Matthews.[2]

Calhoun County is part of the Columbia, South Carolina, Metropolitan Statistical Area.



Calhoun County is the smallest county in area in South Carolina. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 392 square miles (1,015.3 km2), of which 380 square miles (984.2 km2) is land and 12 square miles (31.1 km2) (3.09%) is water.

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As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 15,185 people, 5,917 households, and 4,272 families residing in the county. The population density was 40 people per square mile (15/km²). There were 6,864 housing units at an average density of 18 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 50.03% White, 48.69% Black or African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.14% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.24% from other races, and 0.69% from two or more races. 1.40% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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