Dillon County, South Carolina

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Dillon County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Carolina. Founded in 1910 from a portion of Marion County, both Dillon County and its county seat, the city of Dillon, were named for prosperous local citizen James W. Dillon (1826-1913), an Irishman who settled there and led a campaign to bring the railroad into the community. The result of this effort was the construction of the Wilson Short Cut Railroad, which later became part of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad, and which brought greater prosperity to the area by directly linking Dillon County to the national network of railroads.[1]

In 2000, the county's population was 30,722; in 2005, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated that its population had reached 30,974.[2] [3]

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 407 square miles (1,054.1 km2), of which 405 square miles (1,048.9 km2) is land and 2 square miles (5.2 km2) (0.42%) is water.

Adjacent Counties

Demographics

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 30,722 people, 11,199 households, and 8,063 families residing in the county. The population density was 76 people per square mile (29/km²). There were 12,679 housing units at an average density of 31 per square mile (12/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 50.39% White, 45.35% Black or African American, 2.21% Native American, 0.34% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.99% from other races, and 0.70% from two or more races. 1.75% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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