Dorchester County, South Carolina

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Dorchester County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Carolina. The 2000 census recorded its population to be 96,413. In 2005, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated that its population had reached 112,858. [1] Its county seat is St. George.[2]

As defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, and used by the U.S. Census Bureau for statistical purposes only, Dorchester County is included within the Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville metropolitan area.



Dorchester county is named for its first settlement area, which was established by Congregationalists in 1696. These settlers applied the name "Dorchester" after their last residence in Dorchester, Massachusetts.

Dorchester was not established as a separate county until 1897, however, when it was separately established from parts of the neighboring Colleton and Berkeley counties. [3]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 577 square miles (1,494.4 km2), of which 575 square miles (1,489.2 km2) is land and 2 square miles (5.2 km2) (0.34%) is water.

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As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 96,413 people, 34,709 households, and 26,309 families residing in the county. The population density was 168 people per square mile (65/km²). There were 37,237 housing units at an average density of 65 per square mile (25/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 71.05% White, 25.08% Black or African American, 0.73% Native American, 1.13% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 0.59% from other races, and 1.36% from two or more races. 1.79% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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