Georgetown, South Carolina

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Georgetown is the third oldest city in the U.S. state of South Carolina and the county seat of Georgetown County.[3] Located on Winyah Bay at the confluence of the Great Pee Dee River, Waccamaw River, and Sampit River, Georgetown is the second largest seaport in South Carolina, handling over 960,000 tons of materials a year.

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Geography

Georgetown is located at 33°22′3″N 79°17′38″W / 33.3675°N 79.29389°W / 33.3675; -79.29389 (33.367434, -79.293807)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.2 square miles (18.6 km²), of which, 6.5 square miles (16.9 km²) of it is land and 0.6 square miles (1.6 km²) of it (8.79%) is water.

Winyah Bay was formed from a Submergent or drowned coastline, i.e. the original rivers had a lower base line, but either the ocean rose or the land sank, changing the landform and making a good location for a harbour. The rising of the ocean may be due to melting of glacial ice at the end of the ice age.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 8,950 people, 3,411 households, and 2,305 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,368.1 people per square mile (528.4/km²). There were 3,856 housing units at an average density of 589.4/sq mi (227.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 57.03% African American, 40.99% White, 0.12% Native American, 0.31% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.84% from other races, and 0.66% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.88% of the population.

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