Hanahan, South Carolina

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Hanahan is a city in Berkeley County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 12,937 at the 2000 census. Portions of the Naval Weapons Station Charleston, including the Naval Consolidated Brig Charleston, are located in Hanahan. As defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, and used by the U.S. Census Bureau for statistical purposes only, Hanahan is included within the Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville metropolitan area and the Charleston-North Charleston Urbanized Area



Hanahan is located on the very south end of Berkeley County, and its city limits on the west and south sides are contiguous with the county line between Berkeley and Charleston Counties. It was incorporated as a city in 1972.

Hanahan is bordered on the west and south by the city of North Charleston, South Carolina. To the east is the old Naval Weapons Station, which was formerly a submarine base, and is still federal property. A very small portion of this federal base is actually in Hanahan's city limits. Among other uses of the former submarine base, the Naval Consolidated Brig is there, as is the Navy's Nuclear Power School. To the north is an unincorporated portion of Berkeley County.

CSX Transportation has a main north-south track that runs along Hanahan's west city limit. Hanahan is primarily a residential city. It does have quite a number of major warehouses in the southeast portion of the city, most of whose business is tied directly to the Port of Charleston.

The form of government is council-administrator. The council is the governing body of the city, with the city administrator being hired by, and serving at the pleasure of, the city council. The council and mayor are elected by the voters. The mayor is a first among equals on the council, presiding over council meetings and representing the city at official functions. The council hires and fires department heads. The mayor and council members, though paid a small salary, are not full-time, but are citizens with other jobs.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.7 square miles (27.7 km²), of which, 10.1 square miles (26.1 km²) of it is land and 0.6 square miles (1.6 km²) of it (5.80%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 12,937 people (13,818 in 2005 estimate), 5,243 households, and 3,339 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,284.7 people per square mile (496.0/km²). There were 5,698 housing units at an average density of 565.8/sq mi (218.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 79.6% White,20 .7% African American, 0.4% Native American, 2.0% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.3% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.17% of the population.

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