Jasper County, South Carolina

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Jasper County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Carolina. In 2000, its population was 20,678 (21,398 according to a 2005 estimate). Its county seat is Ridgeland.[1] Jasper County is included within the Hilton Head IslandBeaufort Micropolitan Statistical Area, though over 80% of the county population is classified as rural. Historically, in contrast to neighboring Beaufort County, Jasper was one of the poorest counties in the state. Recent development from 2000 onwards has given the county new residents, expanded business opportunities, and a wealthier tax base.



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 700 square miles (1,813.0 km2), of which 656 square miles (1,699.0 km2) is land and 44 square miles (114.0 km2) (6.24%) is water.

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As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 20,678 people, 7,042 households, and 5,091 families residing in the county. The population density was 32 people per square mile (12/km²). There were 7,928 housing units at an average density of 12 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 42.39% White, 52.69% Black or African American, 0.37% Native American, 0.44% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 3.39% from other races, and 0.67% from two or more races. 5.75% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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