Lancaster County, South Carolina

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Lancaster County (pronounced /ˈlæŋkəstər/) is a county located in the Midlands and Piedmont of the U.S. state of South Carolina. In 2000, its population was 61,351; the population was estimated to have reached 63,113 by 2005.[1] Its county seat is Lancaster.[2]


Geography and climate

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 555 square miles (1,438 Square kilometres), of which 549 square miles (1,422 km²) is land and 6 square miles (16 km²) (1.13%) is water. It is bounded on the west by the Catawba River and Sugar Creek and on the east by the Lynches River.

For climate and other weather information, see Climate of the Rock Hill, South Carolina area.

Adjacent counties

Early history

Many of the early settlers came to South Carolina from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. They had named their county for the House of Lancaster which had opposed the House of York in the struggles of 1455-85, known as the War of the Roses. The House of Lancaster chose the red rose as their emblem while their neighbor, York County, boasts the white rose.

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