Marion County, South Carolina

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Marion County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Carolina. In 2000, its population was 35,466. The 2005 Census estimate placed the population at 34,904.[1] Its county seat is Marion.[2] It is named for Francis Marion, a South Carolina native who served as a brigadier general in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War.



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 494 square miles (1,280 km²), of which 489 square miles (1,267 km²) is land and 5 square miles (13 km²) (1.02%) is water.

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As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 35,466 people, 13,301 households, and 9,510 families residing in the county. The population density was 72 people per square mile (28/km²). There were 15,143 housing units at an average density of 31 per square mile (12/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 41.69% White, 56.35% Black or African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.90% from other races, and 0.52% from two or more races. 1.79% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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