Marlboro County, South Carolina

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Marlboro County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Carolina. The 2000 census recorded its population to be 28,818. The 2005 census estimate placed the population at 28,021.[1] Its county seat is Bennettsville.[2]



The first inhabitants of what would become Marlboro County were the Pee Dee. The first Europeans to arrive in the area were Welsh settlers leaving Pennsylvania. In 1737, they established the first settlement which was called Welsh Neck.[3]

On 12 March 1785, Marlboro County was established by law. It was named for the Duke of Marlborough. Bennettsville, its county seat, was founded in 1819 as the city of Carlisle.[3]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 485 square miles (1,257 km²), of which 480 square miles (1,242 km²) is land and 6 square miles (14 km²) (1.15%) is water.

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As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 28,818 people, 10,478 households, and 7,334 families residing in the county. The population density was 60 people per square mile (23/km²). There were 11,894 housing units at an average density of 25 per square mile (10/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 44.49% White, 50.73% Black or African American, 3.36% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 0.24% from other races, and 0.95% from two or more races. 0.71% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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