Ruby, South Carolina

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Ruby is a town in Chesterfield County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 348 at the 2000 census.

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Geography

Ruby is located at 34°44′44″N 80°10′33″W / 34.74556°N 80.17583°W / 34.74556; -80.17583 (34.745626, -80.175903)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 3.1 square miles (8.1 km²), of which, 3.1 square miles (8.1 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.64%) is water.

History

Originally named Flint Hill, Ruby was first settled in 1875. As with Patrick, Pageland, Mt. Croghan and McBee, Ruby didn't develop until the railroad was constructed. The Cheraw & Lancaster Railroad arrived in 1902; Ruby incorporated the same year. The largest employer is the Gerrard Tire Company.

Ruby, a town of 300, also has its own annual celebration, the Jewel City Jubilee. And as Mt. Croghan, there are no city property taxes, obtaining its funds from Carolina Power and Light rebates, state money, fines and alcohol taxes.

The mayor is most proud of the town water pump, which is enclosed in a gazebo on Market Street across from the town hall.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 348 people, 157 households, and 108 families residing in the town. The population density was 112.0 people per square mile (43.2/km²). There were 182 housing units at an average density of 58.6/sq mi (22.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 85.06% White, 13.79% African American, 0.29% Native American, and 0.86% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.57% of the population.

There were 157 households out of which 26.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.1% were married couples living together, 7.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.6% were non-families. 28.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.22 and the average family size was 2.70.

In the town the population was spread out with 20.1% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 29.3% from 25 to 44, 21.6% from 45 to 64, and 21.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 88.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.4 males.

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