Summerville, South Carolina

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Summerville is a town in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties in the U.S. state of South Carolina. The population was 48,091 as of August 2008, Census Bureau estimates. The area which is now Summerville was originally settled by Native American Indians. By the early 18th century, British settlers had started what would become the town of Summerville.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 15.4 square miles (39.8 km²), all land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 27,752 people, 10,391 households, and 7,523 families residing in the town. The population density of Summerville is 697.6/km² (1,806.7/sq mi). There are 11,087 housing units at an average density of 721.8/sq mi (278.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 77.19% White, 19.38% Black or African American, 0.46% Native American, 0.89% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.67% from other races, and 1.34% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.97% of the population.

There were 10,391 households out of which 39.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.0% were married couples living together, 14.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.6% were non-families. 23.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the town the population was spread out with 28.7% of the population is under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 31.2% from 25 to 44, 21.7% from 45 to 64, and 10.6% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 34 years. For every 100 females there are 90.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 84.4 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $43,635, while the median income for a family was $51,469. The per capita income for the town was $20,103. About 6.1% of families and 9.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.3% of those under the age of 18 and 12.2% of those 65 and older.

The city has an abundance of affordable houses and lower taxes than cities such as Mt. Pleasant and Charleston; and has thus experienced rapid population growth. In 2007, it was designated a principal city of the Charleston–North Charleston–Summerville Metropolitan Statistical Area[3] Summerville is also included as part of the Charleston-North Charleston Urbanized area.

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