Andrews, South Carolina

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Andrews is a town in Georgetown and Williamsburg counties in the U.S. state of South Carolina. The population was 3,068 at the 2000 census, and center of a slightly larger urban cluster of 4,204. Musician Chubby Checker and comedian Chris Rock were born in Andrews.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.2 square miles (5.7 km²), all land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,068 people, 1,182 households, and 843 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,392.6 people per square mile (538.4/km²). There were 1,347 housing units at an average density of 611.4/sq mi (236.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 37.55% White, 60.76% African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.88% from other races, and 0.59% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.43% of the population.

There were 1,182 households out of which 35.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.2% were married couples living together, 26.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.6% were non-families. 26.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.12.

In the town the population was spread out with 30.5% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 25.3% from 25 to 44, 22.1% from 45 to 64, and 13.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 77.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 73.3 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $19,375, and the median income for a family was $22,750. Males had a median income of $24,891 versus $17,344 for females. The per capita income for the town was $12,105. About 30.8% of families and 34.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 45.8% of those under age 18 and 21.4% of those age 65 or over.


The towns of Rosemary and Harpers Crossroads were settled along the Georgetown and Western Railroad which started operation in 1886. In 1905, the Seaboard Air Line Railroad built a route through the town, along with a sizable maintenance shop. In 1909, voters agreed to incorporate the two separate towns into a single community, which was named Andrews, after Colonel Walter H. Andrews, who played an important role in the incorporation. Andrews worked for Atlantic Coast Lumber Co. and served as mayor through most of the 1920s. In 1915, a town hall was built which is now a museum. By 1919, Andrews had reached a population of 2,000 and continued to grow. During the 1920s, Andrews had the title of being the fastest growing town in the United States for its age. The two schools were the Andrews School and the Rosemary School. These were segregated with the Andrews School being the white school and Rosemary being the black.

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