Awendaw, South Carolina

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Awendaw is a small fishing town in Charleston County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 1,195 at the 2000 census. As defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, and used by the U.S. Census Bureau for statistical purposes only, Awendaw is included within the Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville metropolitan area.



Awendaw was named by the Seewee Native American or "Sewee" tribe. It is also home to an oyster shell mound created by the Seewee Tribe. It is often referred to as "The Spanish Fort". Most of the mound is still intact. The rest of it was destroyed to construct roads and homes for the citizens of Awendaw. The town was heavily damaged by Hurricane Hugo in September 1989, but did not receive as significant damage in 2004 when Hurricane Gaston made landfall in the region. In 1992, the town of Awendaw was first incorporated and elected its first mayor, Willam H. Alston.


Awendaw is located at 32°59′11″N 79°38′36″W / 32.98639°N 79.64333°W / 32.98639; -79.64333 (32.986445, -79.643451)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 8.4 square miles (21.9 km²), of which, 8.3 square miles (21.4 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.4 km²) of it (2.01%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,195 people, 400 households, and 312 families residing in the town. The population density was 144.3 people per square mile (55.7/km²). There were 443 housing units at an average density of 53.5/sq mi (20.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 64.60% African American, 34.39% White, 0.08% Asian, 0.59% from other races, and 0.33% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.92% of the population.

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