Central, South Carolina

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Central is a town in Pickens County, South Carolina, United States. Contrary to its name, it is not at all near the central area of South Carolina. The population was 3,522 at the 2000 census. It received its name from its geographic location, being the halfway or central point between Atlanta and Charlotte along the former Atlanta and Richmond Air-Line Railway line. Central has several very large apartment complexes primarily housing students from nearby Clemson University, as well as from Central's own Southern Wesleyan University. South Carolina's senior U.S. senator Lindsey Graham was born and raised in Central.

Mac Martin is the mayor of Central.

The town is part of the GreenvilleMauldinEasley Metropolitan Statistical Area.



Central is located at 34°43′26″N 82°46′47″W / 34.723781°N 82.779754°W / 34.723781; -82.779754.[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.4 square miles (6.2 km2), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,522 people, 1,560 households, and 617 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,463.4 people per square mile (564.3/km2). There were 1,832 housing units at an average density of 761.2/sq mi (293.5/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 79.70% White, 15.25% African American, 0.03% Native American, 1.79% Asian, 2.13% from other races, and 1.11% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.32% of the population.

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