Hampton, South Carolina

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Hampton is a town in Hampton County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 2,837 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Hampton County[3].



Hampton is located at 32°52′3″N 81°6′42″W / 32.8675°N 81.11167°W / 32.8675; -81.11167 (32.867514, -81.111554)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 4.6 square miles (11.8 km²), of which, 4.5 square miles (11.7 km²) of it is land and 0.22% is water.


Since 1943, Hampton has hosted the annual Hampton County Watermelon Festival held in the third week of June. The weeklong festival features such events as a watermelon judging contest and a watermelon eating contest. The main event of the festival is the parade held on Saturday that runs from Varnville to Hampton. As of 2004, the Watermelon Festival is the world's longest, continual-running festival. The festival has never been skipped or canceled since its start.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,837 people (2,795 in 2004 estimate), 1,178 households, and 775 families residing in the town. The population density was 626.1 people per square mile (241.8/km²). There were 1,339 housing units at an average density of 295.5/sq mi (114.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 55.30% White, 42.44% African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.53% Asian, 0.78% from other races, and 0.67% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.81% of the population.

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