Kershaw, South Carolina

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Kershaw, incorporated in 1888, is a town in Lancaster County, South Carolina, United States and part of Kershaw County, South Carolina, United States. The Haile Gold Mine, where gold was discovered in 1825 is three miles from town and was at one time the largest single producer of gold in the Appalachian region.


Geography and Climate

Kershaw is located at 34°32′50″N 80°34′58″W / 34.54722°N 80.58278°W / 34.54722; -80.58278 (34.547245, -80.582843)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.9 square miles (4.8 km²), all of which is land.

For climate and other weather information see, Climate of the Rock Hill, South Carolina area


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,645 people, 690 households, and 465 families residing in the town. The population density was 888.5 people per square mile (343.3/km²). There were 771 housing units at an average density of 416.4/sq mi (160.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 75.68% White, 22.80% African American, 0.36% Native American, 0.12% Asian, 0.24% from other races, and 0.79% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.73% of the population.

There were 690 households out of which 26.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.7% were married couples living together, 13.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.6% were non-families. 30.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the town the population was spread out with 22.5% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 24.5% from 25 to 44, 23.0% from 45 to 64, and 21.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 86.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.1 males.

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