New Ellenton, South Carolina

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New Ellenton is a town in Aiken County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 2,250 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Augusta, Georgia metropolitan area.



New Ellenton was formed from the citizens of Ellenton a farming town chartered in 1880 situated on the Charleston and Western Carolina Railway in Barnwell County near the Aiken County line. Upon the approval of President Truman in 1950 of the Savannah River Site for the production of hydrogen bombs, the U.S. government forced 6,000 people in the surrounding area to move. The residents of Ellenton literally moved their homes and buildings 14 miles north to New Ellenton after being evicted in the 1950s.


New Ellenton is located at 33°25′17″N 81°40′51″W / 33.42139°N 81.68083°W / 33.42139; -81.68083 (33.421311, -81.680856)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 5.0 square miles (13.0 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,250 people, 876 households, and 616 families residing in the town. The population density was 449.4 people per square mile (173.4/km²). There were 1,079 housing units at an average density of 215.5/sq mi (83.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 60.62% White, 35.82% African American, 0.58% Native American, 0.36% Asian, 0.89% from other races, and 1.73% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.18% of the population.

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