Pomaria, South Carolina

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Pomaria is a town in Newberry County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 177 at the 2000 census.



Pomaria is located at 34°16′0″N 81°25′10″W / 34.266667°N 81.41944°W / 34.266667; -81.41944 (34.266535, -81.419580)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.0 square miles (2.7 km²), of which, 1.0 square miles (2.7 km²) of it is land and 0.95% is water.


Pomaria was first settled in the mid 18th century by German, Swiss, and Dutch immigrants escaping the poverty and harsh conditions resulting from the Thirty Years' War. Many of these immigrants brought with them the beliefs and ideals of their Lutheran Religion.

The first meeting of the South Carolina Lutheran Synod was in the house of John Eigleberger, who lived in Pomaria. Some of the later presidents of The Synod lived in or preached in and around Pomaria.

Pomaria was later affected by the establishment of the Hope School. The Hope School was a Rosenwald School to help rural African-Americans attend school. The land was donated by the family of James Haskell Hope, who later became the longest serving Superintendent of Education of South Carolina.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 177 people, 70 households, and 46 families residing in the town. The population density was 170.1 people per square mile (65.7/km²). There were 84 housing units at an average density of 80.7/sq mi (31.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 54.8 percent White, 41.24 percent African American, 1.69 percent from other races, and 2.26 percent from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.26 percent of the population.

There were 70 households out of which 30 percent had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.7 percent were married couples living together, 15.7 percent had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.9 percent were non-families. Some 24.3 percent of all households were made up of individuals and 10 percent had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 2.91.

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