Smyrna, South Carolina

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Smyrna is a small town in Cherokee and York counties in the U.S. state of South Carolina. The population was 59 at the 2000 census making Smyrna the smallest town in South Carolina.[3]

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Geography and Climate

Smyrna is located at 35°2′48″N 81°24′47″W / 35.04667°N 81.41306°W / 35.04667; -81.41306 (35.046664, -81.413191)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.7 square miles (1.8 km²), all land.

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

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 59 people, 22 households, and 17 families residing in the town. The population density was 83.6 people per square mile (32.1/km²). There were 26 housing units at an average density of 36.8/sq mi (14.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 91.53% White and 8.47% African American.

There were 22 households out of which 40.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 72.7% were married couples living together, 4.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.7% were non-families. 18.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.12.

In the town the population was spread out with 28.8% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 28.8% from 25 to 44, 18.6% from 45 to 64, and 16.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 84.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 75.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $32,500, and the median income for a family was $36,667. Males had a median income of $35,000 versus $46,250 for females. The per capita income for the town was $20,575. None of the population or the families were below the poverty line.

History

Incorporated in 1895, the town of Smyrna took its name from of the Smyrna Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church that had been providing a place of worship to the local residents for fifty years.[5] A railroad depot was built in 1888 by Southern Railway, and then F.D. Horn built a mercantile business nearby. A grocery store, drug store, and dry goods store followed soon after. Soon to follow was the Smyrna High School, a telegraph office, and a post office. The population was on a rise in Smyrna until the "West Road" was completed in 1924. With York now more accessible, many residents left Smyrna in hopes of finding happiness in a larger town. Soon after, the railroad depot was closed down, and all that remained of Smyrna were three businesses and the post office. Only the post office remains.

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