St. George, South Carolina

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St. George is a town in Dorchester County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 2,092 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Dorchester County[3].

As defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, and used by the U.S. Census Bureau for statistical purposes only, St. George is included within the Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville metropolitan area.

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Geography

St. George is located at 33°11′13″N 80°34′42″W / 33.18694°N 80.57833°W / 33.18694; -80.57833 (33.186849, -80.578256)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.7 square miles (6.9 km²), all of it land.

It is located very near the crossing of Interstate 26 and Interstate 95.

World Grits Festival

In the mid 1980s, town leaders wanted to create a yearly festival for the city. After a search of possible festivals, local grocery store owner John Walters discovered from the Quaker grits people that the upper part of Dorchester County (of which Saint George is located) consumes more grits per capita than any other place in the world. The Worlds Grits Festival was then created and has been held each year since. During the festival, which takes place in mid April, close to 30,000 people flock to the tiny town for food, music, and games. One event includes people rolling in grits.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,092 people and 804 households residing in the town. The population density was 779.7 people per square mile (301.4/km²). There were 928 housing units at an average density of 345.9/sq mi (133.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 51.19% White, 47.22% African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.72% Asian, 0.33% from other races, and 0.33% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.91% of the population.

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