Varnville, South Carolina

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Varnville is a town in Hampton County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 2,074 as of the 2000 census. The town is often twinned with Hampton, as the two communities are relatively close to another and often share civic and cultural events.



Varnville was founded by the Varn Brothers, who sold the right of way for railroad tracks through their sawmill, in 1872[1]. In 1993, several scenes from the film Forrest Gump were shot in Varnville, of which some were used to create the fictional town of Greenbow, Alabama.


Varnville is located at 32°51′9″N 81°4′46″W / 32.8525°N 81.07944°W / 32.8525; -81.07944 (32.852489, -81.079367)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 3.8 square miles (9.8 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,074 people, 795 households, and 539 families residing in the town. The population density was 548.4 people per square mile (211.8/km²). There were 878 housing units at an average density of 232.2/sq mi (89.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 60.32% African American, 38.72% White, 0.24% Native American, 0.05% Asian, 0.10% from other races, and 0.58% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.72% of the population.

There were 795 households out of which 34.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.5% were married couples living together, 21.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.1% were non-families. 29.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.20.

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