Williston, South Carolina

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Williston is a town in Barnwell County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 3,307 at the 2000 census.

The town lies in the center of the Charleston-Hamburg railroad line, the line of the Best Friend locomotive. The train tracks were removed in the 1990s, however, the track site has been designated as historically significant by the South Carolina Department of Archives. This section of the train route is now the route of the South Carolina Heritage Corridor.

There are 3 schools in the town: Williston-Elko High School, Williston-Elko Middle School, and Kelly Edwards Elementary School. A private school in Blackville, SC, Jefferson-Davis Academy, also serves a portion of the town's population.

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Geography

Williston is located at 33°24′02″N 81°25′21″W / 33.400553°N 81.422421°W / 33.400553; -81.422421.[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 9.0 square miles (23.2 km2), of which, 8.9 square miles (23.1 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km2) of it (0.67%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,307 people, 1,310 households, and 906 families residing in the town. The population density was 371.7 people per square mile (143.5/km2). There were 1,460 housing units at an average density of 164.1/sq mi (63.3/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 50.80% White, 47.51% African American, 0.36% Native American, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 0.21% from other races, and 1.03% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.82% of the population.

There were 1,310 households out of which 33.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.1% were married couples living together, 24.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.8% were non-families. 27.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.02.

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