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Time Zone: Dorchester County lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time.

The community of Saint George is the Seat for Dorchester County.

Dorchester County was founded in 1868. Dorchester was created by taking area from Berkeley and Counties.

From the Census Estimates for 2009, <1> Dorchester had a population of 130,417 people. This is an increase of 35.27% since the last Census (which gave a population of 96,413 people in 2000).

At the time of the 2000 Census, Dorchester represented 2.4% of the total population of South Carolina, making it the state's 15th most populous county (out of 46 counties).

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
2010136,555+41.64%+4.71% since 2009
2009130,417+35.27%+2.02% since 2008
2008127,830+32.59%+3.07% since 2007
200096,413The Last Census

More information can be found on the Dorchester County Census Page for Dorchester County.


Below are some of the communities located in Dorchester County (for more communities, please visit our Nearby Page for Dorchester County):

Community 2009
(2009vs. 2000)
Summerville   45,23927,75263% increase  
Saint George   2,1462,0922.58% increase  
Ridgeville   2,0251,69019.82% increase  
Harleyville   69559417% increase  
Reevesville   2132072.9% increase  

Websites for Dorchester County

Official Website:   www.dorchestercounty.net/

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<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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