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The 2000 Census showed that Kershaw County had a population of 52,647 people. This represented 1.31% of the total population of South Carolina, making it the state's 23rd most populous county (out of 46 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Kershaw had a population of 60,042 people. This is an increase of 14.05% since the 2000 Census.

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
201061,697+17.19%+2.76% since 2009
200960,042+14.05%+1.24% since 2008
200859,309+12.65%+1.46% since 2007
200758,456+11.03%+2.13% since 2006
200657,239+8.72%+2.52% since 2005
200555,834+6.05%+1.72% since 2004
200454,891+4.26%+1.24% since 2003
200354,220+2.99%+1.4% since 2002
200253,470+1.56%+0.23% since 2001
200153,346+1.33%+1.33% since 2000
200052,647The Last Census

Kershaw County had 22,683 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Kershaw County has a total area<3> of 740 square miles [1,917 km²]. Of this total, 726 square miles [1,880 km²] of the area is land, with the balance (1.89%) being water (14 square miles [36.26 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Kershaw County had a population density of 72.5 people per square mile [27.99 people/km²], making it the state's 25th most densely populated county (out of 46 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Kershaw County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Kershaw and the state of South Carolina.

Click here for the Kershaw County QuickFact (QF-45055).

Below are some of the communities that are located in Kershaw County:

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Kershaw County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
ChesterfieldQF-45025   NE43,03742,7680.63%
DarlingtonQF-45031   E66,44567,394-1.41%
FairfieldQF-45039   W23,34323,454-0.47%
LancasterQF-45057   N77,76761,35126.76%
LeeQF-45061   E19,72220,119-1.97%
RichlandQF-45079   SW372,023320,67716.01%
SumterQF-45085   SE104,495104,646-0.14%

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Footnotes ...

<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>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Kershaw. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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