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The 2000 Census showed that Lancaster County had a population of 61,351 people. This represented 1.53% of the total population of South Carolina, making it the state's 21st most populous county (out of 46 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Lancaster had a population of 77,767 people. This is an increase of 26.76% 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
201076,652+24.94%-1.43% since 2009
200977,767+26.76%+2.5% since 2008
200875,872+23.67%+3.23% since 2007
200773,498+19.8%+2.47% since 2006
200671,723+16.91%+2.81% since 2005
200569,763+13.71%+2.34% since 2004
200468,167+11.11%+2.5% since 2003
200366,502+8.4%+2.54% since 2002
200264,857+5.71%+2.78% since 2001
200163,100+2.85%+2.85% since 2000
200061,351The Last Census

Lancaster County had 24,962 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Lancaster County has a total area<3> of 555 square miles [1,438 km²]. Of this total, 548 square miles [1,421 km²] of the area is land, with the balance (1.14%) being water (6.3 square miles [16.32 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Lancaster County had a population density of 111.8 people per square mile [43.15 people/km²], making it the state's 19th 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 Lancaster County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Lancaster and the state of South Carolina.

Click here for the Lancaster County QuickFact (QF-45057).

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

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
Mecklenburg (NC)QF-37119   N913,639695,45431.37%
Union (NC)QF-37179   N198,645123,67760.62%
ChesterQF-45023   W32,41034,068-4.87%
ChesterfieldQF-45025   E43,03742,7680.63%
FairfieldQF-45039   SW23,34323,454-0.47%
KershawQF-45055   S60,04252,64714.05%
YorkQF-45091   NW227,003164,61437.9%

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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 Lancaster. 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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