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The 2000 Census showed that Laurens County had a population of 69,567 people. This represented 1.73% of the total population of South Carolina, making it the state's 17th most populous county (out of 46 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Laurens had a population of 70,045 people. This is an increase of 0.69% 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
201066,537-4.36%-5.01% since 2009
200970,045+0.69%+0.15% since 2008
200869,938+0.53%+0.45% since 2007
200669,486-0.12%+0.14% since 2005
200569,392-0.25%+0.21% since 2004
200469,246-0.46%-0.54% since 2003
200269,724+0.23%-0.37% since 2001
200169,983+0.6%+0.6% since 2000
200069,567The Last Census

Laurens County had 30,239 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Laurens County has a total area<3> of 723 square miles [1,875 km²]. Of this total, 715 square miles [1,852 km²] of the area is land, with the balance (1.23%) being water (8.87 square miles [22.98 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Laurens County had a population density of 97.3 people per square mile [37.56 people/km²], making it the state's 21st 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 Laurens County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Laurens and the state of South Carolina.

Click here for the Laurens County QuickFact (QF-45059).

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

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in

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

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
AbbevilleQF-45001   SW25,09826,167-4.09%
AndersonQF-45007   W184,901165,74011.56%
GreenvilleQF-45045   NW451,428379,61618.92%
GreenwoodQF-45047   S69,67166,2715.13%
NewberryQF-45071   SE38,76336,1087.35%
SpartanburgQF-45083   N286,822253,79113.02%
UnionQF-45087   NE27,36229,881-8.43%

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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 Laurens. 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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