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The 2000 Census showed that Lexington County had a population of 216,014 people. This represented 5.38% of the total population of South Carolina, making it the state's 5th most populous county (out of 46 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Lexington had a population of 255,607 people. This is an increase of 18.33% 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
2010262,391+21.47%+2.65% since 2009
2009255,607+18.33%+2.35% since 2008
2008249,744+15.61%+2.37% since 2007
2007243,973+12.94%+2.08% since 2006
2006239,011+10.65%+2.4% since 2005
2005233,406+8.05%+1.69% since 2004
2004229,522+6.25%+1.58% since 2003
2003225,953+4.6%+1.68% since 2002
2002222,218+2.87%+1.09% since 2001
2001219,820+1.76%+1.76% since 2000
2000216,014The Last Census

Lexington County had 90,978 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Lexington County has a total area<3> of 757 square miles [1,962 km²]. Of this total, 699 square miles [1,811 km²] of the area is land, with the balance (7.74%) being water (58.6 square miles [151.9 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Lexington County had a population density of 308.9 people per square mile [119.3 people/km²], making it the state's 5th 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 Lexington County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Lexington and the state of South Carolina.

Click here for the Lexington County QuickFact (QF-45063).

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

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in
West ColumbiaQF-457585014,06113,0647.63%

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

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
AikenQF-45003   SW156,017142,5529.45%
CalhounQF-45017   SE14,62115,185-3.71%
NewberryQF-45071   NW38,76336,1087.35%
OrangeburgQF-45075   SE90,11291,582-1.61%
RichlandQF-45079   NE372,023320,67716.01%
SaludaQF-45081   W19,09419,181-0.45%

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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 Lexington. 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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