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The 2000 Census showed that Richland County had a population of 320,677 people. This represented 7.99% of the total population of South Carolina, making it the state's 2nd most populous county (out of 46 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Richland had a population of 372,023 people. This is an increase of 16.01% 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.

YearPopulationChange
Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
2010384,504+19.9%+3.35% since 2009
2009372,023+16.01%+1.53% since 2008
2008366,432+14.27%+1.74% since 2007
2007360,159+12.31%+2.4% since 2006
2006351,707+9.68%+1.83% since 2005
2005345,398+7.71%+0.66% since 2004
2004343,136+7%+2.32% since 2003
2003335,370+4.58%+1.68% since 2002
2002329,835+2.86%+1.03% since 2001
2001326,471+1.81%+1.81% since 2000
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2000320,677The Last Census

Richland County had 129,793 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Richland County has a total area<3> of 771 square miles [1,998 km²]. Of this total, 756 square miles [1,959 km²] of the area is land, with the balance (1.98%) being water (15.3 square miles [39.63 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Richland County had a population density of 423.9 people per square mile [163.7 people/km²], making it the state's 2nd 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 Richland County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Richland and the state of South Carolina.

Click here for the Richland County QuickFact (QF-45079).

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

CommunityCensus
QuickFact
Population
(2009 Est)
Population
(2000 Census)
Change in
  Population
Forest AcresQF-45263059,91310,558-6.11%

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

CountyCensus
QuickFact
DirectionPopulation
(2009 Est.)
Population
(2000 Census)
Change in
Population
CalhounQF-45017   SE14,62115,185-3.71%
FairfieldQF-45039   N23,34323,454-0.47%
KershawQF-45055   NE60,04252,64714.05%
LexingtonQF-45063   W255,607216,01418.33%
NewberryQF-45071   NW38,76336,1087.35%
SumterQF-45085   E104,495104,646-0.14%

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Census QuickFact for Richland County

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 Richland. 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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