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The 2000 Census showed that Saluda County had a population of 19,181 people. This represented 0.48% of the total population of South Carolina, making it the state's 42nd most populous county (out of 46 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Saluda had a population of 19,094 people. This is a decrease of 0.45% 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
201019,875+3.62%+4.09% since 2009
200919,094-0.45%+0.64% since 2008
200718,958-1.16%+0.25% since 2006
200618,910-1.41%+0.58% since 2005
200518,801-1.98%+0.82% since 2004
200418,649-2.77%-1.28% since 2003
200318,891-1.51%-0.8% since 2002
200219,043-0.72%-0.4% since 2001
200119,120-0.32%-0.32% since 2000
200019,181The Last Census

Saluda County had 8,543 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Saluda County has a total area<3> of 461.8 square miles [1,196 km²]. Of this total, 452.5 square miles [1,171 km²] of the area is land, with the balance (2.01%) being water (9.3 square miles [24.09 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Saluda County had a population density of 42.39 people per square mile [16.37 people/km²], making it the state's 36th 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 Saluda County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Saluda and the state of South Carolina.

Click here for the Saluda County QuickFact (QF-45081).

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

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in

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

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
AikenQF-45003   S156,017142,5529.45%
EdgefieldQF-45037   SW25,75224,5954.7%
GreenwoodQF-45047   NW69,67166,2715.13%
LexingtonQF-45063   E255,607216,01418.33%
NewberryQF-45071   N38,76336,1087.35%

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Census QuickFact for Saluda 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 Saluda. 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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