South Carolina is made up of fourty-six counties. They range in size from 392 square miles (1,016
square kilometers) in the case of Calhoun County to 1,358 square miles (3,517 square kilometers) in the case of
Charleston County. The least populous county is McCormick County, with only 9,958 residents, while the most
populous county is Greenville County, with a population of 395,357, despite the state's most populous city,
Columbia, being located in Richland County.
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Bamberg County is a county located in the state of South Carolina. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 15,987, making it the
fourth-least populous county in South Carolina. Its county seat is Bamberg
Etymology - Origin of Bamberg County Name
Bamberg County and its county seat, Bamberg, were named for
local resident William Seaborn Bamberg (1820-1858) and other members of the
Bamberg County and its county seat,
Bamberg, were named for local resident William Seaborn Bamberg (1820-1858) and
other members of the Bamberg family. The area was a part of Barnwell County
until 1897 when the new county was established. Although the area has been
primarily agricultural, several towns developed along the route of the South
Carolina Railroad in the mid-nineteenth century. In February 1865 Confederate
soldiers fought an unsuccessful skirmish against General Sherman's troops at
Rivers Bridge, now the site of a state park. The plantation of author William
Gilmore Simms (1806-1870) was in what is now Bamberg County, and artist Jim
Harrison is also a native of the county.
Geography: Land and Water
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 395 square miles (1,024 km2), of which, 393
square miles (1,019 km2) of it is land and 2 square miles (6 km2) of it (0.56%) is water.