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Darlington County is a county located in the state of South Carolina. Based on the 2010 census, its population was at 68,681. Its county
seat is Darlington.
Darlington County is included in the Florence, SC Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Darlington is probably given in homage to the English city of the same name, Darlington, England.
County QuickFacts: CensusBureau Quick Facts
The origin of the name of this county is uncertain, but it may have been named for Darlington, England. The county was formed in 1785, with the county seat at Darlington, and until 1800 it was a part of the Cheraw District. Parts of Darlington County were removed to form Florence County in 1888 and Lee County in 1902. This area was settled in the mid-eighteenth century by Welsh, Scotch-Irish, and English farmers, who grew cotton primarily. In more recent years the county has been best known for the stock car races which take place at the Darlington Raceway. David Rogerson Williams (1776-1830), South Carolina Governor and scientific experimenter, was a native of Darlington; he is remembered for introducing the mule to Southern agriculture. Other prominent Darlington residents were industrialists James Lide Coker (1837-1918) and David R. Coker (1870-1938) and novelists Annie Greene Nelson (1902-1993) and Elizabeth Boatwright Coker (1909-1993).
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 567 square miles (1,468 km2), of which, 561
square miles (1,453 km2) of it is land and 6 square miles (15 km2) of it (0.99%) is water.
Bordering counties are as follows: