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South Carolina Counties

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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Kershaw County, South Carolina

Kershaw County Education, Geography, and History

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Kershaw County is a county located in the state of South Carolina. Based on the 2010 census, its population was 61,697. Kershaw County was named for Joseph Kershaw (1727-1791), an early settler. Originally part of Camden District, Kershaw County was formed in 1791 from parts of Claremont, Lancaster, Fairfield, and Richland counties. The county seat is Camden, the oldest inland city in South Carolina. This site was settled around 1732 by English traders and farmers who moved inland from Charleston.

Kershaw County is part of the Columbia, SC Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Etymology - Origin of Kershaw County Name

Kershaw is named for South Carolina state legislator Joseph Kershaw.

Demographics:

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Kershaw County History

Kershaw County was named for Joseph Kershaw (1727-1791), an early settler. Originally part of Camden District, Kershaw County was formed in 1791 from parts of Claremont, Lancaster, Fairfield, and Richland counties. The county seat is Camden, which is the oldest inland city in South Carolina. This site was settled around 1732 by English traders and farmers who moved inland from Charleston. During the Revolutionary War the British occupied Camden from June 1780 to May 1781. Fourteen battles took place in the area, including the Battle of Camden (August 16, 1780) and the Battle of Hobkirk Hill (April 25, 1781). Kershaw County later produced six Confederate generals: Joseph Brevard Kershaw (1822-1894), James Chesnut (1815-1885), James Cantey (1818-1873), Zack Cantey Deas (1819-1882), John Bordenave Villepigue (1830-1862), and John Doby Kennedy (1840-1896). Union troops under General Sherman burned parts of Camden in February 1865. Statesman and financier Bernard M. Baruch (1870-1965) and labor leader Lane Kirkland were born in Kershaw County.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 740 square miles (1,917 km2), of which, 726 square miles (1,881 km2) of it is land and 14 square miles (36 km2) of it (1.89%) is water.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Lancaster County, South Carolina - north
  • Chesterfield County, South Carolina - northeast
  • Darlington County, South Carolina - east
  • Lee County, South Carolina - southeast
  • Sumter County, South Carolina - southeast
  • Richland County, South Carolina - southwest
  • Fairfield County, South Carolina - west

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