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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.

Darlington County, South Carolina

Darlington County Education, Geography, and History

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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.

Etymology - Origin of Darlington County Name

Darlington is probably given in homage to the English city of the same name, Darlington, England.


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Darlington County History

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).

Geography: Land and Water

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.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Marlboro County, South Carolina - northeast
  • Florence County, South Carolina - southeast
  • Lee County, South Carolina - southwest
  • Kershaw County, South Carolina - west
  • Chesterfield County, South Carolina - northwest


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