Lancaster, South Carolina

The city of Lancaster (/ˈlæŋkəstər/[6]) is the county seat of Lancaster County, South Carolina, United States, located in the Charlotte Metropolitan Area. As of the United States Census of 2010, the city population was 8,526. The city was named after the famous House of Lancaster.

Lancaster, South Carolina
Historic county courthouse (left) at intersection of Main and Dunlap streets
Historic county courthouse (left) at intersection of Main and Dunlap streets
Official seal of Lancaster, South Carolina
The Red Rose City
"Forward Together, the Spirit of Lancaster"
Location of Lancaster, South Carolina
Location of Lancaster, South Carolina
Lancaster is located in South Carolina
Location of Lancaster, South Carolina
Lancaster is located in the United States
Lancaster (the United States)
Coordinates: 34°43′16″N 80°46′24″W / 34.72111°N 80.77333°W / 34.72111; -80.77333Coordinates: 34°43′16″N 80°46′24″W / 34.72111°N 80.77333°W / 34.72111; -80.77333
Country United States
State South Carolina
 • MayorAlston Devenny [1]
 • City6.64 sq mi (17.19 km2)
 • Land6.55 sq mi (16.97 km2)
 • Water0.08 sq mi (0.21 km2)
568 ft (173 m)
 • City8,526
 • Estimate 
 • Density1,391.36/sq mi (537.23/km2)
 • Urban
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
Area code(s)803 and 839
FIPS code45-39895[4]
GNIS feature ID1246285[5]


The following are listed on the National Register of Historic Places:[7][8]


Lancaster is located at 34°43′16″N 80°46′24″W / 34.72111°N 80.77333°W / 34.72111; -80.77333 (34.721100, -80.773315).[9]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.9 square miles (15 km2), of which 5.8 square miles (15 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) (1.36%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)9,119[3]7.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]
Group of boys working in Lancaster Cotton Mills. November 1908. Photographed by Lewis Hine.

As of the census[4] of 2010, there were 10,160 people, 5,396 households, and 3,115 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,406.2 people per square mile (543.4/km2). There were 3,778 housing units at an average density of 649.7 per square mile (251.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 49.49% African American, 47.54% White, 0.12% Native American, 0.88% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.15% from other races, and 0.78% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.25% of the population.

There were 3,396 households, out of which 27.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 35.5% were married couples living together, 22.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.7% were non-families. 33.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 25.8% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 26.8% from 25 to 44, 21.8% from 45 to 64, and 16.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 83.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 77.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $28,650, and the median income for a family was $33,380. Males had a median income of $27,090 versus $22,382 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,828. About 18.0% of families and 23.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 33.2% of those under age 18 and 17.8% of those age 65 or over.


Lancaster is home to the Lancaster County School District, SC which has around 11 elementary schools, 5 middle schools, and 4 high schools. In 2008 South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford named Andrew Jackson Middle School, located in nearby Kershaw, as the recipient of the state's Best Special Education School Award. The city of Lancaster is also home to the University of South Carolina at Lancaster also known as USCL.

Public Schools Located in Lancaster :

  • Lancaster High School
  • Andrew Jackson High School
  • Andrew Jackson Middle School
  • A.R. Rucker Middle School
  • Erwin Elementary School
  • South Middle School
  • North Elementary School
  • McDonald Green Elementary School
  • Brooklyn Springs Elementary School
  • Clinton Elementary School
  • Discovery Elementary School
  • Southside Pre-School

Private Schools



  • Lancaster has a public library, the main building of the Lancaster County Library System, with branches in the Indian Land area and the Kershaw area.[11]

Notable peopleEdit


  1. ^ "Lancaster mayor Joe Shaw passes away at 81". WDTV. WDTV. Retrieved 1 February 2016.
  2. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 29, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  4. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. ^ "Parlez-Vous Palmetto? The SC Pronunciation Guide ..." SCIWAY. Retrieved 6 September 2019.
  7. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  8. ^ "National Register of Historic Places". Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 12/03/12 through 12/07/12. National Park Service. 2012-12-14.
  9. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
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