Sumter, South Carolina

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Sumter is a city located in Sumter County, South Carolina. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 39,643. It is the county seat of Sumter CountyTemplate:GR.

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Geography

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Location of Sumter, South Carolina

Sumter is located at 33°55'37" North, 80°21'49" West (33.926942, -80.363541)Template:GR.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 69.3 km² (26.8 mi²). 68.9 km² (26.6 mi²) of it is land and 0.4 km² (0.2 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 0.60% water.

Demographics

As of the censusTemplate:GR of 2000, there are 39,643 people, 14,564 households, and 10,049 families residing in the city. The population density is 575.6/km² (1,491.2/mi²). There are 16,032 housing units at an average density of 232.8/km² (603.0/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 49.58% White, 46.31% African American, 0.23% Native American, 1.27% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 1.12% from other races, and 1.41% from two or more races. 2.37% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 14,564 households out of which 35.6% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.0% are married couples living together, 19.3% have a female householder with no husband present, and 31.0% are non-families. 27.3% of all households are made up of individuals and 11.7% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.57 and the average family size is 3.14.

In the city the population is spread out with 27.8% under the age of 18, 12.5% from 18 to 24, 28.2% from 25 to 44, 17.9% from 45 to 64, and 13.5% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 32 years. For every 100 females there are 89.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 83.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $31,590, and the median income for a family is $38,668. Males have a median income of $27,078 versus $22,002 for females. The per capita income for the city is $16,949. 16.6% of the population and 13.0% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 21.8% of those under the age of 18 and 15.3% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

Shaw Air Force Base

Sumter is home to Shaw Air Force Base, headquarters of the 9th Air Force and the 20th Fighter Wing. Since World War II it has been one of the major sources of employment in the area.

Sumter High School

Sumter is home to one of the largest schools in the state (Sumter High School), which is operated by the smallest school district in the state (Sumter District 17). The current building has been in use since 1983 and has undergone additions in 1987 and 2003. The SHS mascot is the Gamecock, a nickname given to General Thomas Sumter during the Revolutionary war. The school colors are blue and gold.

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