Jasper County is a county located in the state of South Carolina. As of 2000, the population is 20,678. Its county seat is Ridgeland6.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,812 km˛ (700 mi˛). 1,699 km˛ (656 mi˛) of it is land and 113 km˛ (44 mi˛) of it is water. The total area is 6.24% water.
As of the census2 of 2000, there are 20,678 people, 7,042 households, and 5,091 families residing in the county. The population density is 12/km˛ (32/mi˛). There are 7,928 housing units at an average density of 5/km˛ (12/mi˛). The racial makeup of the county is 42.39% White, 52.69% Black or African American, 0.37% Native American, 0.44% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 3.39% from other races, and 0.67% from two or more races. 5.75% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 7,042 households out of which 34.50% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.10% are married couples living together, 18.20% have a female householder with no husband present, and 27.70% are non-families. 23.20% of all households are made up of individuals and 8.80% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.75 and the average family size is 3.22.
In the county, the population is spread out with 26.80% under the age of 18, 10.30% from 18 to 24, 30.70% from 25 to 44, 21.20% from 45 to 64, and 11.00% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 34 years. For every 100 females there are 111.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 111.30 males.
The median income for a household in the county is $30,727, and the median income for a family is $36,793. Males have a median income of $29,407 versus $21,055 for females. The per capita income for the county is $14,161. 20.70% of the population and 15.40% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 26.30% of those under the age of 18 and 21.40% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
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