Camden is a city in Kershaw County, South Carolina, United States. It is the largest city and county seat of Kershaw County. The population was 6,838 in the 2010 census. In 2016, the population went up to 7,126. It is part of the Columbia, South Carolina, Metropolitan Statistical Area. Camden is the oldest inland city in South Carolina, and home to The Carolina Cup and The National Steeplechase Museum.
According to the United States Census Bureau, Camden has a total area of 10.68 square miles (27.7 km²), of which 10.07 square miles (26.1 km²) is land and 0.61 square miles (1.6 km²) (5.71%) is water. US 521 runs through downtown; leading 29 miles south to Sumter and 85 miles north to Charlotte, North Carolina. US 601 runs with US 521 through downtown; leading 21 miles north to Kershaw and 50 miles south to St. Matthews and 69 miles to Orangeburg. US 1 intersects with US 521 and 601 in downtown; leading 30 miles southwest to the state capital, Columbia and 55 miles northeast to Cheraw. Interstate 20 bypasses the city's center, 2 miles south.
As of the census of 2010, there were 6,838 people residing in the city limits, in 2,967 households and 1,800 families. The population density was 692.2 people per square mile (267.4/km²). There were 3,544 housing units at an average density of 331.8 per square mile (127.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 62.2% White, 35.1% African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 0% Pacific Islander, 2.7% from other races, and 1.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.4% of the population.
There were 2,967 households out of which 27.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.1% were married couples living together, 16.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.3% were non-families. 35.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.94.
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