Lancaster County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Carolina. As of the 2016 census estimate, its population was 89,594. Its county seat is Lancaster, which has an urban population of 23,979. The county was created in 1785. Lancaster County is included in the Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is located in the Piedmont region.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 555 square miles (1,440 km²), of which 549 square miles (1,420 km²) is land and 6.0 square miles (16 km²) (1.1%) is water. It is bounded on the west by the Catawba River and Sugar Creek and on the east by the Lynches River.
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 76,652 people, 29,697 households, and 21,122 families residing in the county. The population density was 139.6 inhabitants per square mile (53.9/km²). There were 32,687 housing units at an average density of 59.5 per square mile (23.0/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 71.5% white, 23.8% black or African American, 0.6% Asian, 0.3% American Indian, 2.4% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 4.4% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 23.9% were American, 8.0% were Irish, 7.6% were English, and 7.2% were German.
Of the 29,697 households, 33.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.0% were married couples living together, 15.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 28.9% were non-families, and 24.7% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 2.97. The median age was 39.7 years.
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