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Pageland, South Carolina
Downtown Pageland, 2011
Location of Pageland, South Carolina
|Chartered||January 11, 1908|
|• Mayor||Jason Evans|
|• Total||4.4 sq mi (11.4 km2)|
|• Land||4.4 sq mi (11.3 km2)|
|• Water||0.04 sq mi (0.1 km2)|
|Elevation||656 ft (200 m)|
|• Density||632/sq mi (244.0/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||1250011|
It is known as "The Watermelon Capital of World" because of the importance of watermelons to the town and its economy. The annual Pageland Watermelon Festival is held every July. Pageland's water tower features a watermelon on the tank.
Pageland is located in northwestern Chesterfield County at  U.S. Route 601 passes through the town, leading north 18 miles (29 km) to Monroe, North Carolina, and southwest 20 miles (32 km) to Kershaw. Charlotte, North Carolina, is 41 miles (66 km) to the northwest via US 601 and US 74. South Carolina Highway 9 leads east from Pageland 19 miles (31 km) to Chesterfield and west 23 miles (37 km) to Lancaster. South Carolina Highway 151 leads south 8 miles (13 km) to Jefferson.(34.771272, -80.391630).
According to the United States Census Bureau, Pageland has a total area of 4.4 square miles (11.4 km2), of which 4.4 square miles (11.3 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km2), or 0.97%, is water.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,521 people, 964 households, and 641 families residing in the town. The population density was 575.4 people per square mile (222.2/km²). There were 1,071 housing units at an average density of 244.4/sq mi (94.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 54.34% White, 35.82% African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.99% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 7.22% from other races, and 1.35% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.77% of the population.
There were 964 households out of which 30.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.4% were married couples living together, 20.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.5% were non-families. 28.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.06.
In the town, the population was spread out with 25.5% under the age of 18, 11.9% from 18 to 24, 28.0% from 25 to 44, 19.2% from 45 to 64, and 15.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 92.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.9 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $29,046, and the median income for a family was $33,214. Males had a median income of $24,826 versus $18,452 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,190. About 21.5% of families and 24.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 37.2% of those under age 18 and 25.4% of those age 65 or over.
In the South Carolina House of Representatives, Pageland is located in South Carolina's 53rd House district and is represented by Republican Richie Yow. In the South Carolina Senate, Pageland is located in Senate district 27 and represented by former 2010 candidate for governor, Vincent Sheheen.
Northeastern Technical College, part of the South Carolina Technical College System, has a branch in Pageland.