is a small fishing town
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in Charleston County
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, South Carolina
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, United States
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. The population was 1,195 at the 2000 census. As defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, and used by the U.S. Census Bureau for statistical purposes only, Awendaw is included within the Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville metropolitan area.
Awendaw was named by the Seewee Native American or "Sewee" tribe. It is also home to an oyster shell mound created by the Seewee Tribe. It is often referred to as "The Spanish Fort". Most of the mound is still intact. The rest of it was destroyed to construct roads and homes for the citizens of Awendaw. The town was heavily damaged by Hurricane Hugo
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in September 1989, but did not receive as significant damage in 2004 when Hurricane Gaston made landfall in the region. In 1992, the town of Awendaw was first incorporated and elected its first mayor, Willam H. Alston.
Awendaw is located at 32°59′11"N 79°38′36"W (32.986445, -79.643451).
According to the United States Census Bureau
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, the town has a total area of 8.4 square miles (21.8 km²), of which, 8.3 square miles (21.5 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square mile (0.517997622 km²) of it (2.01%) is water.
As of the census
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of 2000, there were 1,195 people, 400 households, and 312 families residing in the town. The population density
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was 144.3 people per square mile (55.7/km²). There were 443 housing units at an average density of 53.5 per square mile (20.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 64.60% African American, 34.39% White, 0.08% Asian, 0.59% from other races
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, and 0.33% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.92% of the population.
There were 400 households out of which 33.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.8% were married couples
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living together, 19.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.0% were non-families. 20.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.97 and the average family size was 3.47.
In the town the population was spread out with 29.5% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 27.8% from 25 to 44, 23.8% from 45 to 64, and 11.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 91.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.8 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $35,250, and the median income for a family was $42,917. Males had a median income of $31,696 versus $21,422 for females. The per capita income
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for the town was $15,781. About 13.5% of families and 12.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.6% of those under age 18 and 18.1% of those age 65 or over.
The town is run by an elected Mayor-council government
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Samuel N. Robinson.
- Nell C. Daniels
- Miriam C. Green
- Bryan McNeal, Jr.
- Bettye Simmons
- Sheila Powell
- Rodney Porcher
The 609.6 meter high WCSC-Tower is one of the world's tallest constructions. The Media General Tower is also more than 600 meters high.
In 2011, Tractor Supply Company
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opened a new store. The first national chain of its kind to open in Awendaw.
The Blue Crab Festival
To many Awendaw citizens crabbing is a hobby and one of the towns main economic resource. Every year in the summer the town has the Blue Crab Festival. It brings in money to the town, to use on its parks and to finish its water system that is under construction. It is still not complete.
Noble Awendaw citizens
William H. Alston - African American Mayor of The Year for 2005 and mayor of Awendaw since 1992.
- Opened Awendaw's first grocery store, Sam's Store
. In 1929 it later became E & A Grocery & Gas and a National Landmark
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It was burnt down in July 2005 by robbers who set it on fire, broke into the store after hours and stole the cash register.