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Clinton is a city in Laurens County, South Carolina
South Carolina
South Carolina is a state in the Deep South of the United States that borders Georgia to the south, North Carolina to the north, and the Atlantic Ocean to the east. Originally part of the Province of Carolina, the Province of South Carolina was one of the 13 colonies that declared independence...

, United States
United States
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. The population was 8,091 at the 2000 census
United States Census, 2000
The Twenty-second United States Census, known as Census 2000 and conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2000, to be 281,421,906, an increase of 13.2% over the 248,709,873 persons enumerated during the 1990 Census...

. It is part of the Greenville
Greenville, South Carolina
-Law and government:The city of Greenville adopted the Council-Manager form of municipal government in 1976.-History:The area was part of the Cherokee Nation's protected grounds after the Treaty of 1763, which ended the French and Indian War. No White man was allowed to enter, though some families...

Mauldin, South Carolina
Mauldin is a city in Greenville County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 15,224 at the 2000 census. It is a principal city of the Greenville–Mauldin–Easley Metropolitan Statistical Area.-Geography:...

Easley, South Carolina
Easley is a city in Pickens County in the U.S. state of South Carolina. It is a principal city of the Greenville–Mauldin–Easley Metropolitan Statistical Area. Most of the city lies in Pickens County, with only a very small portion of the city in Anderson County...

 Metropolitan Statistical Area
Greenville-Mauldin-Easley metropolitan area
The Greenville–Mauldin–Easley Metropolitan Statistical Area, as defined by the United States Office of Management and Budget and used by the United States Census Bureau for statistical purpose only, is an area consisting of three counties in Upstate South Carolina, anchored mainly by...

. Clinton was first settled by Scots-Irish immigrants two decades before the American Revolutionary War
American Revolutionary War
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. It incorporated as a town in 1852, and was named after Henry Clinton Young, a lawyer from Laurens
Laurens, South Carolina
Laurens is a city in Laurens County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 9,916 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Laurens County.-History:...

, who helped lay out the first streets.


Clinton is located at 34°28′17"N 81°52′30"W (34.471257, -81.875023).

According to the United States Census Bureau
United States Census Bureau
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, the city has a total area of 9.1 square miles (23.6 km²), of which, 9.1 square miles (23.6 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square mile (0.258998811 km²) of it (0.55%) is water.


As of the census
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taken in 2000, there were 8,091 people, 2,683 households, and 1,666 families residing in the city. The population density
Population density
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 was 889.7 people per square mile (343.7/km²). There were 3,011 housing units at an average density of 331.1 per square mile (127.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 60.31% White, 37.98% African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.46% from other races
Race (United States Census)
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, and 0.74% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.95% of the population. A 2009 census estimate placed the population at 8,923.

There were 2,683 households out of which 29.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 35.7% were married couples
Marriage is a social union or legal contract between people that creates kinship. It is an institution in which interpersonal relationships, usually intimate and sexual, are acknowledged in a variety of ways, depending on the culture or subculture in which it is found...

 living together, 21.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.9% were non-families. 33.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 3.05.

In the city the population was spread out with 22.7% under the age of 18, 19.0% from 18 to 24, 23.7% from 25 to 44, 18.9% from 45 to 64, and 15.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 86.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $26,620, and the median income for a family was $31,842. Males had a median income of $27,409 versus $20,821 for females. The per capita income
Per capita income
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 for the city was $12,933. About 21.5% of families and 23.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 29.3% of those under age 18 and 17.0% of those age 65 or over.

Additional information

Clinton is also home of Presbyterian College
Presbyterian College
Presbyterian College is a private liberal arts college in Clinton, South Carolina, USA. Presbyterian College, or PC, is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church USA. PC was founded in 1880 by William Plumer Jacobs, a prominent Presbyterian minister who also founded the nearby Thornwell Home and...

 and Thornwell
Thornwell Orphanage opened in Clinton, South Carolina on October 1, 1875, to ten children orphaned by the American Civil War. It was founded by Reverend William Plumer Jacobs and named for noted theologian James Henley Thornwell. Dr...

 or Thornwell Home. Both institutions were founded by Presbyterian minister and philanthropist William Plumer Jacobs while he was Minister at First Presbyterian Church of Clinton.
Clinton is also noted for its very small-town feel and local fare. Notable restaurants include Steamers, Whiteford's Drive-In and Hickory Hills Bar-B-Que Buffet. Many Clinton residents maintain the tradition of "chewing the fat" at the misnomeric Study Club. The well-maintained railroad tracks and antiquated depot are located in the heart of the town and remind visitors of former times. Clinton is also home to the Laurens County Community Access Channel, ACCESS 15, a Public, educational, and government access
Public, educational, and government access
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 (PEG) cable tv channel which broadcasts news, sports, and shows of local interest on Charter Cable channel 15.


  • Three Major League Baseball
    Major League Baseball
    Major League Baseball is the highest level of professional baseball in the United States and Canada, consisting of teams that play in the National League and the American League...

     players were born in Clinton...Chick Galloway
    Chick Galloway
    Clarence Edward Galloway was a shortstop in Major League Baseball. From 1919 through 1928, Galloway played for the Philadelphia Athletics and Detroit Tigers . He batted and threw right-handed...

     (1896), Charlie Wilson
    Charlie Wilson (baseball)
    Charles Woodrow Wilson was an infielder in Major League Baseball. He played for the Boston Braves and St. Louis Cardinals.-External links:...

     (1905), and Johnny Riddle
    Johnny Riddle
    John Ludy Riddle was an American Major League Baseball catcher who played for the Chicago White Sox , Washington Senators , Boston Bees , Cincinnati Reds , and Pittsburgh Pirates . At the age of 42 in 1948 , he was the oldest player to appear in a National League game that season...

  • Three Major League Baseball players died in Clinton...Chick Galloway (1969), Cal Cooper (1994), and Claude Crocker
    Claude Crocker
    Claude Arthur Crocker was a Major League Baseball pitcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1944 and 1945. The 6'2", 185 lb. right-hander was a native of Caroleen, North Carolina....

  • Home of WPCC
    WPCC is a radio station broadcasting a Sports radio format licensed to Clinton, South Carolina, but serving Laurens County, South Carolina...

    , a radio station that broadcasts local, regional, and national
    ESPN Radio
    ESPN Radio is an American sports radio network. It was launched on January 1, 1992 under the original banner of "SportsRadio ESPN." ESPN Radio is located at ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut...

     sports programs

Home of The Clinton Chronicle, a weekly newspaper established in 1900, and also www.clintonchronicle.com, a website of Clinton and Laurens County news that is updated every day.

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