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Aiken, South Carolina - Basic Facts

The City of Aiken had a population of 31,124 as of July 1, 2016. Aiken ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in South Carolina. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Aiken is located at latitude 33.5307 and longitude -81.7274 in Aiken County. The formal boundaries for the City of Aiken (see map below) encompass a land area of 20.8 sq. miles and a water area of 0.14 sq. miles. Aiken County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 515 feet.

The City of Aiken (GNIS ID: 2403067) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

South Carolina is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Aiken is located within Aiken Division of Aiken County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Aiken population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Aiken: Plunkett.

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Aiken, SC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 31,124
Population in Households 30,029
Population in Familes 23,672
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,095
Population Density1 1,496
Diversity Index2 50


Total Households 13,519
Average Household Size 2.22
Family Households 8,471
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 14,908 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 8,858 (59.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 4,661 (31.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,389 ( 9.3%)
Median Home Value $197,029
Average Home Value $264,914


Median Household Income $51,596
Average Household Income $78,229
Per Capita Income $34,659
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.83% 0.65%
Households 0.9% 0.7%
Families 0.99% 0.58%
Median Household Income   2.32%
Per Capita Income   1.91%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Aiken, SC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Aiken to the other 396 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in South Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 14 97th
Population Density1 # 56 86th
Diversity Index2 # 205 49th
Median Household Income # 57 86th
Per Capita Income # 21 95th

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