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Lancaster, South Carolina - Basic Facts

Lancaster is the common name for the community and surrounding area while the formal official name is the City of Lancaster.

It is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Lancaster County at latitude 34.7204 and longitude -80.7709. Lancaster County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 545 feet.

The formal boundaries for the City of Lancaster (see map) encompass a land area of 6.41 sq. miles and a water area of 0.08 sq. miles.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Lancaster: Barnetsville, Barnettsville, Lancasterville.

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Lancaster, SC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 8,413
Population in Households 8,273
Population in Familes 6,452
Population in Group Qrtrs 140
Population Density1 1,312
Diversity Index2 63


Total Households 3,481
Average Household Size 2.38
Family Households 2,139
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 4,026 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,567 (38.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,914 (47.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 545 (13.5%)
Median Home Value $180,138
Average Home Value $230,577


Median Household Income $24,598
Average Household Income $39,637
Per Capita Income $16,214
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population -0.31% 0.12%
Households -0.2% 0.17%
Families -0.23% -0.02%
Median Household Income   2.58%
Per Capita Income   2.36%
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.


Lancaster, SC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Lancaster to the other 395 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in South Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2014 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 # 62 85th
Population Density1 # 72 82nd
Diversity Index2 # 33 92nd
Median Household Income # 370 7th
Per Capita Income # 312 21st

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE South Carolina Census Data Comparison Tool.