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Central, South Carolina - Basic Facts

The Town of Central had a population of 5,402 as of July 1, 2015. Central 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 Central is located at latitude 34.7237 and longitude -82.7797 in Pickens County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Central (see map below) encompass a land area of 2.74 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Pickens County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 906 feet.

The Town of Central (GNIS ID: 2406246) 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 Town of Central is located within Central Division of Pickens County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Central population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2015.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Central: Center, Garvin.

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Central, SC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2015)


Total Population 5,402
Population in Households 5,273
Population in Familes 2,531
Population in Group Qrtrs 129
Population Density1 2,005
Diversity Index2 45


Total Households 2,039
Average Household Size 2.59
Family Households 785
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 2,294 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 589 (25.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,450 (63.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 255 (11.1%)
Median Home Value $119,560
Average Home Value $148,978


Median Household Income $28,474
Average Household Income $41,025
Per Capita Income $16,280
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.88% 1.03%
Households 0.64% 0.87%
Families 4.06% 0.7%
Median Household Income   4.22%
Per Capita Income   2.26%
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.


Central, SC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Central to the other 395 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in South Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2015 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 # 91 77th
Population Density1 # 25 94th
Diversity Index2 # 245 38th
Median Household Income # 329 17th
Per Capita Income # 308 22nd

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