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Clemson, South Carolina - Basic Facts

The City of Clemson had a population of 14,592 as of July 1, 2015. Clemson 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 Clemson is located at latitude 34.6838 and longitude -82.8124 in Pickens County. The formal boundaries for the City of Clemson (see map below) encompass a land area of 7.44 sq. miles and a water area of 0.46 sq. miles. Pickens County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 725 feet.

While the primary coordinates for City of Clemson are located in Pickens County, it should be noted that the formal boundaries for this community also extend into and Anderson County.

The City of Clemson (GNIS ID: 2404068) 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.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Clemson 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 Clemson: Calhoun.

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


Total Population 14,592
Population in Households 14,154
Population in Familes 7,132
Population in Group Qrtrs 438
Population Density1 1,961
Diversity Index2 40


Total Households 6,222
Average Household Size 2.27
Family Households 2,522
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 6,912 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,419 (35.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 3,803 (55.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 690 ( 10.0%)
Median Home Value $192,355
Average Home Value $232,066


Median Household Income $32,575
Average Household Income $49,907
Per Capita Income $21,442
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.92% 0.65%
Households 0.97% 0.68%
Families 0.28% 0.56%
Median Household Income   3.12%
Per Capita Income   2.79%
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.

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Clemson, SC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Clemson 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 # 36 91st
Population Density1 # 27 93rd
Diversity Index2 # 276 30th
Median Household Income # 260 34th
Per Capita Income # 118 70th

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