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Sumter, South Carolina - Basic Facts

The City of Sumter is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Sumter County at latitude 33.9408 and longitude -80.3955. Sumter County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 171 feet.

The formal official name is the City of Sumter, but most people and references simply refer to it as Sumter, South Carolina.

The P1 Census Class Code for Sumter indicates a populated place that is also an incorporated place with the same name and the same census code. The Incorporated Place has a Functional Status Code "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The formal boundaries for the City of Sumter (see map below) encompass a land area of 32.28 sq. miles and a water area of 0.2 sq. miles.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Sumter: Sumterville.

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


Total Population 41,417
Population in Households 39,742
Population in Familes 31,997
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,675
Population Density1 1,291
Diversity Index2 59


Total Households 16,178
Average Household Size 2.46
Family Households 10,384
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 18,888 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 8,529 (45.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 7,649 (40.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,710 (14.3%)
Median Home Value $180,116
Average Home Value $239,585


Median Household Income $35,518
Average Household Income $50,770
Per Capita Income $20,251
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 0.51% 0.38%
Households 0.81% 0.5%
Families 0.61% 0.33%
Median Household Income   2.15%
Per Capita Income   2.05%
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.


Sumter, SC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Sumter 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 # 8 98th
Population Density1 # 79 80th
Diversity Index2 # 57 85th
Median Household Income # 215 46th
Per Capita Income # 149 63rd

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