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The City of Aiken had a population of 32,267 as of July 1, 2022. 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 33.5604 and longitude -81.7196 in Aiken County. The formal boundaries for the City of Aiken 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 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.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Aiken: Plunkett.

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Aiken, SC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2022)


Total Population 32,267 (100%)
Population in Households 30,954 (95.9%)
Population in Families 24,299 (75.3%)
Population in Group Quarters1 1,313 ( 4.1%)
Population Density 1,522
Diversity Index2 56


Median Household Income $64,542
Average Household Income $92,399
% of Income for Mortgage4 20%
Per Capita Income $40,238
Wealth Index5 99


Total HU (Housing Units) 15,514 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 10,201 (65.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 3,894 (25.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,419 ( 9.1%)
Median Home Value $245,587
Average Home Value $272,600
Housing Affordability Index3 132


Total Households 14,095
Average Household Size 2.20
Family Households 8,671
Average Family Size 3.00
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2020-2022 2022-2027
Population 0.32% -0.02%
Households 0.20% 0.12%
Families   -0.02%
Median Household Income   3.03%
Per Capita Income   2.71%
Owner Occupied HU   0.44%

Aiken, SC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Aiken to the other 475 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in South Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2022 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 # 15 97th
Population Density # 67 86th
Median Household Income # 104 78th
Housing Affordability Index # 148 31st
Per Capita Income # 54 89th
Diversity Index # 194 60th

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