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Cheraw, South Carolina - Basic Facts

The Town of Cheraw had a population of 5,540 as of July 1, 2017.

The primary coordinate point for Cheraw is located at latitude 34.6971 and longitude -79.8993 in Chesterfield County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Cheraw (see map below) encompass a land area of 5.95 sq. miles and a water area of 0.06 sq. miles. Chesterfield County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 154 feet.

The Town of Cheraw (GNIS ID: 2406261) 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 Cheraw is located within Cheraw Division of Chesterfield County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Cheraw population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Cheraw: Chatham, Chera, Cherah, Cheraw Hill, Cheraw Hills, Sara, Saraw, Serah.

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Cheraw, SC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 5,540
Daytime Population: Workers 5,337
Daytime Population: Residents 3,555
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 8,892
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.61
Population in Households 5,275
Population in Familes 4,211
Population in Group Qrtrs 265
Population Density2 931
Diversity Index3 55


Median Household Income $26,278
Average Household Income $43,806
Per Capita Income $18,541


Total Housing Units 2,706 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,291 (47.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 916 (33.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 499 (18.4%)
Median Home Value $91,171
Average Home Value $127,496


Total Households 2,207
Average Household Size 2.39
Family Households 1,395
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. 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 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population -0.74% -0.52%
Households -0.76% -0.56%
Families -0.8% -0.73%
Median Household Income   3.86%
Per Capita Income   3.05%

Cheraw, SC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Cheraw to the other 396 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in South Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 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 # 93 77th
Population Density # 141 65th
Diversity Index # 117 70th
Median Household Income # 372 6th
Per Capita Income # 269 32nd

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