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Clemson, South Carolina - Basic Facts

The City of Clemson had a population of 15,621 as of July 1, 2018. 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.

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 Clemson is located within Clemson Division of Pickens County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Clemson: Calhoun.

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Clemson, SC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 15,621
Population in Households 15,189
Population in Familes 7,760
Population in Group Qrtrs 432
Population Density2 2,099
Diversity Index3 40


Median Household Income $37,499
Average Household Income $62,628
Per Capita Income $26,765


Total Housing Units 7,560 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,792 (36.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 3,914 (51.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 854 (11.3%)
Median Home Value $217,370
Average Home Value $248,057


Total Households 6,706
Average Household Size 2.26
Family Households 2,709
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 1.05% 1.13%
Households 0.95% 1.09%
Families 0.8% 0.87%
Median Household Income   2.36%
Per Capita Income   2.28%

Clemson, SC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Clemson to the other 396 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in South Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2018 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 Density # 24 94th
Diversity Index # 275 31st
Median Household Income # 242 39th
Per Capita Income # 90 78th

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