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Pickens, South Carolina - Basic Facts

The City of Pickens had a population of 3,131 as of July 1, 2017. Pickens ranks in the lower quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in South Carolina. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Pickens is located at latitude 34.8857 and longitude -82.7102 in Pickens County. The formal boundaries for the City of Pickens (see map below) encompass a land area of 2.83 sq. miles and a water area of 0.02 sq. miles. Pickens County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 1,109 feet.

The City of Pickens (GNIS ID: 2404514) 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 Pickens is located within Pickens Division of Pickens County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Pickens 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 Pickens: Pickens Court House, Pickensville.

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


Total Population 3,131
Daytime Population: Workers 3,959
Daytime Population: Residents 1,902
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 5,861
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.87
Population in Households 2,965
Population in Familes 2,422
Population in Group Qrtrs 166
Population Density2 1,107
Diversity Index3 36


Median Household Income $36,633
Average Household Income $47,594
Per Capita Income $20,331


Total Housing Units 1,494 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 773 (51.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 467 (31.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 254 (17.0%)
Median Home Value $106,127
Average Home Value $138,763


Total Households 1,240
Average Household Size 2.39
Family Households 821
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 0.02% 0.22%
Households -0.07% 0.14%
Families 0.12% 0.05%
Median Household Income   1.88%
Per Capita Income   2.77%

Pickens, SC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Pickens 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 # 135 66th
Population Density # 105 74th
Diversity Index # 301 24th
Median Household Income # 229 42nd
Per Capita Income # 205 48th

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