Clemson is a city located in Pickens and Anderson counties in the U.S. state of South Carolina. It is a college town, home of the Clemson University campus. The population of the city was 13,905 at the 2010 census.
Clemson is part of the Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson, South Carolina Combined Statistical Area. Most of the city is in Pickens County, which is part of the Greenville-Mauldin-EasleyMetropolitan Statistical Area. A small portion is in Anderson County, which is part of the Anderson Metropolitan Statistical Area.
|Clemson, South Carolina|
College Avenue in downtown Clemson
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Location of Clemson, South Carolina
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As of the census of 2000, there were 11,939 people, 5,061 households, and 2,196 families residing in the city. The population does not reflect the additional on-campus population of Clemson University, which adds approximately 17,000 additional residents for eight months of the year.
The population density was 1,620.6 people per square mile (625.5/km²). There were 5,679 housing units at an average density of 770.8 per square mile (297.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 80.98% White, 11.38% African American, 5.73%Asian, 0.11% Native American, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.73% from other races, and 1.05% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.82% of the population.
There were 5,061 households out of which 17.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 35.2% were married couples living together, 5.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 56.6% were non-families. 28.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.84.
In the city the population was spread out with 14.5% under the age of 18, 36.8% from 18 to 24, 20.4% from 25 to 44, 15.5% from 45 to 64, and 12.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 25 years. For every 100 females there were 106.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 107.5 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $26,892, and the median income for a family was $61,176. Males had a median income of $39,318 versus $28,663 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,272. About 8.8% of families and 33.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.1% of those under age 18 and 8.4% of those age 65 or over.
The 2010 census states that Clemson’s population rose to 14,089 in 2012, showing an increase of 0.9% over two years and 3 months (from April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012). The population in 2010 consisted of 5,823 households with approximately 2.33 people living in each household. This household quantity includes 2,474 family households, 932 of which had children less than eighteen years of age. 37% of these households were married couples, 2.3% male householder with no wife present, and 3.2% female householders with no husband present. The rest of these households were composed of nonfamily households (57.5%) and householders living along (31.3%).
The city of Clemson had a population density of 1,869 persons per square mile. The total number of housing units in the city was 6.925. The overall racial distribution of the city was 78.4% white, 8.9% black or African American, 0.3% American Indian and Alaska Native, 8.3% Asian, and 2.2% Hispanic or Latino. The age distribution for Clemson is as follows: 4.1% under the age of 5 years, 3.3% 5–9 years, 4.4% 10–14 years, 4.3% 15–19 years, 32.6% 20–24 years, 14% 25–34 years, 8.8% 35–44 years, 8.8% 45-54, and 19.7% over the age of 55 years.
The median household income was $29,828 and the median family income was $77,704. The median earnings for a male worker (full-time) was $42,597, compared to the median earnings for a female worker (full-time), which was $32,524. The city of Clemson had a per capita income of about $23,906. 17.6% of the total population was below the poverty line, 13.2% of that total being families.
The city of Clemson is located in the school district of Pickens County. Children living in the city of Clemson attend Clemson Elementary School, RC Edwards Middle School, and Daniel High School.
Clemson Elementary School was originally called the Calhoun-Clemson School and was located on College Avenue. In 1964, the school burned down, destroying everything but the cafeteria. The school was rebuilt on Frontage Road and was named Maggie Morrison Elementary School. The old building was renamed the Morrison annex and was used to house the primary grades. After the schools had outgrown their buildings, construction began on a new school building on Berkeley Drive in 1999. This is now the site of the current Clemson Elementary. Clemson Elementary colors are orange and blue and their mascot is the tiger cub.
RC Edwards was built and opened in 1971. It currently educates sixth, seventh, and eighth graders. The campus is located between Central, South Carolina and Six Mile, South Carolina, and has approximately 800 students enrolled. Their colors are purple and white and their mascot is the panther.
The current D W Daniel High School was constructed in 2010 and had its first class enter the doors for the 2012-2013 school year. The school is named after David Wistar Daniel, a professor at Clemson University, who was invested in the public school system and spent many years on the South Carolina Board of Education. They were recently named one of the best regular public schools in the State of South Carolina by US News magazine. Their colors are blue and gold and their mascot is the lions. They are very well known for their football team. In their 2013-2014 season, they ended the year 14 wins to 1 lose, which occurred in the 3A State Championship against Myrtle Beach High School.