Cheraw (/tʃəˈrɔː/ chə-raw, local /ʃəˈrɔː/ shə-raw) is a town on the Pee Dee River in Chesterfield and Marlboro counties, South Carolina, United States. The population was 5,851 at the 2010 census. It has been nicknamed "The Prettiest Town in Dixie". The harbor tug USS Cheraw was named in the town's honor.
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Location of Cheraw, South Carolina
Cheraw is located in eastern Chesterfield County at the fall line of the Pee Dee River. A portion of the town extends east across the river into Marlboro County. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 5.4 square miles (14.1 km2), of which 5.4 square miles (14.0 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km2), or 0.64%, is water.
U.S. Route 1 passes through the center of the town, leading northeast 21 miles (34 km) to Rockingham, North Carolina, and southwest 55 miles (89 km) to Camden. U.S. Route 52 joins US 1 in the center of Cheraw but leads northwest 22 miles (35 km) to Wadesboro, North Carolina, and south 41 miles (66 km) to Florence. South Carolina Highway 9 also passes through the center of Cheraw, leading southeast 15 miles (24 km) to Bennettsville and west 12 miles (19 km) to Chesterfield, the county seat.