Introduction to Aiken, South Carolina

Aiken, South Carolina, in Aiken county, is 16 miles E of Augusta, Georgia (center to center) and 125 miles SW of Charlotte, North Carolina. The city benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the Augusta - Aiken metropolitan area.

Aiken History

The history of Aiken dates back to its incorporation on December 19, 1835. The city was named in honor of William Aiken, a wealthy banker in Charleston. The city faced many damages due to the World War but it recovered quickly. In 1870, it began attracting wealthy Northerners. The first train arrived in the city on October 2, 1883.

Aiken and nearby Attractions

  • St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church
  • Aiken Tennis Club
  • Hopeland Gardens
  • Virginia Acres Park
  • Aiken County Historical Museum
  • Palmetto Golf Club

Things To Do In Aiken

Aiken is dotted with beautiful parkways and shaded streets for visitors to explore. Tourists can visit the city's various historical mansions or enjoy the folklore. There are several restaurants and cafes in the city where tourists can enjoy a lip smacking traditional treat.

Aiken Transportation

To get to Aiken by air, you can take a flight from Augusta Regional At Bush Field Airport.

Aiken Higher Education

Higher education in Aiken is provided at the University of South Carolina at Aiken and Aiken Technical College.


Total Population 30,183
Male Share of the Population 45.8%
Female Share of the Population 54.2%
Senior Citizens 23.4%
Employed Population 16+ 12,082
Age of the Population 47


% of people married 47.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 42.9%
Median Earnings25+ $41,170
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,481
Median Earnings With High School Degree $23,992


Median Family Income $71,650
% Above Poverty Level 83.8%
% Below Poverty Level 16.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 3.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.2%
% Using Public Transportation 0.4%


People Living Alone 32.5%
Median Gross Rent $834
Median House Value $175,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 35.3%
US/American 0%
English 9.3%
Irish 9.3%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Aiken Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 16 miles E of Augusta, Georgia (center to center)
Nearest Large City 125 miles SW of Charlotte, North Carolina
County Aiken
Metro Area Augusta - Aiken
Standard Zip Codes 29801, 29803, 29805
P.O. Box Zip Codes 29802, 29804
Company Zip Codes 29808
Phone Area Codes 803
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.56
Longitude -81.719

Aiken Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station AIKEN 4 NE
Distance 3.5 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 58 F
Apr Temp 49 to 79 F
Jul Temp 70 to 94 F
Oct Temp 50 to 78 F
Annual Precip 52.4 inches
Distance 17.2 miles
Jan Temp 29 to 54 F
Apr Temp 44 to 75 F
Jul Temp 66 to 92 F
Oct Temp 48 to 75 F
Annual Precip 48.6 inches
Distance 19.6 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 57 F
Apr Temp 48 to 77 F
Jul Temp 70 to 92 F
Oct Temp 50 to 77 F
Annual Precip 44.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Burnettown 2,753 $46,176
Jackson 1,661 $57,813
New Ellenton 2,431 $46,838
North Augusta 22,037 $60,126
Trenton 286 $51,528
Windsor 71 $50,500

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Aiken Public Libraries

Abbe Regional Library System
Aiken, South Carolina
(803) 642-7575

library logo

More Information for Librarians

Aiken Hospitals

(803) 641-5900
Emergency Service: Yes

Click the Visit School Site buttons to go directly to a school's website and learn more about the school and programs it has to offer. School website will open in a new tab.
Click the Request Info buttons to request more information from a representative at the school.

Results:  5
Matching School Ads
UNC Kenan-Flagler is one of the world's top-ranked business schools. At UNC Kenan-Flagler, you develop the skills that make you a highly effective leader and prepare you for long-term career success. The strength of the UNC Kenan-Flagler MBA degree comes from a school culture in which members live the business school's core values of excellence, leadership, teamwork, integrity and community.
  • Doctor of Education: Community Care & Counseling: Marriage & Family
  • Doctor of Ministry: Evangelism & Church Planting
  • M.Div: Homiletics
  • Liberty University’s online programs ranked in the top 10 out of more than 2,100 colleges & universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility.*
  • 100% online programs at associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral level.**
  • Transfer up to 90 credits into an undergraduate degree program.
  • Up to 50% of your master’s degree can be transferred in to help you get the most out of your hard work and maximize the credit you previously earned.
  • Business Administration - Human Resources (BS)
  • Business Management & Accounting (AAS)
  • Nursing (RN completion to BS) (RN req.)
  • Students are issued a new laptop at the beginning of their programs.
  • All online services and study materials are available 24/7, with faculty available five days a week.
  • All programs available online, with the MBA program offered on campus in Salt Lake City.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), with programmatic accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).
  • Approved by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) since 2010.

Our family of non-profit colleges admits students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin.

  • Diesel Technology
  • Heavy Equipment
  • Collision Repair and Refinishing
  • Encompasses the Lincoln Tech, Lincoln Culinary Institute, and Lincoln College of New England brands.
  • Lincoln schools made more than $15 million available nationally through scholarships to qualified students in 2015.
  • Designated a Military Friendly School for the 6th year in a row by Victory Media; offers exclusive scholarship for servicemen and women and their families.
  • First Lincoln Tech campus opened in 1946; now 30 campuses in 15 states across the United States.
  • Campuses are accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), Accrediting Commission of Career Schools (ACCSC), Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES), and New England Association of Schools and Colleges – Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (NEASC)
camnpus icon
Request Info
  • Master of Business Administration

MBA@Dayton is the online MBA program from the University of Dayton’s AACSB-accredited School of Business Administration. The program prepares students to become strategic, service-oriented leaders by applying real-world skills in face-to-face online classes, self-paced course work and in-person immersion experiences.

Aiken High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

Serves 1,569 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18

Serves 1,456 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.7

Serves 880 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20

Aiken Colleges

Click school name for a detailed profile.

Additional Details
Aiken Colleges
Aiken colleges and trade schools.
Study Online in Aiken
Historic Aiken


Park in the Pines Hotel between 1900 and 1910

Select a photo to view (Source):

Park in the Pines Hotel between 1900 and 1910

Wilcox's i.e. Willcox's hotel and cafe c1903.

W.C. Whitney's residence c1903.

Additional Resources
Info for Aiken Government Officials

Are you an official in the Aiken government or quasi-government agency such as the chamber of commerce, visitors bureau or economic development council? If so, visit our information page for government officials to see how CityTownInfo can support you.

Back to Top