Introduction to Sumter, South Carolina

Sumter, South Carolina, in Sumter county, is 40 miles E of Columbia, South Carolina (center to center) and 94 miles S of Charlotte, North Carolina. The city has a population of 39,643.

Sumter History

Sumter began as a plantation settlement town. The area was first settled by the Europeans in the 1740s. It was incorporated as Sumterville in 1845. Later in 1855, the name was shortened to Sumter. The city was named after General Thomas Sumter, a Revolutionary War hero who was better known as the "Fighting Gamecock." Sumter adopted a council/manager form of government in 1912.

Sumter and nearby Attractions

  • Sumter County Museum
  • Swan Lake Iris Garden
  • Williams-Brice Museum
  • Sumter Gallery of Art
  • South Carolina National Guard Museum
  • Poinsett State Park

Things To Do In Sumter

While in Sumter, one can enjoy shopping at the Colonial Square Shopping Center, Sumter Square Shopping Center, Palmetto Plaza Shopping Center, Savannah Plaza Shopping Center, Jessamine Mall Shopping Center, and Westmark Plaza Shopping Center. It is also worth visiting the Sumter Historic District and Swan Lake Gardens. In addition, the city hosts several annual recreational events and festivals such as the Sumter Shaw Street Fest and the Iris Festival.

Sumter Transportation

Shaw AFB is close to the city.

Sumter Higher Education

Central Carolina Technical College, University of South Carolina at Sumter, and Morris College are the local colleges and university.


Total Population 40,851
Male Share of the Population 45.5%
Female Share of the Population 54.5%
Senior Citizens 15.1%
Employed Population 16+ 16,759
Age of the Population 34


% of people married 41.4%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 26%
Median Earnings25+ $29,228
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $15,250
Median Earnings With High School Degree $21,221


Median Family Income $49,092
% Above Poverty Level 81.4%
% Below Poverty Level 18.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 1.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.3%
% Using Public Transportation 0.3%


People Living Alone 32.2%
Median Gross Rent $737
Median House Value $133,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 53.4%
US/American 0%
English 6.7%
Irish 7.4%

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

Sumter Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 40 miles E of Columbia, South Carolina (center to center)
Nearest Large City 94 miles S of Charlotte, North Carolina
County Sumter
Metro Area Sumter
Standard Zip Codes 29150, 29153, 29154
P.O. Box Zip Codes 29151
Phone Area Codes 803
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.92
Longitude -80.341

Sumter Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station SUMTER
Distance 1 miles
Jan Temp 34 to 56 F
Apr Temp 49 to 77 F
Jul Temp 70 to 92 F
Oct Temp 50 to 76 F
Annual Precip 48.6 inches
Distance 16.5 miles
Jan Temp 35 to 55 F
Apr Temp 50 to 77 F
Jul Temp 71 to 93 F
Oct Temp 52 to 76 F
Annual Precip 49.2 inches
Station CAMDEN 3 W
Distance 28.8 miles
Jan Temp 29 to 53 F
Apr Temp 45 to 74 F
Jul Temp 69 to 88 F
Oct Temp 48 to 72 F
Annual Precip 46.6 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Sumter, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Bon Air (29150)

Brogdon (29150)

Frens (29150)

Highway Four Forty One (29150)

Hoyt Heights (29150)

University Center (29150)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Lynchburg 297 $35,250
Manning 4,056 $32,629
Mayesville 544 $53,750
Paxville 215 $43,594
Pinewood 686 $24,722
Turbeville 1,052 $38,203

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

Sumter Public Libraries

Sumter County Library
Sumter, South Carolina
(803) 773-7273

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Sumter Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(803) 774-8900
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 18.5

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Student/teacher ratio: 21.6

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Student/teacher ratio: 22.5

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